French cinema chain Europalaces, which owns Gaumont and Pathe cinemas, has struck a deal to use SmartJog Digital Cinema Central Library Servers.

The deal marks SmartJog’s largest pact for Europe. Europalaces also has cinemas in Switzerland and The Netherlands.

The phase 1 deployment was recently completed with 33 sites; phase 2 will begin now.

SmartJog’s delivery platform currently connects to 65 cinemas and 400 digital screens. The TDF Pan-European Digital Cinema Network, operated by TDF subsidiaries SmartJog and Media Broadcast, will include more than 200 theatres by the end of 2009.

Each Central Library Server has up to 12 Terabytes of storage.

“We are happy to provide SmartJog’s Central Library server to Europalaces and look forward to a long working relationship with the company, ” said Nicolas Dussert, director of European digital cinema sales for SmartJog. “Europalaces is at the forefront of the digital transition in theatres and is benefiting from the purchase of the most cost-effective and versatile Library solution available in the market today since there is no need to set-up any additional equipment to receive Digital Cinema Packages.”