Market leader CGV, owned and operated by local distributor CJ Entertainment,has unveiled plans to install digital projectors for all 266 screens of its32-venue network by early January 2006. The screens will be connected toa central server located in Bundang, a suburb of
With initial work to be done on the CGV Yongsancinema in central Seoul, CGV will test out the new distribution network inNovember with a live sporting event before screening Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire exclusively on digital after itsrelease on December 1.
Meanwhile Megabox Cineplex, a joint venture betweenlocal distributor Showbox/Mediaplex and LoewsCineplex, plans to convert
All systems are expected to conform to the voluntary specifications set out byDigital Cinema Initiatives (DCI), a joint venture created by the major
Although initially film and digital screenings are likely to co-exist at thetwo companies due to a lack of digital content, local producers areprogressively warming towards the HD format. Both Megaboxand CGV have also expressed interest in screening live events and making otheruses of the flexibility provided by programming from a central server.