New cinema technology replaces the digital cinema conversion

April 20, 2018  | Subscribers Only

David Hancock David Hancock Director – Research and Analysis, Cinema & Home Entertainment
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This is the 18th edition of our annual digital cinema summary, our research on this topic having started back in 1999. However, digital cinema as a concept is really no longer a relevant term, with the cinema exhibition sector now digitised in its entirety. There remain some issues with providing a digital distribution backbone into those cinemas but effectively the cinema sector is now a digital medium.


  • 3D cinema screens hit 99,000 (58.9%) globally by end 2017, yet are disappearing from some markets
  • More than 33% of PLF screens are in North America, and 41% in Asia, but compelling content is lacking
  • By mid-2017, there were 1,220 4D/Immersive motion seating screens, 2.8 times as many as in 2014
  • A three-way battle in the growing immersive sound market is being won by Dolby
  • Barco Escape recently announced it was to close operations, partly due to lack of compelling content
  • Laser illumination is a live issue; RGB laser continues to grow with nearly 800 sites by end 2017
  • Samsung’s LED screen is now established in five sites worldwide and will disrupt the industry

In this report:

Cinema technology and innovation, LED, Laser, 3D, 4D, PLF, sound technology, POS systems, pricing, data analytics, site management, F&B, seating, cinema design

List of tables and charts;

  • Regional development of digital cinema penetration (%)
  • Development of immersive sound systems by brand
  • Regional development of RGB laser
  • Global % share of new technology installs, by region

Number of Pages: 7

Number of Tables and Charts: 4

David Hancock

Director – Research and Analysis, Cinema & Home Entertainment

Mr. David Hancock is a director of Research and Analysis for Cinema & Home Entertainment at IHS Markit.

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