Microspace: Cinema via satellite


Microspace Communications is aiming to change the economics of digital-cinema content delivery.

The company — which offers d-cinema content distribution via its Velocity satellite system — reported that with about 340 theaters, 3,500 screen installations and future commitments, it has reached the mass needed to make its service more cost-effective than delivering content to theaters via hard drives.

Users essentially benefit from the economies of scale as the cost of using the satellite delivery system is the same whether a motion picture is sent to one screen or 500.

Microspace recently inked deals with theater circuits including Allen Theatres, Mann Theatres, Marquee Cinemas and Ultrastar Cinemas.

"Our growth has extended a network that achieves the most cost-effective digital-cinema delivery method available," said Curt Tilly, manager of digital-cinema distribution at Microspace.