Kodak to unspool digital offerings

Co. to show newest cinema projector, operating system

Kodak is expected to lay its digital-cinema cards out on the table at the ShoWest confab in Las Vegas today.

After months of private meetings and demonstrations with Hollywood players, the company’s new Digital Cinema Services unit is anticipated to unveil the latest version of its digital cinema projector and operating system.

Its JVC-built projector, which uses JVC’s new D-ILA 3 million pixel chips, incorporates Kodak’s Color Management software and other proprietary Kodak imaging technology. System also supports decryption keys, so a movie stays encrypted until it’s shown. Other anti-piracy safeguards in the projector include invisible watermarking data that can be later extracted to show when and where copies were made.

It’s should become available in early 2003.

Digital backbone

Kodak’s Digital Cinema Operating System (COS) is designed to serve as the digital backbone of a theater. With a server and proprietary Kodak software, the COS will receive encrypted or unencrypted digital content via DVD, satellite, or fiber-optic network, securely store it and project it.

The operating system can handle any number of projectors in a multiplex and can also schedule and deliver trailers and other digital material to monitors and flat panel screens in lobbies.

Pricetag for the projector and operating system is expected to be less than $100,000.

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