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Barco hits 100,000 digital cinema projection milestone

Barco hits 100,000 digital cinema projection milestone

Barco hits 100,000 digital cinema projection milestone

Belgian manufacturer Barco is celebrating the landmark achievement of having produced 100,000 digital cinema projectors since the release of its first model back in 1999.

“We want to thank all our loyal partners, customers and employees for their support in this joint achievement,” commented Nicolas Vanden Abeele, senior VP of entertainment at Barco. “Despite periods of challenge, cinema has always rallied as an industry to exceed expectations and continue to deliver the best experience when seeing a film. Our colleagues around the world are committed for the long-term to help elevate cinema again to the next level using our all-laser digital cinema projector portfolio for many years to come.”

At the turn of the 21st century, the film and cinema experience underwent vast change as the industry moved from the traditional analogue world of celluloid film into a new digital age. The digitalisation of cinema accelerated after the release of the 3D blockbuster Avatar in 2009, with over 90% of the market transitioning to digital projection in the years that followed. The conversion to digital cinema has enabled a significant growth in the global cinema market doubling the number of screens from 100,000 to close to 200,000 today.

Over the last seven years, laser technology has dominated innovation, and today there are more than 25,000 Barco laser projection solutions deployed around the world. “This is not the end of the success story,” said Barco’s VP of projection, Ignace Rom. “Digital projection and the more recent switch from lamp to laser light sources only delivers more advantages for customers. From R&D to production, and from design to end-user, laser is embedded in everything we do as the right choice for the future of cinema. From image quality to sustainability there is still untapped potential for further growth, and I am convinced that the outlook is bright for cinema.”

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