Barco enters into supply agreement D-Cinema Korea

MUMBAI: Barco has entered into a supply agreement with D-Cinema Korea (DCK) and will ship the first order to DCK.

With this agreement signed, Barco can deliver its brand-new Series II digital cinema projectors to more than 150 screens at nearly 20 sites for the Korean roll out. For DCK, this agreement is the catalyst for a rapid deployment of digital projection systems in 2010. DCK will deploy a full spectrum of Barco’s family of DP2K projectors, together with full solution for Digital Cinema in various locations in South Korea.

DCK co-CEO Dong-ho said, “This decision was prompted not only by the merits for the owner like the superior reliability, low cost of owner-ship, but also by the benefits for the end-users like ease-of-use, performance of Barco projectors at theaters. We tested and evaluated Barco in detail but BARCO showed its strong points effectively through the shoot-out test. We put high expectation on Barco’s new DP2K series.”

“DCK has considered how to provide the best 2D and 3D viewing environments available. In these aspects, the choice for BARCO is no wonder and we are satisfied with this decision.” D-Cinema Korea Co-CEO, Jung-hoon, and Cho added. “We believe Barco’s new Series 2 projectors will help us to provide 2 confidences; One is, as Barco has been, to deliver the proven performance, reliability and user-friendliness of their renowned DP projectors continuously, and the other is to support us to open the future with DLP Cinema Enhanced 4K.”

DCK was established in 2008 as collaboration between CJ CGV and Lotte Shopping Cinema Division. The company’s main objective is to convert to digital most effectively of more than 1,000 screens in South Korea, which will also pave the way for 3D cinema.

“Barco is very proud to have been selected as a partner in DCK’s Phase 2 deployment project,” says Barco vice president Digital Cinema Wim Buyens. “As soon as these new Series-II projectors of BARCO are set into DCK’s projector rooms, audiences will immediately enjoy the benefits of the DP2K-series’ intensely bright projection and ultimate 3D performance, while DCK will have full DCI compliance, the brightest pictures and the optimal picture quality.”

“We are delighted that DCK has chosen to partner with Barco for the next phase of their Digital Cinema deployments”, says Lee Dong-kyu, who leads Barco Digital Cinema in South Korea, “We will ensure DCK and our exhibitor partners get the most benefit from Barco projectors and our mutual collaboration with DCK. We view this as a validation of Barco’s outstanding products and services by a world leader in Digital Cinema and look forward to building a long term relationship with DCK and its exhibitors.”

All six Series-II models support both 2D and 3D projection, and each includes next-generation electronics designed specifically for DLP Cinema Enhanced 4K. The new Barco DP2K-series includes six different models. For small and mid-size movie theaters, Barco offers a compact DP2K ‘C’ projectors, based on the 0.98” DLP Cinema chip from Texas Instruments. For larger venues, Barco’s offering includes a complete family of DP2K B-series projectors, based on TI’s 1.2” DLP Cinema chip.

Barco’s flagship projector for the large chip family is the DP2K-32B projector. In addition to advances in software, cooling, and convergence, all Series-II projectors also include enhanced security features as mandated by the Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI).

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