DSAT Cinema, the Eutelsat and dcinex joint-venture company specialising in satellite delivery of films and live events, has revealed that 1,000 cinema complexes in Europe, representing approximately 7,000 screens, are now fully equipped for satellite reception.
With the steady expansion of digital cinema, the dematerialised transmission of films via satellite is a fast, secure solution for broadcasting content to an unlimited number of cinemas in a given coverage area. Using satellite technology, DSAT Cinema also broadcasts live events from locations that include New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre and the Royal Opera House in London.
DSAT Cinema is installing equipment in cinemas that comprises a dual-feed satellite antenna and a professional decoder from International Datacasting powered by SensioHiFi 3D technology.
Fabrice Testa, CEO of DSAT Cinema explains: “Using capacity on the Eutelsat 5 West A satellite, DSAT Cinema is able to broadcast digital content to all fully-equipped cinemas in Europe irrespective of their location at uploads speeds of up to 70 Mbit/s. By combining this capacity with a second transponder on this satellite or on Eutelsat 8 West A, it is possible to achieve aggregate throughput of up to 140 Mbit/s, enabling a 150 Gbyte digital film to be delivered in less than three hours.”