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Lionsgate backs Ultra-HD

Hollywood studio Lionsgate is remastering its top 100 films in readiness for Ultra-HD broadcast transmissions, and for transfer to Ultra-HD Blu-ray packaged media.

Steve Beeks, co-COO and president of the motion picture group, talking to analysts on Lionsgate’s November 10th financials, said that US consumers were definitely moving towards greater consumption of 4K content. “We are getting ready for it. We’re having conversations with some of the MVPDs that are starting 4K [broadcast] channels, and you’ll certainly see some of the library films enter this phase.”

He said that Lionsgate was also exploring launching its own OTT platform.

Lionsgate is the studio behind The Hunger Games, but within its archive are classics such as Fahrenheit 9/11, Total Recall, Reservoir Dogs, On Golden Pond, Dirty Dancing and It’s a Wonderful Life. Its TV division produces series such as Nashville, Anger Management, The Dead Zone, Weeds and Mad Men.

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