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post #1 of 7 Old 10-17-2011, 04:58 AM - Thread Starter
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Looks like IMAX is the only company interested in Kodak's laser tech. for projection when they get exclusive rights?

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The big-screen entertainment and technology company, based in Mississauga, Canada, announced Sunday that has licensed from Kodak exclusive rights to more than 50 technology patents for a laser technology projection system.

The system will make high quality digital content available, for the first time, to Imax screens larger than 80 feet like the one at Universal CityWalk, and to dome theaters located at museums. Until now, about 170 giant Imax theaters have been limited to screening movies in the traditional analog-film format.

Imax said the technology, which it expects to install by late 2013, will increase the brightness and clarity of screens 80 to 100 feet wide and will allow the company to distribute content in its network with greater efficiency because digital prints are much cheaper to deliver than film reels are. About two-thirds of Imax's 575 theaters, which mostly range from 50 to 70 feet wide, have already been converted to a digital format.

Terms of the royalty agreement with Kodak were not disclosed.

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yes in 2 years thats sounds realistic.
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Christie?

Just on the VRT Journaal (Flemish TV News) Kodak on the verge of bankruptcy, so selling off IP in one swoop makes sense.
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We are curious to see the results of that...

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Well, at least we now know that Barco, Christie, Red Digital, Sony, and NEC laser projectors are not based on the Kodak Laser Technology. I guess everyone is doing their one laser. Seems to me like 2013 will be the year of LASER PROJECTORS!
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Not nescessarilly as Christie was the supplier/manufacturing partner of IMAX DIGITAL, so it may still work on the IMAX LASER projectors.
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Not nescessarilly as Christie was the supplier/manufacturing partner of IMAX DIGITAL, so it may still work on the IMAX LASER projectors.

which uses Texas Instrument's DLP technology. At some point TI will have to upgrade IMAX-Digital to 4K since it's only 2K at the moment.
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