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Questions From the WWUG

A weekly sample of questions and answers from the World Wide Users Group By Stephen Schleicher
Each week Questions From the WWUG takes a look at a sampling of questions, comments and answers from various WWUG communities.

Premiering My HD Movie
Our first question this week comes from the Digital WebCast WWUG.

Ricardo Scipio, asks, "I am just completing post of my HD feature and am now looking to premiere the film by satellite broadcasting it to several theaters simultaneously. My feature was the first indie in North America shot on HD-cam back in 98. Would appreciate any advice or pointers on which companies or individuals to approach to help make this a reality."

Video on Demand (VOD) has been growing in popularity and many metropolises have installed or are beginning to install this service for its home based customers. While many companies are currently offering streaming services that are reaching HDTV quality, you will find it hard to stream your HD feature to theatres.

The owner/founder of Qwest Communications in Denver, Colorado has secretly been buying up floundering movie chains over the last several years in hopes of laying a fiber network between them to deliver Movies on Demand (MOD) to save distribution and printing costs of films. (Guess it is not a secret now.) While he hasnt achieved his goal yet, there may be a solution in the theatre chain you choose.

Some AMC, Edwards, General Cinemas and others rent their theatres out for corporate events and conferences and have the ability to receive satellite transmissions and project them onto the screen. You should check with the theatres you want to premiere your feature in to see if they have that capability. Your next task would be to find a facility that would be able to uplink your feature to a sat system so the theatres could downlink it. Depending on the city you are in, you should be able to find a production facility or television station that would/could offer the service.

Congrats on shooting your first HD feature, but be aware that the money you saved in film cost, will probably be eaten up by the sat transmission.

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