Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition sees record growth in 2017

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Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition (DCDC) announced new record levels of exhibitors, content providers, feature releases and events amid double-digit growth in 2017.

The North American theatrical content distribution company, founded by AMC Theatres, Cinemark Theatres, Regal Entertainment Group, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Entertainment, has seen its customer base expand to more than 250 independent, small- and medium-sized exhibitors and 50 content providers, including all of the top theatre circuits and major studios.

DCDC has delivered over 1,000 features (including 163 versions) and more than 150 events and special content to theatres totaling over one million deliveries since its launch in 2013 through 2017. Of particular interest is the increase DCDC has experienced in events: 750% since its first year of operation. DCDC has also delivered 735,000 trailers over this same period.

Transponder usage has accordingly almost doubled as a result of the increased volume of content.

Randy Blotky, CEO of DCDC, said, “These numbers reflect the fulfillment of our initial pledge to not only protect the integrity of the content, but to also create a pioneering business model—one designed to accrue economic benefits equally to all, be realistic to achieve and compelling to both our exhibitor and content-provider customers.”

DCDC now has nearly 2,900 locations and over 31,800 screens under contract after seeing the number of theatres in its network leap by double digits in each of the past three years, up from nearly 1,300 sites at launch.