Fathom Events expands live cinema broadcast network through DISH Agreement
Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network, the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, will receive more than 200 additional theaters over the next 12 to 18 months, expanding live event delivery capabilities to more than 1,100 total cinemas and 1,700 screens across the U.S.
The expansion and upgrade is part of an extended agreement with DISH Network for the delivery of both pre-recorded and live cinema events.
The network expansion will add theater locations and screens for current network exhibitors including Fathom Events’ owners AMC, Cinemark and Regal, as well as new partners including Harkins, Megaplex, Bow Tie and others. Capacity in major markets as well as new markets nationwide will be added based on historical event cinema performance data.
This upgrade will enhance Fathom’s already unparalleled ability to monitor and troubleshoot before and on event night with real-time information on the health of the network.
“This upgrade will change the way audiences experience content at their cinemas by providing access to live and pre-recorded event cinema content,” said Fathom Events VP of Operations Lynne Schmidt. “We’re eager to build relationships with our new and current partners and cannot wait to see what the coming months bring.”
“The events we’ve shown in our theaters through Fathom have been incredibly successful and attract a variety of new audiences,” said Cal Gundersen, VP & Head Film Buyer, Megaplex Theatres. “We are thrilled to now be able to offer their full programming slate with the expansion of their live network into our theaters.”
Fathom Events is a leading event cinema distributor with participating theaters in all 100 of the top designated market areas, and ranks as one of the largest overall distributors of content to movie theaters. Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live and pre-recorded events to 917 locations and 1440 screens in 181 DMAs. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.