Maybe DLP projectors will allow theaters to cut their costs and lower ticket prices once again.
DLP projectors actually cost about an order of magnitude more than film projectors. They also have lower resolution (1280x1024? Are they kidding?!) than even 35mm film, let alone 70mm film.
Going to electronic projection, with the data beamed in by satellite, might save the studios and distributors money, but not the theater chains. (The studios and distributors are the ones who pay for film prints right now, not the theater chains.) I say "might" because as we all know, transmitting data is not free. Film prints are also not as expensive as you might think. They cost about $2000 a pop, which if shown 6 times a day for 3 weeks, works out to about $15 dollars a show. That's hard to beat.
By the way, when it comes to electronic movie projectors, DLP is not the only game in town. In fact, they are the worst game in town. Both JVC's D-ILA technology and Silicon Light's GLV technology have better resolution and a better price/performance ratio. DLP just has the most mindshare at the moment, due to TI's aggressive marketing.
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