SmartJog and CineLab are pleased to announce that they have reached a long term agreement for the license of SmartJog digital cinema distribution solutions as a white label service and product for the operations of their CineLab Data Delivery Network in Russia and CIS. The agreement was executed after a pilot phase that concluded recently with several multicasts of feature films to cinemas connected to the CineLab Data Delivery Network.
With this announcement, SmartJog, who is a leading operator of a Digital Cinema Network in Western Europe, with over 800 cinemas connected to its satellite and fiber hybrid platform, is launching a global strategy to offer the SmartJog technology and its innovative cloud based solutions to other international licensees worldwide who want to manage and operate their own electronic distribution network for digital cinema, using the best solutions and technology available in the market. The US office of SmartJog in Los Angeles will lead the commercialization of this new line of products.
Under this agreement, SmartJog provides gateway solutions that are hosted on the CineLab servers and NOC applications for CineLab to manage and supervise their network. In addition, CineLab is sharing resources with SmartJog’s digital cinema network and operations, based in Paris, for commissioning of new sites, traffic monitoring and network supervision. CineLab has been providing DCP mastering services, KDM and physical media delivery to several Russian distributors for three years. Delivery via satellite was a natural extension to their activity and it will simplify availability of digital film content particularly to remote regional cinemas in Russia and neighboring countries.
“CineLab has deployed a digital cinema network which includes today over 200 cinema sites in Russia and Kazakhstan, with a reach to 436 screens and a target to connect all digitized cinemas in Russia and CIS, confirms Denis Glinsky, CEO of CineLab Group. “We are very pleased that with our partnership with SmartJog, along with our recent agreement with RSCC, the national satellite service operator in Russia, we can offer a comprehensive solution using the Express-АМ2 satellite, with delivery speeds reaching 45 Mb/s, adds Kirill Kuzmenko, CEO of CineLab Digital.”
Jean-Sebastien Petit, CEO of SmartJog explains: “CineLab has been one of the pioneers of digital cinema in Russia and a client of SmartJog since several years for the secure reception of theatrical material from the US Studios via our network. We are thrilled by this partnership.
Nicolas Dussert, VP Digital Cinema Europe adds: “We are glad to have this technical partnership with CineLab. They deploy rapidly, with an average of ten new cinemas each week and our respective teams collaborate in the operations and management of their traffic on their network. We value our partnership and we develop for CineLab new solutions that contribute to our overall Quality of Service, making SmartJog a market leader in electronic distribution solutions and managed value-add services.”