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Morristown N.J.—Dec 12, 2005

AccessIT Pioneers Presentation of Disney and Walden Media’s “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” In JPEG2000 Digital Format

First Commercial Release of a JPEG 2000 Digital Cinema Feature Compatible with the DCI Specifications At Company’s Pavilion Digital Showcase Theatre
In another digital cinema technology “first,” Access Integrated Technologies, Inc. (“AccessIT”) (AMEX: AIX), in cooperation with The Walt Disney Studios (“Disney”) and media player hardware provider Doremi Labs, Inc., said today, it has premiered Disney’s and Walden Media’s “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” at its Pavilion Digital Showcase Theatre in JPEG2000 compression format as provided for in DCI specifications. The Pavilion Theatre is the first, and to date, the only movie theatre equipped to show digital movies to paying audiences utilizing this advanced technology standard. By December 31, 2005, an additional 150 digital cinema systems currently being installed by Christie/AIX, a subsidiary of AccessIT, with regional theatre chains under its 4,000-screen rollout plan will be JPEG2000-capable. Disney’s “Narnia” was released nationally December 9th in both analog and digital versions.

“Today, thanks to the efforts of the talented team at AccessIT, we have been able to achieve a significant digital cinema milestone, the presentation of a full-length movie to audiences in compliance with the compression standards created by the industry’s Digital Cinema Initiatives. AccessIT’s technology leadership, operating digital cinema equipment at its Pavilion Showcase theatre, was instrumental in making this important development possible,” said Chuck Viane, president, Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, Disney’s distribution arm.

“We are pleased to play a supporting role in the effort to bring the most advanced technology to exhibitors and audiences nationwide,” said Bud Mayo, chairman and chief executive officer of AccessIT. “This presentation of Narnia, the first to use DCI specified JPEG2000 before a paying audience, is a major technological advance for everyone that has worked long and hard to see digital cinema become a reality.”

In July 2005, Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC (DCI), a joint venture formed by Disney and the six other major studios in 2002, issued the Version 1.0 Technical Specification for digital cinema systems. Included in the Specifications was the designation of JPEG2000 as the uniform file compression format. While movies have previously been shown on 2K digital projector systems, the commercial presentation of full-length films in DCI-conforming JPEG2000 format had not been previously achieved.

AccessIT’s Pavilion Theatre features five state-of-the-art 2K DLP Cinema® digital projection systems produced by Christie Digital Systems as well as media player hardware developed by Doremi Labs, among others. Doremi’s DCP-2000 digital cinema server, like the unit deployed at the Pavilion, is the first commercially available server capable of playing DCI-JPEG2000 digital movies. It is AccessIT’s intent to include Doremi players in many of the digital system installations anticipated under its 4,000-screen rollout plan.

Russell Wintner, President and COO of AccessIT’s Digital Media Division, added: “As soon as we decided to partner with Christie in a major deployment of Digital Cinema systems, we set our goal on JPEG2000 for installations to begin this same year. Our ability to support Disney’s ambitious agenda using JPEG2000 for ‘Narnia’ marks a critical objective met by our dedicated development team and further evidence of the value of having a digital cinema showcase theatre for advancing the joint goals of our movie industry partners.”

Camille Rizko, President and CTO of Doremi Labs, Inc. added: “We have been at the forefront of JPEG2000 technology integration since its introduction. The DCP-2000 server is the culmination of our effort to provide the Digital Cinema market with the first server capable of playing digital movies with JPEG2000 compression. We are proud to participate in this historic event.

Doremi Contacts: Doremi USA:
Tel: +1 818 562 1101
Fax: +1 818 562 1109

Doremi Japan:
Tel: 044-966-4855
Fax: 044-966-4856

Doremi Europe:
Tel: +33 492 954 280
Fax: +33 492 954 281

Press Contact:
Hany Adeeb
Tel: +1 818 562 1101
About Doremi: Established in 1985, Doremi Labs has been a pioneer of technological advancement with the attainment of its 4K-technology patent, active involvement in High Frame Rate content delivery and DCI certified product line. Doremi’s install base of digital cinema playback servers has exceeded 50,000 units globally and remains the most installed server in digital cinema history to date. Product lines include digital cinema playback servers, Integrated Media Blocks (IMB) and Integrated Media Servers, post production and mastering solutions and digital cinema accessibility products for the visually impaired and hearing impaired. 

Doremi maintains its world headquarters and production facilities in Burbank (USA), European headquarters and R&D in Sophia-Antipolis (France), an office in Tokyo (Japan) to service the rapidly expanding Asian digital cinema marketplace, and two R&D entities out of Canada and EMEA (Europe, The Middle East, Africa).
Doremi Directory page Doremi Web Site About Cinedigm: Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. is a leader in providing the services, experience, technology and content critical to transforming movie theaters into digital and networked entertainment centers. The Company partners with Hollywood movie studios, independent movie distributors, and exhibitors to bring movies in digital cinema format to audiences across the country. Cinedigm's digital cinema deployment organization, state of the art distributor and exhibition software, and marketing and distribution platform for alternative content and independent films are a cornerstone of the industry's digital cinema transformation. With the April acquisition of New Video, the world's largest aggregator of independent digital content and leading distributor of quality entertainment, CIDM has created a new full service end-to-end digital studio, enabling the Company to acquire and distribute independent films and specialty content both theatrically and via digital, mobile and home media platforms. Cinedigm Directory page About Walt Disney Company: Walt Disney Company Directory page
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