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Something to watch

Posted at 12:15 PM on December 30, 2007 by Euan Kerr

Of all the developments in the movie world this year, one thing which has garnered some attention but not much, yet could be a wave of the future, is the advent of the live broadcast.

Digital projection allows all sorts of things, including the piping in of shows from all over the world.

In recent weeks we have had the Metropolitan Opera and the St Olaf Christmas concert on local screens. In a few weeks we'll have U2 3D which is not broadcast, but would seem like an ideal program for digital delivery.

There are purists who lament the loss of the warmth of film, but the economics of the business will mean that is a losing battle. And the idea of large screen presentation of certain films is most intriguing.

Wouldn't it be cool to be able to rent a theater and order up a favorite flick as easily as going to a video store nowadays to pick up a DVD?

The future awaits.

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