Supercomm 2000, Atlanta, June 5, 2000 — Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband Internet communications company, today announced that its North American broadband Internet network will be used in the digital screening of Titan A.E., the first Digital Cinema motion picture to be delivered via the Internet and digitally screened.
Sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc. and Twentieth Century Fox, Titan A.E. will be shown June 6, 2000 at the Supercomm 2000 trade show. Delivered and shown using Digital Cinema – the digital and automated delivery and exhibition of motion pictures – Titan A.E. will be transmitted via Qwest's network using Cisco equipment from Qwest's state-of-the-art CyberCenter™ in Burbank, Calif., to Atlanta, where it will be screened at the Woodruff Arts Center.
After Titan A.E. was produced and mastered in Los Angeles, Fox captured and encoded the movie into a digital cinema file. The digital file - 42 Gigabytes in size after compression– will be delivered on June 6 through an encrypted and secure virtual private network (VPN). The Cisco-based IPSec VPN solution will connect the Woodruff Center directly to the Qwest CyberCenter, supporting the transmission of the motion picture at the highest speed commercially available in the marketplace today – OC-192 (10 Gigabits per second). The end result will be a Digital Cinema exhibition with picture and sound quality that is comparable to, or in some instances better than, what movie theaters currently offer today.
"Digital Cinema is exactly the type of cutting-edge broadband application that Qwest is rolling out for its customers. Not only will Digital Cinema help Hollywood produce higher-quality movies at lower costs, but its capabilities can be harnessed to deliver new video services to our customers," said Lewis O. Wilks, Qwest's president of Internet and multimedia markets. "We are very pleased to be working with Cisco and Fox on this extraordinary event."
A summer blockbuster, Titan A.E. represents a new generation of animation, blending exciting new technologies, cutting-edge computer imagery and classic animation. The digitally animated film features the vocal talent of Matt Damon, Drew Barrymore, Bill Pullman, Janeane Garofalo, Nathan Lane, and John Leguizamo. The film opens nationwide on June 16.
"We are pleased to be working with Qwest and Fox to illustrate that the technology for Digital Cinema is a reality today. The digital screening of TITAN A.E. is a demonstration of the New World applications Cisco is enabling customers like Qwest to build and support," said Larry Lang, vice president of service provider marketing for Cisco. "Applications like Digital Cinema that drive the demand for bandwidth. This in turn will open up new markets and new opportunities, allowing service providers to bring an array of new services and innovative applications to customers and industries."
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