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El.pub Analytic No. 3 "Celluloid or Silicon?"

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Contents: Introduction | Celluloid or Silicon? | E-cinema Technology | Display technology | Data distribution | New Applications | Infrastructure for cultural minorities | The not-so-big screen | Business issues | Reducing distribution costs | New revenue streams | Installation costs | Middle men | IPR | Support | Conclusion


Celluloid or Silicon? is supported by the UK government. Why should this be? 'It's very modestly funded (transport and the organising chairman's time) by the UK Government, but not paid for', said Snell. 'However, even that level of support has provided the impetus for government departments and UK companies to dedicate their own resources to highlight some of the possibilities to the broader film and media industry.'

'It's similar in spirit to the funding received from the European Commission for RTD activities. The EC are keen to promote European-wide RTD activities amongst key players on the European scene', said Snell.

Snell & Wilcox are main contractors for the G-FORS project funded as part of the European Commission's Euro 3.3bn IST programme. G-FORS aims to reduce the cost of European programme production by making programme content available in an efficient and cost-effective way. This will be done by creating of a new generic file architecture that can be used throughout the acquisition and video recording parts of the broadcast chain.

'EC funding provides the glue that joins the project partners together and thus promotes synergy', said Snell. He went on, 'some of the notable developments on the global scene, such as GSM digital mobile phones and the Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) standard received substantial support from the EC. It is not certain that these developments would have enjoyed the level of success that they do had it not been for this support.'

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