Englewood, Colo. – EchoStar (NASD: SATS), the sister company of satellite
TV provider DISH Network, announced on Tuesday that its EchoStar Satellite
Services unit has partnered with Deluxe Digital Cinema on a joint venture to
build a digital cinema satellite distribution network in the U.S. and Canada.
The network will deliver 2D and 3D films, live events and other programming via
satellite to digitally-equipped theaters.
"We began testing sites around
the country with EchoStar about a year ago to determine how best to develop the
network," said Cyril Drabinsky, President and CEO of Deluxe Entertainment
"The results confirmed that delivering feature films
through our satellite network would provide optimum quality and reliability for
our customers, and present an open platform for easily accommodating a variety
of digital delivery services."