Swiss cinemas get movies via satellite


German technical service provider Media Broadcast will in future transmit films to Kitag Group cinemas in Switzerland via its digital satellite network.

The agreement includes establishment and service provision for the reception facilities in 28 cinemas in Bern, Basel, St Gallen, Lucerne and Abtwil. “Thanks to the most modern technology we will soon be able to receive not only 3D blockbusters of the big major studios via satellite, but also 2D and 3D live events from alternative content segments,” said Kitag’s managing director Philippe Täschler.

Media Broadcast is able to feed the digital film material from rights dealers directly to central servers in cinemas through its pan-European Digital Cinema Distribution Network. The subsidiary of French TDF group recently connected the Hollywood Megaplex cinema group in Austria to its satellite network.