Founded by the Valuable Group in 2005, UFO Moviez India Ltd is the world’s largest satellite networked digital cinema chain. UFO’s path breaking initiative has revolutionized the way films are distributed & exhibited in India through its pioneering technology and infrastructure. Apollo International Limited, India, and international PE investors 3i UK and Providence Equity Partners have made investments in UFO.
Within a few years of its launch, UFO has become the global market leader in its area of operations, offering end to end digital cinema solutions and delivering films via satellite directly to theatres, ensuring ‘FIRST DAY FIRST SHOW’ for film distributors and exhibitors across the country. The company’s strength lies in its innovative business approach, execution skills and focus on technology enabled business innovations.
Currently, with 3473 digital cinema installations spread in over 1350 cities across the length and breadth of India (including more than 100 3D screens), UFO is an integral part of the Indian film industry and significantly contributes to its expansion through wide spread day one releases of films across geographies. UFO’s secure technology has substantially reduced piracy in India.
UFO has also brought cricket matches of the Indian Premier League (IPL), LIVE to over 800 cinema screens in high definition, thus providing an option of alternate content to exhibitors in India.
‘UFO has launched a computerized ticketing platform called ‘IMPACT’ aimed at ensuring transparency, efficiency and accountability in the Media and Entertainment business.’ IMPACT exchange operates in real time and is connected to the back-end via satellite. IMPACT’s integrated online computerized ticketing and concessions billing system has been deployed in around 400 screens in India so far.
Scrabble Entertainment Limited (Scrabble)
UFO has a controlling stake in Scrabble Entertainment Limited, India's first and only 2K Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI) compliant Digital Cinema deployment entity. Scrabble is the sole aggregator of DCI screens in India and the only deployment entity in the country with Virtual Print Fee (VPF) contracts with major Hollywood studios, namely Sony Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Walt Disney Studios, Universal Studios and Warner Bros.
In India, Scrabble services 1409 DCI screens and plans to increase its footprint to 2500 screens by 2015.
DCI Solutions Worldwide
Scrabble’s Middle East deployment includes UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Lebanon, Jordan and Israel. VPF contracts for the region were signed with the six major Hollywood studios in early 2011. Post successful deployment in India and the Middle East, Scrabble is rolling out DCI solutions in the US, Europe and Latin America. Scrabble aims to deploy approximately 3000 DCI screens in these regions by mid 2014.
Globally, Scrabble plans to digitize about 5000 screens over the next couple of years.
In all our relationships we will demonstrate our steadfast commitment to:
Vision and Mission
Enhancing the entertainment experience and enabling the industry to realize its
true potential by creating a global platform of innovative services.
Provide end-to-end high quality digital cinema solutions through advanced technology
and communication networks. Offer a flexible and transparent platform to advertisers
for enhanced in-cinema advertising.
1. Panasonic Projection Systems :
Provides Projection Systems to UFO
Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of
electronic products for a wide range of consumer, business, and industrial needs.
Panasonic's vision of the digital future is driven by the needs and aspirations
of their business customers and millions of consumers around the world who use Panasonic
products every day. Panasonic has made understanding how its products can impact
people's lives a core focus for product development and refinement. The name Panasonic
is synonymous with innovation, quality, performance and ease of use. Panasonic is
UFO’s valued business partner for supply of digital projectors.
Panasonic is supported in India by Godrej, one of the largest engineering and consumer
product companies in the country, having varied interests from engineering to personal
care products, for maintenance of projectors supplied by Panasonic.
2. Hughes : Provides Satellite and
Bandwidth Services to UFO
Hughes Communications India Limited (HCIL) is a subsidiary of Hughes Communications
Inc. (HCI) USA and is the largest satellite service provider in India. HCI has a
global market share of 55% in VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) Industry. and
is a leading supplier of broadband satellite and wireless products, services & networks.
HCI is a world leader in the manufacture of Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT)
satellite networks with more than 300,000 VSATs installed worldwide, and is one
of the largest manufacturers of DIRECTV® direct-to-home satellite television systems.
HCIL is one of the most successful of the Indian VSAT operator with over 32,000
VSATs shipped and over 48,000 booked orders. Its service remains among the largest
in the country. HCIL is the first company to introduce KU band services in India.
Christie, a global visual technologies company, offers diverse solutions for business,
entertainment, and industry. With expertise in film projection since 1929 and professional
projection systems since 1979, Christie is widely acknowledged as the world’s single
source manufacturer of a variety of display technologies and solutions for cinema,
large audience environments, control rooms, business presentations, training facilities,
3D and virtual reality, simulation, education, media and government. As a market
leader, Christie has installed over 100,000 projection solutions worldwide.
Christie’s broad range of technologies include DLP Cinema™ projectors, LCD and DLP™
projectors, rear screen projection modules, video walls, and cutting edge projection
technologies for 3D, virtual reality and simulation.
For servers, UFO partners with Doremi Labs, which is a leading developer and manufacturer
of digital servers and format converters for the broadcast, post production and
Pro AV markets.
Doremi’s family of digital cinema servers and mastering stations; its patented 4K
technology; DCI certified product line; high frame rate (HFR) 3D servers and its
continual pioneering advancements have defined the technology responsible for a
new age of entertainment. A key feature of Doremi is their CineLister software that
allows operators the option to build and play composition playlists as well as full
session playlists. These playlists can include both JPEG2000 and MPEG2 movie files
as well as pre-show content files. Its graphic user interface helps in the management
of image files and creation of new image clips. Its extensive playlist creation
capability can be used for online playback and playlist scheduling, like:
- Multi-file Playback
- 2D & 3D Playback
- Enhanced Security
- Captioning Device Control
With newly patented technology, DepthQ by Lightspeed Design Inc, USA, is considered
the world’s fastest polarization switch for 3D digital cinema. With a powered, symmetrical
50 microsecond switching time between the eyes, it easily ensures bright, low crosstalk
operation; even at the upcoming 3D HFR (high frame rate) targets of 192 FPS, 240
FPS and beyond.
On the silver screen, these modulators enable the display of exceptional stereoscopic
3D films, which are viewable using inexpensive 3D glasses, thus granting viewers
an extraordinary experience at affordable prices. Also, when coupled with projectors
of up to 30k Lumens, these modulators provide a spectacular 3D experience for screens
of up to 17.7m (58ft).
These projectors meet Hollywood standards in terms of its demanding image quality
by accurately and efficiently varying the polarity of light passing through it and
maintaining a perfect sync with the double or triple flash of left and right eye
images from digital cinema projectors.
These modulators have undergone review by executives from six major Hollywood studios
and feature on the Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Approved Equipment List.
3i is an international investor focusing on Private Equity, Infrastructure and Debt
Management, investing across Europe, Asia and the Americas. Their competitive advantage
comes from their international network and the strength and breadth of their business
relationships. These underpin the value that 3i delivers to its portfolio, shareholders
and fund investors.
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About Providence Equity Partners
Providence Equity Partners is the leading global private equity firm specializing
in equity investments in media, entertainment, communications and information services
companies around the world. The principals of Providence manage funds with over
$23 billion in equity commitments and have invested in more than 100 companies operating
in over 20 countries since the firm’s inception in 1989. Significant existing and
prior investments include Altegrity, Archipelago Learning, Bresnan Broadband Holdings,
Casema, Com Hem, Digiturk, Education Management Corporation, eircom, Hulu, ikaSystems
Corporation, Idea Cellular, Kabel Deutschland, NexTag, PanAmSat, ProSiebenSat.1,
Recoletos, TDC, Univision, VoiceStream Wireless, Warner Music Group, and Yankees
Entertainment and Sports Network. Providence is headquartered in Providence, RI
(USA) and has offices in New York, London, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and New Delhi.
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Scrabble Entertainment Pvt Ltd
UFO has a controlling stake in Scrabble Entertainment Limited, India's first and
only 2K Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI) compliant Digital Cinema deployment entity.
Scrabble is the sole aggregator of DCI screens in India and the only deployment
entity in the country with Virtual Print Fee (VPF) contracts with major Hollywood
studios, namely Sony Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Walt Disney
Studios, Universal Studios and Warner Bros.
In India, Scrabble services 1300 DCI screens and plans to increase its footprint
to 2500 screens by 2015.
DCI Solutions Worldwide
Scrabble’s Middle East deployment includes UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Syria,
Lebanon, Jordan and Israel. VPF contracts for the region were signed with the six
major Hollywood studios in early 2011. Post successful deployment in India and the
Middle East, Scrabble is rolling out DCI solutions in the US, Europe and Latin America.
Scrabble aims to deploy approximately 3000 DCI screens in these regions by mid 2014.
Globally, Scrabble plans to digitize about 5000 screens over the next couple of
www.scrabbleentertainment.com for more information.
Southern Digital Screenz
Southern Digital Screenz India Pvt Ltd (SDS) is a subsidiary of UFO Moviez India
Ltd, the world’s largest satellite networked Digital Cinema chain. Founded in July
2008, SDS currently has more than 1350 Digital Cinema installations spread across
Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
SDS is an integral part of the South Indian film industry and significantly contributes
to its growth through wide spread day one releases of films across these states.
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Valuable Group began its journey in 2004 when Mr. Sanjay Gaikwad and Mr. Narendra
Hete came together with their respective experience and expertise in networking,
technical power, and strategic vision and started what is today - The Valuable Group
of Companies. The group manages and operates a spectrum of companies in three industry
verticals – Media and Entertainment, Technology and Infrastructure, and has made
pioneering technology-based business innovations.
Valuable Group started UFO Moviez and in a span of two years UFO became the largest
digital satellite cinema network in the world. Valuable Group currently offers services
like Virtual Classroom for education sector and Club X, a premier first day first
show white glove service to High Net worth Individuals in India. Valuable is also
the first Indian corporate house to have outright purchased a Hollywood company,
MovieBeam, belonging to Disney group.