UFO Moviez India Ltd is India’s largest digital cinema distribution network and in-cinema advertising platform in terms of number of screens. UFO operates India’s largest satellite-based, digital cinema distribution network using its UFO-M4 platform, as well as India’s largest D-Cinema network. 3i Research Mauritius Limited and P5 Asia Holding Investments (Mauritius) Limited have made investments in UFO.
We believe our digitization and delivery model has been a key driver of extensive digitization of Indian cinemas and has enabled wide-spread, same day release of movies across India. As at October 31, 2014, our global network, along with our subsidiaries and associates, spans 6,611 screens worldwide, including 4,912 screens across India and 1,699 screens across Nepal, the Middle East, Israel, Mexico and the USA.
We believe we add value to all stakeholders in the movie value chain, spanning movie producers, distributors, exhibitors and the cinema-going audience. We provide value to movie producers and distributors by reducing distribution costs, providing reach to a wide network, providing a faster method of delivery of content and reducing piracy through encryption and other security measures. We provide value to movie exhibitors throughout India by providing access to first day release of movies on our digital platform. Audiences benefit from faster access to new movie releases and a consistently high quality viewing experience.
UFO has also brought cricket matches LIVE to cinema screens in high definition, thus providing an option of alternate content to exhibitors in India.
Under an exclusive arrangement with Impact Media Exchange Limited, we are marketing an electronic ticketing platform known as the Integrated Media Pact, or “IMPACT”, to improve transparency, efficiency and accountability in movie screening industry. The transactions on IMPACT are captured on a real time basis as it is connected via satellite to a centralized Network Operation Centre. IMPACT mediates the transactions between exhibitors on one hand and distributors on the other, ensuring that ticketing transactions and movie screenings are transparent. IMPACT has been designed to ultimately act as a settlement exchange for various stakeholders of the movie screening industry.
DCI Solutions Worldwide
We provide D-Cinema solutions through our subsidiary Scrabble Entertainment Limited (Scrabble) in India and overseas. Scrabble’s international deployment includes UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Lebanon, Jordan and Israel through its overseas subsidiaries. Post successful deployment in India and the above countries, Scrabble has rolled out DCI solutions in the United States of America and Mexico through associates.
In all our relationships we will demonstrate our steadfast commitment to:
Provide an end-to-end, high-reach and high-quality digital cinema solution for movie producers, distributors and exhibitors and offer a flexible, transparent and high-impact platform that allows advertisers to have maximum engagement with cinema-goers.
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 Limited
Our D-Cinema capability is primarily provided through Scrabble Entertainment Limited
(“Scrabble”), a subsidiary in which we have 91.32 % interest
and in which we initially invested in 2011. Scrabble operates our D-Cinema business
in certain states in India and internationally and our Company operates our D-Cinema
business in the rest of India.
Scrabble owns a 33.33% interest in (a) Scrabble Digital Ltd, which owns digital
labs in Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad, and (b) Scrabble Digital JLT, which owns
digital labs in Dubai, each of which provides D-Cinema movie encoding, processing
and compressing services.
D-Cinema movie files are mastered by these labs using JPEG 2000 technology and encrypted with 128-bit encryption. A D-Cinema file for a full-length feature movie is typically 300 to 350 gigabytes in size and must be copied onto a hard drive for distribution and projected using a 2k projector. We appoint third party logistics companies to ship hard drives containing the D-Cinema movie files from these digital labs to each individual cinema. Exhibitors play the movies by copying the files from the hard drives onto servers, unlocking the files using licenses from the movie producer/distributor and then projecting the movies using digital projectors.
Our primary D-Cinema business activities include:
- VPF D-Cinema collection - VPF D-Cinema is payable by movie producers and distributors for the screening of movies at theatres with D-Cinema equipment. The purpose of VPF D-Cinema is to encourage exhibitors to purchase and install D-Cinema equipment at their cinemas. We have D-Cinema deployment contracts with certain major Hollywood studios, which allows for us to collect VPF D-Cinema from those studios, and we also collect VPF D-Cinema from Bollywood and other international studios who release their films on our D-Cinema network through India-based distributors.
- D-Cinema equipment rental and sales services
- D-Cinema movie encoding, processing and compressing services
DCI Solutions Worldwide
Scrabble’s international deployment includes UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Israel through its overseas subsidiaries. Post successful deployment in India and the above countries, Scrabble has rolled out DCI solutions in the USA and Mexico through associates.
Southern Digital Screenz India Private Ltd (SDS)
Founded in July 2008, Southern Digital Screenz India Private Ltd (SDS) is a subsidiary of UFO Moviez India Ltd and has rolled out UFO-M4 digital cinema solutions in the four Southern states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Our promoters are Mr. Sanjay Shankar Gaikwad, Mr. Narendra Hete, Valuable Technologies
Limited, Valuable Media Limited and Apollo International Limited. Valuable Technologies
Limited is engaged in development and deployment of high technology solutions in
the digital cinema space. Valuable Media is engaged in the film distribution business
and delivers, stores and plays movies in private theatres of select audiences. Apollo
International has different business segments such as international trading of tyres,
various commodities, products and services, manufacturing and export of fashion
leather garments and logistics business. Both Valuable Technologies Limited and
Valuable Media Limited have been promoted by Mr. Sanjay Shankar Gaikwad and Mr.
Sanjay Shankar Gaikwad
Chief Financial Officer
Chief – Advertisement Sales
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) - Indian Operations
Company Secretary & Compliance Officer
Chief Technical Officer
Chief Marketing Officer - Head of Enterprise Sales
Chief – Corporate Affairs
Chief Executive Officer - Special Projects