Let Innovation Blossom

Prior to the introduction of digital cinema, there were few standards that guided cinema. Standards, and the DCI specification in particular, emerged to reduce risk of investment in the digital transition. But it would be mistaken to think that standards continue to rule the industry. DCI retains its strength, largely due to its highly valued compliance testing program. However, standards without economic backing or commercial benefit find adoption difficult. The classic examples are SMPTE DCP, now in its seventh year of painfully slow adoption, and immersive sound, where a standards committee is now inventing a new sound format that no commercial entity has pledged to invest in.

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