This week Intel hosted a Sundance workshop called "Emerging Technologies and the Delivery of Digital Content", which focused on the ever-changing convergence of art and technology. Such topics discussed were Movies on the Go, Adobe HD Editing Platform, Mobile HDV editing, Digital Home Ent with Intel Viiv Technology, and Tivo to go with Tivo Desktop.
Movies on the Go is a way in which Intel, Think Digital, HP IPAQ, and Heuris can bring feature films to a handheld on SD cards with secure Internet content distribution. So where do we get the content? Intel spoke of an online movie store they call "Take-out" which, with a monthly fee of $8-$10, you can download movies on your SD Card. The SD is encrypted and is non-copyable. An SD card runs from $25-$40 and cards can be "re-charged". The resolution is best on your mobile device and is not designed for your PC.
Another exciting topic that was discussed in the Intel Workshop is a new technology called WIMAX. This allows live streamed movies to be displayed in a movie theater. Last year at Sundance, the movie RIZE was streamed from an out of state office into a Park City theater. With this new technology, theaters can hook up to the Internet and just steam the content. With this exhibitors can change movies frequently and distributors can save a great deal of money on prints and delivery. This year at Sundance, Gus Van Sant's movie MALA NOCHE (1985) will be streamed to a Park City theater. Intel is also simulcasting Sundance content to the UCLA Film School. With a highly encrypted server, distributors can trust this idea and simulcast to several theaters at the same time. This may also give indie films a chance to break into small town America.
With Intels' new technology for mobile devices and for theaters, we can be sure that the digital film age will produce endless opportunities.