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Action 81: Issue recommendation on promoting digitisation of European cinema

The Commission will Issue by 2011 a Recommendation on promoting digitisation of European cinema.

What is the problem? Supporting the transition to Digital Cinema

In Europe, digital cinema take-up has been slower than foreseen because of technical (standards) and economic (business model) issues. Some types of cinemas are even threatened with closure because of the high costs of digital equipment. Therefore, support to digitisation of cinemas is necessary to safeguard cultural diversity.

Why the EU action is needed? Promoting cultural diversity and creative content

The Recommendation on Digital Cinema will aim to cover all aspects related to digital cinema. DG INFSO should ensure that it deals withthe collection and preservation of cinema in digital format for future generations, as well as the projection of digitally-born or digitised film in cinematheques or art cinemas.

This action is closely related to other DAE actions, namely Action 2, 79 and 80.

What will the Commission do?

By the end of 2011:

  • the Commission will issue a Recommendation on Digital Cinema