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Ster-Kinekor brings D-BOX to SA movies

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Ster-Kinekor has announced it will install D-BOX, an immersive motion cinema seating technology, at four theatres in Johannesburg (The Zone Rosebank and Mall of Africa), Cape Town (Cavendish Square), and Durban (Gateway Shopping Mall). Each theatre will be equipped with 50 D-BOX seats, among the regular seating. 

This will cater to a growing number of moviegoers who are looking for cutting-edge, premium entertainment experiences.

D-BOX is changing the movie experience through the power of motion. Using precision and hyper-realistic vibrations, D-BOX delivers a new level of immersive entertainment that connects viewers to the movie like never before. Because they control the intensity, they can move with the movie and feel every scene as if they were in it. This creates highly believable, one-of-a-kind movie-watching experiences .

“We make every effort to offer our customers new ways to watch movies and keep giving them reasons to visit our cinemas,” says Wanda Matandela, CEO of Ster-Kinekor Theatres. “We’ve had great success in the past with IMAX and Cine Prestige. D-BOX is the next logical step in our evolution because their technology and expertise fit perfectly into our overall vision of pushing boundaries to give our customers innovative and unparalleled premium experiences.”

Motheo Matsau, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at Ster-Kinekor Theatres, says: “As technology changes the world, we are keeping abreast of global cinema innovations with D-BOX. We are committed to our customers and delivering the latest technology to enhance their movie experience by providing a feast for the senses.”

The first D-BOX-equipped auditorium to open will be at Mall of Africa. This innovative cinema viewing technology will launch in South Africa on 23 November with the release of Justice League.

The idea is that viewers will feel like superheroes and part of the film. Based on the DC Comics title, the movie sees Batman and Wonder Woman assemble a team consisting of Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg to face the catastrophic threat of Steppenwolf and his army of Parademons. The cast includes Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, and J. K. Simmons.

The other D-BOX equipped cinemas will open in short succession after this and also screen Justice League. A D-BOX release also awaits Coco, a Pixar and Disney computer-animated musical fantasy film based on the Mexican Day of the Dead that will release on 24 November; and  Star Wars, The Last Jedi. Ster-Kinekor will be hosting pre-release screenings on all screens (IMAX & Ster-Kinekor screens) at 8pm on Thursday, 14 December. The film will be officially released on 15 December 2017.

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IFA: Samsung unveils 8K TV

During its press conference at IFA 2018 this week, Samsung Electronics announced its foray into 8K with the unveiling of the Q900FN QLED 8K TV in an 85” size. Samsung says it features all the benefits of Samsung’s flagship QLED line and several enhancements that bring 8K-quality images to life.

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“At Samsung, we’ve worked well over the years to move the industry forward when it comes to premium picture quality, and the introduction of the Q900FN with 8K AI Upscaling is an integral component as we look to the future of displays,” said Jongsuk Chu, Senior Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “We’re thrilled to introduce the Q900FN to consumers and are confident that they will experience nothing short of brilliance in colour, clarity and sound from our new 8K-capable models.”

To achieve 8K-quality images, the Samsung Q900FN features Real 8K Resolution and is capable of 4,000 nit peak brightness, a standard employed by many Hollywood studios. This feature allows the Q900FN to produce four times more pixels than a 4K UHD TV and 16 times more pixels than a full HD TV. Q HDR 8K, powered by HDR10+ technology, optimises the TV’s brightness levels and delivers the visual experience intended by creators. The Q900FN has already received the official HDR10+ logo certification.

Samsung’s proprietary AI-powered 8K Upscaling technology enhances lower resolution content to 8K quality. Whether a viewer is watching content through a streaming service, set-top box, HDMI, USB or even mobile mirroring, the 8K Quantum Processor recognises and upscales the content to appear in 8K quality. In addition, the Q900FN features Direct Full Array Elite for enhanced contrast and precise backlighting control, and as with all of our QLED models, it delivers 100% colour Volume so viewers can experience billions of shades of colour for the purest colour accuracy available to date.

The Q900FN features a slate of new functions that enable consumers to get the most from their TV, while maintaining the highest quality in picture and sound. For example, the TV recognises and analyses a number of connected entertainment devices like audio devices connected via optical cable with the One Remote, then automatically switches the TV’s image source and audio output for an optimised viewing experience. Lifestyle features, such as Ambient Mode, have been enhanced to seamlessly blend the TV in the surrounding space and by showcasing beautiful images, weather, news and more on the screen. The One Invisible Connection, which comes standard at five meters and is also available in 15 meters, incorporates the optical cable and power into one thin cord, giving users more freedom to decide where and how they place the TV. Smart enhancements, such as SmartThings, further simplify the connected living experience, and the Universal Guide provides personalised recommendations to easily find live and OTT content on TV.

Samsung will showcase its latest television and audio announcements in its booth at IFA, located at the City Cube Berlin on Level 2.

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NAG LAN returns to rAge

The NAG LAN is back at rAge this October, and tickets are on sale both online and at Computicket outlets.

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As SA’s most popular LAN, tickets to the NAG LAN are expected to sell out mega fast, and this year – as promised – the organisers are delivering an even more awesome event and experience!

“For the first time ever, gamers will be able to pre-select their preferred experience in three dedicated LAN areas when purchasing their tickets.  Two of the areas will be fully carpeted, one area will have padded chairs, and two areas will be quieter and more secluded from the noisy expo show floor, ensuring that the NAG LAN experience is more tailored to everyone’s individual tastes and levels of comfort,” says Michael James, Owner and Project Manager at rAge.

In addition to this, gamers will now be able to take forty winks at, next to or underneath their tables and will not be disturbed by security.

More good news is that the changes to the NAG LAN also mean a bigger rAge show floor, making for a more interactive and spacious visitor experience, with more exhibitions and activities on offer this year.

The NAG LAN is Southern Africa’s largest BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer/Console) LAN event. Gamers from all over South Africa will travel to rAge with their gaming rigs, laptops and consoles, where they’ll then game for 52 solid hours!  2018 sees big name sponsors on board to ensure an impressive experience. Nutanix is sponsoring the servers, with Aruba supplying the switches and MWEB Fibre ensuring broadband connectivity.

“Not only is rAge a must-attend event in the calendar for gamers, but it also brings together a host of young talent who may well pursue a future in software development or IT. The sponsorship, and provision of the server architecture for the LAN, provides us with the perfect platform to showcase Nutanix as a next-generation platform for who we believe will be the future IT leaders of our digital economy,” states Paul Ruinaard, country manager Sub-Saharan Africa at Nutanix. “Furthermore, we have architected the NAG LAN platform to run virtualization for a high-volume traffic environment, a step away from the bare-metal architecture they have used in the past. We are looking forward to seeing the benefits this yields for the gamers in a live environment.”

This year’s NAG LAN will prove to be an unforgettable experience for any gamer wanting to spend a weekend filled with meeting new friends and reconnecting with old ones, as well as non-stop gaming 24/7.

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