Kodak Taps IBM for Digital Cinema

Eastman Kodak is ramping up its Digital Cinema Operating System (COS) by contracting with IBM for its computer servers, storage units and other peripherals.

The COS operates Kodak's Digital Cinema System, which manages the preparation, protection, distribution and digital projection of images on cinema screens. The COS equips theater managers with the storage, scheduling and playback capability necessary to upgrade preshow advertising content currently available and to transition to showing digitally projected movies and other entertainment.

Kodak plans to build the scalable COS on open standards, and will combine the company's experience in imaging systems with IBM's work in information technology. IBM will provide digital media technology, including IBM eServer systems running on Linux. Kodak will contribute the system design and software, as well as training, service and support.