The announcement of impending 4D technology from the CJ group of Korea provides an interesting insight into the current changes in cinema technology and delivery. For most, 4D is understood as something experienced at a theme park, museum or a local planetarium. Distributing this on a mass scale to 200 American cinemas, however, could have interesting effects on the role of connectivity within some of these establishments.
The emergence of digital cinemas over the past 5 years has resulted in an increase in bandwidth requirements for those whose Digital Cinema Packages are delivered over high speed internet connections. Given that 4D technology will inevitably require more data; those who are delivering this from a digital set up could find an alteration being made to their current connectivity set up. No doubt our shared industry with America could result in a similar distribution set up over here in blighty. No need for the simulated rain, though.