United MediaWorks targets expansion to 350+ cinemas by March 2016

MUMBAI: United MediaWorks’ patented product Digibutor, a digital cinema server is looking at expanding its reach across the country. The product, which so far had a presence in Gujarat and Bihar and tapped into Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Jharkhand and Maharashtra earlier this year, has now set its sight on the West Bengal and Karnataka markets.

The product, which was until now available in 150 theatres across Gujarat and Bihar, has expanded its reach to over 200 theatres under its belt. This includes . This includes movie halls in Karnataka, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand.     

The digital distribution platform aims to expand its reach to over 350 theatres all over India by March 2016.

Speaking to, United MediaWorks co-founder and joint MD Ashish Bhandari said, “We launched in West Bengal and Karnataka a week back and the reason behind choosing these states was to break the monopoly of digital cinema providers in the theatre market.”

According to Bhandari, 10 - 15 per cent of cinema houses in rural India still works on analogue mode. “Not just this, south Indian movies dominate the market and so for now we are focusing more on single screens and individually owned multiplex theatres, so that we can break the monopoly and enter the market,” he added.

The prime focus of Digibutor is to support the growth of media and entertainment industry with futuristic and scalable technology based products and services. It has a technology through which it encrypts content in 512 bit. The platform has a distinctive digital watermarking to get the highest level of security system. This can be installed in other digital cinema equipments at cinema halls, which helps curb piracy.

United MediaWorks is not spending directly on the marketing of the product, but has collaborated with many local distributors of various states who are connected with producers, who then market the product. “Cinema advertising currently stands at Rs 480 crore. All over the country, there are 10,000 screens, of which 10 to 15 per cent are multiplexes, so our main focus is on advertising in single screen theatres. Cinema advertising is more efficient than television advertising, since it has a direct impact on consumers,” said VP - media sales Satish Mundhe.

The company made an initial investment of $1 million and is now looking for investors. Bhandari said, “Before asking investors to invest, I wanted to set a benchmark for them so that it’s easy to grow from there. We are looking for investors from like minded people in the industry.”

Launched in 2011, Digibutor was developed in 18 months at United MediaWorks Software Development and Research Center based in the US in association with Software Labs.

“Digibutor is nothing but a digital cinema server. The product is different from others, as there is no central server. Not just this, the technology is extremely easy to use as compared to the other competing companies and its very user friendly as well,” concluded Bhandari.

Latest Reads
Vedanta Group ropes in former PTI CEO MK Razdan

NEW DELHI: Vedanta Group has roped in MK Razdan, former CEO and editor-in-chief of PTI as a  senior advisor- corporate communications team. He will be based out of Delhi. Razdan is a well known name in the industry and has spent over three decades in the industry.  The veteran journalist became PTI...

MAM Media and Advertising People
HDFC Life Partners with Sportskeeda for IPL 2020

Mumbai: HDFC Life Insurance Company, one of India’s leading life insurance companies, signs an official sponsorship agreement with Sportskeeda for IPL 2020. With the sporting world still gradually being reinstated to normalcy, the biggest franchise T20 cricket tournament - Indian Premier League...

MAM Marketing MAM
Saregama plots Carvaan's post-Covid journey

MUMBAI: ‘Who buys a transistor radio in the times of iPods and apps?’

MAM Marketing Brands
The Better Home onboards Dia Mirza as brand ambassador

NEW DELHI: India’s first brand of subscription eco-friendly home cleaners, The Better Home, has partnered with Bollywood actor, UN Environment Goodwill ambassador, UN Secretary General’s SDGs advocate, and Wildlife Trust of India ambassador Dia Mirza as brand ambassador for their range of eco-...

MAM Marketing MAM
Kansai Nerolac continues to sponsor Sunrisers Hyderabad

Mumbai: In a bid to strengthen its long-standing partnership with the T20 franchisees, Kansai Nerolac Paints (KNPL), one of the leading paint companies in India will continue its association with Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) for the cricket league’s thirteenth season. The most loved sports...

MAM Marketing MAM
Acer India signs Sonu Sood as brand ambassador

NEW DELHI: Acer India, the PC brand, has roped in Bollywood actor Sonu Sood as its brand ambassador. The actor will be seen endorsing the brand's innovative range of products across media platforms for campaign to talk about Acer’s commitment to improving people’s lives through technology. This...

MAM Marketing MAM
Max Life is official life insurance partner for team RCB

NEW DELHI: Max Life Insurance Company has unveiled its latest ad campaign with Royal Challengers Bangalore. Featuring ace players of the team in a geared up avatar, the brand new television commercial (TVC) attempts to reinforce the importance of financial protection in the form of term insurance...

MAM Marketing MAM
Online fantasy sports platforms & their IPL romance

NEW DELHI: Ten years ago, if someone told you that you could create your own virtual sports team and win money, you would have laughed off the idea. However, a handful of techies believed in the possibility. They have not only turned it into a business but have developed an entire new category...

MAM Marketing Brands
BharatPe ropes in 11 cricketers as brand ambassadors

NEW DELHI: As the country gets ready to kickstart the festive season through cricket, BharatPe, India’s leading merchant payment network, is all set to invigorate the market with its own team of 11 cricket superstars as it's brand ambassadors. The BharatPe XI team includes India’s top international...

MAM Marketing MAM

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories

* indicates required