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Advances in Optical Technologies
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 8164308, 8 pages
Review Article

Optical Network Technologies for Future Digital Cinema

1School of Engineering, London South Bank University, 103 Borough Road, London SE1 0AA, UK
2Department of Electrical Engineering, COMSATS, Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan

Received 9 May 2016; Revised 30 October 2016; Accepted 15 November 2016

Academic Editor: Giancarlo C. Righini

Copyright © 2016 Sajid Nazir and Mohammad Kaleem. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Digital technology has transformed the information flow and support infrastructure for numerous application domains, such as cellular communications. Cinematography, traditionally, a film based medium, has embraced digital technology leading to innovative transformations in its work flow. Digital cinema supports transmission of high resolution content enabled by the latest advancements in optical communications and video compression. In this paper we provide a survey of the optical network technologies for supporting this bandwidth intensive traffic class. We also highlight the significance and benefits of the state of the art in optical technologies that support the digital cinema work flow.