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NATO Declares 9 April '19 SMPTE DCP Compliance Day

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There has been a running gag within ISDCF about SMPTE-DCP Compliance, that it would come in April...without saying which year. The gag has gone on since perhaps 2008 or so...so long ago that anyone would be guessing when it first started. ...where were you when April was first declared?...

There are many benefits for going from the non-standard convoluted, baling-wire InterOp versions of DCPs to the SMPTE Compliant versions. Having a well defined standard, securing all the copy written materials, having the world on 1 standard are a few of the big benefits. The last issues with equipment in the field should have been handled, after years of adjusting things in the captions world, then out of the blue, a several year problem in the TMS-world. 

There is now a website that details the migration project at smptedcp.com which gives the running status of North America and Europe for percentages of feasibility, as well as good descriptions of what this means.SMPTE DCP dot Com

With word that there is no more technical or equipment reason for any exhibitor in the United States to not be running SMTPE Compliant DCPs, the board of NATO has released the following: 

Be it resolved that motion picture distributors and exhibitors operating in the 'domestic' market of the United States and Canada will fully transition to SMPTE DCP by 9 April 2019. A full press release will follow shortly.

See the full document full of Whereas and BE IT in the attachment...