Theaters to show films via satellite

An executive of Boeing Satellite systems said Monday that the company will begin distributing movies to theaters via satellite on a test basis in November or December of this year, with a large-scale, formal rollout in late spring of 2002. Ron Maehl, senior vice president of the company, told Agence France Presse, the French news agency, in Paris that the speed of the rollout “depends on our relationship with the studios.” He indicated that while Boeing plans to showcase the system in one or two cities later this year, the company hopes to partner with the studios. “The idea is to get the technology in place with a product that has high visibility,” he said.