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Digital cinema releases up by 50%
Daniel Radcliffe (centre) in a scene from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Goblet of Fire from Warner was released digitally in 18 countries
The number of movies released in cinemas around the world in a digital format has doubled, experts have said.

There were 97 digital releases in 2005 compared with 47 in 2004, according to media analysts Screen Digest.

They said China had the highest number of releases with 29 followed by the US with 27 and Italy with 17.

The most widely released films came from Fox, Warner and Disney, which analysts said had "enthusiastically" embraced the digital format.

Their report said one the obstacles to a wide scale roll-out of digital cinema has been the lack of movies in digital format.

"That has been a natural consequence of the lack of readiness of the market," the report said.

The final Star Wars film was released digitally in 25 countries, while Harry Potter Goblet of Fire made it onto digital screens in 18 countries.

Screen Digest predicts that by the end of 2006, all major releases by Hollywood studios should be in a digital format.

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