ATLANTA, GA., June 7, 2000 - Cisco Systems, Inc., the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet, made motion picture history yesterday when Cisco became the first company ever to digitally transmit a film over a coast-to-coast network. Twentieth Century Fox's animated action adventure epic TITAN A.E. was a hit with audiences who attended the digital premiere at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta.
"The success of the TITAN A.E. premiere demonstrates the unique power of the Internet as an effective business and entertainment resource," said Larry Lang, vice president of service provider marketing at Cisco. "Working with Twentieth Century Fox to support the first-ever digital transmission of a movie over the Internet has been a great experience. And to transmit the movie in a little over two hours is phenomenal. This application of Internet technology has the potential to revolutionize movie creation and distribution as well as unleash new opportunities for movie studios and exhibitors worldwide.
TITAN A.E. was transmitted from Qwest Communications International Inc.'s CyberCenter in Los Angeles to a theater in Atlanta over a highly secure Cisco New World IPSec Virtual Private Network (VPN). The transmission took approximately two hours, and used Internet technology from Cisco including Cisco 12000 Series Internet routers running over a high-speed fiber backbone and Cisco 7140 VPN and security routers with integrated firewall and hardware Triple DES encryption.
TITAN A.E. represents a new generation of filmed animation, with a team of artists, animators, and computer effects specialists blending exciting new technologies, cutting-edge computer imagery and classic animation to create the films spectacular new worlds and vivid characters. TITAN A.E. features the vocal talent of Matt Damon, Drew Barrymore, Bill Pullman, Janeane Garofalo, Nathan Lane, and John Leguizamo. The film opens nationwide on June 16.