To fend off Netflix, movie theaters try 3-screen immersion

LONDON — Sit at the back of the movie theater, and it’s possible to see the appeal of ScreenX, the latest attempt to drag film lovers off the sofa and away from Netflix.

Instead of one screen, there are three – one at the front, and two on the sides – to add to the immersive experience you can’t get from the home TV.

First adopted in South Korea in 2012, the system is being launched in the U.K. and theater chain Cineworld plans to add over 100 new screens to the worldwide count of 151.

The technology is the latest attempt by cinema operators to attract film viewers amid the growing popularity of online subscription services like Netflix and Amazon Prime. They’ve ranged from 3D screens launched almost a decade ago to ultra-high resolution IMAX projectors and 4DX – which features moving chairs and real-life special effects like snow falling on the audience.

The focus on innovation has helped in the past. Since 3D was popularized at big cinema theaters in 2009 with the release of films like James Cameron’s “Avatar,” revenue has grown. Global box office revenue has increased by $14.4 billion in the past decade to $40.6 billion, according Motion Picture Association of America.

But that growth seems to be fading and movie theaters are being overtaken by internet video. Revenue from internet video like Netflix is forecast to be the fastest growing part of the entertainment and media industry through 2021, according to consultancy PwC. Its estimated annual growth of 6 percent compares with a projected annual drop in cinema of 1.2 percent.

It’s unclear whether this latest innovation will help or stand out.

Cineworld says the idea is “it makes you feel like you’re sitting in the action.”

Robert Mitchell, a film journalist for Variety magazine, notes that was the point of 3D …read more

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Why Utah isn’t one of the best places to have a baby

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah isn’t one of the best states to have a baby, according to a new WalletHub report released this week.

The Beehive State ranked as the 12th best state in the country in which to have a baby, ranking above Hawaii, Iowa and Rhode Island within the top 15.

Vermont topped the list, with Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire and North Dakota rounding out the top five.

Connecticut, Colorado, Nebraska, the District of Columbia and California all made the top 10.

On the other end, Mississippi finished as the worst state in which to give birth to a baby, securing low rankings for its health care, baby-friendliness and family-friendliness.

WalletHub ranked all states on four categories: cost, health care, baby-friendliness and family-friendliness. It used 26 different measures to compare each state, including such data as hospital conventional-delivery charges, annual average infant-care costs and pediatricians per capita.

The report hoped to show those having a baby that there’s more at play than just the cost of giving birth.

“Birthing costs, however, won’t hit your wallet as badly in some states as they will in others. Expenses can vary significantly, considering the wide disparities in cost of living,” according to WalletHub. “They can also differ from one pregnancy to another, given that some women experience delivery complications. But there’s more to think about than just cost. Some states provide better quality health care service and better environments in which to care for children.”

Utah ranked among the top five states for having the lowest hospital cesarean-delivery charges. But, it also had the second-fewest child care centers per capita, according to the report.

Overall, Utah ranked as the 24th state in terms of cost and the 17th state for its health care options for those having a baby.

But the state did rank as the 10th-best state in the …read more

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With operations to begin in weeks, Amazon shows off new fulfillment center

SALT LAKE CITY — With bright yellow paint, high ceilings and robots zipping across sprawling floors, Amazon’s newest distribution center in Salt Lake City evokes a tech Wonka factory.

Just a few weeks away from bringing the facility on line, Amazon officials showed off their near-finished warehouse Monday, with hard-hatted, orange-vested city officials in tow.

“We obviously get a tremendous amount of inventory,” said Michael Taylor, the general manager of Salt Lake’s distribution center. “This facility deals primarily with smaller items that we pick, pack and ship to our customers.”

Taylor demonstrated some of the distribution center’s processes on a short tour of the still-active construction site. Beginning with inbound delivery, he said products will be brought inside the warehouse and dropped in yellow pods — either for storage or immediate delivery.

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Michael Taylor, general manager of Amazon’s new Utah fulfillment center, and Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski stand before members of the media during a tour of the new facility in Salt Lake City on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018. The 855,000-square-foot facility will employ over 1,500 full-time workers, shipping smaller items to customers.

Taylor said Amazon has 50,000 of these small yellow bins in the new distribution center.

When in operation, 6,000 “drive units,” robots that look like oversized orange Roombas, will carry the stacks of yellow pods to Amazon’s workers.

“We’ll have associates working at stations like this,” Taylor said, motioning to fenced off workstations with computer screens, “to either store that inventory, or to pick it for a customer order.”

From there, Taylor led Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and other city officials along the elaborate distribution maze, ending with spiral slides that drop packages into the hands of workers to place on trucks, bound nationwide.

Amazon will hire some 1,500 people to staff the new distribution …read more

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Rep. Love, medical tech pros urge Senate to permanently repeal medical device tax

SOUTH JORDAN — Flanked by medical technology professionals at Merit Medical Systems headquarters on Monday, Rep. Mia Love called on the U.S. Senate to move quickly to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s medical device tax, saying it unduly interferes with innovation in the state.

The Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2018, which would permanently repeal a 2.3 percent tax on certain types of medical equipment that went into effect in 2013, easily passed late last month in the U.S. House of Representatives with the support of all of Utah’s representatives. The House passed the bill 283-182, with just one dissenting Republican vote and the support of 57 Democrats.

The medical device tax was designed to apply to everything from MRI machines to pacemakers to surgical equipment, with carved out exceptions for common retail medical items like eyeglasses, hearing aids, and band-aids. Two prior bills passed by Congress have placed a moratorium on the tax, rendering it inactive since the beginning of 2016.

The latest bill, sponsored by Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-Minnesota, would do away with the tax forever. Love and 222 other members of the House of Representatives joined as sponsors of the measure on the day it was first introduced in early 2017.

Love said Monday that medical technology manufacturing companies, which feel the full brunt of the tax, contribute $5 billion per year to the state’s economy and provide Utahns with 10,000 good jobs.

“This it not just about trying to preserve this industry, it really is looking no further than our neighbors” who support their families by working on developing and improving “medical technology that saves people’s lives,” Love said.

The latest moratorium on the medical device tax lasts until the end of 2019. But medical technology companies such as Merit Medical — a South Jordan-based company that calls itself “a leading …read more

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