Movie Industry Electronics
In 2009, approximately 90 percent of the top-grossing movies in the United States were shot on film, with only 20 percent being digitally recorded. A mere six years later, in 2015, almost the exact opposite was true, with only a little over 20 percent of top-grossing movies shot on film and slightly less than 90 percent recorded digitally. This represents a massive shift in the industry over the course of a less than 20 years; recording movies digitally was virtually unheard of in the year 2000.
Despite the dramatic upward trend in digital movie production, it is still quite controversial within the movie industry, with some directors and photographers pledging to make movies on film as long as they are able. However, for those choosing to adopt the new technology, for either aesthetic or financial reasons, it becomes necessary to dispose of the old cameras used to record on film. It may also be necessary to dispose of old film stock, which must be handled professionally due to the dangerous chemicals it contains.
Changes to the way people make movies have also led to advances in the way movies are exhibited. Movies that are shot digitally typically require digital projection as well, and movie theaters are under increased pressure to adopt the new technology despite additional costs involved. Only time will tell how long it will be cost effective for theaters to hold onto old film projectors.
Both the display and the means of control, scoreboards in sports stadiums have developed significantly over the past several decades. Less than 40 years ago, the highly inefficient incandescent bulbs used in most scoreboard started to be replaced with light-emitting diodes, which operate more efficiently and don’t need to be replaced as often. Radio transmission and computer control allow data to be sent to scoreboard displays without the benefit of hard wiring. The new style displays also provide enhanced video, entertainment, and visuals far beyond simply showing the scores of yesteryear. As result, stadiums from major pro sports to your local high schools are upgrading to new electronic scoring and display options. Additionally, major stadiums across the country add LCD TVs throughout the concourses, within seating and dining areas to enhance the spectator experience. Every major sports or concert venue now also provides a long list of dining options, many of which are designed to efficiently and quickly move customers through lines. These food vending locations typically have fast order POS machines, enhanced visual displays to make ordering easy. All of these are things that are in constant need of replacing and recycling.
People come to a game to have fun, but unfortunately, a stadium now present a soft target for a potential terrorist. In the interest of keeping everyone safe, security equipment such as metal detectors are sometimes employed. These devices undergo constant upgrades to provide the most effective level of protection and allow everyone to enjoy the game in safety.
Believe it or not, arcade games have existed for well over a century. The original arcade game, Skee-Ball, was invented in 1909 and is still played in arcades and on carnival midways to this day. Needless to say, arcade games have gone through several evolutionary steps over the intervening decades.
The first pinball games were developed in 1933, and many communities initially banned them, believing that they were a form of gambling.
The first commercially successful coin-operated video game was Pong, released in 1972, just a year after the coin-operated video game was first invented.
The most successful video game of all time is Pac-Man, first released in 1980.
With Dance Dance Revolution, first released in 1999, arcade games became an aerobic exercise involving the whole body. It still remains popular 20 years later.
Since that time, there have been a number of advancements to the arcade industry, including flight simulators, virtual reality, and an immersive 4D gaming experience. While arcades themselves retain a significant measure of popularity, the games themselves fall in and out of fashion. The arcade industry and arcade game machines is constantly in need of machine disposal and recycling. All containing circuit boards, screens, chips and various electronics, arcade owners are able to rely upon ECC Recycling to properly handle any disposition needs they may have.
Providing Entertainment Electronics Disposal
Regardless of your sector within the entertainment industry and the types of equipment you work with, ECC Recycling can help you dispose of it properly once it wears out or becomes obsolete. Additional examples include the following:
Film stock (used or unused)
Video and audio monitors
Vinyl discs, cassettes, CDs
Sound and video recorders
Video game consoles
Television sets (cathode-ray, LCD, etc.)