Session Streams

All Delegates - General Sessions

General Sessions (that include all delegates in a single session) are scheduled separately to the 4 simultaneous session streams and are not summarised here. These sessions open and conclude the Conference and so will be scheduled on Tuesday morning March 7th and Thursday afternoon March 9th. A full agenda with all of the sessions and times listed is published (V2, December 6th 2016) and we will continue to keep you informed as the schedule is refined.

This 8th Vista Customer Conference is positioned slightly differently in 2017 to reflect that Vista is now Vista Group - a cluster of companies that together provide technology solutions to the global film industry and more importantly, all either directly or indirectly to our cinema exhibitor customers. Accordingly, you can expect the content of the 2017 agenda to reflect this shift.

We have four subject 'streams' in 2017; 'The Business of Cinema' stream will focus on bigger picture industry development and trends and the indirect but critical technological innovation that the relevant Vista Group businesses offer. 'Engage Your Customers' we expect will be self-explanatory and of particular interest to the marketers in our customer organisations. 'Cinema Operations' will by definition largely focus on the business of Vista Entertainment Solutions (VES) and the Group business offers that add value/additional benefits to Cinema Ops. Stream #4 'Focus Topics & New Tech' will update you on the latest innovation Vista Group is already, or plans to be, making available to you.  

The SAME SESSION NUMBER of each of the four streams will be scheduled at the same time; for example - between 0830 and 0925 on Wednesday March 08th, Session #1 of EACH of the 4 streams will be scheduled and you will be free to choose which of the sessions you attend. This model of agenda enables us to optimise the value and volume of information we deliver, making sure that your visit to Auckland is one you're unlikely to regret.

The 'Vista Group Lab' will also run throughout the Conference hosted by Vista staff and our partners who will be ready to demonstrate product, show you anything at all, and answer your questions. Leading edge Kiosk software will also be demonstrated at Conference and watch out for some cool new technology with Vista partner and conference sponsor Microsoft.

Please let us know if you have any questions at all. In the meantime, under the heading of each of the 4 streams, we have provided as much information as we can given our Conference timeline.

Business of Cinema

#1 VES: What's new in POS? Just when you thought POS could't get any better, it has! More action-packed than a Jason Statham movie.

#2 movieXchange: Is a new service to help update your sales channels with the latest movie media and information. Working with studios and distributors around the globe to gather approved promotional artwork and media, movieXchange will deliver it automatically to your sales channels through Vista Connect and the Vista Content Delivery Network.

#3 Cinema Intelligence: Optimize film performance with forecasting and optimised schedules: Business intelligence solutions for exhibitors designed to optimize forecasting, planning and scheduling of movies PROVEN to increase revenues.

#4 Numero: Delivering box office results faster than ever to the global film industry; Numero's clean, fast and simple interface allows you to immeditaely view and analyse the performance of your cinema chain. With a variety of reports and filtering options, Numero has delivered a box office analysis platform like no other. 

#5 Vista Digital Signage: Vista's Digital Signage has undergone a complete transformation to keep pace with the rapidly evolving signage technologies available. Now delivered as a Web application along wth Android and Windows players designed for PCs and Smart TVs, the new product has a wide range of deployment options as well as simplifying the hardware and deployment requirements. Come and see what the new product offers with all of the exciting new functionality we have planned. 

#6 MACCS: What should exhibitors know about MACCS? Focussing on MaccsBox, a web-based services suite that integrates workflow between distributors and exhibitors. From online ordering – to digital delivery including sending KDM’s and DCP’s fully automated from distributor to exhibitor – to e-invoicing in real time based on box office, learn how MaccsBox can be the linking pin between exhibitors and distributors.

#7 Vista in the Cloud (Ops): With the launch of its cloud-based 'Veezi, engineered by Vista' offering in 2011, Vista has been working in the Commercial Cloud and leveraging technology to simplify the management of software. More recently, via Vista’s MovieTeam product, we’ve taken that knowledge and applied it to the normally cumbersome problem of managing Staff Rosters for our Vista Cinema customers. Come along to learn about our experiences running software in the cloud, the tooling we’ve built and what we’re working on next that will help Vista customers minimise their own IT infrastructure costs and leverage the power of the cloud.

#8 VGL: Global Trends - what is happening in China? Vista's first-hand experience in this market enables revelatory insights and knowledge of trends relevant to all exhibitors.

#9 Case Study - Rec Room: Cineplex’s new entertainment complex The Rec Room has cinema, multiple fine-dining restaurants, live music, sport, dancing and other social activities, bowling, gaming and even axe throwing lanes! A session on the story of Cineplex partnering with Vista for cinema, F&B and gaming; as well as delivering some extensive and time critical work along the way.

Engage Your Customers

#1 MOVIO: Getting to the heart of moviegoers. Movio co-founders Will Palmer and Peter Beguely present the 2017 roadmap for Movio's flagship SaaS product for cinema exhibitors - Movio Cinema.

#2 POWSTER: Put Your Cinema on the Distributor Map. All 6 major movie studios and over 50 other distributors use Powster to list your cinema on their websites and marketing materials; learn how to optimize how you're represented and get the best results for your cinema. A few easy fixes can increase attendance, discovery and results.

#3 MOVIO: Understanding the true Value of your Customer Data. Movio expert and Senior VP for North America, Matthew Liebmann, shares his insights on how to effectively gather and make the most of your loyalty customer data with Movio Media.

#4: MOVIO: The Movio Experts Series - 1. Forget what you think you know about Millennials; Movio experts Matthew Liebmann, Senior VP for North America and Sarah Lewthwaite, Strategic Partnerships Director for EMEA, share their knowledge on how to find and target niche audiences within your loyalty program.

#5 VES/MOVIO: Vista Loyalty & Movio Cinema. Maximize your Loyalty data collection & leverage it; we'll show you how these two products work together to optimise the value of your loyalty program like never before.

#6 Vista Mobile: Updates and moving forward. Vista Mobile is set to become the #1 choice for cinemas on the apple and google play stores worldwide. In this session see the recent features and exciting roadmap that will make this app the preferred choice for all your moviegoers’ interactions with your cinema.

#7 MoviePass: Increase your moviegoing audience and their spend; the subscription economy will play a major role in the future of cinema exhibition for the engagement of younger moviegoers. MoviePass, the leader in theatrical subscription, has made headlines in reports concluding that attendance among a subscription audience was lifted as much as 100% and concession spend increased as much as 123%. The MoviePass business model allows moviegoers the ability to attend movies in theaters for one fixed monthly fee. It's a win win for customers, exhibitors and studios; moviegoers go to more sessions and spend more in doing so. 

#8 MOVIO: The Movio Experts Series - 2. How to market to niche audiences; Movio experts Matthew Liebmann, Senior VP for North America and Sarah Lewthwaite, Strategic Partnerships Director for EMEA, share their knowledge on how to find and target niche audiences within your loyalty program.

#9 MOVIO: Utilizing Movio Cinema to maximize your ROI. Movio expert Sarah Lewthwaite, Strategic Partnerships Director for EMEA, shares how cinema marketers can maximize their loyalty program ROI by getting the most out of Movio Cinema.

Cinema Operations

#1 VEEZI: 'Power to the Independents' - world domination via simplicity & stealth. Find out why Veezi is growing at an exponential rate. Now the world leader in the independent cinema market, Veezi really has started a revolution. Come and see the software in action and find out what cool stuff the Veezi team has created that makes their independent community so loyal to the Veezi cause.

#2 VES APPS: Productivity - Birds's Eye View of the Business. See and hear our new directions for delivering visually rich real-time circuit wide information for Executives, as well as interacting with cinema managers and staff.

#3 VES GROUP SALES: Streamline your group bookings like never before. Corporate or other Group bookings are a great way to increase revenue for your business, but they are complex, time consuming and error-prone - the combination of which can rather erode profitabiity. Group Sales takes care of the complete process, from engaging with clients to Film Programming to Cinema management and to Finance, it delivers a smooth, co-ordinated outcome - for you and your customer. 

#4 F&B Operations: What's new in F&B? Heaps! Come and see the latest innovations that take 'dinner and a movie' to a whole new level.

#5 MovieTeam: Optimize your labor costs and raise your staff's happiness barometer. MovieTeam is the new Cloud-based staff management solution first launched at CinemaCon 2016 brought to you by Vista Entertainment Solutions. Its definitely picked up steam since and this session will provide an introduction to the product and show off some of the new features developed through 2016, designed specifically to help cinemas decrease labor costs and increase staff engagement. 

#6 Cinema Manager: Vista is re-imagining how our software can assist in running an efficient Cinema operation. Taking 21 years of experience building our Back-Office application, we have crafted Cinema Manager, a web-based tool to revolutionse the way your Cinemas are managed. Come to this session to get a first look at what we've created and to see where we are going.

#7 F&B Remote Concession Ordering - POS, Mobile, Kiosk: Maximise concession sales with F&B at your customer’s fingertips. Get yourself ready for the preparation rush. No spoiling the party with queues, know when your customers arrive and let them mingle until they are notified their food is ready for collection or to deliver to their seat.

#8 Cinema Manager (Repeat Session): Vista is re-imagining how our software can assist in running an efficient Cinema operation. Taking 21 years of experience building our Back-Office application, we have crafted Cinema Manager, a web-based tool to revolutionse the way your Cinemas are managed. Come to this session to get a first look at what we've created and to see where we are going.

* This session is expected to be popular; hence 2 opportunities to attend to include more in your team and avoid missing another stream presentation.

#9 Film Programming Web and Trailer Scheduling: Change for the better. Film Programming has seen some changes, the largest of which is that it's no longer delivered only as a Windows application: it now offers two new web tools, Session Scheduler and Trailer Scheduler. Session Scheduler has been developed to be used collaboratively by film programmers and cinema managers, allowing them to view and edit the same data at the same time. Trailer Scheduler offers a way to easily automate the creation of trailer schedules for your films across all the cinemas in your circuit, saving you A LOT of time but no loss of control.

Focus Topics & New Tech

#1 Vista Service Framework: A real time dashboard of software health? Applications that know where their servers are without having to be told? Managing configuration settings centrally? A website that can receive session time changes as they happen at cinema? No longer far away dreams - this is some of the functionality that Vista’s new Service Framework has recently unlocked. It’s the technology platform that will underpin many Vista products in the future and it’s enabling things that weren’t previously possible. Come to understand what Service Framework is, how it works and what the future holds.

#2 Cloud Deployment Workshop: Find out the detail of what Vista is doing to enable centralising the deployment of Vista Cinema across your circuit and the potential to use this shift to maximise your ROI on Vista Software.

#3 Business Intelligence Futures: Join this session to explore the future of Vista's BI and Analytics products such as Head Office Uploads, Circuit Stats and Performance Dasboard, and how these relate to our Cloud Strategy. This will be an open forum session so bring your ideas and the challenges you face turning data into insight and make sure Vista is mapping the future of BI to meet your needs and wants.  

#4 Data and Access Security: The security landscape is often a difficult one to understand and make sense of. TLS 1.2? JWT? HMAC? Hashing? Signed Binaries?  Come along to this session to demystify the confusion and discover what tangible steps you may be able to take to help secure Vista Software and the data within your network. Also discover what Vista is working on in this space to help you stay ahead in this ever changing exhibition world.

#5 Vista in the Cloud (Tech): As you might expect Vista Entertainment Solutions has been hard at work re-imagining Vista Cinema and future-proofing the product to keep pace with the changing face of cinema exhibition; we look forward to sharing an update of what we have done and where we are going.

#6 POWSTER: Discovering Cinemas in Virtual Reality; a close look at VR experiences designed to increase cinema attendance; Star Wars - Force Awakens, Blair Witch and Tarzan... all have had experiences listing cinemas' showtimes inside Virtual Reality. Learn how to capitalize on these experiences and be part of the Virtual Reality worlds. 

#7 Innovation Showcase: Vista has been investigating and crafting prototypes and solutions using some of the latest technologies and software services. In this session, we will share some of those solutions with you and discuss how they could be leveraged in your Cinemas. 

#8 VES: The Super Cool Online Platform Uncovered (Chinese Session): Designed and developed to accommodate increasingly desirable third party ticketing prevalent in China, Vista Entertainment Solutions at its innovative best. 

#9 Maximizing Application Performance - Configuration, Requirements and Monitoring: Vista has invested huge effort since our last conference on tuning applications for performance and scalability. Come to this session to discover how to make best use of these advantages to streamline your Systems and monitor their performance to satisfy even the most eager movie fans when sessions for that next big block buster go on sale.


Vista Group Lab: Vista enables the 'on demand to suit you' demonstration of its products at the Conference venue Sky City Convention Centre in a specially configured environment. Our product portfolio is obviously larger now than has been the case in previous years; we look forward to specifying our 2017 Lab and telling you as soon as we can what to expect.