Kaleidescape

April 28, 2004

kaleidescapeKaleidescape has gotten a lot of press lately. All home theater publication hype aside it is an amazing product. Now wether its worth the price tag or not is up to you. The interface is flawless, it works like the best GUI or PVR you’ve ever handled, did I mention its $27,000? Yeah it’s a chunk o’ change for a DVD server. I’ll spare you the review, there’s already a gaggle of them on the web. The interesting thing (that I can’t contractually mention yet) is there may be an alternative that delivers 80-90% the features for a quarter the cost. And handles more than DVD’s, more on that later….

Update

Kaleidescape has gone through several changes since my first post here. They were sued by the DVD Copy Control Association, although nothing ever really seemed to happen with that case. They announced support for music files and they even updated their FAQ with some information about Blu-ray and HD-DVD support.

The following is a snippet from Kaleidescape’s FAQ reguarding Blu-ray and HD-DVD support:

Q: What is Kaleidescape doing to support the Blu-ray and HD-DVD formats?

A: Kaleidescape, Inc. is a member of both the Blu-ray Disc Association and the HD-DVD Promotion Group. The existing Kaleidescape Server is already fully capable of storing the content from these next-generation optical disc formats. Kaleidescape plans to build components that can import Blu-ray and/or HD-DVD discs, as well as play back content in VC-1 or H.264, two video codecs for Blu-ray and HD-DVD content.

Q: Why doesn’t Kaleidescape already offer a HD-DVD player, when Toshiba began shipping one in April 2006?

A: HD-DVD players and discs are now available, and Blu-ray players and discs are expected to be available in June 2006. However, the copy control technologies for these next-generation optical discs are not yet final and are not supported by the early HD-DVD and Blu-ray players. Industry observers fear that when all the copy control technologies are finalized, many early HD-DVD and Blu-ray players will be unable to play discs that use these technologies. Kaleidescape will announce its product plans for Blu-ray and HD-DVD when the full specifications and licensing terms become available.

It’s nice to see the company clearly stating their intentions toward hi-def DVD, especially considering the cost of the system.



Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under Media Servers


Comments

  • Josh

    It is indeed an awesome system. If there are other Kaleidescape owners here (or interested non-owners), there’s a new forum for more detailed usage issues and tips available at http://www.kscapeowners.com .

  • Josh

    It is indeed an awesome system. If there are other Kaleidescape owners here (or interested non-owners), there’s a new forum for more detailed usage issues and tips available at http://www.kscapeowners.com .