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New Kaleidescape Blu-ray player will copy movies to your home server

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 11 May 2010 23:55 User comments (5)

New Kaleidescape Blu-ray player will copy movies to your home server Kaleidescape has announced the launch of its new M500 and M300 Blu-ray players.
The more expensive player gives users the ability to rip Blu-ray discs (as well as DVDs and CDs) to your home server, which "can then be played back instantly by M500 and M300 Players, creating the world's first multi-zone movie server for Blu-ray."

Because the studios would not have ever signed off on it otherwise, the original Blu-ray disc must remain in the drive to playback the ripped content from the server, but it will save your drive's laser.

The company says it is "developing a disc loader which will keep a large number of discs present within the Kaleidescape system. It will also provide bulk import, and make it easy to find and retrieve a disc."

Adds Michael Malcolm, Kaleidescape's founder, chairman and CEO: "We have invested a great amount of time and resources in developing the M-Class architecture, which is our platform for future innovation. We now have the tools to improve our world-renowned user experience and offer an even greater variety of content."

Additionally, the company has updated their user interface, which includes the Kaleidescape Movie Guide, a comprehensive full-featured guide that includes 135,000 DVDs and 3300 Blu-rays.

That may all sound great, but here is the kicker; price. The M500 will cost $4000 and the M300, $3000. Both begin shipping in May.

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5 user comments

112.5.2010 1:07

"Because the studios would not have ever signed off on it otherwise, the original Blu-ray disc must remain in the drive to playback the ripped content from the server, but it will save your drive's laser."

What about the 30 minutes of constant-on use that the laser gets while ripping? That is probably more damaging than the light duty use it gets while watching a movie.

For $4000 I can build an awesome PC with tons of storage space, a bluray drive, and AndDVD-HD.

M300/M500 = Double Fail.

212.5.2010 2:12

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Because the studios would not have ever signed off on it otherwise, the original Blu-ray disc must remain in the drive to playback the ripped content from the server, but it will save your drive's laser.
I try to reserve this acronym for the most ridiculous of subjects, but I think this qualifies: WTF???

What is the point of having 500 movies conveniently located on my home server if I still have to dig out the physical copy every time I want to watch it? If the studios are serious about stopping unauthorized copying they're going to have to try a heck of a lot harder than this.

I got a HTPC a few months ago for $300. It stores all our TV shows and movies and plays HD content perfectly - all without having to have the physical copies present. I'm just an unemployed computer nerd and I came up with something 10x more convenient and 10x cheaper than all of Hollywood can come up with. It's absolutely pathetic.

And they blame pirates for their crumbling empire.

312.5.2010 4:26

For the same price it's better to just build an HTPC plus a 2+TB server to store your ripped movies on so you can watch them without the disc being in the drive.

412.5.2010 10:15

LoL. 4000 friggin bucks..forget the stupid HTPC im saving just a little bit more and im buying a killer car :P

513.5.2010 15:21

Originally posted by Pop_Smith:
For the same price it's better to just build an HTPC plus a 2+TB server to store your ripped movies on so you can watch them without the disc being in the drive.
I'll 2nd that! And at $4k++++ this is doomed to go mainstream maybe Bill Gates & Steve Jobs can afford it. Plus no multi-room viewing if you need the disc, how dumb.

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