Kaleidescape Blu-ray can copy movies to your home server

Kaleidescape blu-ray player

Kaleidescape, makers of multi-room home entertainment devices, has announced a new line of blu-ray players - the M300 and the M500.

The two players can play back 1080p content at 24 frames per second with bitstream pass-through of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. The M500 player will be capable of copying a Blu-ray disc to your Kaleidescape home server.

In the press release it was mentioned that the movie studios expressed concern over the disc copying feature. So Kaleidescape requires that the disc be present when playing a movie that was copied from the Blu-ray player. This seems to defeat the purpose of having the copying capability. If the disc needs to be in the player to stream the movie, why stream it at all?

The M500 and M300 players are set to go on sale beginning May 18th. The M500 will MSRP for $3,995 and the M300 will MSRP for $2,495. Kaleidescape also announced a disc loader for the Blu-ray players that is expected to be released the first half of next year. The disc loader will allow you to keep multiple discs loaded for easier playback. The disc loader also will make it easier to stream content from your home server since the disc needs to be present to stream the Blu-ray movies.

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whats the point i only like to use a disc once to make an personal copy that i can stream all round the house and then put the disc away for safe keeping (safe keeping from the kids)

Had the DVD Vers demoed at Harrods i can see its use but why anyone would want to back up every single DVD/Bluray they have just to have a duplicate copy i'll never know. But for GUI and system performance its very fast also it features DVD upscaling to get better details out of DVDs

I guess the only 2 advantages I can think of this is 1, the speed of the playback will be increased slightly, and also not having the noise of the disk playing the in drive.. like the xbox 360 perhaps?

Only way I see this useful is if it's streamed to other devices. but indeed, overpriced. 3d blu ray is slightly more worth than this. (might as well get the virtual boy a couple decades late

schiz-o-phren-ic said,
$2.5-4K ? It can stay right where it was made.
My thoughts exactly. What an overpriced device!

Overpriced pointless product.

You need to have the disc in there to stream it so...

1. Why would you waste network space copying it when the disc has to be in anyway and you can just play it from the player?
2. Why sacrifice possible quality loss by streaming it when you need to have the disc in anyway and can get full quality?

They must not not have a very good R&D department.

dr3w2k3 said,
Overpriced pointless product.

You need to have the disc in there to stream it so...

1. Why would you waste network space copying it when the disc has to be in anyway and you can just play it from the player?
2. Why sacrifice possible quality loss by streaming it when you need to have the disc in anyway and can get full quality?

They must not not have a very good R&D department.


These days most things are over priced...