Kaleidescape Announces Support for High-Def Content at CEDIA Expo 2004

Indianapolis, IN – CEDIA EXPO 2004 – Sept. 8-12 – Booth #432 – Kaleidescape, Inc., the company that created the first entertainment server for whole-house video, announces support for delivery, storage, and playback of high-definition video content on Kaleidescape Systems. With this announcement, Kaleidescape demonstrates its continued commitment to deliver the highest quality home theater experience and is the first and only product in its category to offer hard disk support for the life-like detail and quality of high-definition video.

Beginning September 20, 2004, Kaleidescape will provide dealers and customers a way to showcase this new capability by including a high-definition 720p version of Joe Kane’s Digital Video Essentials (DVE) with every Kaleidescape System. Kaleidescape’s bundling of DVE, coupled with the newly announced Kaleidescape K2500 Digital Movie Player, delivers an all-digital pathway from the camera to the display without analog conversion or error-prone media.

“By adding the capability to store and playback high-definition content, Kaleidescape is proving that their award-winning entertainment server is ready for the future,” said Alberto Fabiano, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Ambrosia Audio & Video in Bel Air Calif. “Additionally, from an installer’s perspective, the inclusion of Digital Video Essentials as the first pre-loaded high-definition title makes it easier to do the final calibration and demonstration of an HD-capable theater.”

Kaleidescape’s high-definition support begins with securely pre-loading movies at the factory on Kaleidescape Disk Cartridges. When these movies are played back by the customer with a Kaleidescape Digital Movie Player, the video output is displayed in high-definition 720p or 1080i format, via either HDMI or YPbPr component outputs to the display. The high-definition digital content is stored securely on the Kaleidescape System as part of the same movie library containing the customer’s DVD movies.

”We designed the Kaleidescape System to be an excellent platform for the distribution, storage, and playback of high-definition motion pictures,” said Michael Malcolm, the Chairman & CEO of Kaleidescape, Inc. “We are very pleased to begin offering high-definition content to our customers, and we are looking forward to offering more high-definition titles in the future. The Kaleidescape System is the first entertainment server to take advantage of the enormous storage capacity of hard disk arrays to deliver pre-loaded high-definition video.”

In the future, high-definition movies will be made available for purchase for Kaleidescape Systems. These movies will be pre-loaded by Kaleidescape at the factory on the customer’s Server prior to shipment, or on disk cartridges that can be added to existing Kaleidescape Systems. Kaleidescape is working with content providers who would like to offer their movie productions in high-definition to Kaleidescape customers.

A Kaleidescape Base System lists for $27,000 and includes a Kaleidescape Server with sufficient storage for 180 DVDs (expandable to 500 DVDs), a Digital Movie Player for playback in a single zone, and a DVD Reader for importing DVDs. These components are connected by the household Ethernet network. A scalable system architecture permits an additional Digital Movie Player to be added to the network for each desired viewing zone, and additional Kaleidescape Servers to be added for storing thousands of DVDs.

For more information go to https://www.kaleidescape.com or call 650-625-6150, at CEDIA Expo 2004, visit booth #432 for a demonstration.


About Kaleidescape

Quickly distinguished as a pioneer in A/V convergence technology, Kaleidescape, Inc. has developed a new category of consumer electronics products and services that are transforming the way consumers enjoy movies at home. Designed for the discriminating home video enthusiast, the Kaleidescape System sets the standard for an easy-to-use entertainment server that enables the customer to quickly access their entire movie collection from anywhere in their home. The Kaleidescape System combines a compelling industrial design, ingenious engineering, and an outstanding user interface to make watching movies at home easier and more enjoyable than ever.

For more information and digital artwork, please visit Kaleidescape’s website at https://www.kaleidescape.com/news/. Or contact Kaleidescape Press Relations, 650 625-6140.