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Home Theater United Episode 22 - Brett Bjorkquist of Kaleidescape (1 Viewer)

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Brett Bjorkquist, Senior Manager, Dealer Engagement, Kaleidescape joins us to discuss Kaleidescape, known for a hardware/software solution that brings full resolution audio and video movies to the home.

  • A brief introduction to Kaleidescape.
  • How do you measure the quality differences between Kaleidescape vs UHD disks, Blurays, and 4K streams?
  • How do you see the different tiers of hardware breaking down by consumer?
  • Your software gets great user reaction, what’s the latest on that? Any chance of a software only solution?
  • Who do you see as the typical Kaleidescape consumer?
  • What would you consider a minimum necessary home theater to get the most out of a Kaleidescape system?
  • Are all studios on board? What about independents / Criterion?
  • What’s on your roadmap for improvements to the system?
  • The elephant in the room: Price. Is price a driving concern for you? Is there a big enough market for this service at this price? Is this price sustainable in a streaming first / subscription based world?
  • There’s no ties to Movies Anywhere or any other storefront right? Is that something you’d consider?
  • Is Apple’s effort to bring lossless audio to music a concern? If they go full lossless quality on audio in movies what then?
  • What audio and video formats does Kaleidescape support?
  • What is your own theater like?
  • What do you wish people understood about Kaleidescape better? What would make using the system even better in their homes?

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I’m a bit confused: Brett commented on Kaleidascape having TV and Concerts. But the website leads me to understand the service solely does movies. Does anyone have more insight, or does K-scape show its library somewhere to prospective customers?
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I can imagine a slightly alternate timeline where I would be a Kaleidascape owner as a midlife crisis upgrade. :) But for reasons unrelated to their product or pricing, I’m not really suited to it, to my frustration.

The old disc vault system, I never liked. This newer all-digital, 4K, streaming system is what I am trying to create with a DIY HTPC. What I’ve learned the past month about it, it sounds really awesome.
 

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I’m a bit confused: Brett commented on Kaleidascape having TV and Concerts. But the website leads me to understand the service solely does movies. Does anyone have more insight, or does K-scape show its library somewhere to prospective customers?

 

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I'm fascinated by the luxury yacht market they discovered and is clearly an important customer base, since their website has an entire section devoted to it.

If their library is about 18,000 titles...for about $500k, your super-yacht can go to sea with bascially the entire film library available to home users and a whole bunch of TV series. You can have your own private, super yacht Netflix. Except better than Netflix if movies are your jam because you'd have all of them. And you'll also have the first three seasons of The Expanse, which is essential viewing. :)
 

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Looks like no guest lined up for Monday the 14 th. We will be back on the 28th tho! Open to suggestions for guests if anyone has industry connections who might be interested! I’m hoping to line up a lot more at CEDIA
 

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Looks like no guest lined up for Monday the 14 th. We will be back on the 28th tho! Open to suggestions for guests if anyone has industry connections who might be interested! I’m hoping to line up a lot more at CEDIA
Maybe time to give you-know-who another nudge?
 

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Kaleidescape Announces Heather Olson Grundeman as Vice President of Customer Engagement
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA – June 15, 2021 – Kaleidescape, the industry leader in designing and manufacturing home movie servers and players that power the finest home cinema experience, announced today that Heather Olson Grundeman has joined the company as vice president of customer engagement. Heather’s extensive career at the cross section of content and technology will elevate Kaleidescape’s digital content strategy and enhance the consumer experience.

“Heather brings a unique set of skills to Kaleidescape as she championed at home experiences across several media companies including Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. Studios,” said Tayloe Stansbury, CEO, Kaleidescape. “In addition, she has pioneered, built, launched and managed innovative in-home entertainment experiences like Pay-per-view and Video on Demand, and helped redefine digital storefront experiences to enhance the way customers engage with content.”

In this role, she will be responsible for optimizing and enriching customer experiences across multiple touchpoints. This includes movie prioritization, licensing, and merchandising, as well as developing analytics-driven integrated customer engagement campaigns.

Heather has extensive knowledge of Kaleidescape, having worked with the company for several years at 20th Century Fox. “Over the years I have been a huge advocate of Kaleidescape and admire its entrepreneurial spirit in driving innovations in digital media experiences,” said Heather Olson Grundeman, vice president, customer engagement, Kaleidescape. “Kaleidescape has a unique opportunity to grow both its customer base and engagement with its players, and I believe my competitive and industry insights will help drive its leadership position in digital media.”

Previously, Heather was vice president of global digital accounts at 20th Century Fox where she licensed content and designed customer engagement strategies for tech companies such as Apple, Facebook, Oculus, Amazon, and Google. She constructed digital content strategies at the company, catapulting multi-platform engagement and profitability with high-profile tech brands. As executive director of international marketing at Sony Pictures, Heather pioneered international marketing campaigns and executed strategies across more than 150 territories. She also led analytics and marketing teams, meeting consumer demand by synthesizing data and overseeing catalog strategy and pricing lifecycle for Sony Picture film library releases.
Heather holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration and marketing from California State University, Northridge and was elected to an elite group of future leaders at Sony’s Global Business Leadership University program.

About Kaleidescape
Kaleidescape is the only online provider of films with full-fidelity audio and video for luxury home cinema. The company’s internet-delivered movies include proprietary metadata that enables its award-winning movie players to produce a truly astonishing home cinema experience. Kaleidescape systems are installed worldwide in the best homes and yachts. Founded in 2001, and headquartered in California, Kaleidescape sells its products exclusively through custom integrators.
 

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Huh. I just stumbled across this. Might be of interest to someone wanting K-scape like features but not wanting to give up their discs. I'm intrigued, but I'm set with my HTPC and don't want to start anew the ripping process.


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Kaleidescape Announces New Terra 72 Terabyte Movie Server for the Ultimate Movie Collector at CEDIA 2021
Kaleidescape’s Largest 4K Movie Server Can Store Approximately 1,200 4K Ultra HD Titles​
INDIANAPOLIS, August 30, 2021 – Kaleidescape, the industry leader in delivering the finest private cinema playback experience, announced today at the 2021 CEDIA Expo (Booth #3604) the availability of its new Kaleidescape Terra 72 terabyte movie server. The Terra 72 server, when combined with a Strato C movie player, provides an unrivaled experience, with lossless multi-channel audio and visually lossless 4K Ultra HD (UHD) video, thanks to a superior video compression solution utilizing 4 to 5x the video bit rate of competing digital video services.
“The Kaleidescape Terra 72 is the largest 4K movie server we have developed to date, designed specifically for customers looking to move from disc to digital or increase their collection through our award-winning movie store,” said Tayloe Stansbury, CEO, Kaleidescape. “The new offering can store nearly 1,200 high fidelity 4K UHD movies in unrivaled quality, delivering faster download speeds and a seamless playback experience for the ultimate movie collector.”
With the power to download feature-length 4K movies in as little as 10 minutes on a gigabit internet connection, the Terra 72 can also download content while supporting playback on multiple Strato players. The foundation for a multi-room Kaleidescape Strato system, the Terra 72 movie server can support any number of Strato C players and serve up to 10 simultaneous 4K UHD playbacks.
“With the increase of 4K UHD titles available, especially now with HDR, Dolby Atmos and DTS-X formats, we are seeing tremendous demand for the new Kaleidescape Terra 72 movie server,” explained Jim Goodrich, CEO, Cinelife. “Many customers who have been Kaleidescape owners for years, want the ability to increase and consolidate their collections onto a single server, with the added reliability and playback quality only Kaleidescape offers.”
The Kaleidescape movie store has the largest collection of 4K titles available and boasts over 12,000 titles for purchase and more than 8,000 for rent. Users can rent or download movies in reference quality 4K HDR with lossless Dolby Atmos and DTS-X audio, surpassing even 4K UHD discs in both convenience and quality by going beyond optical disc capacity and bit rate limits. In addition, Kaleidescape offers nearly 400 4K UHD titles not available on Blu-ray Disc. Kaleidescape’s proprietary kOS operating system enables Terra 72 to provide the advanced content protection required by Hollywood motion picture studios for the highest-fidelity renditions of their movies.
Extremely reliable, the Terra 72 movie server stores high-fidelity movies on an array of enterprise-quality hard drives and is designed to continue operating even if a hard drive fails. When the failed drive is replaced, its movies are automatically restored from the cloud. In addition to storing movies, Terra 72 provides caching, staging, and computing services that improve player performance. The Terra is also available with either 24TB or the recently announced 48TB capacity, and multiple Terras can be combined for more storage.
The Kaleidescape Terra 72TB is priced at $23,995 MSRP and is available now.
About Kaleidescape (www.kaleidescape.com)
Kaleidescape is the only online provider of films with full-fidelity audio and video for luxury private cinemas. The company’s internet-delivered movies include proprietary metadata that enables its award-winning movie players to produce a truly astonishing private cinema experience. Kaleidescape systems are installed worldwide in the best homes and yachts. Founded in 2001, and headquartered in California, Kaleidescape sells its products exclusively through custom integrators.
 

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Kaleidescape Announces New Compact Terra 18TB Movie Server

Mid-level 18 Terabyte Server Delivers More Storage, Faster Download Speeds and Flexibility to Scale

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA, October 5, 2021 – Kaleidescape, the industry leader delivering the finest private cinema playback experience, announced today the availability of the Kaleidescape compact Terra 18TB movie server. Extending the Terra server product line, the Kaleidescape Terra 18TB is available from Kaleidescape’s dealer network.

“Kaleidescape is committed to offering products in a vast array of storage sizes, showing our ongoing effort to meet a wide range of Kaleidescape customer needs,” said Tayloe Stansbury, CEO, Kaleidescape. “The new Kaleidescape compact Terra 18TB can store up to 300 4K movies with download speeds equivalent to the larger Kaleidescape four-drive Terra servers. With 50% more storage than the recently introduced Kaleidescape compact Terra 12TB, it’s the perfect mid-level addition to our Terra product line.”

With the power to download feature-length 4K movies in as little as 10 minutes on gigabit internet and support up to five simultaneous 4K movie playbacks on different projectors and TVs around the house, the Terra 18TB is ideal for customers looking to make an investment with a mid-level Kaleidescape system that can instantly play their favorite movies, television shows, and music events. As with all Kaleidescape products, customers can incrementally increase storage by adding more movie servers, choosing from the compact Terra 12TB, compact Terra 18TB, Terra 24TB, Terra 48TB or Terra 72TB. This allows the customer’s storage capacity to easily grow over time along with their collection of content.

The Kaleidescape Terra is the foundation of a multi-room Kaleidescape Strato movie player system, designed from the ground up to deliver an unparalleled private cinema experience. Designed with a similar profile to a Strato C movie player, the Terra 18TB can be mounted beside a Strato C in a 1U rack space, using Kaleidescape’s custom rack mount for efficient shelf storage.

Terra 18TB is also an ideal add-on to an existing Strato S, to provide more storage, increase download performance, or support additional playback zones.

The Kaleidescape Terra 18TB movie server will be priced at $9,995. Accompanying Strato C players are priced at $2,995 each.

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