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Kaleidescape Owners Aren’t So Different

by John Sciacca There’s been some kinda-sorta negative stuff going around on the Interwebs lately about Kaleidescape and their awesome media server. They were handed down a pretty negative judgment at the first of the month which may or may not impact them from being able to continue selling their product in its cur

by John Sciacca

There’s been some kinda-sorta negative stuff going around on the Interwebs lately about Kaleidescape and their awesome media server. They were handed down a pretty negative judgment at the first of the month which may or may not impact them from being able to continue selling their product in its current, DVD-importing form. (Kaleidescape is hopeful that the verdict will be stayed pending their appeal, which has already been filed. You can read all about the verdict and CEO Michael Malcolm’s responses and letters to dealers here.)

As a long-time dealer/reviewer/user/lover of Kaleidescape’s movie server system, I’ve written extensively about the experience that it provides. The ability to load ALL of your movies and music into a device where they are then automatically catalogued, sorted, safely backed-up and made available for instant playback at any location in your home, is pretty stunning. And Kaleidescape makes it so easy to find and enjoy – “consume” in meta-speak – your digital collection, that the average Kaleidescape family owns 506 movies on Blu-ray and DVD. (I am woefully behind these curve, being somewhere in the low 200s…) If you had this many movies — or however many that you DO have — wouldn’t it be nice to be able to see them instantly with the push of a single button? With no more hunting around for discs or wondering if something got misplaced or scrated or having to wait through trailers and warnings?

I’ve even shared what other Kaleidescape owner’s have to say and why they love their systems.

The biggest drawback to a Kaleidescape system is the price. And you could argue that it is a system geared towards the 1 percent. But have you ever wondered what the 1 percent like to watch and listen to? Ever wonder if perhaps they perhaps hire Michael J Nelson and crew to come over and offer personalized Rifftrax commentary versions of their favorite films while they bathe in Cristal and give themselves Beluga facials? Perhaps grabbing the Vertu to phone up some other 1 percent-er to share some concern or outrage. (“They say gas is going up to $5 a gallon! And do any of these people complaining have any idea how much this is going to affect us? I mean, really! They have absolutely NO IDEA the prices I’m paying for jet fuel! I mean, my G-V doesn’t fuel itself! Harumpf! Oh, pooh! I spilled another bottle of that 50-year Livet.”)

But it turns out that the 1 percent are a lot like the rest of it when it comes to movie watching. Sure, they do it in a better house, on a better screen, with better sound and better snacks and a better car in the garage and finer horses in the stables, but, at the end of the day, people are pretty much alike all over when it comes to their entertainment.

So I thought I’d share some interesting metadata stats with you on the viewing and listening tastes/habits of Kaleidescape owners; a list that is a pretty accurate representation of movies/CDs you have probably watched/listened to or – more likely – own.

“Imported” means movies that have been loaded onto a customer’s system. “Watched” means watched. I know that one’s a bit confusing…

Most Imported Movies of All Time


Finding Nemo

Pirates of the Carribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

The Lord of the Rings I: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Incredibles


The Lord of the Rings II: The Two Towers

The Godfather

The Lord of the Rings III: The Return of the King

The Bourne Identity

The Matrix

Casino Royal

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

The Godfather, Part II

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

The Bourne Supremacy

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi


Dear, George Lucas. On behalf of Kaleidescape owners everywhere, I’d like to say thank you for your first 3 movies — aka “the original trilogy,” aka “the actual Star Wars movies” aka “the good ones” — by showing you that we have all dutifully added them to our collections. Also, I’d like to point out that none of your “prequel trilogies” — aka “those other Star Wars movies” aka “the ones where George raped my childhood” — made the list. With love and thanks, John.

Most watched movies in the last 90 days

Cars 2



Finding Nemo


Despicable Me


The Help


Monsters, Inc.

Most watched “kid’s” films in the last 90 days

Cars 2



Finding Nemo

Despicable Me


Monsters, Inc.

Kung Fu Panda 2

The Lion King

The Incredibles

Most watch “grown-up” films in the last 90 days

The Help



The Hangover Part II

Horrible Bosses

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Captain America: The First Avenger

Crazy, Stupid Love.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Friends with Benefits

Kaleidescape does this wonderful thing with TV series that makes it so terrific for people that like to collect their favorite shows. Instead of just presenting you with “Season 1, Episode 14,” which, unless you are a Trekkie or something, will probably mean absolutely zilch, they catalog each episode by name so you can easily find your favorite one. This is especially helpful for shows that have hundreds of episodes like The Twilight Zone — which is shockingly not on the top imported list.

Top 25 imported television seasons

Planet Earth (Complete Series)

Band of Brothers

The Blue Planet: Seas of Life

The Sopranos (Season 1)

Seinfeld (Season 2)

24 (Season 1)

Mad Men (Season 1)

Seinfeld (Season 1)

24 (Season 2)

Seinfeld (Season 3)

Entourage (Season 1)

Sex and the City (Season 1)

A Charlie Brown Christmas

24 (Season 3)

The Sopranos (Season 2)

The Sopranos (Season 3)

Sex and the City (Season 2)

24 (Season 4)

Seinfeld (Season 4)

Lost (Season 1) (How could you watch season 1 of Lost and then not keep up with the rest?!?! Seriously, people! The Dharma Initiative?! The hatch?! You’re gonna watch season one and NOT load up season 2?! It’s like I don’t understand you at all…)

Entourage (Season 2)

Curb Your Enthusiasm (Season 1)

The Office (Series 1)

Sex and the City (Season 3)

One of the things that really impressed me from the “Unforgettable Home Theater Experience” at CES this past year was the that they selected a bit of a concert to demo. (The more impressive thing was Empire Strikes back and the snowspeeder simulation sitting so close to the huge Stewart Filmscreen and the D-Box chairs. But, I digress.) Concerts on Blu-ray are becoming a huge part of the home viewing experience, and are a way for you to enjoy your favorite artist over and over, with the best seat in the house every time.

Most Imported Blu-ray Concerts of All Time

The Last Waltz

Concert for George

Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense (My personal favorite. I used to go and watch this in Berkeley at midnight where they would dance in front of the screen. It was EPIC!)

Roy Orbison: Black & White Night

U2: Rattle & Hum

Robbie Williams: Live at the Albert

Andrea Bocelli: Vivere Live in Tuscany

Michael Buble: Caught in the Act

Chris Botti: In Boston

Cream: Royal Albert Hall

Most Watched Blu-ray Concerts last 30 days

Adele: Live at the Royal Albert Hall

Hit Man: David Foster & Friends

Andrea Bocelli: Vivere Live in Tuscany

Chris Botti: In Boston

Elton 60: Live at Madison Square Garden

Michael Buble: Caught in the Act

Shakira: Oral Fixation Tour

U2: 360

Beyonce: I Am World Tour

AC/DC: Live at River Plate

Music owners aren’t left out either, but it seems the 1% prefer a more gentle, mainstream, vanilla, white-toast selection of music for their collections. This is about the most “adult easy listening” cross-sampling of 30 albums I think that you could handpick! And, I’d have bet — and lost — a good bit that Miles Davis “Kind of Blue” would have been on this list. Come on! We all know White People like to pour a glass of Shiraz and put some jazz on the Bose

Top 30 Imported Albums

1 Come Away with Me – Norah Jones

2 Supernatural – Santana

3 1 – The Beatles

4 Immaculate Collection – Madonna

5 Greatest Hits – James Taylor

6 Unplugged – Eric Clapton

7 Brothers in Arms – Dire Straits

8 Jagged Little Pill – Alanis Morissette

9 Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 – Eagles

10 Gold: Greatest Hits – ABBA

11 Abbey Road – The Beatles

12 Best of 1980-1990/The B-Sides – U2

13 Rush of Blood to the Head – Coldplay

14 Brand New Day – Sting

15 Feels Like Home – Norah Jones

16 Rumours – Fleetwood Mac

17 Genius Loves Company – Ray Charles

18 X&Y – Coldplay

19 Hell Freezes Over -Eagles

20 Legend – Bob Marley

21 Ten Summoner’s Tales – Sting

22 Cracked Rear View – Hootie & the Blowfish

23 Unforgettable: With Love – Natalie Cole

24 Beatles [White Album] – The Beatles

25 Ray of Light – Madonna

26 Surfacing – Sarah McLachlan

27 Songs You Know by Heart: Jimmy Buffett’s Greatest Hit(s) – Jimmy Buffett

28 Best of Van Morrison – Van Morrison

29 Greatest Hits – Bruce Springsteen

30 Tracy Chapman – Tracy Chapman