From my first conversations with Kaleidescape’s co-founders, Cheena Srinivasan and Michael Malcolm, back in the early 2000s, their vision has always been clear: beyond creating a system that merely stored clients’ physical disc media, they ultimately saw Kaleidescape as a portal for new media acquisition and delivery.
And yesterday that day arrived.
Kaleidescape launched its new download store, allowing users to download a free Blu-ray title. The store is currently only open to dealers, who can go to store.kaleidescape.com and log in with their dealer credentials and download the film to their registered demonstration systems. This download is a bit-for-bit copy of the original Blu-ray content, a 30-minute documentary titled Gray Eagles. According to the Kaleidescape Movie Guide synopsis, Gray Eagles is about “A beautifully restored P-51 Mustang [that] inspires a World War II ace to share his wartime experiences with his grandchildren.”
CEO and chairman, Malcolm, purchased a restored P-51 Mustang and after seeing the film, called the director and secured the distribution rights for Kaleidescape.
The download store will open for customers in Q1, when the title will also be available for free download. While they couldn’t announce the number or names of titles available at launch, according to Linus Wong, Kaleidescape director, product marketing, “There will be a great selection of great content.”
Because this content is purchased and downloaded directly from Kaleidescape, it is not subject to the disc-in-vault requirements, and offers an exciting new prospect for Kaleidescape owners and dealers.