Kaleidescape, Inc. has unveiled a new service that enables the digital delivery of movie purchases over the Internet with video and audio quality equal to Blu-ray Disc and DVD.
The new service is initially backed by a multi-year license agreement with Warner Bros. Digital Distribution and marks the first agreement that enables the electronic delivery of digital movies containing all of the extra content found on physical Blu-ray Discs or DVDs, according to the company. (For John Sciacca's hands-on review of the service, click here.)
Customers can now purchase and download movies directly to their Kaleidescape Systems from the newly launched Kaleidescape Store that is designed exclusively for online movie sales. Once a customer’s system is linked to an account on the Kaleidescape Store website, the titles of their current movie collection are automatically cataloged and kept up to date. This makes it simple to discover movies missing from a collection and avoid duplicate purchases. In addition, the Kaleidescape Store provides the ability to buy multiple movie titles by a favorite actor or director, all available Academy Award winning titles, and more with a single mouse click.
Warner Bros. Digital Distribution is the first to license content for sale through the new Kaleidescape Store, providing nearly 3,000 premium films and over 8,000 television episodes. To ensure Kaleidescape System owners have access to their movies on their mobile devices, Kaleidescape has also licensed UltraViolet rights for inclusion with the purchase of most titles.
In addition, the company will upgrade all Warner Bros. titles purchased through the Kaleidescape Store to UltraViolet in March 2013—giving users a way to enjoy their collection across their various devices. This agreement also enables a Kaleidescape owner to convert Warner Bros. titles that were previously imported to their Kaleidescape movie server to UltraViolet or to upgrade their Warner Bros. titles from standard definition to high definition—both for a small fee.
“This new distribution deal dramatically improves the way customers buy movies which, until now, has remained virtually the same for the past 15 years,” said Ralph Tarnofsky, founder and president of Professional Audio Consultants in Millburn, NJ. “Now, multiple inconveniences in the purchasing process are completely eliminated. Customers no longer need to keep track of titles already purchased, wait for discs to arrive, or spend time organizing the discs. Until now, the conveniences of digital delivery also meant compromising on quality and special features. Now Kaleidescape customers—who are avid movie collectors—can enjoy a ‘no compromise’ buying experience.”
“The potential represented by the Kaleidescape System and the new Kaleidescape Store is, in many respects, similar to the role the iPod played in kick-starting online music purchases,” said Michael Malcolm, founder, chairman and CEO of Kaleidescape. “Our movie servers enable customers to consolidate their film libraries—whether from disc or download—for immediate playback. We believe that this consolidation is a pre-requisite for mass adoption of electronic movie purchases. By introducing the Kaleidescape Store in conjunction with the Warner Bros. deal, we are simplifying how movies are purchased and enjoyed at home.”
The Kaleidescape Store is now live. For additional information on an invitation to use the service, availability of movie titles, or pricing, please visit https://store.kaleidescape.com.