Kaleidescape Bows Service in Canada With UltraViolet25 Sep, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Digital storefront, which includes 2,000 Warner movies and TV shows, offers disc-to-digital functionality on Blu-ray Disc titles
Kaleidescape Sept. 25 said its online digital content store is now available in Canada. Kaleidescape Store, which was launched in the U.S. in December 2012, and in the U.K. in May 2013, is backed by a multiyear license agreement with Warner Bros. Digital Distribution and features UltraViolet functionality.
The storefront, which requires purchase of $15,000 system, features access to 2,000 Warner movies and TV shows in 1080p resolution with Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio and bit rates matching physical media.
Users can transfer Blu-ray movies to digital downloads for $1.99 each. DVDs can be transferred to Blu-ray quality digital downloads for $6.99.
All digital purchases include UltraViolet rights (where available) for viewing on TVs, PCs, or mobile devices. They also include bonus features such as director’s commentary, alternate endings, deleted scenes, and documentaries
Additional user features include the ability to purchase entire movie collections at once, with Kaleidescape software automatically excluding titles already owned in the system. The storefront also offers Rotten Tomatoes movie ratings and reviews — a service owned by Warner Bros.’ Flixster.com.
“We are changing the way people experience movies at home. With the Kaleidescape Store, the transition from disc to digital can be achieved with no compromise in quality,” said Michael Malcolm, founder and CEO of Kaleidescape.
The service’s set-top box product line can accommodate movie collections of any size, and stream titles to a virtually unlimited number of rooms in the home.
“This really is the best of both worlds. With just a click of a button, users can download movies in the highest audio and video quality available without compromising their viewing experience. Plus customers no longer need to keep track of titles already purchased, wait for discs to arrive, or spend time organizing the discs,” said Igor Kivritsky, owner of Canadian-based HiFi Center, in a statement.