Kaleidescape Bows (Slightly) Less-Expensive Movie Server4 Dec, 2014 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Upscale movie server company Kaleidescape Dec. 4 announced the launch of Alto, a cloud-based movie player with more than 8,500 movies and 1,600 TV show seasons from Warner Home Video, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, among others.
Alto retails for $2,495, which is significantly less than the $4,000 Cinema One streaming media player Kaleidescape bowed earlier this year — the latter a 2014 CES Innovations Design and Engineering Awards Honoree in the home audio/video components category.
Like Cinema One, Alto claims to stream content in 1080p Blu-ray resolution quality. In addition to an engaging user interface, Alto stores downloaded content on a hard drive — up to 100 movies in Blu-ray (1080p) quality, and 600 movies in DVD quality (720p).
Alto offers users the ability to upgrade their DVDs and Blu-ray discs to digital versions downloaded from the Kaleidescape Store.
“We help consumers discover and enjoy the finest movies, and we help the studios develop the emerging electronic-sellthrough market segment,” CEO Cheena Srinivasan said in a statement.