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Movie Servers at ISE 2012: Europeans Unfazed by Kaleidescape Ruling

Kaleidescape shows new Blu-ray carousel; new 3D-capable servers debut from Imerge, VidaBox, Mozaex. DVD CCA lawsuit "didn't really come up," Kaleidescape says.


Kaleidescape DV700 Disc Vault is less expensive than the original M700 because it has no integrated disc player.

At Integrated Systems Europe, Kaleidescapewas all prepared to address questions about the recent tentative ruling in its lawsuit with the DVD CCA – a decision against Kaleidescape that came down shortly before the show.

“But it didn’t really come up,” says senior marketing director Tom Barnett during the show. Dealers and distributors interviewed by CE Pro during ISE either didn't know about the recent ruling or simply didn't care.

At ISE 2012, the manufacturer of media servers showed a new Blu-ray disc carousel, the DV700 ($5,495), that does not include a built-in disc player. Without the integrated player, says Barnett, the product is “a little less expensive” than the company’s first carousel, the M700 Disc Vault ($6,995).

Barnett says Kaleidescape continues to build its metadata library for Europe, with four people working “day and night” in Sweden, Italy, Switzerland and the U.K. processing data and tagging movie scenes.

Imerge, VidaBox, Mozaex Show 3D Blu-ray Servers

Meanwhile, Imergeseems to have bounced back from its near-dissolution in 2010. Nortek closed the media server business in 2010, but the UK-based pro audio firm Prism Audio picked up the pieces and has continued development on the line.

Imerge MS1-3D movie server

At ISE 2012, Imerge debuted its fourth-generation server that supports 3D. The MS1-3D (press release) enables the archiving and playback of 3d DVD and Blu-ray movies. Perhaps taking a stab at Kaleidescape, Imerge notes that its server does not require a companion disc changer.

Will it pass muster with the DVD CCA, Hollywood and other DRM powers that be? Time (and the courts) will tell.

Also at ISE, VidaBoxlaunched its new vCenter that supports 3D video and 7.1 lossless surround sound (press release). Available with 2TB or 4TB of on-board storage the new server features a built-in optical drive for DVD and Blu-ray playback.

Being cautious with its marketing message, VidaBox notes, “Unencrypted titles can also be archived bit-for-bit.” Nothing explicit about encrypted titles.

A newly updated interface from VidaBox allows users to stream “tons of free, on-demand shows directly from the web.”

Elsewhere at ISE, Mozaexwas showing its own 3D-capable movie servers. The company touted its sub-$2,000 Blu-ray server that is now Control4 certified for easy integration with a home automation system (read Mozaex press release).

Also taunting Kaleidescape and the DVD CCA, Mozaex notes that its server “is unique in that it does not require a disc changer ...."

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Article Topics

News · Product News · Video · Digital Media · Media Servers · Events · ISE · Movie Server · Ise 2012 · Kaleidescape · Vidabox · Dvd Cca · Imerge · Mozaex · All topics

About the Author

Julie Jacobson, Co-Founder, EH Publishing / Editor-at-large, CE Pro
Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Follow her on Twitter @juliejacobson. [More by Julie Jacobson]

5 Comments (displayed in order by date/time)

Posted by Chad  on  02/06  at  09:02 AM

These folks will say “or omit” anything in order to sell these products.

Posted by paulcunningham  on  02/06  at  09:29 AM

Just to be crystal clear, the manufacturers that don’t require a disc changer do require the installation of 3rd-party decryption software to make a copy of an encrypted disc, correct?

Posted by Julie Jacobson  on  02/06  at  09:39 AM

Paul, there are several approaches currently employed:

1) Have user download AnyDVD or other DVD ripping software onto the server.

2) Simply tell users: We don’t care how your content gets onto the network, but if it’s there, we can manage it and play it (e.g., use AnyDVD or other software to rip DVDs to the home network).

3) Ignore DVD CCA (don’t enter a licensing agreement) and just include DVD-ripping software on your server.

4) Buy your DVD drives from overseas mfrs that DO have a license with the DVD CCA, and hope they’re untouchable.

Posted by Moviestar  on  02/06  at  11:46 AM

Mozaex is offering a DVD Changer since more than a year. But do people want it ?!
It’s up to anybody self to buy a technical “useless” device. (It just feels better…!? - for some ?! maybe ?!)

All Server Manufacturer have to use a Decryption tool - if it’s third party or not - there is no technical way to by an un-decrypted or raw material. So - why are we still talking about marketing “feel better” ideas ?
Let’s face it - there will be no legal way - other than a “Hollywood-way” - to use these mass-consumer products.

As digital copies are already included with some Blu-ray packages there could be already better solutions - but our small industry will never rule the way - so why waisting money in technical gear which will be obsolete anyhow “soon”.

Posted by hometheater  on  02/06  at  06:38 PM

Is there a way to make use of these “digital copy” discs that come with some movies?  My understanding is they are pretty useless.  One time transfer to a single iTunes or Windows media player with no ability to transfer to another machine or stream over a local network.  They have expiration dates so there is no way to keep these digital copies cataloged.  If you bought the movie after the expiration date, you will never be able to transfer this file.  Every time I have tried to use this “feature” it has been a frustrating experience.  Sometimes they do not work at all.  Not to mention the quality is poor and is missing features like subtitles and chapter selection.  I have not tried the Ultraviolet system, but I have read that it is no better.  Please allow ACTUAL customers to unlock the files they paid for!

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