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Kaleidescape Ships DRM-Friendly ‘Vault’ for Movie Streaming

New M700 carousel ($5,995) with integrated movie player accommodates 320 Blu-ray and DVD discs, reduces overall system cost for whole-house media server.

Kaleidescape M700 is a 320-disc Blu-ray/DVD carousel and player for DRM-friendly media streaming.
Julie Jacobson · July 20, 2011

Kaleidescape is now shipping the new M700 Disc Vault ($5,995), a key component of its whole-house movie system meant to play nice with digital rights management (DRM).

The original Modular Disc Vault ($1,500) accommodates just 100 discs and requires an M-Class player for playback – one for every little Vault on the network. The M700, on the other hand, is an integrated carousel with a player built in – eliminating the expense of three carousels and three players for users with 300-plus disc libraries.

The M700 automatically loads, categorizes and copies discs slipped into the slot. To appease the Blu-ray DRM gods, the solution requires that discs be present in the carousel in order to stream movies to Kaleidescape M-Class players throughout the house. (Revision: an earlier version of this article referred to Kaleidescape’s legal wranglings with the DVD CCA, but the DRM measures for the M700 apply only to Blu-ray copies, not to DVD copies, the subject of the DVD CCA’s lawsuit.)

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No rent-rip-and-return for Blu-rays, as the studios have feared.

The M700 is not a storage device. It backs up discs to a Kaleidescape server. Each TV requires its own M-Class player to stream digital content.

Kaleidescape promised back in July 2010 that a 300-disc “Integrated Disc Vault” would be available this year for “less than $6,000.” True to form, Kaleidescape over-delivers with 20 extra disc slots and a $5 savings over the original price.

Kaleidescape M700 Disc Vault and standalone M-Class movie player for streaming to remote TV.

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  About the Author

Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at julie.jacobson@emeraldexpo.com

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