vNet Drops Media Server: The End of an Era?
Vibe Movie Server follows Sunfire, Escient and Xperinet into the server cemetery. Will Hollywood and streaming media put an end to movie servers?
“We know some dealers really liked the piece but we needed to step back, see what products made the most sense right now and in the next few years,” says Petro Shimonishi, the head of sales and marketing for vNet.
vNet launched the Vibe Video Players (VS1 Series) in 2008. Starting at $4,000 the player was on the lower end of the price scale for a 3-zone, 1 TB server.
Perhaps the low cost was why the product “wasn’t particularly profitable for anybody in the food chain,” according to Shimonishi.
So, are we approaching the end of movie servers that enable DVD ripping and storage?
The industry has been fearful of digital copyright issues, after Real Networks lost its RealDVD case against the Motion Pictures Association of America (MPAA) and the DVD CCA, which licenses the decryption software for DVD players.
Kaleidescape, a favorite server among custom installers, is set to face the DVD CCA in court.
Some manufacturers such as Crestron and Control4 have opted to ship their servers without decryption software, leaving the burden on dealers and consumers themselves to download their own DVD ripping software.
As for Colorado vNet, Shimonishi wonders if there’s a future for movie servers.
“Streaming solutions are really where the market is going,” she says.
Is she correct?
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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