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Los Angeles — Kaleidescape, the high-end home entertainment server company that employs a controversial disc-to-hard drive transfer system, has joined the multi-industry Digital Entertainment Group (DEG), the group said Thursday.
Founded in 2001, Kaleidescape established the movie server category. Their systems have been installed in more than 11,000 homes and are sold by more than 1,750 premium A/V integrators worldwide, the company said.
Kaleidescape also created and operates a proprietary Movie Guide Service, which provides extensive information for more than 226,000 motion picture titles and aims to aid consumers in the selection of movies from DVDs, Blu-ray discs and the company’s video download service through the Kaleidescape Store.
“Our goal is to offer a truly engaging way for consumers to showcase their movie libraries to their friends and family,” said Cheena Srinivasan, Kaleidescape founder and executive VP. “Collecting movies should be fun and easy — but there are too many complications that need to be eliminated. Our involvement in the DEG will enable us to accomplish this more effectively.”
The Kaleidescape Store enables the digital delivery of movie purchases over the Internet with video and audio quality that’s comparable to Blu-ray Disc and DVD.
The service also automatically deposits UltraViolet rights tokens into the customer’s UltraViolet account for viewing movies purchased from the Kaleidescape Store on PCs, Macs and other connected devices.
“With the DEG’s primary focus being on the promotion of Blu-ray and UltraViolet technology, adding Kaleidescape to the conversation made sense,” said Amy Jo Smith, executive Ddirector, DEG. “Their objectives align nicely with our goals of educating consumers and advancing these initiatives.”
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