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Kaleidescape Adds Apps, Looks To Downloads

Indianapolis — Blu-ray Disc movie-server developer Kaleidescape used the recent CEDIA Expo to reveal a new iPad control app, replete with rankings from Rotten Tomatoes and parental advisories from Common Sense Media.

At the same time, the company revealed a new partnership with movie critic Leonard Maltin, who will regularly compile a list of forgotten or overlooked gems that Kaleidescape will package in special BD- and DVD-bundle collections to play on its lineup of media servers.

In the iPad control app, Rotten Tomatoes guides will be presented to help viewers find the most compelling titles to watch from their typically massive movie collections, while Common Sense Media guides will help parents determine if the titles are something they want their kids viewing.

The free app will be available by the end of the year, Kaleidescape said.

Meanwhile, the Leonard Maltin Recommends Collection will be updated quarterly, on DVD (26 titles) and Blu-ray Disc (17 titles) at suggested retails of $545 and $445 respectively.

Kaleidescape also hinted that it is working on a Download Store that will take the movie-server company beyond transferring copy-protected Blu-ray Disc material to massive hard drives in its equipment, by letting viewers download digital versions from the Cloud. The company is attempting to get the service working using the UltraViolet content locker system.