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More 4K Ultra HD Sources Arriving

Electronics systems contractors looking for more options to deliver uncompressed Ultra HD content to customers didn’t come away disappointed from the CEDIA Expo.

Here’s what Prima and Kaleidescape announced:

Prima: The company currently offers a $35,000 Movie Player that plays encrypted first-run 1080p movies with 10-bit color, exceeding Blu-ray’s 8-bit color. The player continuously downloads and stores encrypted films, allowing for instant playback and eliminating the buffering that occurs with streaming movies. Dozens of 1080p movies can be stored on the player with 7.1-channel PCM soundtracks. Each movie costs $500.

Prima’s prototype 4K player delivers full 4K at 4096 by 2160 pixels at 60 fps with DCI-P3 color gamut. It supports 8-, 10- and 12-bit color with 4:2:2 chroma subsampling per pixel and 8-bit color at 4:4:4.

Kaleidescape: The company launched its Encore line of video players, including the 4K Strato and 1080p Alto.

Strato comes in two versions. The $4,495 version with 6TB of hard-disk storage stores up to 100 4K Ultra HD movies, 150 Blu-ray-quality movies, or 900 DVD-quality movies. The other version at $3,495 lacks hard drive. Both connect via home network to two Terra movie servers. One is a $6,000 12TB server, and the other is an $8,000 24TB server. Both servers also connect to the 1080p Alto player.

A 6TB Strato can serve two movies simultaneously to different rooms. The Terra servers will stream up to seven 4K titles simultaneously or 15 1080p titles simultaneously.

The 4K Strato is the company’s first player with HDMI 2.0a, HDCP 2.2 copy protection, 10-bit Open high dynamic range video, and delivery of the DCI-P3 and Rec. 2020 color gamuts. It plays 4K video up to 60 fps with up to 4:4:4 chroma subsampling.

The 4K player will launch with 100 4K titles for purchase from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, The Orchard, K2 Communications and Moving Arts. About 80 of the titles will be Sony titles. Movie prices will be $30.

The Strato up-scales Kaleidescape’s 1080p titles to 4K and displays an onscreen user interface in 60 fps 4K.

Both the Strato and Alto players pass through the metadata of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X object-based surround soundtracks to audio/video receivers and audio/video processors.