Salt Lake City -
a startup manufacturer of home-based digital entertainment server products, this week introduced at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show in Amsterdam, new Blu-ray Disc server systems designed for "set-and-forget" reliability.
The Mozaex system, according to the company, allows instant playback of media stored on its server, including Blu-ray and DVD movies, CD and MP3 music, photos and on-demand NetFlix movies and Pandora music via the Mozaex NetPlay online media service.
Any media can be easily played simultaneously in any room.
Unlike Media Center Edition PC-based media servers, Mozaex is a dedicated, proprietary media server appliance, the company said.
Mozaex is now offering two types of expandable systems: the first are player/server systems that support up to 30 Blu-ray playback zones and are based on individual players and a centralized storage server. Three player models are available with varying chassis, pricing, and audio and video features.
The second are all-in-one systems based on a single, fully integrated unit, combining one or several players with an integrated storage server. The Solo series includes both a Blu-ray player and storage, while the Bravo and Quartet are four music player-based servers with and without an integrated Blu-ray player, respectively.
Pricing starts at a $2,495 suggested retail for a single Blu-ray zone player; the all-in-one, 1TB Solo 1 model has a suggested retail price of $4,195.
Servers are available with up to 15TBs of RAID 6 protected storage and start at $5,995 for the 4TB Server 2U non-RAID model.
Systems are said to offer interoperability with a broad base of control systems, including touch panel controllers from companies including Crestron, AMX and Control4.
The company also just released new interfaces for the new Philips' Pronto and NetStreams' touch panels.
Mozaex employs SurePlay, an online remote-access system maintenance program that allows either the dealer or Mozaex to update and maintain the system anywhere in the world. Also offered is EasyUp single-click user software updating utility, enabling off-site maintenance.
Mozaex was started by Axonix founder Douglas Kihm with the goal of redefining personal multi-room, multi-media Blu-ray entertainment, the company said. Now fully funded and operating, key members of the Axonix team are now part of Mozaex.
"After developing MediaMax and listening closely to the needs of leading custom home electronics dealers, I decided to form a company that addresses the un-served need for a premier Blu-ray media server with never-fail reliability, online system service, and unmatched quality," stated Kihm, who is Mozaex' CEO. "There really is only one other competitor left in the media server market and they don't support Blu-ray, photos, or online media, nor do they provide full online system maintenance or a no charge three-year warranty service program. Mozaex uniquely fills this demand."
Kihm explained that while the Mozaex systems are is designed to allow playback of content stored on its servers, Mozaex does not make use of or install illegal decrypting software that would break AACS copy protection in loading that content onto server memory. Discs must be in clear to copy.
"We do not make, sell, ship or provide any product with any unlicensed decrypting, so like a PC it is 100 percent legal," Kihm said. "We do ship with a licensed tool to play back physical movie discs. Mozaex is a multi-purpose, multimedia device that can play all types of media and dozens of online media "channels" (ie: Pandora, NetFlix etc.). As it is the case with millions of PCs shipped every year with similar media "center" server, movie playback software, if the user wants to load and play loaded movies it is the sole responsibility of the user to configure the product to do so and obey all copyright laws."
As for future compatibility with discs that may be produced to support the Managed Copy system, which is included in the completed AACS spec issued last June, Kihm said, "We do not currently support managed copy. We are studying the Managed Copy (MC) specification and we expect that we will someday support MC when it is fully released hopefully later this summer. It appears that MC will only allow the one viewer to locally watch the movie stored locally on the unit and not allow multiple users to view the centrally stored movie."
Kihm said Mozaex is using eight domestic rep firms and 10 international distributors to support and carry its products to its network of dealers and installers.
Mozaex products are covered by a limited three-year warranty and free product lifetime telephone support. Mozaex is also currently offering service and support for the no longer manufactured Axonix MediaMax product line, the company said.