Sunnyvale, Calif. – Kaleidescape expanded its selection of movies that can be downloaded to its $2,495-suggested Alto movie player with the addition of Walt Disney Studios content.
The company’s Cloud-based Kaleidescape Movie Store already offers movies and TV shows from Warner Brothers, Lionsgate, NBCUniversal, and Sony Pictures.
The Disney agreement “adds significantly” to the total number of movies licensed by the company, Kaleidescape said. That number exceeds more than 10,000, including about 700 titles just licensed from Disney.
About 6,000 movies are currently available for download from the company’s store, including 100 Disney titles, said Kaleidescape founder/CEO Cheena Srinivasan. The company continues to add more titles to the store, he said.
On a separate topic, Srinivasan told TWICE that he plans to offer Ultra HD 4K content and 4K high dynamic range (HDR) content sometime later this year.
The Disney agreement includes movies from Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Disney•Pixar, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, and Touchstone Pictures. Movies in the deal include five of the original Star Wars movies, Frozen, Finding Nemo, all three Toy Story films, Up, Monsters Inc., Monsters University, the Iron Man trilogy, The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Pearl Harbor, The Sixth Sense, Pretty Woman, and Armageddon.
Most movies in the Kaleidescape Movie Store are available in full 1080p HD and Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD Master Audio surrounds. Others offer DVD quality.
The movies are playable on the Alto player, launched last December and sold through the company’s 1,400 residential systems installers. The player launched with more than 8,500 movies and 1,600 TV seasons licensed from major motion picture studios.
Key Alto features include a 4TB hard drive to store up to 100 movies in Blu-ray quality or 600 movies in DVD quality. It connects to additional Alto players to support up to four viewing zones. Consumers can also upgrade their DVD and Blu-ray titles to digital versions for download from the store.
Many movie purchases include UltraViolet rights, enabling users to watch digital copies of downloaded films and shows on any Internet-connected device—TV, PC, tablet, smartphone, or game console.
Unlike earlier Kaleidescape players, the Alto does not import content directly from DVDs or Blu-ray Discs.