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Kaleidescape Celebrates 20th Anniversary

The company has over 12,000 titles for purchase and more than 8000 for rent.

Kaleidescape celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. The company was founded with the goal of delivering the ultimate home cinema experience. While the products have evolved, its purpose remains the same: to design and manufacture the industry’s leading home movie servers and players for custom installation.

“I started Kaleidescape, with cofounders Cheena Srinivasan and Dan Collens, in February of 2001,” says Michael Malcolm, chairman of Kaleidescape’s board of directors. “I had just built my first home theater at a time when the only practical movie source was a DVD disc. But DVDs were inconvenient to purchase, store, find, and play. We imagined and created new products and a cloud infrastructure that would deliver high-fidelity movies through the Internet, store them digitally in the home, automatically organize them, and make them easy to play in any room.”

With a passion for movies and deep respect for experiencing them as the filmmakers intended, the Kaleidescape executives saw an opportunity to bring films to life through immersive home cinema. They built a team grounded in a shared dedication to their craft, and engineered innovations that stemmed from the realization that great home cinema is as much about audio as video; that what happens before the movie starts and after it finishes is just as important as the quality of the movie itself. As the lights dim, viewers are drawn deeper into the story by each subtle sound and ground-shaking rumble and held captive until the end credits roll and the lights slowly return. This, the company says, is the transportive power of the Kaleidescape experience.

Garnering over 50 industry awards, Kaleidescape built a global brand with installations in over 80 countries and the finest superyachts. It transitioned from storing digital copies of customers’ DVD and Blu-ray discs to providing download access to thousands of iconic films. Today, Kaleidescape has the largest collection of 4K titles with lossless Dolby Atmos audio available, and boasts over 12,000 titles for purchase and more than 8000 for rent. For those who want to enjoy opening night at home, its Premium Video on Demand (PVOD) feature provides access to just-released films. In addition to offering an expansive catalog of films, concerts, and TV series, Kaleidescape offers automating settings and curating instant scene access.

“I’d like to congratulate Kaleidescape for 20 years of providing a fantastic, secure, super high-quality source for true home cinema,” says Barry Sonnenfeld, whose award-winning credits include his cinematography on Miller’s Crossing, Raising Arizona, Big, and When Harry Met Sally, as well as his directorial work, including Get Shorty, The Addams Family, and the Men in Black franchise. Most recently, he was the showrunner and directed many episodes of Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. “I’ve had several home screening rooms in the last 30 years and I always tried to create an experience better than I can get in a commercial movie theater. I rely on Kaleidescape to deliver a truly fantastic image and incredibly great sound.”

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