Ten years after Kaleidescape was first introduced, their latest product, the Cinema One has just hit the market. The history of Kaleidescape is very interesting. It was around 2000 and Michael Malcolm had just sold a tech company for a pile of money and had retired. In 2001 he built his ultimate home theater, but quickly became disenchanted with managing content. Two years later, Kaleidescape was launched. He worked with the movie studios to come up with a way to legally rip movie content to a hard drive. But the real magic of Kaleidescape is in their interface. The company accesses every movie that comes on the market. They bookmark each film to indicate exactly where all the previews, warnings, and sales pitches end and the movie begins. They also determine where their “best scenes” are located in the movie.
Until now, getting started with a Kaleidescape system was an investment in the 5 figure price range and up. That has all changed with the Cinema One! The Cinema One is $3995. If you load a Blu-ray disc into Cinema One the system will immediately recognize the disc and ask you if you want to just simply start playing the movie or go to preset scenes. Imagine that – no more previews! It does this by reading the meta data and checking with the Kaleidescape main server to get the information. To build your collection, your best option is using the Kaleidescape store. From there you can download movies to the Cinema One that are stored on its 2TB hard drive. The Cinema One will hold about 100 Blu-rays or 600 DVD’s. I took a screen shot of the most popular movies on the store. These are all Blu-ray quality and as you can see, most are either about the same or less than the cost of buying a physical Blu-ray disc.
You can add a second Cinema One to your system, which will double the storage and give you access to everything in two locations. While I am personally more of a Netflix renter, I think it’s worth the price of the new Cinema One just to avoid the previews!