As well as a simple-to-use, Blu-ray-quality video library and streaming service, the new Kaleidescape Cinema One offers consumers a chance to see how the super rich relax.
The Kaleidescape Movie One The device can store 100 Blu-ray quality films
The company, synonymous with home cinema solutions and digital movie servers that require a crack team of tech-savvy builders and engineers to set up and install (usually on board a yacht or in a villa overlooking Lake Como) is launching its first product aimed at a larger audience and the first one that will be sold through retail channels.
At $3,995, the Cinema One is by no means cheap -- an Apple TV streaming box costs just $99 -- but what it offers surpasses anything else currently available in terms of high-definition movie streaming, organization and storage.
The box can store 100 Blu-ray-quality or 600 DVD-quality feature films and also gives users access to Kaleidescape's own movie store, the only online platform that offers titles in the same audio and video fidelity of Blu-ray plus all extras, bonus footage, director commentaries and subtitling options. It has 250,000 titles and counting.
Perhaps the coolest feature is that once the play button is activated, the movie immediately loads and starts playing -- no annoying menu screens, trailers or advertising. The box is also ‘smart home'-ready so can be integrated into lighting or shutter systems so that when a film starts, the lights dim, the blinds draw and the sound system springs to life.
Kaleidescape says that the Cinema One will be the first in a new range of consumer-focused devices that bring premium performance but that won't require specialist installation. It is available now via Kaleidescape's website (US only) or via any of the company's 1,800 dealers worldwide.