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Kaleidescape is in the high-end media server business, and their new M300 and M500 models are no exception (just wait till you see the price.) The M Series backs up your discs and stores their images on a server for easy playback. They’re built on “M-Class architecture,” and that means an easy user interface and 1080p support.

Interestingly, the M500 model copies Blu-rays onto your home server. There’s just one thing — the Blu-ray disc is required to be in the M500′s disc drive for server playback. Yeah…kinda defeating the whole point. To make things easier, the company is releasing a loader that will keep a large amount of discs in the system at once. But that’s not coming for a few months.

The M300 and M500 are available May 18th for $2495 and $3,995, respectively.

Kaleidescape Introduces Next Generation Movie Players

New Movie Server Architecture, New User Interface, Blu-ray Support

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SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 11 /PRNewswire/ — Kaleidescape, Inc., the market leader in movie servers, today announced its new M500 and M300 Players. Built on the company’s proprietary M-Class architecture, this next generation of players delivers a new and improved onscreen user interface and Blu-ray support. The M500 Player copies Blu-ray Discs, DVDs, and CDs onto a server. The imported content can then be played back instantly by M500 and M300 Players, creating the world’s first multi-zone movie server for Blu-ray.

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To address the concerns of the studios, Kaleidescape requires the disc to be present when playing Blu-ray content from the server. Today this means the Blu-ray Disc must be in the tray of an M500 Player. To enable the full Kaleidescape experience for Blu-ray, the company is developing a disc loader which will keep a large number of discs present within the Kaleidescape system. It will also provide bulk import, and make it easy to find and retrieve a disc.

“We have invested a great amount of time and resources in developing the M-Class architecture, which is our platform for future innovation,” said Michael Malcolm, Kaleidescape’s founder, chairman and CEO. “We now have the tools to improve our world-renowned user experience and offer an even greater variety of content.”

Further enhancing the Kaleidescape experience, the company’s award-winning onscreen user interface has been substantially improved with M-Class players. The Kaleidescape Movie Guide, the largest and most comprehensive of its type with over 135,000 titles, has been expanded to include over 3,300 Blu-ray Disc titles. Your treasured collection of movies and music is presented in high definition, with eye-popping detail and improved performance. The company’s patent pending video bookmarks enable advanced features, including instantaneous start of a feature or concert, easy access to favorite scenes or songs, and control triggers to automatically adjust screen masking, lighting and curtains during playback.

The Kaleidescape M500 and M300 Players, when coupled with a Kaleidescape server, play back Blu-ray content and include support for 1080p video with 24 frames per second and bitstream pass-through of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.

Kaleidescape is accepting orders for M500 and M300 Players, and shipments will begin May 18th. U.S. MSRP is $3,995 for the M500 Player and $2,495 for the M300 Player. Both players are compatible with existing Kaleidescape products. The disc loader is expected to be available in the first half of next year. Please visit www.kaleidescape.com for more information.

About Kaleidescape

The Kaleidescape movie server redefines home entertainment by transforming the way movies are enjoyed throughout the home. The Kaleidescape movie server delivers a powerful and entertaining movie-watching experience for the family, and provides peace of mind to the owner. Kaleidescape, Inc. was founded in 2001 and is based in Sunnyvale, California. Kaleidescape products are available through custom-installation dealers and distributors throughout the world. For additional information, please visit www.kaleidescape.com.

Kaleidescape and the Kaleidescape logo are trademarks of Kaleidescape, Inc.; they are registered in the United States and certain other jurisdictions. Other trademarks and trade names are owned by third parties and may be registered in some jurisdictions.

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