Well this is one heck of a media player. The M500 can copy Blu-Rays, DVDs and CDs to a server and then play it back for you, the only caveat is that the blu-ray disc needs to be in the player to watch it. That is there way of fighting privacy, but doesn’t that sort of defeat the point of being a media player? I mean media players give consumers instant access to their multi-media, and the idea is convenience and no more swapping discs.. Kaleidescape has introduced two new players, the M500 and the M300 priced $3995 and 2495 respectively..
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.
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.
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