Kaleidescape, Sony Mount Joint Promotion

Kaleidescape, designer and manufacturer of home movie servers and players, has mounted a joint promotion with Sony Electronics offering a $3,000 discount to customers purchasing a Kaleidescape system alongside one of four Sony projectors: VPL-GTZ380, VPL-VW5000ES, VPL-VW995ES or VPL-VW915ES.

“This joint promotion with Kaleidescape underscores our unwavering commitment to provide the finest in 4K HDR entertainment,” Jeff Goldstein, head of custom integrator channel sales at Sony Electronics, said in a statement. “Besides being an incredible deal, this incentive ensures that our customers will get the very best from their premium Sony projector.”

Kaleidescape delivers reference-quality 4K HDR movies at the source, optimizing for the highest resolution, dynamic range and contrast capabilities of Sony’s high-end projectors, according to a company press release. With more than 12,000 movies and shows to choose from within its interface, Kaleidescape employs proprietary metadata to adjust Sony’s projectors to display every movie in native aspect ratio.

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“Sony is synonymous with 4K innovation and shares Kaleidescape’s vision for delivering the finest picture and sound quality,” Kaleidescape CEO Tayloe Stansbury said in a statement. “When you combine Sony’s finest projectors with Kaleidescape’s exceptional products, like the newly released Terra movie server with 48TB storage, the result is a 4K HDR experience you can’t take your eyes off.”

A streaming device cannot maximize a high-end projector’s innovative capabilities and stops short of delivering the best possible viewing experience, according to the press release. In contrast, a Kaleidescape system is designed to play 4K HDR movies with a video bitrate four times higher while reproducing lossless audio at up to 10 times higher than any streaming device.

FandangoNow Launches Labor Day Sale

Digital service FandangoNow is running a Labor Day Yard Sale with 800 movies available to own at sale prices.

It’s the biggest sale of the summer for Fandango’s transactional video-on-demand service.

The sale includes family-friendly titles such as The Peanuts MoviePaddington, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Ice Age, Rio and Charlotte’s Web, plus films such as Best in Show, The Color Purple and Happy Gilmore available for purchase at $5 each.

The sale also includes 4K Ulta HD titles, such as Bad Boys for Life, Jaws, E.T., Jumanji, Bloodshot, Top Gun and Knives Out, available to own at $10 each.

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HBO Max Offering Discount

HBO Max Sept. 4 is bringing back its “Save for 12” promotion, allowing new and returning customers to sign up for HBO Max for $11.99 per month (discounted from $14.99 per month) for a year (a $36 savings).

The limited-time offer is available to new customers as well as returning subscribers whose accounts have lapsed, through Sept. 25.

“We are always looking for ways to enhance our customer experience, so as we head into fall we felt it was the perfect time to pair the incredible lineup of original programming available on HBO Max with an offer that provides customers with even more value,” Andy Forssell, EVP and GM of WarnerMedia and direct-to-consumer, said in a statement. “We are lucky to work with the level of talent that is part of our WarnerMedia family, and with series like ‘Raised By Wolves’ from Ridley Scott and HBO’s ‘Lovecraft Country’ from Misha Green, J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele, there is truly no better time to get HBO Max.”

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To sign up for the offer, customers can visit HBOMax.com, select “Get the Deal” and complete their sign up.

In addition, new and returning customers who sign up for HBO Max on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV and via Google, Hulu, YouTube TV, Xfinity, RCN, Grande Communications and Wave are also eligible forv“Save for 12” promotions operated by those partners during the available window.

Hulu Offers Discounted Yearly Plan

Hulu Aug. 7 began offering a new discounted yearly plan for current subscribers to its $5.99 per month plan.

Subscribers to that ad-supported plan have the option to get a one-year subscription to Hulu for only $59.99, or 12 months for the price of 10.

While only currently available for existing subscribers on Hulu’s ad-supported plan, the option will roll out to new ad-supported Hulu subscribers later this year, the company announced.

The annual plan gives viewers access to Hulu’s extensive library of TV series and movies — including TV hits such as “Empire” and “Atlanta,” Hulu originals such as “The Act” and “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and past favorites such as “ER” and “Full House” — for a 16% savings over the cost of the standard monthly plan.

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