Kaleidescape Appoints Priscilla Morgan Chief Operating Officer

Movie player maker Kaleidescape has appointed Priscilla Morgan chief operating officer.

She will be responsible for sales, marketing, content licensing, customer support and customer engagement. She was previously a member of the board of directors for the company.

“Priscilla brings more than 25 years of experience building and advancing sales, finance, and field operations initiatives for companies like Dolby and Oracle,” Kaleidescape chairman and CEO Tayloe Stansbury said in a statement. “Through many years of developing deep-rooted customer and industry relationships and navigating the landscape of entertainment technology, Priscilla has developed a unique and tremendously successful approach to scaling organizations. With her transition from our board of directors, she brings a strong understanding of Kaleidescape’s trajectory and customer base to this executive leadership role.”

“I am thrilled to take on this new role at Kaleidescape and contribute to its growing success alongside a tremendous leadership team,” Morgan said in a statement. “I look forward to leveraging my strategic and tactical experience, along with my industry ties, to establish a customer-centric approach to operations that will continue to grow the company.” 

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Prior to joining Kaleidescape, Morgan served as chief revenue officer at Alliance Consumer Group, a designer, manufacturer and distributor of branded consumer products. Additionally, she oversaw worldwide sales and business operations and new business design and implementation in VP roles at Dolby. She created and implemented systems to achieve complex financial and operational objectives and enabled global scaling of the business to more than $1 billion. As VP of business operations and development at Oracle, she led cross-functional teams to refine business practices, operations, and opportunity management for on-demand and support services. She also served as the CFO at TuVox and conducted client engagements at KPMG.

Morgan holds a bachelor of arts in English with an emphasis in accounting from the University of California, Berkeley. She was selected as one of the Most Influential Women in Business by The San Francisco Business Times

Kaleidescape Bows New Movie Servers to Accommodate More 4K

Movie player maker Kaleidescape has released the compact Terra 22 terabyte (TB) movie server, replacing its compact Terra 18TB, and the Terra 88TB movie server, replacing its Terra 72TB server.

The new products are now available from Kaleidescape’s dealer network.

The compact Terra 22TB movie server is priced at $10,995 and the Terra 88TB at $25,995. Accompanying Strato C players are $3,995 each. 

“Kaleidescape is committed to acting on customer feedback, streamlining our product line to meet our wide range of customer needs in the 4K UHD era while maintaining the unrivaled quality, faster download speeds and seamless playback experience that define Kaleidescape,” Kaleidescape CEO Tayloe Stansbury said in a statement. “This new server lineup offers five different storage capacities, spaced roughly a factor of two apart from each other.”

Customers can choose from the compact Terra 6TB, compact Terra 12TB, compact Terra 22TB or the larger Terra 48TB or Terra 88TB. The sequencing provides efficient options for those who want storage flexibility on a smaller scale, or for those with larger collections looking to expand as more 4K UHD titles become available. Both the Terra and compact Terra lines can download a UHD 4K movie in as little as 10 minutes, according to the company.

The new Terra 88TB can store nearly 1,500 high-fidelity 4K UHD movies, serve up to 10 simultaneous 4K UHD playbacks, and enable fast downloads while simultaneously supporting playback on multiple Strato players. The Terra 88TB movie server stores high-fidelity movies on an array of high-quality, enterprise-class hard drives and is designed to continue operating on the rare occasion of a hard drive failure, according to Kaleidescape. If a failed hard drive needs to be replaced, movies are automatically restored from the cloud. 

The compact Terra 22TB can store more than 350 4K UHD movies or more than 650 movies with a mix of 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD-quality titles, and serve up to five simultaneous 4K UHD playbacks. The compact Terra allows customers the flexibility to add playback zones and grow their movie collection over time. Up to four compact Terra servers can be combined in a single system for more storage. 

The Kaleidescape movie store has nearly 14,000 titles for purchase and more than 9,000 for rent. Users can rent or download movies in reference quality 4K HDR with lossless Dolby Atmos and DTS:X audio, surpassing even 4K UHD discs in both convenience and quality by going beyond optical disc capacity and bit rate limits, according to the company. In addition, Kaleidescape offers more than 700 4K UHD titles not available on Blu-ray Disc. 

Kaleidescape Links With Josh.ai for Contextual Voice Commands

Josh.ai, featuring AI for the custom home, and movie player maker Kaleidescape have announced a strategic partnership enabling Josh.ai’s proprietary voice control to launch any title saved to a client’s content library.

This allows Kaleidescape customers to use contextual voice commands, such as: “OK Josh, watch Indiana Jones!”

Josh.ai adjusts the theater’s lights, closes the drapes, drops the screen, and launches the film on Kaleidescape.

The Josh.ai app’s remote UI offers navigational control of Kaleidescape menus and enables clients to create their own scenes, like “Movie Night,” to set the cinematic mood.

Once Josh.ai is deployed, each Kaleidescape device is automatically detected on the network along with its downloaded content. As part of the Josh.ai AV setup workflow, Kaleidescape Stratos are configurable as input sources to be routed across applicable video zones. Beyond native control in a standalone Josh.ai and Kaleidescape-powered home theater, Josh.ai can also control Kaleidescape players when they are routed through Crestron SIMPL, Crestron Home, and Control4 video distribution.

In addition to contextual voice automation, Kaleidescape partners “will be comforted by Josh.ai’s strong stance as a privacy-focused voice assistant, purpose-built for professionally installed smart home systems,” according to Kaleidescape. “Clients will have peace of mind knowing that Josh.ai is committed to providing a delightful and inclusive voice experience without sharing or selling user data for marketing purposes,” according to the company.

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Dealers interested in learning more can join a one-on-one Q&A webinar with Josh.ai CEO Alex Capecelatro and Kaleidescape CEO Tayloe Stansbury on the partnership Sept. 16 at 3 p.m. ET / noon PT.

“Josh.ai’s direct deep-linking integration with Kaleidescape content is just a glimpse at what the future of automation and contextual voice control can deliver to the home cinema experience,” Stansbury said in a statement. “The ability to watch a Kaleidescape film and customize your movie night with a simple voice command is an exciting and functional new offering for our customers, and we are delighted to be partnering with Josh.ai to raise the bar for convenience and immersion in home theaters.”

“Our vision with Josh.ai is to offer simple, secure, and magical experiences for interacting with the smart home. The combination of Kaleidescape’s premium cinematic content and Josh.ai’s natural voice control elevates every aspect of the home theater to offer an unparalleled experience,” Capecelatro said in a statement. “Our relationship with Kaleidescape illustrates Josh.ai’s continued commitment to the custom channel and I am thrilled that this is just the start of our close strategic partnership.”

Founded in 2015, Josh.ai is a Denver-based company creating platforms and products that enable true natural interaction with technology in everyday life. With a focus on AI, machine learning, and intuitive design, the mission at Josh.ai is to transform how consumers live in our environments. 

Kaleidescape, Meyer Sound Offer Free Movie Collection With Purchase

Movie player maker Kaleidescape and Meyer Sound are offering a movie collection with purchase.

For a limited time, when customers purchase a Kaleidescape Terra movie server and Strato C movie player with any Meyer Sound loudspeaker surround system valued at more than $10,000 MSRP, they will receive a Meyer Sound-curated collection of movies valued at up to $1,000.

The movie collection, personally selected by Meyer Sound’s technical team, contains 40 titles with immersive audio, including some with Dolby Atmos soundtracks. Movies will be preloaded onto the Kaleidescape Terra server.

“This is an exceptional promotion that brings together two industry-leading brands. Kaleidescape’s lossless-quality soundtracks provide Meyer Sound systems with the full-fidelity audio needed for that magical escape from reality,” Norma Garcia-Muro, Kaleidescape VP of marketing, said in a statement. “The result is an exceptional level of pure, honest sound rendered to private cinemas of any size.”

The Kaleidescape Terra and Strato C system is designed to play 4K HDR movies with a video bitrate eight times higher than any streaming device and lossless-quality audio up to 10 times higher.

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“Working together, Meyer Sound and Kaleidescape will provide home cinema dealers with a personalized and unforgettable ‘big screen’ experience for their customers,” Blake Vackar, residential solutions manager for Meyer Sound, said in a statement. “No other source compares to Kaleidescape for providing such a versatile library with a lossless media path. With audio reproduced through Meyer Sound cinema systems, customers at home will hear exactly what the movie’s creators heard in the studio during the final mixing session. Thanks to this specially curated package, they will enjoy that experience across four decades of the absolute best in creative and dynamic cinema sound, from Apocalypse Now to Dune.”

A variety of Meyer Sound solutions are used in home cinemas, including the Ultra Reflex system, the first screen-channel loudspeaker system to deliver precise audio localization for direct view displays; the Bluehorn System, with full bandwidth studio monitors designed for high-resolution monitoring applications; and a line of self-powered full-range loudspeakers such as the ULTRA-X20.

The promotion is available from July 26 through Dec. 31 in the United States.

The curated list of movies includes:

Apocalypse Now
Atomic Blonde
The Batman
Black Hawk Down
Blade Runner 2049
The Fifth Element
Finding Nemo
Guardians of the Galaxy
Hans Zimmer: Live in Prague
The Hurt Locker
La La Land
The Lion King
Mad Max: Fury Road
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Phil Collins: Live at Montreux 2004
The Revenant
Road to Perdition
Roger Waters: The Wall
Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Top Gun
Top Gun: Maverick
Tron: Legacy
True Grit
Walk the Line
West Side Story
Meyer Sound Cinema Stinger

Kaleidescape Announces Strategic Partnership With Keith Yates Design

Movie player maker Kaleidescape and theater design and acoustical engineering company Keith Yates Design have announced a strategic partnership.

“The Kaleidescape content team will utilize the KYD-designed lab to ensure all movies released on its movie store deliver the reference-quality experience customers have come to expect from Kaleidescape,” according to a press release.

Keith Yates Design is the preferred choice for Hollywood’s elite customers, often selected by major directors, producers, sound specialists, and cinematographers, according to the release. In 2019, the firm was awarded the AVS Forum’s Home Theater of the Decade for its design of The Hahn Theater, a project conducted with cinematographer Rob Hahn that received global recognition.

“Keith Yates Design and Kaleidescape have a common goal in delivering a deeply inspired immersive theater experience that is unique, customized, and shapes the entertainment space,” Tayloe Stansbury, Kaleidescape CEO, said in a statement. “KYD’s design, combined with Kaleidescape, delivers unrivaled acoustical movie magic, which is why we are working with them to design the Kaleidescape Movie Lab at our corporate headquarters.”

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“Kaleidescape makes the industry’s best movie servers and players, and we use the system for all our calibrations when we do quality control on a commissioned KYD home theater,” Keith Yates, president and chief creative officer, Keith Yates Design, said in a statement. “A KYD designed and engineered cinema experience is enhanced and further resolved with the performance advantages only available with Kaleidescape’s higher fidelity video source material and lossless audio, making everything in the theater optimized to deliver the best performance.”

In celebration of this partnership, every KYD theater commissioned with a Kaleidescape system will come with a unique, one-of-a-kind, bound book highlighting the design and engineering of the KYD theater.

“This partnership is a natural fit as KYD and Kaleidescape are aligned to provide the best-in-class private cinema experience, one our customers will be proud to commemorate by putting this book on display,” Yates added.

Kaleidescape Appoints Craig Sholder Chief Revenue Officer

Movie player maker Kaleidescape has hired Craig Sholder as chief revenue officer.

He is responsible for worldwide sales and customer support, executing strategic plans and collaborating with cross-functional teams, partners, dealers and representative firms.  

“Craig brings more than 25 years of experience scaling and transforming entertainment technology businesses globally,” said Tayloe Stansbury, CEO of Kaleidescape, in a statement. “Craig arrives at a critical time for Kaleidescape as we look to strengthening long-term customer, dealer, and integrator relationships that will lead to increased customer and revenue growth.” 

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“I’ve always admired Kaleidescape’s innovation and product offerings and its ability to deliver a state-of-the-art cinema experience to a private cinema environment,” Sholder said in a statement.  “As a home theater enthusiast with a passion for movies and creative digital content, I am excited to work with Kaleidescape’s very talented team in helping others discover and enjoy these products.”

Prior to joining Kaleidescape, Sholder was CEO and strategic advisor at WiVu, where he helped increase revenue by partnering with hospitality venues and driving new customer engagement with the Web-based software platform. As VP of business development at Transformation Entertainment Group, he started a profitable media, entertainment and technology distribution business. Sholder also served more than two decades at Christie Digital Systems U.S.A., a solutions provider of digital display technologies, on its executive leadership team.

Kaleidescape Bows New Compact Movie Server

Movie server maker Kaleidescape announced Jan. 4 the new entry-level compact Terra 6 terabyte. 

The movie server is initially offered as a bundle with the Strato C movie player at a special price of $7,995 through March 31, 2022. 

“The compact Terra 6TB, when combined with a Strato C player, replaces the Kaleidescape Strato S as our entry-level system, while providing the ultimate playback experience with significantly greater scalability and performance,” Tayloe Stansbury, CEO of Kaleidescape, said in a statement.

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With the power to download feature-length 4K movies in as little as 10 minutes on a gigabit internet connection, the compact Terra 6TB provides four times faster movie downloads than the Strato S 6TB all-in-one player-server, according to the company. In addition, a compact Terra 6TB can serve up to five simultaneous 4K Ultra HD playbacks on Strato players in different rooms, compared to only two simultaneous playbacks for Strato S, according to the company. The compact Terra 6TB — unlike the Strato S —can download movies while simultaneously supporting playbacks on Strato players. Consumers can scale up their storage by adding a compact Terra 6TB, 12TB, or 18TB or a full-sized Terra 24TB, 48TB or 72TB. 

Kaleidescape Bows 72TB Movie Server

Private movie playback company Kaleidescape has announced the new Kaleidescape Terra 72 terabyte movie server.

The server carries a suggested retail price of $23,995.

The Terra 72 server, when combined with a Strato C movie player, provides  lossless multi-channel audio and visually lossless 4K Ultra HD video, thanks to a video compression solution utilizing four to five times the video bit rate of competing digital video services, according to Kaleidescape.

“The Kaleidescape Terra 72 is the largest 4K movie server we have developed to date, designed specifically for customers looking to move from disc to digital or increase their collection through our award-winning movie store,” Tayloe Stansbury, CEO of Kaleidescape, said in a statement. “The new offering can store nearly 1,200 high fidelity 4K UHD movies in unrivaled quality, delivering faster download speeds and a seamless playback experience for the ultimate movie collector.”

With the power to download feature-length 4K movies in as little as 10 minutes on a gigabit internet connection, the Terra 72 can also download content while supporting playback on multiple Strato players, according to the company. The foundation for a multi-room Kaleidescape Strato system, the Terra 72 movie server can support any number of Strato C players and serve up to 10 simultaneous 4K UHD playbacks, according to Kaleidescape.

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The Kaleidescape movie store has the largest collection of 4K titles available and boasts more than 12,000 titles for purchase and more than 8,000 for rent, according to the company. Users can rent or download movies in reference quality 4K HDR with lossless Dolby Atmos and DTS-X audio, surpassing even 4K UHD discs in both convenience and quality by going beyond optical disc capacity and bit rate limits, according to the company. Kaleidescape also offers nearly 400 4K UHD titles not available on Blu-ray Disc.

The Terra 72 movie server stores high-fidelity movies on an array of hard drives and is designed to continue operating even if a hard drive fails. When the failed drive is replaced, its movies are automatically restored from the cloud. In addition to storing movies, Terra 72 provides caching, staging and computing services that improve player performance. The Terra is also available with either 24TB or the recently announced 48TB capacity, and multiple Terras can be combined for more storage.

Kaleidescape Links Up With Trinnov Audio, Offering Free Movies

Home movie player device company Kaleidescape is partnering with Trinnov Audio, designer and manufacturer of audio processors for private cinemas.

The partnership includes a specially selected movie package promotion for new Trinnov and Kaleidescape customers. With the purchase of a Trinnov Altitude16 or Altitude32 Processor and a Kaleidescape Terra + Strato C, customers receive a package of 4K Dolby Atmos and DTS:X mastered titles at no additional charge on the Kaleidescape system. This promotion is available from Sept. 1, 2021, through Dec. 31, 2022.

“Combining Kaleidescape’s lossless-quality movie soundtracks with Trinnov’s Altitude 3D audio processing optimizes the performance of any private cinema, to deliver an experience so real, you become part of the story,” Tayloe Stansbury, CEO of Kaleidescape, said in a statement. “It is only fitting that this collaboration between Trinnov and Kaleidescape includes a generous package of titles that truly showcase a private cinema’s capabilities with the most immersive image and sound experience possible.”

Mastering soundtracks from original source files, many of which have been produced professionally in Trinnov-equipped studios and post-production facilities, only Kaleidescape is designed to present movies at full reference, with lossless-quality audio, delivering precisely what the filmmakers intended, according to the press release.

“As two of the private cinema gold standard luxury brands, Trinnov and Kaleidescape share a common value through a deep commitment to delivering the highest levels of performance available,” Arnaud Laborie, CEO of Trinnov Audio, said in a statement. “Both companies’ products have stood the test of time and will continue to delight their owners through software upgrades that will keep their systems at the cutting edge of sound and picture quality.”

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Trinnov’s Altitude32 processors are capable of up to 32 discretely rendered immersive audio channels for private theater, according to the release.

The Kaleidescape system is designed to play 4K HDR movies with a video bitrate four times higher while reproducing lossless quality audio at up to 10 times higher than any streaming device, according to the release.

This results in “a profound difference in sound clarity and detail when playing through a Trinnov Altitude processor,” the press release stated.

Kaleidescape Hires New VP

Kaleidescape, a designer and manufacturer of home movie servers and players, has hired Heather Olson Grundeman as VP of customer engagement.

Heather Olson Grundeman

“Heather brings a unique set of skills to Kaleidescape as she championed at home experiences across several media companies including Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. Studios,” Tayloe Stansbury, CEO of Kaleidescape, said in a statement. “In addition, she has pioneered, built, launched and managed innovative in-home entertainment experiences like pay-per-view and video on demand, and helped redefine digital storefront experiences to enhance the way customers engage with content.”

In her new role, Grundeman will be responsible for optimizing and enriching customer experiences across movie prioritization, licensing and merchandising, as well as developing analytics-driven integrated customer engagement campaigns.

She worked with Kaleidescape for several years while at 20th Century Fox.

“Over the years I have been a huge advocate of Kaleidescape and admire its entrepreneurial spirit in driving innovations in digital media experiences,” Grundeman said in a statement. “Kaleidescape has a unique opportunity to grow both its customer base and engagement with its players, and I believe my competitive and industry insights will help drive its leadership position in digital media.”

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Previously, Grundeman was VP of global digital accounts at 20th Century Fox, where she licensed content and designed customer engagement strategies for tech companies such as Apple, Facebook, Oculus, Amazon and Google. She also constructed digital content strategies at the company. As executive director of international marketing at Sony Pictures, Heather pioneered international marketing campaigns and executed strategies across more than 150 territories. She also led analytics and marketing teams, synthesizing data and overseeing catalog strategy and the pricing lifecycle for Sony Picture film library releases.

Heather holds a B.S. in business administration and marketing from California State University, Northridge, and was elected to an elite group of future leaders at Sony’s Global Business Leadership University program.