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 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 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 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.