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 Hires Tom Vaughan as VP of Engineering

Kaleidescape, a designer and manufacturer of home movie servers and players, has appointed Tom Vaughan VP of engineering.

Tom Vaughan

“Tom brings more than 30 years of experience in the media and entertainment industry to Kaleidescape engineering,” Tayloe Stansbury, CEO of Kaleidescape, said in a statement. “With a robust career in driving innovation for image and sound technology that has had a profound impact on the industry, Tom will play an essential role in furthering Kaleidescape’s aggressive product roadmap.”

“Kaleidescape engineering has accomplished amazing feats over the past two decades, trailblazing industry firsts that are now best practices used by the digital media and entertainment market today,” Vaughan said in a statement. “I am excited about the opportunity to lead Kaleidescape’s engineering efforts, build on its success, and usher in the next generation of product capabilities.”

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Vaughan started his career in the compact disc industry, building and managing mastering operations for CBS Records. Later, he led development of DVD manufacturing capability at Cinram. From 2002 to 2012 he led product management of multimedia software at Roxio, CyberLink, and Corel. In 2013 he joined MulticoreWare, where he led development of x265, the video encoder used by most leading video services. Most recently, Tom was VP of strategy at Beamr, a leading developer of commercial video encoder and image optimization software.

He holds a B.S. in electrical and computer engineering and an M.B.A. from Drexel University.