Kaleidescape today announced a service that enables the digital delivery of movie purchases over the Internet with video and audio quality equal to Blu-ray Disc and DVD.
The new service is initially backed by a multi-year license agreement with Warner Bros. Digital Distribution to offer films for purchase.
In addition, the company will upgrade all Warner Bros. titles purchased through the Kaleidescape Store to UltraViolet in March 2013 - giving users a way to enjoy their collection across their various devices. This agreement also enables a Kaleidescape owner to convert Warner Bros. titles that were previously imported to their Kaleidescape movie server to UltraViolet or to upgrade their Warner Bros. titles from standard definition to high definition ? both for a fee.
Kaleidescape's customers can purchase and download movies directly to their Kaleidescape Systems from the newly launched Kaleidescape Store. Once a customer's system is linked to an account on the Kaleidescape Store website, the titles of their current movie collection are automatically cataloged and kept up to date. In addition, the Kaleidescape Store provides the ability to buy multiple movie titles by a favorite actor or director.
Warner Bros. Digital Distribution is the first to license content for sale through the new Kaleidescape Store, providing nearly 3,000 films and over 8,000 television episodes. Kaleidescape has licensed UltraViolet rights for inclusion with the purchase of most titles. Future plans will enable the consumer to add movies already purchased on disc to their UltraViolet Collection for a small fee.
Movies purchased on the Kaleidescape Store website can be downloaded and enjoyed on Kaleidescape movie servers through the kOS 5.0 operating system. Movies can be viewed directly from the beginning without advertisements, trailers and extraneous menus. Thanks to bookmarks in the Kaleidescape Movie Guide, users can jump directly to the most memorable scenes in a movie, or to any song in a concert.
Kaleidescape's high definition downloads will feature audio and video that equals Blu-ray Disc quality. This includes video resolution up to 1080p, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio lossless soundtracks, and 24 frame-per-second progressive scan video. Standard definition downloads feature audio and video that matches DVD quality. The extra content such as director's commentary, alternate endings, deleted scenes, and documentaries found on a disc are included in the download.
The Kaleidescape Store is now live in the United States.