Hi folks, I saw the recent discussion about Kaleidescape in the support list thread from the S&V review. So, I’m on that has taken down my longstanding DIY server/ripping setup and replaced it with a Kaleidescape and Apple TV since almost 2 years ago now.
I’m pretty well versed on both solutions and happy to answer any questions and engage discussion about Kaleidescape here if folks are interested, so starting a new thread for it.
To kick things off, here are some of the reasons I made the decision:
- Kaleidescape now has ~400 more titles in 4k than have been or are scheduled to be released on disc. Discs overall are a waning technology and I’m not hopeful for their future compared to digital releases.
- Kaleidescape is not limited to disc fixed sizes. Since many movies come on BD66 4k discs, they are capped. Kaleidescape can encode as they like for the download. This leads to things like Avengers Endgame being a 100GB+ download and many many titles, both HD and 4k, being larger/higher bit rate.
- Convenience and simplicity of just having it all work without manually managing every title I want to load/watch on my system. It just works factor. Family can use it without trouble.
- A variety of miscellaneous things like early release access, no reliance on ripping software, risk of new AACS levels blocking ripping, total loss of local NAS array, and so on.
Kaleidescape has weaknesses to of course, but I found more pros than cons. I run a Strato/Terra in my theater room with an Apple TV and just an Apple TV in my living room now (plus gaming systems).