A $15,000 AppleTV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by fivepoint, May 8, 2008.

  1. fivepoint macrumors 65816

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    So... my millionaire friend (I'm not kidding) was telling me the other day that his 'theatre guy' was trying to talk him to being this thing called the Kaleidescape. He described it to me, and I said "wow, that sounds just like my new AppleTV."

    The catch is... that this thing was going for over $15,000. I did some more research, and apparently 50 Cent (the hip-hop artist) has one (obviously) but if you go to the website, it is amazing how much the interface looks like AppleTV. They've been around a lot longer than AppleTV I think, so it makes me kind of curious...

    I can't believe you could sell someone something in good concious that costs $15,000 with (apparently) less functionality than an AppleTV costing $220. Anyway, here it is. Check out the interface. Parts of it are very "AppleTV-esque"
    http://www.kaleidescape.com/experience/
     
  2. MacAodh macrumors regular

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    There's defo more fetures etc... but not much more then an :apple:tv alright.
     
  3. MikieMikie macrumors 6502a

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    This is similar only in it serves up media. But it is significantly different in other, important ways. For one, it implies that it rips your DVDs and CDs automagically for you. Just feed 'em in and it takes care of the rest. It manages storage, backup, etc.

    The Apple TV, as good as it is, seems like a poor-man's version of this.

    If I had enough money, I'd buy one of these. Right after my Bentley Coupe. Ain't gonna happen, amigos, but, hey, I can dream, can't I? Bye-bye Handbrake, tagging, MacTheRipper, etc?
     
  4. PROJECT359 macrumors regular

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    So in a nutshell, it's the same as :apple:TV but with expandable HD space. No thanks.
     
  5. roland.g macrumors 603

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    I saw this demoed at a home expo show and it really does blow the Apple TV (which I do have) out of the water. It runs with a 32TB drive (I think they offer more now) and you can load in all your DVDs at full resolution, no weird ripping or compression to think about. They do all the tagging for you with complete actors, directors, producers, plotlines, etc. You can then browse and cross-browse by Genre, Actor, Director, etc. And of course you can hook it to TVs in mutliple rooms all off the one server which can play to multiple units at once. The remote has visual touchscreen info to mimic the TV onscreen info. And they also incorporate large projection screens that are pretty sick too. Certainly out of my price range. The Apple TV and Mac setup is a nice alternative for the everyday consumer but if funds are not an issue, this would be the way to go. The demo I saw was fantastic. Considering all the work I've put in ripping, HB'ing and tagging my DVDs (over 150 to date) this is a much simpler/easier solution. Not to mention my Apple TV still drops the signal to my wifi intermittently - like once a week - which is a pain in the ass.
     
  6. fivepoint thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I wonder what the portability/compatibility of those files are though... I mean, when you get sick of the Kaleidescape, or something new/different comes out (appletv 2 :) can you move all of those files over?

    Also, you can't put the files on your iPod, iPhone, or watch them from your computer. Also, I don't think you can use it to buy movies over the internet, can you? How about the album art? Do you have to scan that stuff in?
     
  7. VideoFreek macrumors 6502

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    The one thing Kaleidescape's system DOES do, which the Apple TV can't, is allow you to rip commercial DVDs to the unit's hard drive legally. It was engineered specifically to use licensed CSS keys and to handle the data in a way that is in full compliance with the CSS license. Kaleidescape reportedly went through a lot of trouble to do this, but it didn't stop the DVD-CCA (the outfit that licenses the CSS encryption system) from suing them anyway. Fortunately, Kaleidescape prevailed in court (see article here).

    I bring this us because I think people around here tend to lose sight of the fact that ripping DVDs is presently, at least in the US, a crime under the DMCA. Forget what you think you know about "fair use," it doesn't apply. I'm not getting preachy about whether it's right or wrong, I'm merely pointing out that we must always remember the law is not on our side at present, and that we should continually pressure our legislators to restore "fair use" rights to private citizens who want to view their legally-purchased content from a server instead of a DVD player.
     
  8. milo macrumors 604

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    If Kaleidescape won, that's legal precedent. The MPAA can claim all they want, but I doubt they'd win a case against a consumer ripping DVDs they bought to format shift.

    It would be great to see the law change, but the current one is probably unenforceable anyway.
     
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    Kaleidescape is NOT legal precedent, because their system does not rely on circumventing access protection controls, which is at the heart of the DMCA.

    The MPAA doesn't have to "win" a case; the law is on their side and is pretty clear. The enforceability of the DMCA has not been well-tested, as you say, but on the other hand you wouldn't want to be the poor sucker singled out by the MPAA to make an example of. Life's too short to go through that sort of misery. All I'm saying is that we should not be complacent about this, and should push Congress to change a really bad law.
     
  10. roland.g macrumors 603

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    Album art and all tagging is provided by them. You put in the DVD and it does everything else. But yes, no portability to other systems. Fine with me, the few movies I want on my iPhone I rip at iPhone resolution 480x320, 400MB per movie. I don't do one version for all formats. I have about 20 movies that I can put on my iPhone and they are unchecked in the movies list so they don't show up as duplicates on my Apple TV menu. But they still sync to my phone. Now true, you can't buy or but I'm sure you're pretty safe with that system for a while in terms of futureproofing. Anyway, if you can afford it, you can probably buy all the DVDs you want rather than renting or wanting to buy digital. Who knows they may begin offering a download in their version 2.
     
  11. pprior macrumors 65816

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    You have no idea what you are talking about. Kaleidescape is WAY beyond apple TV.

    Show me where your apple TV can play back hundreds of DVDs from multiple rooms in the home with RAID backup all with absolutely top notch touchpad interface and incredible support (including they will rip your DVDs for you).

    I own an appleTV so I'm not bashing, but please don't embarrass yourself by thinking it's even close to that system.
     
  12. fivepoint thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Anyway, My AppleTV (if I had more than 1) CAN play back hundreds of DVDS from multiple rooms in the home with RAID backup... but that is besides the point. Apparently that is not the main appeal of the Kaliedescape. I would guess that it is the simplicity/legality of the ripping process. For someone less computer-skilled the ability to simply put the DVD in and let it do the rest... is worth a lot of money!

    I didn't know much about the Kaliedescape when I started the thread this morning... I have been enjoying reading about it on here and getting a better grip on it. I don't see why you have to go all crazy and start making me out to be a bad guy. Pretty uncalled for, dude.
     
  13. fivepoint thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Also... I would like to add, there are MANY customers out there who would probably much rather have an AppleTV from what I've heard this morning. I'm one of them, and this is why:

    1. Downloadable rental content.
    2. Downloadable purchased SD content.
    3. Downloadable purchased HD content.
    4. YouTube access.
    5. Flickr access.
    6. .Mac Gallery access.
    7. iPhoto integration.
    8. iTunes integration.
    9. iTunes store integration.
    10. Podcast support.
    11. AirTunes support.
    12. Simplistic "grandma ready" remote control.
    13. Common MP4 format.
    14. Mac and PC compatibility.
    15. iPod and iPhone compatibility.
    16. Much Smaller.
    17. ~$15,000 CHEAPER!!!

    NOTICE: I did not say ALL customers would prefer it... I said MANY.
     
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    I love this system and if I had a home of 500k or more and the income I would jump all over this. However, I live in a small 130k home and spend all my surplus pay on actual DVD/BR/CDs. For me the :apple:TV is more in line with my pocket-book. I have a huge collection of DVDs that I have been collecting since the format began. I know I passed the 2k DVD disc and have over 500 CDs and only about 25 blu-ray. The manual time and effort that goes into set-up is my hobby but Kaleidescape takes care of that, at a price I am not willing to pay. If I was in the movie/music business and doing well this would be in my home along with my theatre.
     

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  15. wmealer macrumors regular

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    whadd'ya bet...

    I just had a hilarious thought... I bet more than a few people out there have paid a boat-load of money for this, and still use their netflix and/or usenet accounts to fill it with illegal content.

    Now THAT'S comedy. :D
     
  16. roland.g macrumors 603

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    When I saw the demo, the guy specifically said not to do that with netflix. CYA of course. But remember at a home show the people there most likely can't afford it. And those that can will purchase the DVDs rather than dealing with netflix or other rentals.
     
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    the two products are clearly not aimed at the same "type of people" and not for (exactly) the same purposes..so why compare them? :confused:
     
  18. pprior macrumors 65816

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    Exactly.

    And to the poster that said his apple TV can play multiple movies all over the house, I don't think so. That system can stream multiple movies at the same time to multiple screens anywhere in the home. ATV can stream one movie at one time, maybe to multiple rooms, but a single stream.

    I briefly considered it at one time, just for the high WAF and simplicity of use, but the price goes well north of 15K and in the end I just couldn't justify that kind of money at my income level

    They just aren't even close and the OP was making out someone who bought one to be a fool, and that's just not the case. Don't bash what you can't afford just because it's expensive. In life you generally get what you pay for. I own an ATV, but would love one of those systems!
     
  19. fivepoint thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Wrong. He is my good friend and I was looking out for him. A) He doesn't own one. He was told about it... and that's all. B)I never told him anything to the tune of "that would be a dumb idea when the AppleTV does the exact same thing!". All I said was "that sounds similar to my new AppleTV." Here's some advice... stop putting words in other people' mouths.

    I posted on here to get people's reaction to the incredible price of this product and to hopefully learn something more about it. All you've done is come on here, insult my intelligence and attack me for even insinuating that there was something similar between the two devices. Your posts should be removed for being inflamatory and for criticizing me personally.
     
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    I think you will need multiple Apple TV's to do this...it should work, if you have everything on Time Capsule (1tb is not sufficient, Apple will need to make a 32tb backup drive)...but it is possible to do what the 15,000 machine can do...it will just take a little thinking and a lot less money:cool:
     
  21. MikieMikie macrumors 6502a

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    fivepoint:
    breathe in, breathe out, relax. :)

    I agree that people are quick to criticize, and I wanted to thank you for the link. I never knew anything like this existed before you posted the link.

    And I wasn't kidding: if I could afford it (i.e.: had more money that sense), I would buy one in a heartbeat.

    I do find it interesting how much we can get out Apple TVs to do for so little $ and a lot of effort.
     
  22. pprior macrumors 65816

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    Well, here is what you posted... (including sic "concious"):


    -you- are clearly implying that anyone selling that system is doing so in bad faith (i.e. the "good conscience" remark) and also therefore implying that the only reason a buyer would choose it is because he's being misled by the salesperson and therefore is a fool.

    I see this all the time, people assume that something at a lower price point that has similar features makes it equal to a much higher priced product. I find that particularly amusing in an apple forum.

    If you are so thin skinned that you find my legitimate objection to your personal attack on a salesperson (and a company) that provides a very high end product, then I would suggest you refrain from making such hostile comments in the future. The clear implication is that this "millionaire" friend of yours should be soooo thankful to have you around to educate him. The reality that you may not understand is that to many people with high incomes, time is more valuable than money and his installer may be right on track to provide him a legal product (your DVD rips on apple TV may not be) that is very high in the service sector.

    Can you serve up a similar experience with a HTPC, or even an appleTV, yes. That's why I own one of each. But to assume that everyone's needs are the same as yours and that only someone of bad conscience would sell a product like kaleidescape is not only foolish and naive, but reeks of the same judgemental attitude to which you wish to ascribe me.

    Kettle and the pot, and all that.
     
  23. pprior macrumors 65816

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    Well that's the point. And how do you control each atv separately with a single remote that also had beautiful graphics and that anyone can use without prior instruction. Companies like kaleidescape sell a high end product to people who want it just to WORK and work well, without the time and hassle factor that many of us put up with because we either need to (financially) or wish to (because we're cheap/frugal).

    If someone who owned one of these products came in and started saying what idiots we were for trying to do similar things with ATV, I would object to that as well. The point is that there are different products and different price levels because people's needs are different. The OP made the point that his poor friend was being ripped off by a sleezy salesman, and that's just as wrong.
     
  24. mr_matalino macrumors 6502a

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    I saw this product a few months ago and thought the same thing. While it's not a system I'd be interested in buying, it's exciting to see what will eventually be available for consumers down the road. And I think ATV will help out us poor people in the mean time.

    Also, just a word of advice. Try not to take comments from others personally. Usually I found out that it's just some punk 13 year old who likes to talk trash behind his computer screen when he'd be scared to death of you in real life. The more you show that it's personal, the more they do it. My $.02
     
  25. fivepoint thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Ahhh... I see, so you're starting out by criticizing my spelling. Very classy, I hope everybody takes notice... the easiest way to recognize a troll is with attacks just like this one. Taking little digs at me, should have seen it coming.


    I agree that it was a mistake to indicate this. It was my gut reaction without knowing the in's and out's of the system yet. Based on the information posted here, I would now freely admit that the system has some merit, and would be the perfect solution for a very select group of consumers. I should not have indicated that anyone selling the system was doing so in bad-faith. Regardless, you are dead wrong that I was implying that he was a fool. People make decision based on the information given to them. I do however think some people are fools, especially those who put words in other people's mouths to lift up their own spirits and make themselves seem more important.


    Hahaha, wow, boy... you are just full of compliments. I find it amazing how you took one sentence that I wrote, and have already determined the type of person I am and how I operate in society. It shows great intelligence to make vague generalizations about a person based on virtually zero information.

    To be honest, the only reason I told you about the friend and the conversation I had with him was to segway into the rest of the post. I gave a personal introduction to the post instead of just posting "hey, look, a $15,000 AppleTV". I am sorry if my personal story offended you, salesmen of any sort, or my apparent 'fool' friend.

    My suggestion to you is to get off of your high-horse, and be helpful instead of hateful. Instead of telling me more about the system, educating me and the rest of us about its merits (LIKE SOME OF THE EARLIER POSTERS DID) than we wouldn't be having this ridiculous conversation. But instead, you choose to attack me personally, criticize my spelling of all things, and suggest that I think my own very good friend is a 'fool'. Heck, I will even admit to agreeing 100% to your point about people assuming that something at a lower price point that has similar features makes it equal to a much higher priced product... I completely agree. Like I said, it was a gut reaction, and I was glad that some people simply told me about the system and why that system was sold the way it was.

    Yeah, you aren't to blame at all! :rolleyes:
     

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