Originally Posted by wse
Does the Alto have these problems:
"Even if you’ve already imported a BD movie to the server’s hard drive, the system requires that you insert the original disc into the Cinema One’s slot to prove that you own the disc before you can watch the movie. (There are no similarly imposed restrictions on DVDs or CDs.) Unfortunately, as the onscreen notice tells you, “Recognizing an inserted disc takes several seconds.” It’s not Kaleidescape’s fault, nor is it some sort of engineering flaw. Kaleidescape is admirably attempting to stay within the law. Unfortunately, having to insert your BDs into the Cinema One each time is like spending four grand on a pony for your daughter and then telling her she can’t ride it on sunny days. You can avoid this by buying bit-identical BD (and DVD) versions of movies from the Kaleidescape Store and downloading them straight to the Cinema One. With some movies, if you already own the DVD, you can download the HD version for $5.99. Once you’ve done that, the Cinema One knows you own the movie, so there’s no disc (literally!) to load into the player. You can also do a $1.99 upgrade from a Blu-ray Disc you own to an HD download, which similarly eliminates the physical disc."
The Alto does not allow you to import BD's directly. Only the Cinema One and Premier line allow you to import the movie directly from the disc and, in both cases, you do still need the disc in the player/vault in order to authorize playback. With the Alto, you have the following options...
1) Play the movie directly from disc. Just like any standard Blu-Ray player, you can always play a movie directly from disc. Unlike your typical Blu-Ray player, the Alto is able to skip all previews and jump right to the main feature, regardless of whether or not the Blu-Ray was authored with that capability. Also, the Alto has the capability to catalog each and every Blu-Ray disc you put in it. What this means is that it will add an entry into it's database, indicating that the movie is part of your library. It can download the metadata for that Blu-Ray from K-scape or you can edit it yourself. So, even if you don't buy the title from K-scape, redeem it from UV, or pay the reduced disc-to-digital price, the title will still show up in your library, even if the disc is no longer in their player. This way you can still take advantage of the browse an search features when trying to figure out what movie you want to watch. If you select a movie for playback that you have catalogued from disc then you will be prompted to insert the disc.
2) If you have the movie on physical disc and the movie is available in the K-scape Store then you have the option to pay the reduced disc-to-digital price for the movie. If you choose to do so then you will then need to download the movie from the K-scape store in order to play it without needing the disc in the player/vault. In the meantime, you can still play it directly from disc. If the movie is not available in the K-scape Store then see option #1
3) If you have redeemed a digital copy of said movie or purchased it from another UV retailer (e.g. Vudu, Flixster, CinemaNow, etc.) and it is available in the K-scape Store then, once you link your K-scape account to your UV account, those titles should automatically show up as "Owned". You can then download the movie and watch it at your convenience. If the movie is not available from the K-scape store then you would have to play it back directly from disc, if you have it (see option #1
, above) or use a different device to play the movie back from the other UV retail partner.
4) If you don't have the movie on disc and have never purchased or redeemed a digital copy of it from another UV retail partner, but the movie is available in the K-scape Store then you can, of coarse, buy it from the K-scape Store and then download and play it at your convenience.