Originally Posted by BiggAW
Lastly, even if you somehow justify a Blu-ray server, you could bake your own with a NAS or media PC for a lot less money, and get a lot more flexibility out of it.
This is exactly what I am doing since several months. I am transferring DVD and BD content in my NAS (10 TB RAID6) where my iTunes Library lives, so to be read from my Apple TV or loaded via iTunes into my iDevices when on the go.
The problem being the "...since several months". To transfer the content of an optical disk I have to rip the various tracks, the subtitiles, check when and which are the forced one, mux everything, add metadata with Subler, etc
I am devoting an aggregated substantial amount of my private time to achieve the result which I could obtain with an almost zero effort from a Kaleidescape system. I would just have to pop a disc in the vault, and the system would take care of everything for me.
If I were to be paid for the time I'm investing at the rate of my current job... a Kaleidescape would be a way cheaper alternative!!!! The sad reality is that I am not paid for my private time, therefore I either drop 20k€ on the Kaleidescape system or follow the alternative path which I am alredy on.
Having said all that... I believe that EST will be the future, and I'm glad for every step we made toward that direction, hence thumbs up for iTunes Movie Store, Netflix, Hulu and whatever other service is out there.