Originally Posted by Kimeran
True there is the risk of them going out of business but their biggest risk at the moment is the ripping.
Ripping is sort of an aside, I don't like a "purchase" of mine being tied to both hardware and a specific provider. With a Blu-ray Disc, it doesn't matter if the company that produced it goes under, I can "always" play it and if my player dies I can get another. Now this may just be me being uninformed about K's store, but I would expect that if K goes out of business and my Cinema One dies, I have no recourse.
If I remember correctly, it is the ripping of blurays specifically that got them in hot water to begin with and that ripping a DVD is supposedly a non-issue. Heck, the reason I dont buy a single digital movie right now is the fact that I want my HD picture AND audio. Kscape is the only company offering that at the moment which is a huge advantage over other companies.
They were sued by DVD CCA for breach of licensing, for (I believe) allowing playback of a disc that was not in the player. I believe K interpreted the license agreement to not specify that the disc needed to be in the player while DVD CCA obviously did. AFIAK (and I haven't followed that closely) they are under no legal pressure from the BDA since they require the disc to be in the "player" (which includes the vault) allowing them to say the ripped copy is a "buffer".
Maybe instead of Kscap tracking your purchases it would be better if something was worked out where Universal Studios, Disney, etc. kept track of them....but we all know that they more often they can have us pay to watch something the happier they are....which is the risk that something like that will not work....
Well there's UltraViolet, now if K were a UltraViolet provider* that would be another story, buy the Blu-ray and get a copy from the K-store via UV.
*OK, it looks like they're sort of linked, a disc you buy from K gets you a UV copy, but I think the other way around would be preferable, buy a disc and the UV copy can be downloaded form the K store.
bout what definition it is in...
I agree about the ripping business. Right now I think that it is kind of a stepping stone though. You have to allow your customers to keep all the movies the currently own in order for them to accept y our product more easily. But they shouldnt be pushing it as a "ripping device" and more of just a feature to help fully integrate your movies into one single system.
Well discs are going away, only question is how soon. For me personally, the most interesting part of Kaleidescape is their player hardware/software and library functionality, if I could somehow get that without having to fork out $10-20k for storage and vaults, I'd be all over it, even if the player hardware/software is relatively expensive.