Originally Posted by artur9
What's the killer feature of the Kaleidescape system? I understand that the user interaction is pretty good to stellar and that the store is nice but what is it that grabbed you about it?
I have used a very good alternative to K now for a number of years, so I have experience with a good alternative. A more general PC alternative has some key advantages over K such as alternative solutions do not cause you to be as dependent upon 1 company, an alternative can be more tailored made to exactly what you want, and they are a lot less expensive.
But K has its advantages also: Their equipment like Apple tends to be very dependable, simple to operate, and they are legal.
When I have the opportunity to watch a movie with my family, or they want to watch one in my absence, it needs to be easy and just work. If they have to reboot the PC, forget it. For me at this stage in my life, since I am able to live within my means, time has become the most important currency. I do not in any way dismiss how great it must be to DIY a system, it must be with a tremendous sense of pride to watch a movie on a system you created. That would make a great thread. That is not me though. I just do not have the time to create or to manage such a system.
The legal thing is bothering me to. This is only my opinion, but I believe I am being a poor example to my children by knowingly breaking the law. I don't want to debate the ethics of disc burning, I have rationalized it myself and can think of a lot of excuses, but in the end I am breaking the law if I burn a disc onto a hard drive and my children know it. While I am not an attorney and this is not legal advice, in the US, the laws are not ambiguous on hacking and burning discs. We do not own the content on a Blu-ray disc, we only own the plastic disc. K doesn't sell Disc vaults because they want to sell another piece of equipment, they would rather you purchased all your movies from their store. They sell disc vaults because after 10 years of legal battles with the movie industry they settled. There is not, nor will there ever be in the future a Kaleidescape system that accommodates discs without a vault unless something dramatically changes. Smart business move on their part, now they have signed up 5 of the big 8 studios in a year since they settled and they were able to have their existing customer systems grandfathered.
So to answer your question as to why I have chosen to go the K route versus a less expensive alternative; for me time and dependability is more important than the system cost in dollars and as a parent I feel and this is just me and I have no right to judge anyone else's beliefs as others may feel differently, but I feel like I would be a hypocrite if I burned discs to a hard drive.
So the decision is not between K or an alternative, its either K or no system.