I totally agree with JaremyP's statement above.
I love the Kaleidescape experience, ease of use and quality for many titles they offer. What I'm looking for in a digital solution is to go completely without physical media, all titles (or reasonably most) in the highest audio and video quality available and a digital copy of all the titles I pay my hard earned money for. With a growing family and many TVs, computers, iPads and other devices, it is very important the titles we purchase can be viewed from sources other than the Strato. My wife and kids demand it.
We own somewhere in the neighborhood of 3,000 titles. Even if I had a Terra server, they would not all fit. Once we watch content, we delete most of those titles from the Strato to make room for newly purchased content. That means when my wife and kids want to watch a title, which has been deleted from our Strato/Theater, they must use their iPads, Apple TVs, iPhones, or PCs to watch the movies they love. If you have kids, you know your kids want to watch their movies over and over and over...
With Ultraviolet, we could at least purchase some titles and have them on the Strato and all our devices, but with UV gone and no mention of any other digital rights replacement, such as Movies Anywhere, any title we purchase would not be available to the family on demand. I legitimately pay good money for all the movies we own, so we should get digital rights for each in this day and age. I am not willing to spend money on titles and not get digital rights. I am not willing to "risk" purchasing thousands of dollars of titles to see Kaleidescape go out of business again. I am happy they only shut down for a month, but it could happen again. I really hope not, but there is a risk. If Kaleidescape offered digital rights and the highest audio/video quality on their titles, I'm all in.
I am not willing to sacrifice a good user experience for the lack of digital rights and/or movie audio/video quality. Simply put, a consumer should be able to pay a reasonable price to own a title and watch it on any device they want. Get digital rights and audio/video quality resolved and they have a winner. I would be all in. I do see the progress in movie quality, but the lack of digital rights puts me out of purchasing ANY new content from the Kaleidescape Store. At this point, I'm purchasing all physical media to get the top quality and digital rights. I shouldn't have to do that with a system like Kaleidescape. For us, there is no point in having a digital delivery system we can't put new content on.
Because of these reasons, I refuse to purchase anything from the K-Store until they resolve digital rights. As much as I love the Kaleidescape concept and experience, if digital rights are not resolved soon, I will be selling my Strato. I hope it doesn't come to that, but if digital rights aren't resolved soon, there is no point in keeping a Strato just so we can't put new content on it. I really, REALLY hope Kaleidescape fixes this by the end of the year. I'm pulling for them in a big way. If not, at the end of the year you can PM me if interested.
Evolution of My Theater Build
Speakers: Procella P8 (LCR), P6V (2 Front Side), P5 (2 Rear Side, 2 Rear, 4 Ceiling). Subs: Deep Sea Sound Custom 18" Mariana (4). Amps: Crown DCi 8|300 (2), SpeakerPower SP2-12000-HT. Processors: Yamaha CX-A5100, Xilica XP-8080 (2). Video: JVC RS400, 2.37 Seymour AV 120" Enlightor 4K Screen, Kaleidescape Strato, Philips BDP7501. Control: iRule.