I've been emailing back and forth with Steve Schultz, President/CEO, Modulus Media Systems. Also, I just talked with him on the phone for an hour. All I can say is - WOW. This product has taken many years in development with all sorts of patents. Before the product got going the concept was scrutinized by multiple law firms for opinions and second opinions regarding viability. I am very, very impressed both by the product and the management team. I have seen some internal legal FAQ, which remain confidential and which i will not disclose, and I am very impressed.
As I mention above, from their website: "Modulus is the creation of Steven Schulz, an Austin, TX tech executive and entrepreneur. Steve was formerly with Texas Instruments for 19 years before becoming president and CEO of Si2, a global electronics consortium. Steveâ€™️s vision and ingenuity has driven the project since inception but he is quick to share credit with a team of talented software developers and engineers. In total the Modulus platform is built on ten years of proprietary software development and 26 million lines of code. - - - MMS has thoroughly worked through all legal details and is in full compliance with current U.S. federal law. For details, refer to the MMS Legal FAQ." https://www.modulusmediasystems.com/pg/faq
I hardly understand the serious technical aspects of the product, but Modulus has developed proprietary methods which they fully believe avoid patent infringement and Modulus has avoided signing restrictive contracts or settlement agreements (such as the one Kaleidescape signed so that current products only allow buying from the Kaleidescape store). This includes patents based on software develped with Linux to avoid patent infringement.
25 years ago, DirecTV revolutioned the AV Industry with satellite tv. Now streaming is IT - and I predict Modulus, which has signed tons of dealers at last CEDIA, will revolutionize the streaming industry as well! Count me in! However, no direct sales to consumers, must be through dealers/installers, even for me.
Kaleidescape's current products do give the advantage that there are some 4k and blu ray movies available at the KScape store that are not available for disc purchase. This advantage may continue in coming years as disc sales decline vs streaming. But some KScape movies do not have full Dolby Atmos that discs have - some.
On the other hand, Kaleidescape doesn't give one full TIVO like functions, skipping ads, DVR, etc as does Modulus; and with Modulus you can simply rip your blu rays (and 4k discs shortly when the module becomes available, software already loaded will provide for this) and have them on your hard drive. You won't need an Apple 4k TV box, Roku, etc you can use Modulus like your computer and access all streaming services.
Pretty darn cool!
Please - lets avoid further speculation on the legal issues. None of us are patent attorneys who are studied up on or really understand the issues. CEO Schultz told me that they spent 2 years having 2 different law firms carefully review all the legal issues, what they can and can't do, before they lined up investment $$$. Thair attorneys told them what they had to do to avoid patent infringement and they developed software and hardware to do this based on Linux. Also, as for decrypting blu rays and 4k discs, MakeDVD (http://www.makemkv.com/download/
) is included as built-in software, but you as the consumer need to enter the activation key to use this feature.
If you feel its too questionable and don't want to get this product, fine. But I had one heck of an hour long discussion with CEO Shultz and I am very convinced that Modulus is for real and will revolutionize not only streaming but making it easy to library file and play your discs on your own server at home. Plus you can attach or network a large network storage (I have two networked Western Digital WDMyCloud 16TB and MyCloudPR4100 network servers). COOL!