Theater’s 3,300 DVDs Ready at Touch of a Button
May 08, 2009 | by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
A massive DVD collection digitally stored on a Kaleidescape system is brought to the big screen in this blockbuster room.
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Posted by David  on  05/14  at  11:38 AM

Paul, I do not discount that Real is attempting to protect their content, the point being that someone, somwhere will figure out how to crack the Real software and eventually allow for to people to freely distribute the “ripped” movies. The point with a product like Kaleidescape or Escient, is that once the product is on the server it cannot be removed. There in lies one of the major concerns of the movie studios.

Posted by Paul  on  05/14  at  11:52 AM

@David:  what one man can do, another can undo…

What you say is true for every piece of encryption since the beginning of time.  I don’t believe that any sort of software encryption is unbreakable, just perhaps not worthwhile to break at the present.

Begging your pardon, but if AES is indeed the encryption scheme that the US government uses to secure classified documents, if I could hack it, the last thing I would do is tell people how to get movies off of their Real DVD folders, theres much bigger fish to fry so to speak.  DVD and blu-ray were supposed to be un-hackable as well, remember?  I believe a 16 year old from Norway broke the DVD encryption, and blu-ray didn’t even last 6 months before it was hacked.  Then they patched blu-ray, and it was hacked again less than 48 hours later.

Kalidescape is no different. The economy of scale just does not justify the time or expense of cracking the wrapper that is put on it for such a small payout.

It’s no different than the myth that Mac’s don’t get viruses.  It’s just not worth a virus writer’s time to comprimise less than 5% of the worlds computer market when there are much more attractive targets out there.

Posted by Bill  on  05/14  at  07:15 PM

“@ David: so… what your saying is the Kalidescape system uses a RAID 5 array, just like an HTPC user could do (but probably wouldn’t because of the cost of 4 or more hard drives). Any RAID software would let you know the drive is failing, which is hardly unique to Kalidescape.

The technology you are describing is available to anyone building a computer, and the Kalidescape interface, while top notch, is hardly revolutionary.  Any number of HTPC programs out there perform similarly to the Kalidescape system.  Internet updates and databases are easy enough to set up, and there are a bunch of free movie databases with cover art, synopsis, and all sorts of other information out there.

Finally as one of the few people who bought a copy of RealDVD before the cease and desist order, REAL has a similar EULA regarding the whole rental/netflix thing, just like Kalidescape does, and it’s just as easy to ignore.  Real copies the DVD bit for bit just like Kalidescape does, and wraps it in another layer of encryption, just like Kalidescape as well. “

I agree, it goes with every high end product in that people think they are buying something special based on price and name.

We know what RAID K is and it is nothing “better” or “special”.

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