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Kaleidescape Intros Alto Player

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Kaleidescape AltoKaleidescape launches the Alto-- a movie player designed for the owners of large TVs and multichannel audio able to download all of locally-stored content via Kaleidescape online movie store.

It features the familiar Kaleidescape user interface, and can store either up to 100 Blu-ray quality movies or 600 movies in DVD quality. Customers can even redeem digital copies of own DVDs and Blu-ray discs from the Kaleidescape Store, which the company says offers 8500 movies and 1600 TV seasons from "major" studios.

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Primare Updates BD32 Blu-ray Player

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Primare presents an update of its audiophile-grade BD32 Blu-ray player with the BD32 MKII-- a 4K-capable player number featuring refined circuit designed, 4K upscaling and integrated Netflix.

BD32 MKIILike the original BD32, the MKII features an SACD DSD circuit with an own dedicated relay-controlled filter signal path. It also carries an integrated media player for music, video and photo playback from either USB or DLNA-compatible sources.

It handles both stereo and multichannel DSD 2.8244MHz (DSD64) files in DFF or DSF formats via USB storage devices and SMB protocol.

Connectivity includes fully-balanced stereo XLR output, stereo phonos and 7.1 multi-channel output. The stereo output circuitry features a Crystal DSD CS4398 DAC together with a Primare balanced analogue output stage featuring Burr-Brown OPA2134 OP-Amps.

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Amazon Fire TV Goes Stick

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Fire TV StickAmazon reveals a Chromecast-style version of the Fire TV STB-- the Fire TV Stick, an HDMI dongle allowing users to access a variety of online streaming content sources such as Netflix and Amazon Prime.

It carries a dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, dual-band wifi and, interestingly enough, includes a dedicated remote remote. Control also comes via mobile device app, and Miracast connectivity allows users to mirror mobile device displays on their HDTVs.

Amazon says the device also handles games, and it is compatible with the Fire Game Controller gamepad accessory.

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Christie Home Entertainment at CEDIA Expo 2014

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CEDIA ChristieChristie launches a first in its 85-year history-- a home entertainment division, revealed at CEDIA Expo 2014 with a variety of 3-chip DLP, 1-chip DLP, flat panel and audio solutions aimed at the consumer segment.

At CEDIA, a Christie home entertainment theatre demoes DCI and alternative 4K content, while smaller secondary displays show off alternative content.

Visitors also get the chance to win a pair of M1 Vive Audio speakers.

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The Most Mega TiVo Yet

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TiVo reveals its biggest DVR-- the whole home capable TiVo Mega, an appropriately named STB featuring 24 terabytes of storage, the equivalent of 26000 hours (or 1083 days, or 3 years) of TV.

Tivo Mega"TiVo Mega offers more than twelve times the storage of any cable or satellite DVR," the company claims. "TiVo Mega is the solution for the power user who wants to record everything."

Designed for the most hardcore of customers, the TiVo Mega weighs around 20kg and is rack-mountable. It carries 10 hot-swappable RAID 5 HDDs inside a server-style "anodised precision-machined" enclosure, as well as 6 tuners allowing it to record up to 6 channels simultaneously.

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Beter "Drop-n-Rip Archiving" for LiivNAS

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VidaBox improves the "Drop-n-Rip Archiving" software on the LiivNAS Blu-ray, DVD and music servers-- the system now automatically updates missing metadata and allows for easy imports of digital video content.

VidaBoxMetadata updates take place automatically whenever the server is connected to the internet, and include missing cover art and details. This replaces the use of VidaBox's Collection Management software.

“These new features make our LiivNAS an ideal choice for clients who have an existing movie collection that they want to integrate seamlessly, and also in setups where internet connectivity is not guaranteed,” VidaBox says.  “ For example, in mobile installations like yachts or planes, an internet connection is not always available.  Discs archived during these internet outages will appear as “Other Title” or other generic description, since there’s no metadata.  This leads to confusion, especially if many titles were archived during the outage."

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IHS: High Hopes for European Netflix Expansion

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IHS predicts international customers will make 20% of overall Netflix subscribers as the video streaming service is set to be available in Belgium France, Luxembourg, Austria, Switzerland and Germany by end 2014.

Netflix According to the analyst the move will see the addition of 5-6 million new subscribers.

"Between the expansion of Netflix and its growing popularity in markets such as the UK, Ireland, Netherlands and Scandinavia, we anticipate that the company will add a total of 8m new subscribers to its European tally by the end of 2018,” IHS says.

Further on the analyst says the Netflix rollout should propel the W. European online subscription market to a 35% CAGR over the next 5 years.

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