Last year at CEDIA we were introduced to Kaleidescape’s iPad control app, and this year its back and enhanced with the addition of movie ratings from Rotten Tomatoes, and content rating info from Common Sense Media. Rotten Tomatoes can help viewers tell if a particular flick in their collection is any good, while Common Sense Media is built around detailed breakdowns of what potentially objectionable content is in each title so parents can decide what their children are ready to see. Both should reach end users with the free app by the end of this year. Another tweak it’s adding to its movie servers is the Leonard Maltin Recommends Collection. It’s a pack of movies updated quarterly (the 17-disc Blu-ray collection is available for the low, low price of $ 445) that the respected film critic feels are unappreciated greats, to which he adds his own thoughts, anecdotes and behind the scenes info.
A more ambitious development however, is the Kaleidescape Download Store the company was giving an “early sneak preview” of behind closed doors. While its claim to fame has always been disc servers that store user’s movies, making them accessible with as little physical media interaction as possible (and antagonizing the MPAA) its next step is a full digital media distribution service, potentially tied into UltraViolet. There’s not a lot in the way of specifics, but it will be interesting to see how Kaleidescape and Hollywood get along when it comes to selling downloadable content compared to the old wars of the past, whenever the new service actually arrives for its high-end customers.