It seems Toshiba isn’t the only company without a vested interest in Blu-ray who’s trying to push out new technology that, supposedly, makes DVDs look as good as high definition discs.
Kaleidescape has announced the latest version of its expensive movie jukebox, the 1080p Player, featuring algorithms that can upscale standard DVDs to 1080p quality.
It’s worth being a little careful (so as not to get myself into trouble), because the situation is just a little vague (like some of the interpolated pixels on an upconverted image, you might say). On the one hand, “Kaleidescape says that its upscaled DVD playback matches the quality of Blu-ray movies”. On the other hand, Linus Wong, product development director at Kaleidescape, notes that “many people won’t be able to tell the difference between upscaled DVDs and Blu-ray”.
Hmm. So it’s not quite the same as 1080p after all, then? Sounds a bit Toshiba to me.
Kaleidescape uses technology from Sigma Designs to enhance DVD footage using special video processors. Seeing as Kaleidescape’s gear has always been expensive, it’s not clear how much of the $4,295 (about £2,100) asking price is for the upscaling tech, and how much is for the nifty jukebox system. My guess is the latter, and I’m left wondering why those who simply want to watch their DVD collection in near HD quality don’t just buy a Blu-ray player which upscales as well as plays high definition discs?