- On June 4, 2018
The latest update of the kOS operating system has a number of exciting new features that will enhance your customers’ Kaleidescape experience.
The Kaleidescape Movie Store
The Movie Store is now available via the Strato’s onscreen display so customers can browse and buy movies without having to rely on a computer or tablet.
The Movie Store on Strato is intuitive and simple to use, and is available in 4K resolution. Its innovative Pivot feature makes it easy to discover related titles, and the powerful search function allows users to quickly find films based on title, actor, collection/genre, and director.
Titles are presented in Kaleidescape’s iconic cover-art view. Pausing on a title reveals a brief description, along with the available formats and their pricing. Selecting a film brings up its information, displays the available audio tracks and subtitles, and allows users to explore related movies, genres, or collections, as well as other films by the same director or featuring members of the cast.
Once someone has decided on a movie to buy, they’re prompted to enter a 4-digit code to authorize purchase, and the movie is automatically added to the download queue.
The Movie Store has been added to the Movies section of the onscreen menu, alongside the List, Covers, and Collections options. (Parental Control options are now in their own section.)
Click here for an in-depth look at the Strato Movie Store, including a video of the Store in action.
The second major addition to kOS 10.3 is the new PictureCheck tool, which can be used to optimize picture quality and performance on any connected display or projector.
PictureCheck test patterns are available in 1080p, 4K/UHD, and 4K HDR, enabling dealers, video calibrators, and end users to optimize each Strato system for the best Kaleidescape viewing experience. The PictureCheck test pattern vastly simplifies the process of checking and adjusting settings like overscan, pixel mapping, black and white levels, grayscale and gamma, bit depth, and color saturation. Advanced calibrators with access to a colorimeter can use PictureCheck to measure and adjust the display’s grayscale as well as primary and secondary colors for both BT.709 and BT.2020 color spaces.
To download PictureCheck, go to the System Settings menu on the Strato’s onscreen display and select Setup Videos.
The kOS 10.3 update for Encore systems and the kOS 8.3 update for Premiere systems also include improvements that eliminate instances where some users experienced brief audio and/or video dropouts. The updates also include improved HDMI cable and device interoperability that allow Kaleidescape systems to perform flawlessly with a wider array of third-party equipment, improvements to the disc-in-tray watching experience in Co-Star paired systems, and improvements in movie-download speed.
As with all kOS updates, these latest ones are free to all Kaleidescape system owners. The software for kOS 10.3 and kOS 8.3 will become available this week, after which systems will automatically begin updating to the latest version of kOS.