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Old Aug 11th, 2017
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Pairing/unpairing takes a few seconds via the browser interface. The challenge would be the HDMI connection, since it would still be going through the HDMI switch. When paired, the players coordinate with one another to ensure that one of them has an active video output and the other does not, so that the switch will select the proper player. When un-paired, they would not be doing that coordination.
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I have a question on the browser interface and storage.... I have 1 x Strato and 5 x M players into multi-room system. Originally the idea was that all downloaded content would have to be transferred to the Encore storage. Therefore I have downloaded any HD or UHD content onto both systems. How will the new regime work? Do I need to transfer any content? If I upgrade only partially (i.e. leave one M player with just the Premier system), I assume I need to keep both the HD and UDH on the servers. Does the interface know I have both?
You don't need to move anything to the Strato. Here's how this will work.

Any Blu-ray quality and DVD quality downloads on your Premiere system are playable by all Premiere players, whether or not they are part of a Co-Star pair. If a Strato player is paired with a Premiere player, then the downloads that are on the Premiere system will appear in the Strato onscreen display. When you play one, Co-Star will switch to the Premiere player for playback.

So, you can delete the duplicate copies on Strato if you wish, to make more room for 4K.

Now, let's say that you have a Blu-ray quality movie on your Premiere system, and you also have the 4K version of that movie on Strato. When you're looking at your Strato onscreen display, you'll only see the 4K movie cover. You don't see the Blu-ray/DVD covers as well. If there are extras on the HD version that are not on the 4K version (fairly common), those extras are shown right on the UHD version's details sheet. If for some reason you wanted to specifically play the lower-resolution version, there's an Other Versions menu item that gives you access to them.

The combination of different versions under one cover also applies if you have duplicates on your two systems. For example, if you have the Blu-ray quality version of the movie on both systems, you'll just see one cover on the Strato. Strato always tries to play the best available version, and it does factor in locality into that decision. So, if you have the movie on both systems, Strato will choose the local copy to avoid the small delay from the Co-Star switch. So, you could leave copies on both systems if you wanted that faster playback. I deleted all the duplicates from my Strato at home because I wanted more space for 4K!

Now, what about buying new movies? You have some zones that have Strato, and some that don't. If you go buy a Blu-ray quality movie from the Movie Store, by default, it will be downloaded to your Premiere server, so that every zone (paired and un-paired) can play it. If you buy a 4K movie, the 4K version will be downloaded to Strato, and the Blu-ray quality version will be downloaded to the Premiere so that your un-paired zones can play it. You can de-select the Blu-ray quality version if you don't need/want it.

If you were to pair every zone, then you might want your downloads to go to Strato (or to a Terra if you had one). Maybe you want to save the remaining space on the Premiere system for disc imports, for example, or maybe you just only want Co-Star to switch to the Premiere player for disc-based content. There's a setting in the browser interface to send downloads to the Strato if you prefer. Also, if every player is paired, then when you buy a 4K movie, the Store will download just the 4K version by default (since you don't need the HD version for un-paired zones). You can always select the HD version as well.

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Also, is there now a unified browser interface so that I know that I have both HD and UHD content without having to cross check against two open browser windows?
Not yet, but it's something we're looking at for the future.
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* I should note that for the earliest beta users, the "other versions" behavior and combination under a single cover that I just described above is not yet in the beta software. You'll see duplicate covers for now if the same content exists on Strato and Premiere, but that feature is implemented and should be in the next software update.
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Hi Mike,

Your PM quota is full and so could not respond to your PM. You will need to clear the existing ones before you can receive any new PMs.

Another quick question. Will the automation protocols be updated to reflect which player is playing the movie?
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And hopefully orders. Just placed my strato/switch order today. I know the switches are limited right now, will give me time to download everything to the strato.

I know I'm in the minority, but if were throwing out wishes, could we get a 4k/HD quality to strato, and SD quality to premier?

My theater will have one of my C1's paired for 4k, HD, and all SD. Second C1 will remain on matrix and I would like to have all available SD quality on it as well.

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Hi Mike, Your PM quota is full and so could not respond to your PM. You will need to clear the existing ones before you can receive any new PMs.
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Mike - sorry about that, I've just manually upped your PM storage to 500.

As a reminder, registered (free) users have a fixed limit of 50 private messages stored on the server. Joining at any of the paid levels (Premium or Patron) increases the limit to 500 pm's (among other benefits, like the ability to forever edit one's own previous posts and listing items for sale).
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Thank you!
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I know I'm in the minority, but if were throwing out wishes, could we get a 4k/HD quality to strato, and SD quality to premier?
Appreciate the order and the request. So, to be clear, if you bought a movie that didn't have a 4K version, you'd want the Blu-ray quality version to go to Strato, and the DVD quality version to go to Cinema One? If you bought 4K, you'd want 4K to Strato, DVD quality to Cinema One?
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Old Aug 12th, 2017
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Appreciate the order and the request. So, to be clear, if you bought a movie that didn't have a 4K version, you'd want the Blu-ray quality version to go to Strato, and the DVD quality version to go to Cinema One? If you bought 4K, you'd want 4K to Strato, DVD quality to Cinema One?
You are correct. Strato purchase is mainly do to lack of space on C1's.

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