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I've wondered about this too. Would be great if it were possible, but I think there would be quite a few hurdles to overcome.How about a data migration service from Premiere to Encore?
Speaking of which, do Kaleidescape still sell the disc server as an add-on to Encore? If so, do we think they plan to continue selling/supporting them? And I read somewhere that Blu-rays are only playable via the Alto and not the Strato. Why is that?I've wondered about this too. Would be great if it were possible, but I think there would be quite a few hurdles to overcome.
There's the whole licensing thing - would the studios K have agreements with be happy to allow their content accessed this way? They would surely have to keep the disc vaults alive to enable this, so that Blu-Ray ownership could be verified, and I'm not sure they plan to keep selling them.
And then even if our content could be migrated to Encore hard drives, how would our collections be backed up? With Premiere it's KRAID and with Encore your purchased content is available for re-download should there be a hardware failure. Some of us would require very large cloud storage to enable this. If every other hurdle could be overcome, perhaps uploading our collections to the cloud would be the biggest challenge!
Not a perfect solution, but at this stage and as a compromise I'd be pretty happy if they just kept the disc server option alive, so that our disc collections could be integrated with our store content and play directly from the vault. I completely understand that K don't want to direct any further resources on cataloging and bookmarking discs, but would be happy if they stopped this service and kept the functionality available with the movie guide as it is now so that it would work with our existing collections.
If I were a prospective customer with a large disc collection looking into K, I'd think this was a pretty compelling proposition to buy into the new world of digital downloads, without having to immediately say goodbye to my discs. No other system can offer anything like this. I really hope Kaleidescape don't abandon it altogether. Not just yet, anyway.
Howdy folks. Just confirming that Strato does not play Blu-ray from a Disc Vault, and this functionality will not be added in the future. It's a bit of a complex story, but suffice it to say that adding Blu-ray playback support is a titanic engineering project, the scale and complexity of which really can't be overstated. We did it for the M-Class players, and are one of a tiny handful of companies other than the originators of the format to do so.
Strato, however, uses a completely different architecture with a different chipset. It's a large project to bring the stack to a new chip, and besides our own engineering effort, it also requires support from both the chip manufacturer and the third parties that provide supporting "middleware" software. This support is not forthcoming.
Taking a step back and looking at this from a larger perspective, the Disc Vaults will be among the products that are discontinued with the end-of-sale of Premiere systems. This is driven in large part by the end of life of the optical drives that the vault uses. As the sun continues to set on optical discs, manufacturers of these drives are winding down that business. We made a last buy purchase of drives to support the remaining production of the vaults, and to give us an inventory of service parts, but continued manufacture is not feasible.
So, there's really no practical avenue to add Blu-ray support to Strato.