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Control Systems (Strato)

There are several Kaleidescape options available for controlling Strato.  For the purposes of this article, Strato refers to the original 2U high Strato, Strato S and Strato C except where noted.

  • Kaleidescape mobile app (free download for iOS, iPad OS, and Android)
  • Kaleidescape Second Screen (free download for iPad OS) - formerly Kaleidescape App for iPad
  • Kaleidescape Remote (optional purchase)
  • Kaleidescape Child Remote (optional purchase)

Strato can also be controlled by several types of third party control devices.

  • Infrared (IR) remotes
  • Home control systems (which may include touch panels, handheld remotes, mobile apps, etc.)

Kaleidescape provides control modules along with touch panel templates and sample programs for most leading control systems. Kaleidescape also provides databases and IR codes for popular IR remotes.

For specific product support including modules and reference manuals, go to


A control device can communicate with Strato using IR, or a simple text-based protocol over the network.

For more information on network control connections, refer to the Kaleidescape System Control Protocol Reference Manual at and the IR Hex codes at

Kaleidescape Control Devices

Kaleidescape Mobile App

The Kaleidescape mobile app provides a rich experience for selecting and purchasing movies, and controlling the playback of feature films, concerts and TV shows.

Browse and search the greatest films in Kaleidescape’s catalog anytime, anywhere and buy with ease.

The mobile app’s touchpad remote allows a user to focus on the big screen rather than the phone. Beyond basic navigation, the application also supports a set of gestures to facilitate complex navigation. See the Mobile App Gesture Guide for more details.

The app can be used stand-alone or is even more powerful when integrated with third-party control systems. Learn more in the guide Integrating with the Kaleidescape Mobile App.
The app is available for free download on iOS, iPad OS, and Android.

Kaleidescape Second Screen (for iPad OS only)

The Kaleidescape Second Screen app provides an immersive experience for browsing and searching your collection of movies. The app extends the Kaleidescape experience to the iPad, displaying your movie collection with vivid high-resolution cover art, synopses, and other details.

The app can be used stand-alone or is even more powerful when integrated with third-party control systems. Learn more in the guide Integrating with Kaleidescape Second Screen.

Kaleidescape Remote

The Kaleidescape IR remote is an optional purchase at time of order. It features one-button access to features such as Intermission and Shuffle, while the Movies button User-added imagetoggles views between List, Covers and Collections. The Music button User-added image provides quick access to the Songs collection.

The Volume and Mute buttons can be programmed to control the volume on the TV or other audio device:

Please see: Using the Remote Control.

Kaleidescape Child Remote

At the first button press with the Child Remote, the onscreen user interface automatically switches to the simplified child user interface, eliminating all text-based menus in favor of pure graphical navigation of movie covers.

In addition to the preprogrammed Kaleidescape Child Remote, the child user interface commands can be sent to any programmable controller. Refer to IR Control Hex Codes for Kaleidescape Systems or the Kaleidescape System Control Protocol Reference Manual.

Third Party Control Devices

Kaleidescape provides a wide range of templates, modules, and sample programs for control systems from several manufacturers.

Some manufacturers also provide templates, modules and IR libraries to control Kaleidescape systems.

Control devices can be simple IR remotes or touch panels.

IR Remote Control

The simplest control device is a generic IR remote control for a DVD player.

IR Code Sets

The Kaleidescape movie player supports two major infrared remote control code sets.

  • Code set used by Toshiba DVD players and other manufacturers including Philips, Magnavox, Zenith, Onkyo, and Marantz
  • Code set used by Kenwood DVD players

Types of Remotes

IR remotes (other than the Kaleidescape Remote) fall into the following basic categories:

  • Pre-programmed
  • Learning
  • PC Programmable

Pre-programmed Remotes

Pre-programmed remotes only require setting the remote to control a Toshiba or Kenwood DVD player. Custom buttons that jump directly to Kaleidescape menu selections are not available.

Learning Remotes

Learning remotes can be used two ways: as a general remote with a Toshiba or Kenwood code set, or set to accept (learn) Kaleidescape-specific commands from a device that can generate these commands (for example, the Kaleidescape Remote).

PC Programmable Remotes

PC Programmable remotes can support commands specific to the Kaleidescape interface and provide a more complete experience. The manufacturer provides software that allows the remote to be programmed via a computer. This type of programming often allows IR codes to be imported in hex format (usually copying and pasting the codes into a text box), or from a Philips CCF file.

For a list of all IR codes (in hex) or CCF format available from Kaleidescape, or for the CCF file, refer to .

Templates are available for download for RTI and Elan remotes. Kaleidescape is also included in IR code database libraries for Logitech Harmony and Opus and may be included by other vendors.

Touch Panels

Kaleidescape supports touch panel controls with an Onscreen Display without Video (OSD No Video). This provides supplemental information with text-based details for content. The touch panel replicates the details pages for movies while browsing the onscreen display.

User-added image

For more information, go to .


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