WHAT IS DIGITAL SIGNAGE PLAYER?
A (also “media player”) is a small computer used to show digital content on any public digital display. Any TV you see in a public space is typically powered by a media player, such as hotel lobbies, airport terminals, digital menus, digital directories, or stadiums.
Is a media player all I need to have digital signage?
There are two things you need to get started with a digital signage player. First, you’ll need a software to run on the media player, called a “content management system”. Next, you’ll need a TV/display to plug the media player into to show your content. Many media players come with a content management system preloaded onto it. Enplug’s device for example comes ready to plug in and play.
What is a content management system (CMS)?
A CMS is the software running on a media player that knows how to play certain types of content, such as images, video, or streamed content like tweets, weather, or news. Sometimes, the CMS is referred to as “digital signage software”.
How big is a media player?
Media players come in several sizes. In general, Android-based media players are very small, ranging from the size of a USB stick to a small computer that fits in the palm of your hand. Windows media players are larger, up to the size of a small desktop computer.
What is the setup process and what do I need for it to work?
Media players are very easy to set up. Simply plug it into power, connect it to your TV, and optionally connect it to the internet, and you’re ready to go! Media players can sit on solid surfaces with no special stands or other equipment. If you plan on mounting your media player behind your TV, you’ll need adhesives or other mounting materials.
Where do I store my digital content?
Content management systems (CMS) usually store digital content either on the internet, or on the media player itself (or “locally”).
What kind of digital content can I play using a media player?
The digital content you can play depends on the CMS software you use on your media player. Most CMS software can show images. If you need to show anything else, you should check your CMS to see if it can play the content you want before purchasing.
When do I need a digital signage player?
You need a media player if you’re a business showing digital content to your customers. As of 2015, the cost of media players is so low that it is always better to purchase a reliable, dedicated media player than it is to use a personal laptop or other computer.
When do I not need a digital signage player?
You typically do not need a media player if you’re using digital signage for a one-time event and have an alternative computer you could use, like your laptop. Examples of this include weddings and parties. In this case, you probably shouldn’t invest in a media player you won’t use again. You can download a CMS software onto your laptop and connect your laptop to your digital display via HDMI, VGA, or DVI.
Who uses digital signage players?
Millions of businesses use media players to show digital content in their corporate offices, in airport terminals, in hotel lobbies, and on virtually every other public display.
How do I connect a media player to my TV?
Using HDMI cable or any other cable that both your media player and your TV supports, such as VGA, DVI, composite cable, etc. Most modern media players and TVs both support HDMI.
What technical specs do media players have?
Media players range in technical specifications depending on cost. Most players can be grouped into three performance buckets:
What’s the difference between a media player and my desktop, laptop or tablet?
What operating systems do media players use?
Media players typically use either Linux, Android, or Windows. Most low-cost media players use Android, while most high-cost media player use Windows or Linux. “Chromeboxes” running ChromeOS are a relatively recent development and generally sit in the middle in terms of price.
Who sells digital signage players?
Many companies around the world sell media players. Most major computer manufacturers have a digital signage player available, such as Cisco, Dell, and Intel. There are also many smaller companies that make or resell media players.