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Check out the Yodeck partner program. Whitelabel CMS and Players, low entry barrier, low cost hardware (RPi). We have more than 320 resellers worldwide, with customers across 140 countries.
Consumer LGs can be tricky with their CEC support. Samsung has great support for CEC. We have had countless consumer brands working on our platform with direct customers but very little feedback on consumer screens.
While I do understand the cost difference between consumer and commercial grade screens, I strongly recommend you check out entry-level commercial series from different vendors. They are priced higher, but they
IMHO, and having feedback from our partners, I would say that commercial-grade panels are the only way to go for large deployments. For a few landscape screens in an office environment, consumer TVs will do the job. Others can comment too.
Don't get me wrong - most screens on Yodeck are consumer TVs, and all platforms will work fine with them. I just wanted to give you a heads up to help you making the right choice.
Check out Yodeck. Uses the Raspberry Pi. It is free for 1 screen (so you can try it out) and you can get all the Players you need for free if paying annually, pricing here.
Support videos, images, docs, web site (including scripting and automating actions), widgets, scrollers, etc. Main advantage: reliable and easy to use, at an affordable price.
My suggestion is to resize the Video file (e.g. using Handbrake) down to 1920x1080 (h.264, high profile 4.1) without keeping the ratio of the video the same - you will lose some detail from the horizontal squeeze and the video will look distorted on a PC, but you will be able to use it on a RPi 3 and previous versions. Then, you just need to set up the screens to stretch 1920x1080 to fill the whole screen. The end result will look just fine.
Alternatively, you will need to use custom HDMI timings to support 2560x1080 resolution on the RPi (doable I think, we have a wide screen like that in the lab but have not tested it yet), and then a) use the video produced above but stretched during playback, or b) resize the video to 1920x810 (losing more detail) and play it back full screen without any stretching.
You should really check out Yodeck, it support these kinds of setups easily. And we do provide a discount for non-profits.
When we first launched Yodeck but in 2016, we were approached by an established digital signage integrator that was running their own software on the RPi. They were struggling with a specific project that their software could not handle. Turns out they also had huge reliability issues. After we provided a solution for this specific project, they came on board as Partners and have been really happy ever since, with more than 2000 screens deployed.
IMHO, you should focus on what you can do best. And try to buy/rent everything else. If you are an integrator with a creative design team, well, do just that and get a platform that works for you. Everything else will just get you off track. Ourselves, we do not do content. We don’t do turn-key projects. We do not provide creative services or a managed service. We just do software. That’s what we are best at.
You can indeed create your own platform; that is why there are so many smaller vendors, they are mostly in your line of business. But that is not a minimal investment route and the faster way to get you where you want to be. If I were you, I would go with a low cost turn-key solution based on RPi to get the business started. And if everything goes well and you do need to build your own software to avoid paying fees, you can do it and migrate your RPi to your own platform.
At Yodeck, we provide a Partner program that gets you a discount and can be setup within a day. And as volumes grow, discount grows fast above 40%, and you use your own pricing model for your customers. We even provide a whitelabel option for rebranding the CMS.
You can use HDMI-over-IP extenders (I like the Lenkeng LKV373A) through Powerline and distribute the HDMI output of a single device to the 3 units at each location. That can drop your playback devices count to 2.
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At Yodeck, we support uploading PowerPoint files. Right now, you need to do it through the dashboard of the service. In 2 months from now, we will release support for monitoring a Google Drive folder and auto-updating content from there. This should be exactly what you need. Players come for free with an annual subscription - unfortunately for your client, that would be $7.99/month per player.
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There are some open source solutions out there. Try using something that works on the Raspberry Pi. It is low cost, reliable and works great for signage, we have 20,000+ working. For software, check out PiSignage, I think they have an opensource version. However, my suggestion would be to start off with the minimum investment (both in time and money) to see if you can get the business rolling. For that, IMHO, I would go with a hosted SaaS like Yodeck - we do have a Partner Program in place (200 Partners, half started a new venture like you) and can set you up within a couple of hours. If down the road you decide that self-hosted on an open source platform makes more sense for your business, you can switch then and invest the time and money to set everything up.
Yodeck can do exactly what you need.
Among other features:
Sign up for free and check it out yourself. Reach out to support for any questions.
Check out Yodeck. No need to setup anything. You can try it for free with your Raspberry Pi and play around. And if you use your own RPi for more screens, we provide a 20% discount for non-profits plus extra discount for paying annually. Might fit your budget.
Check out Yodeck. We provide free RPi 4 units with annual plans. Compared to other solutions, it is quite powerful and allows to automatically turn off your screens during off-hours to save panel life. It is free for a single screen to try it out.
We also have a Partner program, if you are interested in reselling and whitelabel.
Yodeck should work just fine. And they could schedule different menus for different hours of day, and or have the screens turn off during off-hours.
Yodeck is free for managing a single screen. No fees whatsoever. Works on any version of the RPi.
Seamless video looping is supported. In the next release in 1.5 month or so, we are releasing support for 4K video on the RPi 4.
Check out Yodeck. It is free for a single screen and works on the Raspberry Pi, so you can easily check it out. For managing more than 1 screen, it's $76.70/year/screen for non-profits. You can have as many users as you need and combine content from different users.
Have you checked out Yodeck? We have a PowerBI Widget that you can use. And on top of that, we have a simple (really!) scripting engine that allows you to do authentication, navigate pages, etc, so it should be able to do anything you need. It is free for 1 screen, so you can easily test it, and really low-cost for more (with free Players included).
Yodeck includes free and pre-configured RPi-powered Players (shipped from the US and EU). The management dashboard is really easy to use, making it super-easy for anyone to deploy and manage players, without sacrificing on features and extensibility. You can play around and see for yourself, since managing a single screen is free and without limits.
I think you should try it out. It is free for a single screen.
Vendor here. Although not self-hosted, check out Yodeck. It can do exactly what you need at a really low price, and get you all the RPi you need for free. Our Web Scripting engine can do any automation on a web page, including form-based authentication. And you can have multiple web pages on a playlist along with other content, or combine them into layouts. We have hundreds of customers with the same use-case.
Vendor speaking. Check out Yodeck. No need to commit, service is free for a single screen to make sure it works for you. You can put Widgets we already provide or web pages of your own. You can also use our scripting engine to automate logins, run custom JS on a web page, to show only what you need. You just need a RPi to try it out.
Try out Yodeck. We provide a Scripting Engine for Web Pages, which is exactly what you are looking for. With some minimal code, you can authenticate using forms, navigate to pages, even run custom JS code to modify the page as needed (e.g. remove extra stuff and keep only the graph you need). Plus, it is a rather complete cloud digital signage platform that can do other stuff as well. We have hundreds of users displaying internal data dashboards, while we already provide integrations with Google authentication and other data services (and can help integrate with others as well).
It starts at $7.99/screen/month. You will probably need the Enterprise plan (with all the security features) at $155.88/screen per year, with a free Player (RPi) included, so I think it is within budget. Make sure to reach support and get RPi4 4GB units - it will allow you to show Playlists of Web Pages, rotating them as in-memory tabs.
Try out Yodeck. Not free, but one of the most affordable services out there, $7.99/month per screen and the Player (Raspberry Pi) is provided free of charge if paying annually. And the dashboard is super-easy to manage.
We do support Playlists of Web Pages that you can rotated constantly. And you can run custom code on these to automate actions, e.g. log in using your credentials, making selection using web page menus, remove some parts of the web pages that you do not wish to see, and more. Next week we are releasing a new feature that allows you to keep the web sites in memory, so that they do not reload constantly, and set an interval to refresh only when required (e.g. rotated them every 10 seconds each and refresh the contents every 10 minutes). This works best with the newest Raspberry Pi 4 that has more RAM to keep the Web Pages in memory.
Managing 1 screen is completely free, so you can get a RPi4 and try it out with one screen before going full-scale. Sign up here.
> An electronic sign is, without a doubt, a very tiny representation of the normal use-cases for a Pi.
Perhaps so, but it's a BUSINESS use case of the devices and my understanding is, it's becoming kinda quite popular.
> Also, the terrible storage choices are keeping me away from this board. Its 2019 and they still want us to run our OS on a MicroSD, or a USB drive? There are competitively priced boards out there with Sata connectors, PCIe, or even M.2 connectors.
They're huge and M.2 is complicated and expensive.
Buy a decent quality SDCard, boot off ethernet or even buy a preemo USB key and boot off that.
Also SDCards are dirt cheap, keep a spare? I write a compressed IMG file to my NAS once a week, containing my ENTIRE Kodi install, I can re-write to a spare SD (in my drawer) in under 15 minutes and be back up and running
It's $35 USD - it's pretty nice.
We have exactly what you need. Really. Check out Yodeck.
Reach out if you need anything, would be glad to assist.
I think you should check out Yodeck — it matches exactly what you need:
We have close to 40-50 places of worship on board Yodeck and growing, so I guess your needs are close to theirs.
Reach out if you need anything.
Yodeck is also an option, as all of the solutions mentioned in other posts.
Now, it works on RPi (we provide them for free) and on web browsers. Just wanted to take this opportunity to mention that we are in the process of building support for BrightSign as well! cc: u/Digitizit
Check out Yodeck. It works on RPi and on Chrome/Edge browsers for other hardware. The service is free for a single screen, so you can set it up and check it out without paying anything. We support uploading PowerPoint and the user interface is easy to manage.
I think BrightSign is a good option. We also planning to support these by Q2-2022. If that is out of the question, a well-built RPi 4 kit has broad enough support by many platforms out there, and pretty easy to switch from one to the other (requires reinstall though). We provide a high-quality tested kit for $79 at Yodeck. Iadea has also player options, but AFAIK they have less adoption by CMS vendors that BrightSign or RPi. There are also Android players, but I think that is more risky due to chipsets, OS versions, etc.
As suggested also by folks at r/sysadmin, Yodeck is likely a great candidate. If I am not mistaken (or biased), Yodeck is the most popular cloud DS platform on the RPi.
For your requirement to deploy media from an iOS app, although we do not have an iOS app ourselves, we provide a great integration with Dropbox. You setup a Dropbox folder and pair that with a Dropbox Playlist in your Yodeck account and assign that to your screens. Then, whatever you place in that Dropbox folder, gets pulled by Yodeck and delivered to your Yodeck Players within a few minutes.
You can try it out - Yodeck is free for a single screen. Managing two screens will be $15.98/month (and if you pay annually, you get 2 free RPi4 units).
Digital signage services are being used for music/audio playback. At Yodeck, we have several partners having multi-site installations with hundreds of player just playing back a curated (and licensed) music playlist. Try it out, the service is free for a single player and you can build you own (using a RPi or any PC) or get one for $79.
I think that almost any decent digital signage solution can cover your basic requirements. For the ad-related part, some useful tips I can think of:
At Yodeck, we provide the hardware for free with an annual subscription (so no extra cost for switching the Mi Boxes), and the cost is roughly the same ($64/month for 8 screens). And it is really easy to use, you can try it for free for a single screen.
We had so many inquiries at Yodeck that we had to make an announcement that we do not use Java. Other vendors have done the same.
At Yodeck has two options that might fit you: a) being a Reseller, where the customer can manage their own (Yodeck-branded) account and 1st level support is provided by you and we support your team, and being an Affiliate, where you get a commission by signing up customers. When reselling, you can build Players on your own using RPi, or purchase them ready for deployment from our qualified suppliers in the US and EU.
There is also a Whitelabel option, which I guess does not make much sense, since it will be difficult for us to provide support to your clientele.
Check out Yodeck and our Partner program. You get significant discounts as a reseller. We also provide the VPN setup easily for advanced troubleshooting (if ever needed). We have more than 300 resellers worldwide, for many of whom this is a new venture as well.
I don’t know if the math will work out for your business plan, but it never hurts to shop around and see options.
Yodeck can do this. For resellers using it for audio-only, there is a 50% discount on top of volume discounts. We have a few thousands working for in-store music.
Yodeck supports uploading and displaying excel files. You might need to adjust page breaks so that the output is displayed properly. Yodeck also supports Dropbox and OneDrive for syncing playlists. So, if you setup a Dropbox account to sync that folder to the cloud, it should work fine.
A Raspberry Pi Zero might struggle to load a heavy dashboard site. If it is simple and light, it might work ok, but refreshing might take a while. I would go for any of RPi 2, 3 or 4.
You might find Yodeck useful. It is free for a single screen. You can setup your dashboard to refresh and turn the screen on and off on a schedule.
If you are using RPi, you can check out Yodeck. It is free for 1 screen. It will work great with any version of the Pi (1GB of RAM or more). In our next release (June 18th), we will support transitions powered by the GPU (really smooth and slick). Or you can mix videos and overlay stuff on top, e.g. have a video in the background and overlay your menu.
Here are a few suggestions:
Yodeck can do that for you, and it is free for a single screen. You just need a player ($79).
Check out Yodeck (vendor speaking). We currently have a multinational group (manufacturing) on board with more than 600 screens spread all over the world. I think we tick all the boxes you mention:
Yodeck will definitely be easier in the long run. You need to have a subscription for three screens ($8/screen per mo), but you get a free Raspberry Pi 4 assembled kit for each screen. And it can turn on and off TVs on a schedule, to prevent panel wear. Also, it will also allow to do scheduling, e.g. automatically show different menus in different hours (breakfast, lunch, etc) or days (specials, etc). And the best thing: OS updates and software updates are all handled by the service, you don’t need to do anything. IMHO, much better than a wallpaper on a Windows machine or Firesticks.
If the coffee-shop is not 24/7, then you need something that can turn the tv on and off on a schedule, to save panel life. Same with power cuts - you want playback to start as soon as the power is back.
Check out Yodeck. Quite affordable for your case and hardware is included.
I don't think that BI Pro is required. You can check the PowerBI Widget details on our documentation and try it out for free (you still need a Player though). We also have some scripting code you can use for more custom stuff, if you are up to it. But our Support team can assist if you need help.
Don't go down that route. Kill the gateway, get a RPi, and use a free platform to display your DAKboard. Even better, use something like Yodeck - it is free for a single screen.
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Check out Yodeck. Can work with any type of screen, including typical LCD/LED as well as any direct LED matrix displays of any size, resolution and ratio. We also have installations in buses in several countries around the world. And we have a great partner program that includes discount and whitelabel options, that I think you are eligible for as a reseller.
At Yodeck, we provide a complete whitelabel partner program. You have all the customization you will ever need:
Yodeck might be a good fit, as most solutions will do (as in features). Yodeck is been used extensively in restaurants. You can easily schedule different content for different hours of the day of different days, just like using a calendar. Playlists can have videos, images, pdf. You can give it a shot with a single screen and see if it works for you before, or schedule a demo with a rep.
As I said, most solutions will do. It has to do more about ease of use, ease of deployment and price. At Yodeck, we provide the Players preconfigured with your settings (e.g. wifi), and they are free of charge if you go for an annual subscription.
At Yodeck we provide the RPi hardware 100% for free. It is very easy to use, yet flexible.
I understand that it might not fit your budget, although we do provide substantial discounts for educational/NPO customers. But, you might be able get your budget stretched if you pitch the solution as an emergency broadcast platform. Yodeck supports Emergency Alerts that can be optionally integrated with any emergency alert system you already have. You can also broadcast emergency alerts without a third party system. You just log in, click a button, and broadcast preconfigured messages to different screens, e.g. escape routes, muster points, weather warnings, and other dangerous situations.
If you are interested, reach out and we can investigate pricing.
There are many options for hardware. The thing is, you need to be careful on your hardware selections. Else, you might end up running around fixing things.
Consumer TVs work fine, but are not supposed to work 24/7, are not rugged as commercial-grace displays, and you should not use them in portrait orientation.
I don't know about the reliability of the Firestick. We use the Raspberry Pi, which is an extremely reliable piece of hardware. The added bonus is that the Raspberry Pi can
On top of that, you get more flexibility with remote troubleshooting in case something does happen, which is essential if you have screens all over the place and need to troubleshoot.
For sure, you will also be needing essential features, like proof-of-play (playback reports), and others, depending on who you will be selling screen time to.
We are build just that for Yodeck - a Web Player that you can view online or embed in your intranet page, along with a Windows-based screensaver. Pushing as a popup and having proof-of-play on an employee level sound nice, we will add that to our roadmap too!
Try out Yodeck. It works only on the RPi but broad hardware support is on the way. With annual subscriptions, we provide the players for free, so no cost in switching hardware.
Here is my two cents:
IMHO, some additional things to consider:
Yodeck supports all office docs. So, you can even use excel. I would suggest you go for Powerpoint and upload that (ppt directly or pdf export). That retains quality, with all texts being vectors that scale fine.
We also support creating similar layouts within Yodeck itself, but that may not be what you need.
With Yodeck you will soon be able to do exactly what you need using Dropbox. You will setup a Playlist pointing to a Dropbox folder, and you can have content managers place images, videos, PDFs, or even office docs, inside that folder and the screen is automatically updated with the content.
This will be available at the end of this year, so it is 2 months until then. Hope that’s not too far.
Then, you are looking for Yodeck! $7.99/screen per month, and free Player included with annual subscriptions. And you can try it for free with a single screen, to make sure it works as expected.
Check out Yodeck. It's reasonably priced, comes with preconfigured Players that are a breeze to install even on existing screens, and content management is really easy to do. You can signup for free and check it out yourself. No need for servers or anything, just an Internet connection (wired or wireless).
Yodeck supports PowerPoint presentations (as document slides or converted to videos), so you can keep the same content. And you can also create Playlists to include that PowerPoint file along with videos or anything else. And you can also add Widgets (dates, clocks, weather, scrolling news texts, etc) to include more information that might be interesting to your guests.
You do not need experience to start providing digital signage on the Raspberry Pi. But you will need some volume (50 screens) to start making some meaningful income. There are lots of platforms to choose from. At Yodeck (our platform), we also have a partner program that you can use to get discounts and other benefits.
Try out Yodeck. An annual subscription will get you the hardware for free (Raspberry Pi 4 - 2GB). You can also add a PoE HAT and power those from your PoE switch. They are really small and can drive any kind of screen, even direct view LED billboards. The user interface is really easy to use, you can try it - the service is free for managing a single screen. Although there is a monthly fee involved, it is really low (pricing) and you do not have to pay upfront for the hardware.
Try Yodeck, it is exactly what you need and free for 1 screen.
If you do, tips:
Try using Yodeck. Free for 1 screen. You can connect to a calendar and display events from there (here is the details and a sample screenshot). Your client will only need to update the calendar through his smartphone. The calendar on screen can be updated every few minutes. And you can also create a layout and make it more visually appealing than just displaying a number.
Alternatively, they can use the app from their phone and update a text (we call it RichText Widget), but I think the above approach might be simpler.
We have had 1-2 confirmed cases of direct customers switching from Mvix to Yodeck, but I have little feedback to share. But if you have a RPi laying around, you can try it out for free.
If you do not get enough feedback from the community, you can also check out Digital Signage category on Capterra and read reviews of candidate platforms. That should help to find highly reliable yet user-friendly solutions.
Check out Yodeck. I think it has everything you mention - scheduling, streaming, instant content switching, based on RPi 4 (unbreakable, we have deployed more than 30,000 of them), layout editor, etc. And the platform is actively and intensively being enhanced, with a new release every 6 weeks.
There is this https://www.yodeck.com/docs/display/YO/Creating+a+Video-Wall+with+Yodeck, but I think itll requie a yodeck subacription which isnt too expensive but obviously in the long run will prove to be more expensive than the one off.
I'm sure you already considered this but with dedicated display matrix's you do get some guarantee that all the panels will have the same colour reproduction and luminosity which is where the cost comes in, you dont get that guarantee with regular consumer panels
Yodeck allows to remote manage everything. An annual subscription includes preconfigured hardware players as well, ready to be used, so no need to purchase separate hardware, install apps, etc, etc. You can have screenshots, remote actions (shutdown, reboot, turn screen on/off, etc), you have detailed reporting (player online with content up-to-date) and more. Should be fairly easy to setup, either for a couple for screen or a couple of thousands. Reach out if you have any questions. We also have several financial institutions among 10.000+ companies using the platform, so I am pretty sure it can cover your needs.
Make a 20min video with just that slide on a USB drive, perhaps the screen behaves better with that :-)
If you are planning to use the RPi, check out Yodeck. It is free for a single screen. You can use HDMI splitters or 1-to-many HDMI extender (love the Lenkeng LKV373A) to drive multiple displays with the same content coming from a single RPi player.
If the TV is timing out, there should be an option in the menu to keep it always on. Else, you might need to get an simple digital signage solution (ours here) or build something DIY using e.g. Screenly.
No need to. You could use WiFi and have 1 Player per screen.
Check out Yodeck, it should cover your needs. Given your requirements, you might also do with a free solution. I suggest you get one unit and do a proof of concept, so you make sure that people that will use it are on board.
Yodeck allows you to do just that. It comes with several templates you can use for free (and much more are on the way), and you can easily build your own Layout. You just need a Player (RPi4) and the service is free for a single screen.
Check out Yodeck. Supports Powerpoint, Videos , Images, website, have a countdown Widget (among others), ready to use templates, etc. It is easily managed through a cloud dashboard. An annual subscription ($7.99/month per screen x 12) gets you the required Player for free (RPi4). You can try it for free for a single screen to make sure it works for you.
"what particular aspect are they ratioing?" cracked me up but I understand the confusion. They aren't scanning your photo for anything, they are just expecting the photo to be a certain rectangle shape, or else the site will crop it or zoom in to fit the shape of the spot they want to put your photo in.
The aspect ratio of an image refers to the ratio of the width to the height of the picture. here is an example to illustrate different aspect ratios: https://www.yodeck.com/docs/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=33718513
a square picture has an aspect ratio of 1:1, while a standard image from an iPhone camera is a rectangle and has a 4:3 aspect ratio.
To get your seeking images to look right, you need to make sure they are the shape of the 4:3 aspect ratio rectangle; perhaps by using an editing app to change the aspect ratio (which should add some black bars to the sides of the photo so it's the particular rectangular shape you want)
Does this check out? When I was initially looking at UBOS Linux, someone told me the script wouldn't work on that distro, so if I can have my cake and eat it, too, I'd love that.
Yodeck costs $7.99/mo per screen and we provide the media player for free (RPi4). The service is well-balanced between feature-set and ease-of-use. We also have nice partnership options, including whitelabel, that you may find interesting - we have something like 230 reselling partners worldwide.
I think Yodeck is what you need. Works on the Raspberry Pi, any version, and we provide pre-configured RPi4 2GB units for free with an annual subscription. I think it is the perfect solution for your case, since we have a great scripting engine that can be used for your scenario. You can use it for:
This way, as long as their clocks are in sync (which are by default using an NTP server), then content will be in sync as well. No need for websockets and complex solutions.
This way, you only display that webpage and it works like a charm. I strongly recommend you try it out, the service is free for a single screen. If interested, reach out to tech support with a link to this post and they will help you out.
Try out Yodeck, works on the Raspberry Pi and it is very easy to handle. An annual subscription will get you the hardware for free, ready to be used. You can use it for free for 1 screen.
(vendor speaking, <em>cross-posting</em>)
I second using the Lenkeng LKV373A. You can find it on eBay and Amazon as Lenkeng but also sold under different brands. This is an 1080p HDMI extender over IP multicast. Should work great and you can have as many screens as you want. You will need one Tx (sender) for the source PC and Rx (receiver) units, one for each screen. Each unit is about $35, so it is pretty cheap. We have used several of these and work really great.
Bonus: you can also watch the stream on your PC using VLC/ffplay.
Downside: the stream is multicast, so it might cause some extra traffic on your network, so some routing or a separate VLAN might be needed.
If you are looking to have more fine-grade control of each screen, you might need a digital signage solution.
No need to spend $200 for an expensive and bulky device. I suggest you go for a low cost 1080p capture device without any passthrough. These are smaller and while color quality is low, it should be great for your use case. Playing back through e.g. VLC should be just fine but you will see CPU load. Many of these can downscale the 1080p input to 720p so playback load should be less. They might also capture in 720p or less, but you will have to change the display settings of your NUCs to do that.
We use this kind of devices in Yodeck in our labs for saving space, and we also plan to support them in the product to allow for HDMI input.
You might also be interested in the Lenkeng LKV373A (sender unit only). It costs $35 and provides a 1080p H264 stream over Ethernet, and that would also be viable for what you need; you would be on wifi and use Ethernet for that.
Vendor speaking - If you run into trouble with your setup, try out Yodeck. Works on the RPi and is rock solid. You can set it up to display your webpage along with other content, have a playlist of webpages rotating, chanrge their URLs, turn screens on/off, schedule changes in the URLs, monitor devices health, etc.
Check out Yodeck. Works on Raspberry Pi. An annual subscription at $7.99/month per screen will get you all RPi Media Players for free.
You can use PPTs, documents, videos, images, RSS tickers, widgets and more. It is very easy to use and can support thousands of screens. More than 3300 trust us, including, Autodesk, Pizza Hut and more. You can test it for free (single screen accounts are free of charge) with a Raspberry Pi.
Yodeck should definitely work for you. The service is free for a single screen, you just need a Raspberry Pi. If you do not know what that is, then buy a ready to use RPi-based Media Player from our site for $79. Should be straightforward, reach out if you are having trouble.
We have hundreds of users doing just that. Yodeck allows to have a Playlist of Web Pages that rotate as needed. On each Web Page, you can script your login process, or even run custom code to strip out things you do not need. A lot of flexibility there. And it will turn your screen on/off during off hours to save panel life.
4GB RPi4 is recommended for this type of usage. The service is free for single-screen accounts, and low-priced for managing more.
Have a RPi? Use Yodeck (free for one screen, managed from the web and can turn on/off your TV at off-hours to prevent panel wear - hopefully it works with your LG, some LGs are not supported for power management) or Screenly OSE (free, managed locally, but much more limited if you want to do more stuff done the road).
Don’t have a RPi? Then, go and buy one!
Vendor speaking - Just FYI, Yodeck provides a 33% discount for non-profits paying annually. Not self-hosted, but does support Powerpoint both as video (w/ transitions, animations, etc) and slides (page by page with timings). I do not know any on-premise, paid one-off solution with PPT support.
Check out Yodeck. RPi's are for free and it's just 15.98/mo. I do not know of you can find anything at a lower cost than that. If you are running events, then you can downgrade and upgrade whenever the events are up and running without any hassle. So, you will not be paying for time between. We credit all unused service time back in your account, down to the minute. And depending on the frequency of events, this could make your running costs significantly lower.
If you are planning to stick to 4-5 screens, an on-premise solution might be an overkill. While I do understand the gov policy on cloud, on Yodeck we do have countless school districts, 2-3 research laboratories, counties, town halls, etc, even certain federal agencies. For a small project like that, I am sure a cloud solution can get approval. Why limit your options?
Yodeck would be a good option. Just because money is a non-issue does not mean you need to pay $30/scr/mo. With $7.99/scr/mo you get the RPi4 for free and a CMS that IMHO is pretty easy to use and can likely do whatever you already do with the existing PCs.
Check out Yodeck. Ideal for your project size, easy to use and free for 1 screen so you can try it out. Annual subscriptions get you all the Players you need for free (Raspberry Pi 4).
Yodeck should be just what you need and it is free for a single screen. Perhaps it would be best to try and provide Internet to that unit instead trying to find a standalone player. Yodeck supports ethernet (any configuration), wifi, and 3g/4g dongles. There must be a way to setup internet access, at least once a month (that’s the hard requirement).
Btw, in any case, you will need to setup a RTC module for keeping the correct time and date even if offline.
Why don't you try out Yodeck and replace the whole thing? It is free for 1 screen so if you have a RPi you can try it out. Annual plans get the RPi4 units free for all.your screens.
Vendor here. Check out Yodeck. Free for one screen, and rock-solid. Supports portrait, can turn the screen on and off, will resume and turn off the tv after a power-fail, and you can add any type of content, create layouts, schedule stuff, etc.
If the cabling is out of the question, then we are left with WiFi and Powerline. I do not know if Powerline would work effectively, so let's stay with WiFi.
Screenly is FOSS, it will work for options 1 and 2 with limited management capabilities (you need to manage them one on one). Check out Yodeck for a more complete and robust (but paid) option based on RPi4.
Why custom? There are many cloud DS solutions that are low-cost and market-proven. Despite my bias, I would still suggest against a DIY project.
Check out Yodeck, very easy to use, reliable, and we have a great partner program your customer might be interested in.
Vendor here. You could always use something like Yodeck. Supports portrait screens, can turn them on and off on a schedule, and you can fix the resolution if needed. Hardware (RPi4) comes for free with annual subscriptions, so you can repurpose the PCs.
Vendor here. Try out Yodeck. Supports Scripting to automate actions on the web pages (form login, etc), Playlists of Web Pages, browser zooming, Scheduling (incl. turning off screens using CEC over HDMI), works with wifi or ethernet. $7.99/month per Player, and an annual subscription gets you all Players you need for free. We ship out RPi4, 4GB suggested for heavy dashboards.
Thanks for your reply!
Im probably going in that way, i've heard about https://www.yodeck.com/
I dont know if the solution is worth it to stream different content on each TV.
Yodeck should do what you want. You can display web content in a Playlist, so that all 6 pages can be shown on a screen. It supports any kind of screen/resolution, auto-zooming on Web Pages so they look exactly the same across screens. Yodeck uses the Raspberry Pi 4, which has an embedded WiFi dual-band adapter. It is credit-card sized, so you can easily place it behind the screens. And it is one of the most affordable solutions, giving the hardware for free with an annual subscription (pricing). Despite my bias, I think that it should work for you. Try it out, it is free for a single screen.
Check out Yodeck. We have several hundreds of customers displaying web dashboards along with other content. Useful for your case:
Based on the RPi4 (4GB recommended for your case), you get all Players for free with an annual plan starting at $7.99/mo/player (pricing). It's free for one RPi so you can try it out.
Disclaimer: Vendor speaking
Check out Yodeck. For $79 you can get one Yodeck Player and manage the content on your screen through the Internet 100% for free through an easy to use web portal.
Managing more than 1 screens requires a paid account, pricing here, but it is one of the most affordable solutions out there. Paying annually gets all Players for free.
Yes, you check the video wall how-to and an asymmetric video wall built by one of our partners. I guess this is what you want.
At Yodeck we support videos, google slides (as a Web Page), PPT files (incl. animations and most embedded video formats), and many more content types. If you have a RPi, give it a shot. Nothing better than try before you buy.
If you have a Raspberry Pi, you can try it out, it is free for a single screen.
Try out Yodeck. Very easy to use - it is free for 1 screen so you can try it out yourself with a Raspberry Pi. We provide free RPi4 units with annual subscriptions.
Overlays on top of videos are not rendered inside the video. They are layered on top, so you can use transparent PNGs or HTML pages that have transparent background, or our own text overlays that can be changed easily.
Try out Yodeck. Very easy to use - it is free for 1 screen so you can try it out yourself with a Raspberry Pi. We provide free RPi4 units with annual subscriptions. And we also provide NPO/education discounts.