What is a digital signage player?
The digital signage player is an integral part of the system, performing the function of content playback directly on the screen's side. As a rule, there are 2 main types of players - software apps and hardware devices. Software players are used in projects where the screens have an embedded operating system, such as Android TV, Tizen, or Web OS.
Accordingly, the player can be installed right on the screen itself, without additional using of an external control PC. Hardware players are used when it is necessary to connect a display without an operating system inside to the CMS (regular TV, LED screen, video wall, etc.). Most often, they are connected to the screen via the HDMI interface and become an external signal source for digital signage
Why does a digital signage media player matter?
The importance of the player within the digital signage system can hardly be overestimated, because it is, if I may say so, "the face" of your project, directly performing the functions of playing a content and interacting with your target audience. He is responsible for the quality of the picture, smoothness of playback and stability of the broadcast. But this is exactly the main function of your digital signage installation. And really, no matter how cool content you create, if your player is unstable, constantly goes to a black or blank screens or displays system errors, you will never get the result you expected from your screen.
What type of digital signage player to choose?
The answer to this question depends on many factors and may differ significantly depending on the specific conditions of a particular project. It is important to understand the goals of digital signage implementation, what screens will be used, where and how they will be placed, what software will be chosen to manage them and, finally, what budget you're going to spend.
Below you can view a selection of hardware players, that we recommend to use with our digital signage software
. Also, you can watch several video reviews of the most popular models of hardware media players on our official Youtube channel. Well, of course, you can always contact us for advice by leaving a request here or by writing to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
. We will be happy to help you with this choice!