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I'm hoping you guys can help me out with a project. I need to setup a tv as a digital sign that gets updated on a regular basis. The people updating this are not the most techie so it needs to be simple. My fist thought was just to hook it up to a computer and run power point on it but I'm not thrilled about adding the cost of a computer to this setup plus having it run 24/7. My second idea was to get a smart tv and convert the power point to a video file. Then send it to the tv via DLNA but this is an involved process that takes time whenever the information needs updating. 

 

Do you guys know of a better solution? 

 

 

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Look into MediaSignage.com. They have some free options. Although there is a learning curve to their software, it's pretty easy.

A SmartTV + DLNA isn't the best solution.
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Thanks for the tips. That software is really awesome but it would still require me to have a computer hooked up to the tv.

Unless someone else has another solution i will probably end up giving this a shot. thanks again. 

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Many smart TV's play media off a usb flash drive. You can do a slideshow or loop a video file. Most have repeat settings to keep it going. My office complex has one set up just that way (I think its an LG) with a looping video. Just swap out the USB drive when you want to update. Sometimes simplest is smartest.
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Many smart TV's play media off a usb flash drive. You can do a slideshow or loop a video file. Most have repeat settings to keep it going. My office complex has one set up just that way (I think its an LG) with a looping video. Just swap out the USB drive when you want to update. Sometimes simplest is smartest.

 

that's a very good idea but unfortunately the tv is about 8ft high on a wall. 

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You could consider getting a usb extension if there is a sufficient place to hide it.


BTW, I checked and it was a Samsung TV
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Another option is a raspberry pi mounted on the back of the TV. Can run 24/7 with little power draw and lots of software options, linux and/or XBMC. Hardwired ethernet would be best but wireless would work as well if you add an adapter.

OR one of the many HDMI Sticks that are now on the market.
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Thanks for the tips. That software is really awesome but it would still require me to have a computer hooked up to the tv.
Unless someone else has another solution i will probably end up giving this a shot. thanks again. 

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Popcorn Hour/Cloud Media makes a streamer just for this purpose:

 

http://www.cloudmedia.com/products/digital-signage

 

LG also has a line of TV's that you create the message etc using their software, store on a USB stick, plug that into the TV and it runs:

 

http://www.lg.com/us/commercial/lg-ezsign-tv

 

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The WDTV Live (Streaming) has an option for this, never tried it myself though.


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