A media player is a compact computer specifically designed to broadcast high-definition video, sharp-looking presentations and digital signage campaigns. Generally, media players come self-contained in a case without peripherals such as a keyboard, display, or mouse.
It’s common for media players to be used in auditoriums where projected videos and presentations are displayed. However, their primary use is to power digital signage displays that have been installed around facilities such as:
|• Grocery Stores & Supermarkets
• Places of Worship
|• Shopping Centers
• Manufacturing Facilities
Linux powered media players are a popular choice for many reasons. The primary reason is that Linux is an open-source operating system (OS) which helps to reduce the overall cost for both media player manufacturers and end-users. As a matter of fact, Chrome OS (another increasingly popular media player operating system) is a Linux-based operating system which indicates that Linux is becoming the fastest growing media player OS.
Here at Rise Vision, we’ve been supporting Linux based digital signage for nearly two decades. Our digital signage software runs on Linux (as well as Chrome OS, Windows, and Raspberry PI operating systems). We regularly recommend Linux based digital signage media players to our customers because we’re very familiar with the Linux operating system. Additionally, since the operating system is open-source, there’s a lot of support and resources available on the web.
With that said, if you choose to use a Linux media player, you’re not tied down to one company’s operating system and domain. You’ll be free to adapt to other systems and platforms that meet any future requirements.
Not only are some Linux distributions completely free, but other digital signage operating systems require a license or become costly in maintenance and upkeep. For instance, Chrome OS media players require a Google administration license per device. This can quickly increase the cost of a multiple display digital signage system (especially if you’re a university or large business complex).
Windows digital signage tends to require more attention and monthly maintenance. Windows also requires a license, however, the real hidden cost is that your IT staff may need to spend more time troubleshooting software issues throughout the year.
It’s common for Windows-based digital signage systems to show a Windows update message during a campaign. This can completely disrupt the tone and aesthetic of a digital signage campaign. Linux-based digital signage systems tend to have fewer operating system interruptions during active campaigns.
“It’s been a lot easier to share news and promotions with our customers while still keeping them entertained. We also just added a display in our back office and have had great feedback from the team!”
“The ease of use is incredible. … This is the most intuitive display signage option I have found. it has added a whole new dimension to our department's outreach to the general public. … The cost in subscription, and time investment is incredibly low for the kind of impact and return it has provided us.”