The key digital signage device, which is not that well known to most people, is the
media player. This device decodes and sends the content to the screen. Starting with
simple experiments using a conventional PC with software probably already available,
such as Power Point and Windows Media Player, the idea is to let the reader explore
the basics of digital signage. Then, different media player alternatives are introduced,
such as software just being downloaded into conventional PC hardware and dedicated
hardware, more set-top box like, media players.
The advantages and disadvantages of these alternatives are fully analyzed as well
as whether to chose single-screen or multiple-screen media players. In addition,
questions related to the different kinds of storage techniques in the media players
are discussed along with available display interfaces and the how to choose between
This chapter contains 39 full-color illustrations.
A media player with dedicated hardware functions as something between a personal
computer and a TV set-top box.