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  • I used Brightsign once https://www.brightsign.biz/Opens a new window . Cloud based, we ran two devices to two different displays for the project. Ran mp4s. Worked decent for our deployment. I imagine it's changed since we utilized them (over 3 years ago). Worth checking into though for sure.

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  • i've used brightsign at a previous company and it worked pretty well. 

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  • Thanks! Brightsign was on my list, but I haven't gotten to them yet. I'll definitely give them a look.

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    Cost is something we'd like to keep low
    

    How is nearly free for a low cost?

    We have implemented Xibo (xibo.org.uk) for remote signage.  We mount a TV at a convenience store, plug in our player of choice connected to the customer's WiFi (with their permission), then start pushing content from our on-premise Xibo CMS. 

    The on-premise server is free and runs on a Linux box.  We are using the DSDevices (www.dsdevices.comOpens a new window) DSCS9 player ($125 delivered, includes player client license) at each sign.  We have a couple of Windows 10 ComputeSticks out there, specific use case is we can't use the customer's WiFi so we have a USB cellular modem plugged in.  Windows player client license is free.

    They have a cloud hosted CMS offering as well: "£14.40 GBP per display slot per year, or pay £1.20 GBP per month if you purchase 10 or more display slots" 

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    Split-screen options
    

    Check. Managed by the Layout definition

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    Day-part scheduling
    

    Check. Included, though we haven't explored it much

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    Offline play
    

    Check. Content gets downloaded to the player, stored locally, plays on the defined schedule until new instructions arrive.

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    Possibly video support
    

    Check.  Half of our screen plays a series of looping videos promoting our product line (coffee, energy, soft drink, sports drink, etc.), and the other half is a simple menu/price.

    Drawbacks? 

    • The layout editor takes a little getting-used-to.
    • Because we are hosting the server on-premise I had to open three firewall ports and ensure the relevant traffic was correctly routed.
    • Support is free, but is a community forum.  On the plus side, the owners are active and if no other users answer you can expect to get an answer from one of them within a day.  They do offer a paid support option

    If you have time to try solutions as part of your project search, give Xibo a try.  You can set up a Linux VM to host the CMS, use Windows VMs as your test players, and get a feel for it without investing any money.

    I am sure others have experience to share about Xibo as well, I know I'm not the only one to use it

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  • Thanks! Xibo seems to check most of the boxes. I think one concern would be support across the pond over here. I'll put in a request for some more info and possibly include it in our demos. I appreciate the reply and endorsement of a product that sounds pretty solid!

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  • We also use Xibo here at our location. We are doing it more for advertising and specials in a retail enviro, but it works really well. Using Azulle Win10 sticks and there are some limitations with video (It uses IE for the underlying player). But overall handles what we need. The scheduling and setup is quite simple. I'd give it another thumbs up.

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  • BrightSign users - question for you... Without contacting the company, I'm a little confused on the pricing model. You buy the proprietary players and use their free BrightAuthor software to build your displays, right? Do you also have to utilize their BrightSign Network, or is that just another option for management? Seems the BrightSign Network is sold as an "affordable" subscription service, though I'm not finding pricing. I suppose that's the hook to get you to inquire with a salesperson. Just wondering if this is a straight-up hardware purchase with a free software tool, or if there is indeed a requirement to pay for the BrightSign Network subscription. 

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  • Deank321 wrote:

    BrightSign users - question for you... Without contacting the company, I'm a little confused on the pricing model. You buy the proprietary players and use their free BrightAuthor software to build your displays, right? Do you also have to utilize their BrightSign Network, or is that just another option for management? Seems the BrightSign Network is sold as an "affordable" subscription service, though I'm not finding pricing. I suppose that's the hook to get you to inquire with a salesperson. Just wondering if this is a straight-up hardware purchase with a free software tool, or if there is indeed a requirement to pay for the BrightSign Network subscription. 

    its been 4 years for me since i last used one of those units. From what I can remember, you buy the hardware and setup your own internal network for these or use their paid cloud service.  In terms of pricing, no idea on that one.

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  • Deank321 wrote:

    Thanks! Xibo seems to check most of the boxes. I think one concern would be support across the pond over here. I'll put in a request for some more info and possibly include it in our demos. I appreciate the reply and endorsement of a product that sounds pretty solid!

    The trans-oceanic time zone thing does seem daunting, I am west coast US so pretty much as far away as we can be.  That said, so far I have only had to wait as long as overnight for questions I have posted in the afternoon.  Any questions I've posted in the morning or even mid-day have had a response same day.  I can appreciate your concern if you are needing immediate support, but if you run a trial of it I think you will find that you are unlikely to need faster response. 

    You should check into whether using the paid cloud-based CMS entitles you to some support, and I believe you can subscribe to corporate level support through Spring Signage.  I think.  Buyer to verify.

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  • Just a quick follow up here... We ended up getting a BrightSign player to try out (model HD224). My IT director liked the idea of a one-time hardware purchase and no subscription service to pay for. It was a super easy setup on our network and no need for the BrightSign Network service. It's been passed down to our marketing team now to design our menu boards and they seem pleased with it and like the ease of use of the BrightAuthor software. 

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