When and how to use a consumer TV streaming appliance like Roku vs a pro tool like SignStick®.
Using a Roku-style USB “stick” or digital media player is the simplest way to get commercial video to stream to a TV monitor. The price of these appliances is relatively inexpensive ($30 – $100). You can connect with or without wires and use a remote or app to control programming. This is the perfect solution to watch subscription or rented programming in one location.
But they may not be the right solution for a commercial application. What if you wanted to stream your own content as digital signage? You could set up a dedicated computer with a Google Slide presentation, looping video or images, connected to a single monitor. How do you scale that setup to show content on multiple monitors in multiple locations – on and off site? How many computers or media players do you need to have different playback on different monitors? How do you efficiently control them and their streaming quality? What if you want to stream live content?
Enter the Pro Streaming Media Player
Imagine you have a school campus with a monitor in every classroom, and everywhere that people hang out. You need the morning video news broadcast everywhere, lunch menus in the cafeteria, building directories by the entrances and elevators, and special programming in common areas.
Now imagine you can control the content, and power, of all of these screens, by location and time of day, from a simple web portal.
Being able to scale up and still maintain granular control is the biggest difference between a consumer digital media player, like Roku, and a professional appliance like our SignStick.
Controlling Your Signage
The power of the SignStick lies in it’s native connection to a DEVOS Enterprise Video Server. The value of this cloud, on-prem, or hybrid system and it’s control of a campus full of SignStick appliances is in the simplification of your digital signage system.
The fact that you can stream, store and serve hundreds of hours of video, may be secondary to your digital signage goals. However, many clients have been pleasantly surprised by the incredible resource available to them as a result of their initial investment.
Purchasing a Pro Digital Signage System
“This sounds really great, but how much is it?”
Digital Signage Bundle
- 10 SignSticks – $4195
- DEVOS Express (storage, bandwidth) $999/ Year x 3 Years
- Total $7192
- Unlimited Users for 10 Devices /36 months = $199/mo or $19/device/month
- White glove support and training included
- Software updates included
- Bigger packages available with more savings
“Oh, there must be a better deal out there!”
Maybe. Just be aware you’re still going to have to buy hardware, server space, and support. After installation, plans are typically priced by the user and/or device. Also consider what else that company has to offer for all of your video communication needs.
- You could check out a company like Telemetry that just does digital signage.
- Take a look at TriplePlay that does signage, IPTV, and VOD.
- Or consider DEVOS that serves and controls digital signage, private IPTV, VoD, video conferencing, live streaming, and emergency messaging.
Yes, Roku appliances can inexpensively stream TV onto TVs, but they don’t offer the installation, hosting, and technical support that comes with SignStick to make your digital signage project a success.