[vcf-midatlantic] TV update -- possibly fixes

william degnan billdegnan at gmail.com
Tue Nov 1 15:35:47 EDT 2016

On Tue, Nov 1, 2016 at 3:26 PM, Evan Koblentz via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:

> As I see it, we have a few options for controlling content to our TVs.
> Current: USB sticks directly to TVs. Works fine. Problem is changing the
> content is a hassle. Need to get a ladder each time, etc.
> We could use very long USB cords and have the sticks somewhere more
> convenient. Problem: It's hokey :) and long cords lose signal quality.
> We could attach microcontrollers to each TV to provide the content and
> connect the TVs wirelessly from to a computer, but that doesn't solve the
> issue of how to put different content on each system. I'm not going to
> devote a whole computer for each TV.
> We could use the media players that Martin would donate. We'd still need
> one for each TV, but we can control many of them from the player company's
> CMS software.
> Am I missing other ideas?

https://getchip.com/ - $16 for a mini computer with a HDMI output, I have
Debian Linux on mine, capable of playing videos and networking wirelessly.
You could play video locally, and upload changes by accessing the SSH
prompt via putty, remotely using your cell phone or a local PC at the
desk.  Use wget to grab files, etc.  Create simple shell script to run your
media, many options from a command prompt remotely.

most important - cheap, easy, remotely accessible.  You can even put a
subdomain on one.


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