Linux and Android

I am currently preparing for a project to complete my training as an IT specialist. I would like to introduce self-hosted Xibo in my company. The aim is to manage various displays (8 monitors) at different locations centrally from our offices. My idea is to implement Xibo on a Linux server and connect the screens (Smarttv’s) with the Xibo Android client. Has anyone had any experience with this or perhaps already implemented it in this way? I would like to test this in the next few weeks with a monitor and the test licence for Android devices. Is there anything I need to pay particular attention to or can anyone give me tips?
Many thanks for your help

Good choice! You’ll not find a better feature:value digital signage software out there.

The SOC android in consumer smart TVs are not ideal for running signage software imo, they often underpowered and will have trouble complex content strategies if they can play it at all . That said the commercial displays like HiSense and Sony have a full fledged android tv os on their SOC. The latter of the two brands don’t allow you to gain root access, and the bravia pro settings is kind of finicky. Their RM tool is great and you get a web KVM type experience. Which helps if you want to make some changes to your player remotely. Hisense also has a tool for this .

If you’re using an external media player it’s never a bad idea to go with the ones the software company is selling themselves, the DSDevices have CEC capability which most regular computers do not have, everything is pre installed for you out of the box, so just literally plug and play .

If you have your own media player, compare it with the specs of the DS Devices machine and ideally they’re better. Theres a lot of really crappy ARM stuff out there especially on Amazon.

I’d set xibo to use the external storage (like SD card or emulated ) for more consistent playback experience.

Most important thing I’ve found with really any software / hardware combo is find out the ceiling is in performance, then dial it back a bit and it should last a long time.

For the CMS installation, the docker default setup xibo has instructions for can get you up running in 10 minutes, use a reverse proxy for SSL/TLS offloading, I think the xibo docs layout using Apache.

Take backups before upgrading, and keep your CMS up to date.

If you have problems with your android xibo I believe they include helpdesk support depending on your subscription.

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Good advice.

Xibo will soon be compatible with Sony SmartTV.
If you don’t have any screens yet, I’d advise you to get Samsung or LG screens from the digital sygnage range.
Or DSDevice Android box.

For the server, docker power team, on Debian server, with 8GB RAM and 150Gb HDD.