Demo and Testing
If you're looking to demo TelemetryTV you likely don't yet have a dedicated digital signage hardware device and TV in order to deploy on. The easiest way to demo what a device is like with TelemetryTV is to use the Progressive Web Application (PWA) by visiting it in a compatible browser (latest Firefox, Chrome and Edge -- Safari or other browsers are not supported):
From there, you'll be presented with a pairing code and will be able to enter this code on the TelemetryTV "Devices" page to pair the browser with TelemetryTV.
- Click the blue "PAIR" button and enter the code you see in the PWA player.
From then on you'll be able to control what the browser displays just as if it were a physical device attached to a TV. When you revisit the URL, it will continue to display this playlist. There is no need to re-pair.
You can also use this URL to test your playlists as you work with TelemetryTV in the future. Please note, this method is not recommended for long-term use.
Deploying your First Digital Signage Player
Once you've decided to adopt TelemetryTV and wish to deploy it on TV's through out your organization, you'll need to acquire digital signage hardware to deploy it on. Specifically what hardware you should acquire will depend on the platform you decide to use for deployment. TelemetryTV supports several hardware platforms. There are tradeoffs associated with each platform and which one is appropriate for you depends on your particular environment. Check out our list of recommended devices here.
Automatic Provisioning vs Pairing
TelemetryTV can be deployed at scale on hundreds or thousands of digital signage players. Manually pairing devices can be cumbersome if you're doing many devices. However, setting up automatic provisioning takes some significant knowledge and work so there's a balance between ease of use and automation.
- Most inexpensive to deploy at scale
- Once automatic provisioning is set up, it's easy to add devices and manage them remotely
- Initial device management set up can be complicated (check out our helpful step-by-step guide)
- They cannot handle video walls larger than two screens.
- Cannot use pairing method. Provisioning is the only option for long-term use.
We therefore recommend ChromeOS only if either you are an existing Google device user or need the lowest cost deployment and wish to invest in learning and adopting Google Enterprise.
For more information on ChromeOS devices please see our ChromeOS device deployment guide.
- Easy to set up
- Widely available and customizable
- Using supported hardware and display-stitching software with Nvidia, AMD or Intel drivers, you can create video walls of unlimited size.
- Not ideal for deploying at scale
We recommend Windows 10 for users of small deployments (up to 10's of devices) who haven't already invested in the ChromeOS device ecosystem. For larger deployments you'll find that ChromeOS devices are generally cheaper and easier to manage, though there is an investment and technical challenge to learn how to use the ecosystem.
For more information on deploying on Windows 10 please see our Windows 10 device deployment guide.
- Reliability and quality can vary widely
- Depending on the device, may not be able to launch directly into TelemetryTV
We recommend Android boxes for very price-sensitive users who will be deploying only a few screens and will be able to manually launch TelemetryTV. For more information please see our Android device deployment guide.
- Can handle all content without limits
- Expensive route to take
- Will not launch directly into TelemetryTV
We recommend the Mac Mini to those who are already invested in the Apple ecosystem and want to deploy more.
- Nearly as widely available and customizable as Windows devices, without the added cost of a Windows license
- Not ideal for deploying at scale
- Ease of setup is largely dependent on device model, it may require some technical expertise if the hardware isn't supported out of the box.
We recommend Linux for users of small deployments (up to 10's of devices) who haven't already invested in the ChromeOS device ecosystem. Please see our linux deployment guide.
For larger deployments you'll find that ChromeOS devices are generally cheaper and easier to manage, though there is an investment and technical challenge to learn how to use the ecosystem.
If you have any further questions regarding devices, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by using the blue chat icon within the app.