LENEXA, Kan. — Keywest Technology has unveiled the HD-Video POD, a high-definition digital signage content player offering a professional alternative to the DVD players still being used to drive tens of thousands of digital signs.
“As high-definition television displays begin to dominate the digital signage market, those responsible for the signs face an interesting question,” said Keywest Technology president Nick Nichols. “Specifically, do they invest in the next generation of high-definition DVD player, which can cost several hundred dollars and is not purpose-built for digital signage content playback, or do they look for a more professional alternative? We believe the HD-Video POD offers the HD display support they they can’t find in a DVD player.”
With WiFi and Ethernet support, multiple units can be controlled and updated from a central Keywest Technology InfoZone network. Packaged in a fanless “mini” chassis, the Linux-based unit comes with DVI, HD component, S-video and VGA output. The HD-Video POD player is available with USB memory support as well as with an optional 40GB hard drive for applications requiring greater media storage.
Additionally, the HD-Video POD comes with software that runs on any Windows platform. The software is timeline-based, allowing users to drag and drop video and graphics onto a timeline to sequence playback of media and build schedules. Existing playlists can be modified as they run.