Compatible cost effective hardware which can be bought from melbourne and also which is compatible with Rise vision software

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Hi, We are event space booking company based in melbourne, looking for displaying digitized contents on 4 televisions in different locations on same floor. We are mid level startup company, so we are looking for cost effective options. We are thinking of using Rise vision software for creating digitized content. We want suggestions to buy media players in melbourne and and we are looking for bit cheap and quality product options which will be compatible to Rise Vision software
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Amala, I am not sure there is cheap and quality 'digital player.' There aren't many options for you if are looking for a supported device. That would be any piece of hardware that can run Linux or Windows. Because you want those players for yourself, then Intel Compute Stick is a good and inexpensive option for mild content. If you intend to rock video streams most of the time, then you gonna need to bump it up to one of Intel NUC models.

Then there is Android, also inexpensive, but I cannot recommend it, for I do not have much experience with them. I hope O'neil (the man for Android) can recommend more reliable models for you. I know he makes software for Amazon players, so that would be one of those.
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You can find some older NUCs on Ebay pretty cheap. I find that the DCCP847DYE is a very reliable machine. It struggles a little with heavy content though. You can probably keep the cost below 150 per system, some of those come with windows licenses, and ubuntu is free and easy to set up if you don't get one of those. 

There are some great consumer TVs that will work as cheap digital signage options as well, you can get a 40" LED TV for less than 150 as well. Historically, LCD TVs had thermal problems with a 24hr duty cycle, but some of the new LED TVs do not have any problem with such a heavy duty cycle. You can further extend the life of these TVs by buying USB powered fans and attaching them to the rear. (They all have USB ports these days, and so do the signage computers, makes things easy)
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I love the features of digital signage TVs, but they aren't always worth the extra cost at 400-600% more.  My experience with them has been that they are a few years behind consumer TVs as well. Most are still cathode backlit LCD with internal fans (Unless you get the newer generation at over $1000 per display.)  OP was concerned of cost, so I wanted to illustrate my experience with the low cost solutions.  One thing to also consider is brightness, consumer TVs are usually half as bright as even the low end signage TVs.
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Hi Alex and Darius. Thank you for the responses. I came across this media player " Rikomagic MK80 Octa Core 4K Android PC with 16GB Flash 2GB DDR3" . Can this device be used?
1. If i m purchasing Intel compute stick for smaller TV, which displays less content and purchase Intel NUC (Windows/Linux), for remaining 3 Televisions, on which i will be displaying videos and live streaming contents. Will both these different media player devices work in sync?
2. I have a windows laptop, and the contents will be created using Rise vision software. So, Do i need to purchase only Intel NUC(Window) device or I can purchase Intel NUC Celeron(Linux).??
3. Is Rise vision completely free software? Using the free templates and content, can i update my content in that and send it to media player.

It would be great if i can get answers for the above questions.
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Amala, some Rise Vision templates are free and some are not. Same situation with widgets. However, the most useful widgets are free and templates keep it simple. You gonna need some online storage for your content (images and stuff). Practically you can use any online hosting service (you might even have one already), but it is recommended to use Rise Vision Storage service, which costs $10/month.

Also get dedicated Google account for other content, such as Sheets and Slides.

Do not expect things to stay in sync coming from different presentations and playing on different players. You can more or less sync content within the same presentation.

Rise Vision is cloud based (you can work from anywhere you want as long as Internet connection is provided) and behind the visual facade there is pure HTML structure, which makes it very capable and interesting platform to work with... that goes beyond their basic tools (widgets).

I believe I answered you hardware question in other post.
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Thank you Darius!!
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Hi Darius,
1. If i m purchasing Intel compute stick for smaller TV, which displays less content and purchase Intel NUC (Windows/Linux), for remaining 3 Televisions, on which i will be displaying videos and live streaming contents. Will both these different media player devices work in sync?