Stream TV is an awesome way of delivering your Ultra-D (glasses free 3D) content. We have devised a method of using the Signagelive based web interface to publish content to your display rather than relying on having to manually update locally via USB.
We use the IAdea XMP-7300 as a networked mass storage device which pushes a downloaded playlist to your Stream TV unit once per day. During this download time, the display will not show content, just a black screen, so we can set a convenient time to download the content, like overnight when it's less viewed.
What is required?
In order for this to work, you will need the following hardware:
- 1x Stream TV display
- 1x IAdea XMP-7300 media player
- 1x Micro SD card
- 1x USB storage device
- 1x LAN Cable
- 1x USB A to Micro USB cable
- 1x HDMI cable (for activation)
- 1x USB Keyboard and Mouse
- 1x Latest version of IAdea XMP-7300 Stream TV firmware (note, currently this is different to the readily available IAdea XMP-7300 general firmware version)
You will also require:
- 1x Signagelive Network
- 1x Valid Signagelive licence
- 1x Signagelive administrator or user level account
You will need to begin by upgrading the firmware version of your IAdea XMP-7300 to the specific version mentioned above. For detailed instructions on how to upgrade firmware on your IAdea Media Player, see this article available on the IAdea Help Centre, making sure to replace the version listed in this article with the downloaded Stream TV fimware version.
Now configure your IAdea XMP-7300 to the standard settings listed in this article.
Note - You must enable USB Debugging (Advanced settings -> Network -> Advanced -> Developer Options -> USB Debugging) during this process. If you do not enable this setting, the playlist will only be played once per day rather than looped as intended.
Also, you must set the SMIL/HTML5 Set Content option to:
This will tell Signagelive that this player should use the enhanced functions we have developed for Stream TV.
To activate your Stream TV player, you will need to connect your IAdea XMP-7300 to either a separate monitor via HDMI or to your Stream TV display via HDMI and change to the HDMI input source. This will then display the activation code. For details on activating your media player, please see this guide.
Note - your activation code will not be displayed via the USB-A connection to your Stream TV display, you will need a secondary HDMI input from the IAdea XMP-7300 in order to see the activation code.
Log in to Signagelive https://login.signagelive.com as either an administrator or user and go to Network - Manage now select your freshly activated IAdea XMP-7300 device to access it's settings.
Within these settings, you will notice a new, contextual tab called 'Custom Settings' where you will see the 'TimeToCopy' option. You can set this to any time in it's 24hr format. So by setting the time to 02:00:00 it will copy the contents of the IAdea XMP-7300 to the Micro SD card which the display will use as its mass storage device.
Your Stream TV media player is now connected, activated and ready to receive playlist content from Signagelive.
You can go ahead and create a playlist as normal, you will only be able to use .ultrad files within this playlist, any other files will not play on this player type.
Please note - you'll have to use the old Playlist Creator at the moment. Our development team has been busy creating this fantastic feature and haven't had a minute to implement this into the new, beta Playlist Creator yet, but watch this space.
For more information on building your playlist, you can see the process in this video.
So, what should you expect to happen now?
The way the solution works is that (once activated), the player connects to Signagelive as normal and downloads content, however at a specified time each day (configurable via the UI) the playback is stopped (The Stream TV content playback will stop and a black screen will be shown during the file transfer) and the files are copied to the SD card. The Stream TV screen then detects this update and starts playing the new files.
There are, because of the methods in which the Stream TV player has to download its content, limitations and differences to your ordinary Signagelive experience. The limitations are highlighted in the list below:
- Only one playlist can be played per day (as we can only update the SD card once per day).
- Where multiple playlists are scheduled for the same day, the playlist scheduled to play for the longest period of the day will play.
- Only .ultrad files are supported.
- Validity is only partially supported - If a file is valid for part of a day, it will play for the entire day.
- Recurrence is only partially supported - If a file recurs on the day, it will play for the entire day.
- All files will play to length, it is not possible to set a custom playback duration.
- Only IAdea XMP-7300’s are support this mode of operation.
The Stream TV solution is a great addition to Signagelive and once you see the power of Ultra-D content, you'll appreciate it too.
If you have any questions, our support team will be happy to assist you with the set up or use of this solution.