need display rec for public, business project

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  1. noamb

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    Hello all!

    We're consulting with an old age home that plans to put nine HDTVs in public areas throughout its facility. Each HDTV will be attached to a Mac Mini and streaming TV appliance. The purpose will be to:

    1. Allow residents to watch streaming video
    2. Display a screensaver showing the day's calendar

    The client wants these displays to be roughly 42 inches, and wall-mounted. Because the video will be watched in small rooms with roughly 6 residents present, the sound system doesn't have to be great, but should be strong enough to go loud for the hard of hearing!

    One important feature: Remote control is not a good option because it will get lost. The TV should have adequate physical buttons to perform all major tasks, especially switching input source between the computer and the streaming video appliance.

    Any suggestions => much appreciated!!!

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    Hello noam

    Mac mini - will they have someone on site who can support Macs?

    With a bit of work the Mac mini should be able to cope with being your content streamer and digital signage solution with an iPad interface to bring it all together.

    ' but should be strong enough to go loud for the hard of hearing! - don't they have hearing aids? Could get a bit LOUD if you have your sound system blaring in all those zones :)

    Assuming the TV's will be wall mounted out of harms way TV's buttons are not a good option for controlling the system - an iPad in a ruggedized mount or case would be a better option.

    Lots of other ways to do the control side - just not via the TV buttons, ideally they would be disabled.

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    Streaming videos to paying customers (which no doubt these are) would contravene the broadcast restrictions on most commercially produced DVDs and Blu-ray's. Notification of this restriction is clearly indicated on pretty well all commercial recordings. This also applies to schools, prisons and oil rigs! Of course 'home made' recordings or Catch-up stuff would be OK. A possible audience of 54 viewers constitutes something more than a normal domestic situation.

    Joe makes a good point about sound levels. Perhaps the client could consider units to stream audio by a loop system to any deaf aids in each room. I've seen too many establishments where the TV is blaring out to the discomfort of those in the room with adequate hearing.
     
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    mike7 - I usually round of this type of enquiry/reply with a link to MPLCUK.

    http://www.mplcuk.com/

    Hopefully the OP is on top of it already ;)

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    Joe, I'm curious about your suggestion that an iPad can rock this solution. :) The interface problem we have is that we can't have a keyboard and mouse hanging around to get damaged and lost; nor can we have a remote control for the same reasons. A mounted, secured iPad would be fantastic. What do you suggest? Thanks much!!
     
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    Joe, that iRoom iDock looks nifty. But aside from a mounting/locking solution for an iPad, how would the iPad itself be used to control the system? Thanks again. :)
     
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    If all the content is on the Mac min the iPad can be used to control it or you use the likes of iRule running on the iPad to 'control' Global Caché iTach devices which in turn control your AV gear.

    iRule

    Time to call in a Pro if this is all new/news to you :)

    Joe
     

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