HP Designs Digital Signage Players For SMBs

Offering between one and ten displays, HP's systems bundle content management software with templates.
HP Signage Player
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HP Signage Player

The mp8000s is an "ultra-slim desktop" form factor that can be mounted behind a suitable display. Intended for businesses with space limitations, the mp8000s can display video content up to 720p.

The mp8000r is a small form factor (SFF) PC -- slightly larger than the mp8000s -- and includes Nvidia discrete graphics, allowing it to display 1080p content.

Both HP players include Scala QuickStart digital signage deployment software, a hosted SaaS version of Scala's Content Manager software. According to HP, Scala QuickStart lets users quickly and easily create, manage and schedule the digital content, using a web browser, that an HP SignagePlayer will be sending to its display(s).

Using Scala QuickStart, the HP SignagePlayers can create and manage "sophisticated layouts with images, text, Adobe Flash animations, RSS feeds and interactive content."

By including Scala's SaaS-based content management tool with the SignagePlayers, "we have created a digital signage appliance that can be installed in minutes without any IT help or elaborate network setup, and requires almost no configuration," said Rosenberry.

The mp8000s (MSRP $1,119) and mp8000r (MSRP $1,079) are expected to be available in early December in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. (Prices do not include HP’s Digital Signage Display or Wall Mount Kit.) Scala's QuickStart software costs $45/month.