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We're often asked whether customers need to replace their old screens with new, high-tech versions. Of course not! Amazon Fire TV Stick to the rescue...
Digital signage is extremely useful in lots of different business contexts like putting vital dashboards and business metrics up for your employees to view or sharing promotions or digital menu items within a retail environment.
The question, of course, is how on earth do you get the content on your TV screen? You can be forgiven for immediately thinking about reams of HDMI leads and having to sacrifice computers in order to drive your screens. But rest assured: there's no need. If you have any TV you can turn that TV into a powerful digital sign using ScreenCloud. If your TV is "smart" you can download ScreenCloud instantly from the App Store of your choice, in the same way you might download Netflix, or Disney+. But what if you don't have a smart TV? Enter the Amazon Fire TV Stick. This handy device is small, cheap and can be plugged into the back of your TV screen in order to turn it into a digital sign.
In this guide, we'll show you everything you need to know about using the Amazon Fire TV Stick (and particularly the 4K version) to turn your TV into digital signage for your business.
We are often asked whether customers need to replace their old screens with new, high-tech versions in order to run digital signage. Of course not! If your TV has a HDMI port you can make it smart by using an Amazon Fire TV Stick. Our recommendation is to purchase the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K which you can see here on Amazon. However if you cannot purchase an Amazon Fire TV 4K Stick in your region, the Amazon Fire Stick Basic Edition is a good second choice.
Amazon's Fire TV Stick 4K is a fantastically clever little device that plugs into the HDMI port of your television, and adds some smarts to your otherwise slightly dim-witted display. With the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, you get access to everything you'd expect from a modern media player (Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, etc), but also a huge App Store. And - as you might expect - that's where ScreenCloud comes in.
Plug your Amazon Fire TV Stick into your TV screen and use this quick guide from Amazon to get set up. If you’ve lost your Amazon Fire remote (according to the internet this happens a lot), then you may need to reorder one, or checkout this Reddit thread which could help turn your mobile phone into a dummy remote for the time being.
Once you have your Fire TV Stick set up, you’ll need to download the ScreenCloud app by locating the app store of one of our supported devices. As you’re using the Amazon Fire TV Stick, this will be the Amazon AppStore. Use your TV remote to navigate to the Amazon app store and search "Screencloud". If you’re working on a laptop or PC you can follow the link here instead.
Something to note - if you're thinking of using the Amazon Fire Stick Basic Edition (around $50) this device doesn't have a search feature or Alexa voice control so it can be a little tricky to download apps like ScreenCloud. The Fire TV Stick Basic Edition is more of a "plug and play" device for streaming Netflix or something on Amazon Prime. This is why we recommend using the Fire TV Stick 4K version, unless this isn't available in your region, in which case here's a guide on how to set up ScreenCloud on the basic Fire Stick edition.
Once your app has downloaded launch it up and you’ll be presented with the screen below that shows your unique code. Make a note of this code - you’re going to need it in the next step.
Once you’ve got your code, you’ll need to access the ScreenCloud web app from your laptop or PC. Head over to sign up here.
Once there you can sign up using your email or a Google account and you’re ready to go! This is where you’ll go whenever you want to change, edit or add to the content that’s showing on your screen. All you’ll need is your login and an internet connection.
Once logged in and through onboarding you can begin to add new screens. This only takes a few clicks. Once you've entered the pairing code, your screen is saved within your account and you can manage content from anywhere.
Now you’re in control of what’s showing on your screen, allowing you to create Channels and Playlists full of Apps, images, videos or other content that will make for rich digital signage displays. To get you started, here are some content ideas for what to show on your digital signage screen.
You can also schedule content in advance using ScreenCloud, which allows you to pre-set different types of content to play at different times.
Finish that and the world is your oyster! You can change what’s showing on your screen from anywhere in the world, with no additional software integrations or upgrades needed.
Sound good? Awesome - sign up for a free trial at ScreenCloud today to give it a whirl!