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Everything you need to know about setting up your Android TV with ScreenCloud digital signage!
Remember when you used to buy a new TV, what a huge decision it was? How you would agonize over the size, the spec and the special features. Well, when it comes to digital signage an Android TV is a great choice. It has everything you need to get setup with a rich digital signage display - no additional hardware needed.
The beauty of a cloud-based digital signage system (like ScreenCloud) is that there are no wires, no cables and no expensive media players needed. As long as you have a "smart" TV (which is essentially what an Android TV is) then you have everything you need to get started.
In this guide, we’ll walk you through how to setup your Android TV and get rich digital content showing in mere minutes.
Oh and if you haven’t bought your Android TV yet and are looking for a recommendation, we like the Sony Bravia Android TVs for digital signage. You can also check out the Hardware Selector and the buyer's guide to digital signage hardware for further help selecting the right Android TV for signage.
Let’s get started.
Load up your Android TV and connect it to Wi-Fi - you may even be connected already as your monitor will walk you through the steps on setup that enable it to be "smart".
Open up the App Store on your Android TV and download the ScreenCloud Player app for Android.
Launch the app on your Android TV and make a note of the pairing code that comes up. This is what you’ll use to match up your Android TV and your web based ScreenCloud account.
You’ll only need to do this once per screen and you can add as many TV monitors as you like to your one account.
Once you have your pairing code you’re ready to go to ScreenCloud on your laptop or PC and sign up for a free trial. If you already have a ScreenCloud account you can log in now.
Next, click the "New Screen" box. This is where you’ll enter the pairing code to connect your Android TV and the account where you’ll manage your content.
After this has been entered that’s it! You’re synced up and able to control your Android TV from the laptop in front of you - regardless of where you are!
Has it ever been that simple to connect a TV to digital signage? We’re not sure, but we know that it takes even the least technical of folks just minutes to connect ScreenCloud and begin showing their content onto an Android TV.
If you’re feeling like a pro (and you should be) here are a few additional steps and tips that may help:
If you have more than one TV that you’d like to show digital signage on, you can follow exactly the same steps within the same ScreenCloud account. By naming each screen and adding them to groups, it’s easy to segment different areas of screens and set Channels or Playlists to play on your screen.
Now we move on to what many call the creative part. Making great content! Here, you have a ton of choices. ScreenCloud lets you connect content you already have, like uploading your own PDFs, images and videos, or you can choose from one of our many preset App Store integrations from sources such as Twitter, Google Slides and Dropbox. Lastly, you can also create your own content using our Canvas design editor tool.
Canvas makes it easier than ever to create your own branded designs and create content inside ScreenCloud and best of all, it's in a screen-ready format perfect for digital signage.
ScreenCloud's new advanced scheduling tool lets you create and schedule content for future dates, and choose expiry dates. Once a piece of content has expired, it'll stop playing within your Channel or Playlist, ensuring that timely notices fulfil their purpose and then, well, expire. A great way for Marketing and HR teams to create content in advance ready for specific campaigns, announcements and seasonal activities.
It really is that easy. Upload Content, organize it into a Channel or Playlist and schedule content to play at the right time, to the right people. Before you know it, you’re powering up your Android TV as a powerful sales tool and digital sign, designed to promote your business.
Ready to get started? Grab your Android TV and let’s go!