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Digital Signage Broadcasting by Lars-Ingemar Lundstrom

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6

THE EDGE SERVER

Chapter 5 covered different ways of distributing content to media players: CDs, DVDs, flash memories, and broadband access. But each of these alternatives requires that each player be individually fed with files, either manually or by picking up new files from a central server using the Internet. Manual file handling through physical media such as CDs and flash memories is not practical. Because the task is so cumbersome, it is likely to limit how often the content is updated.

For these reasons, most digital signage networking uses broadband networks. Each media player checks the content manager for new content and instructions quite often, even up to several times an hour. As a result, there is lots of traffic if there are ...

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