Note: if you're looking directly for set up instructions, you can skip down to section 4: How to install Fugo on your Sony display.
Using Sony for digital signage
Sony is probably the world’s most recognizable name in display technology. That’s largely owing to the fact that, at its core, the company has been in the business of consumer products. They’ve been in and out of digital signage for many years, but in the stretch of the last 3 or 4 years, they’ve made a substantial bid for the B2B market by expanding their line up of BRAVIA professional displays.
Why Sony BRAVIA professional displays?
The BRAVIA professional series boast a powerful new System on a Chip (SoC) platform that eliminates the need for external hardware like a media player. This makes the displays less prone to potential interoperability issues from third-party hardware. And with simplified installation and connectivity, there are fewer points of failure.
And as you would expect from a brand name known for reliability, Sony BRAVIA professional displays deliver best-in-class imaging. The 4K HDR Processor X1 reproduces content in the finest details, making text and graphics sharper & easier to read. The displays run on Google’s Android TV operating system, are IP network-ready, equipped with RS-232C connectivity, have optional interactive touch support, and are available in sizes ranging from 32 to 100 inches.
The display design combines a flat bottom bezel and a side logo position which make it ideal for portrait & tilt positions.
These screens are great options for professional deployments if you’ve got the budget for it (more on that in the next section.)
For the TL:DR version, here are some key features of the Sony BRAVIA professional display line:
- HTML5: provides a rich and standardised platform for playing engaging and complex videos for digital signage
- 4K HDR picture quality: high brightness, high contrast panels are ideal for presenting 4K HDR content
- Rich, natural color: XR TRILUMINOS PRO technology reproduces color in precise detail, even in areas of dark shadow
- Versatile design: thin bezel, side-logo, and support for landscape, portrait or tilt orientation
Do I really need to buy a professional display?
Consumer vs. commercial screens
Commercial grade screens are always going to come with a higher sticker price than your standard consumer TV. That's because they're built to be used in a professional setting - which throws a lot more at a screen than your typical living room does.
When choosing screens for a digital signage deployment, it's probably tempting to cut a few corners on the hardware to save on entry costs. After all - why pay thousands of dollars on a professional screen when you can run into your local big box store and pluck a TV off the shelf for half the price?
While there may be some use cases that are served fine with a consumer TV, we at Fugo almost always recommend purchasing a professional screen if you have the budget for it.
Why? Here’s the short answer: TVs and monitors might look similar, but they’re very different, and TVs simply aren’t suited to the operating demands of digital signage. Digital signage lives in a much more demanding environment - often being required to withstand long operation hours in tight installation areas and operate in portrait position.
And while consumer TV’s may do the job just fine for a while, they require much more maintenance down the line due to heavier usage than they’re designed for. Not to mention the fact that commercial usage almost always voids the warranties of consumer TVs.
A match made in The Cloud
The displays themselves aren’t the only important factor when it comes to a digital signage project. The real potential of these screens is unlocked from pairing your player to a content management software that lets you create unique content playlists, zone your screen, schedule & update content on the fly, connect to apps, and monitor playback - all remotely, from anywhere.
Fugo is a cloud-based solution that eliminates the need & cost of managing and maintaining on premise server hardware and software, which gives you greater flexibility to scale out a screen network. It works seamlessly with the BRAVIA Android TV operating system - you just download the Fugo Digital Signage app from the Google Play store like any other, pair it to our CMS on your laptop or phone and viola - you’re in business!
The combination of the BRAVIA SoC design and Fugo cloud-based software makes it easier to design, deploy and manage digital signage projects with ease and scale.
How to install Fugo on your Sony display
- Turn on your display.
- Choose your language.
- You can choose to set up your TV with an Android tablet or a phone. If you don't have one, you can skip this option.
- Connect to WiFi.
- You now can enable Google Assistant. However, we recommend you turn it off if you're going to be using your display for digital signage.
- Set a name for your TV.
- Once Sony TV is set up, you can go to Apps and then click Get more apps to explore Google Play apps.
- Find our app by searching for Fugo Digital Signage
- Install the Fugo Digital Signage App
- Once you open Fugo, you'll see a PIN displayed on screen. We'll cover what to do with this in the next section: How to pair your screen & publish content
How to pair your screen & publish content
Note: to pair your screen, you'll need a Fugo account. If you have not registered a Fugo account yet, you can head over to fugo.ai/app to start your 14-day free trial.
1. After successfully logging in, you can click Add Screens on the Welcome page. Alternatively, you can navigate to the Screens page in the top navigation bar.
2. Enter the PIN from the Fugo player window into the space provided.
3. To finish the pairing process, give your screen a name and add a location.
Hint: We recommend you name your player something relevant such as 68 Lombard Street or Clapham Coffee Shop. For my example, I’ve named my screen “Fugo HQ." The address should be your screen’s location.
4. Your screen will now be listed on your Screens page:
Congratulations, you’ve added your screen! Here, have this cake 🍰 to celebrate!
Now you’re ready to start publishing content. We’ll cover that in the next section.
Publish content with Fugo CMS
1. Navigate to the Playlist page in the top navigation bar.
2. Click the Create Playlist button.
3. Start by giving your playlist a name in the top left corner of the page. I’ll call mine “Sarah’s playlist.”
4. You can add screens, content, or schedule in any order. For the sake of ease, I’ll start with adding a screen. Click Select Screens and choose your screen.
5. Select content to add to your playlist by clicking Select Content and choosing from your media, apps, or studio content. Click Add Items when you’ve finished choosing your content.
6. Finally, if you’d like to schedule your content, you can start by indicating the start and end dates under Date Range. Tick the box for No End Date if you want your content to play indefinitely.
7. You can also set the week schedule by clicking and dragging along the schedule. Alternatively, you can select just Workdays or Weekends in the top right corner of the schedule if you want your playlist to run only on those days. If you want your content to run 24/7, you can click Select All.
Hint: Selecting “Workdays” will set your content to run from 8am - 7pm. You can change those hours by clicking on a day block, and manually entering the run times in the day’s window.
8. Once your schedule is set, click Publish in the right top hand corner to publish your new playlist! If you don’t want to publish right away, just click Finish later and it will save your playlist for you to edit later.
Viola - your content is live!
Hint: When you’re ready to come back to your playlist, you’ll find it saved on your Playlists page. Click Publish or select Edit from the dotted menu at the right of the playlist panel.
There you go! It really is that easy to set up your Sony display and publish your content with Fugo!
If you have any questions regarding set up, publishing, or hardware, you can contact our support team any time at email@example.com.
Happy publishing 📺