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    Life Channel

    Hi, Can anyone tell me if they have a life channel box, what it does and how much they paid for it please?

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    We used to have one but got it took out last month. Basically it is a pc that shows video clips (automatically downloaded) to screens placed around the building. In addition to the provided content you can add your own videos and slides. There is also a schedule/timetable element so you can choose to display a particular slide and a specific time. A web interface is also included so people can update the system from there own machine

    We got rid of the system here as for the cost of it we could do nearly all of what it could do with a standard pc running powepoint and since it is only updated by one team member here and we didnt use the schedule feature it seemed to make sence to simply use our method.

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    anyone remember how much they paid for it?

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    We have it here, not sure what we paid/pay for it though... An addition to what SSFC said, there is a banner system at the bottom that you can broadcast messages on.

    Not massively impressive and the video's provided by them (that have to be shown) are pretty rubbish.

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    Cost is about 8k/year IIRC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff View Post
    Cost is about 8k/year IIRC.
    8k a year?!?! oh my god... and the only difference to a normal digital signage system is that you get their information which you cannot change and have to fit your content around theirs? is that correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HannahBanana View Post
    8k a year?!?! oh my god... and the only difference to a normal digital signage system is that you get their information which you cannot change and have to fit your content around theirs? is that correct?
    I would say thats a fair assesment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HannahBanana View Post
    8k a year?!?! oh my god... and the only difference to a normal digital signage system is that you get their information which you cannot change and have to fit your content around theirs? is that correct?
    Jesus I hope its not 8K a year, will go find out now... But yes, that is correct.

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    sorry guys and for this 8k... how many box's do you get?

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    We have the system here too and, TBH, I'm not impressed - it also appears that we haev bought into a 3yr contract with them..

    We have 3 screens (one at reception, one in middle of a corridor "cross-roads" and one in the Canteen
    I dont know who;s in charge of it as the only content that gets added is to the ticker at the bottom

    As previously stated the videos are cr*p and of por quality (both picture and in the content)

    Not sure what we paid or it - but wouldn't surprise me that it was £8k...
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    We were looking at this, but it was way too expensive - why not look at xibo instead... open source and excellent! Xibo Open Source Digital Signage

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    Quote Originally Posted by HannahBanana View Post
    sorry guys and for this 8k... how many box's do you get?
    It's installed on a standalone PC here, that I think might have been ours to start with (nothing special).

    Just use photostory and you can make your own digital signage

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gatt View Post
    We have the system here too and, TBH, I'm not impressed - it also appears that we haev bought into a 3yr contract with them..

    We have 3 screens (one at reception, one in middle of a corridor "cross-roads" and one in the Canteen
    I dont know who;s in charge of it as the only content that gets added is to the ticker at the bottom

    As previously stated the videos are cr*p and of por quality (both picture and in the content)

    Not sure what we paid or it - but wouldn't surprise me that it was £8k...

    can you display a slideshow of images on a scene with lifechannel?

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    We have this also. Priced up a system from scratch that would have been more flexible and completly within our control for about half the money we paid, but the Deputy Head concerned was dazzled by the sales guy and went for lifchannel instead. I would very much echo most of the previous comments; the harware and the ability to add your content is limited and the provided programs are rubbish. Not impressed. We have four screens and the kids just ignore it. Might as well have not bothered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linfit View Post
    We have this also. Priced up a system from scratch that would have been more flexible and completly within our control for about half the money we paid, but the Deputy Head concerned was dazzled by the sales guy and went for lifchannel instead. I would very much echo most of the previous comments; the harware and the ability to add your content is limited and the provided programs are rubbish. Not impressed. We have four screens and the kids just ignore it. Might as well have not bothered.
    and are you tied into a contract with life channel?

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