Roku comes with many new Smart TVs, such as the 55' TCL for $299 on Amazon.
It is one of the most cost efficient way to get your digital signs going if you're just starting.
Before we get going, a few limitations you should take note.
1) OptiSigns App on Roku supports:
- Images, Videos, Documents
- Canvas, Templates, Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive apps
- Playlist, Schedule
- Portrait, Landscape mode, screen rotation
2) Not supported: (these are the limitation specific to Roku Platform)
- All other apps such as Social Media, Youtube, News, Streaming videos, etc.
- SplitScreen display.
- Roku has small storage, be mindful of how much content you would like to cache on it
In summary, currently you can reliably use OptiSigns app on Roku to display images slide show, playlist.
If you need more features, please consider an Amazon Fire TV Stick, it is $39.99.
To install OptiSigns on Roku, there are 3 high level steps:
- Install OptiSigns channel/app on your Roku
- Set OptiSigns as screensaver so it will start automatically with Roku
- Pair your screen with OptiSign portal and start assigning content to it
1) Install OptiSigns channel/app on your Roku
There are 2 ways to install OptiSigns.
- Add the Optisigns channel to your account: https://my.roku.com/add/optisigns
And add it to your devices.
- Search for Optisigns on your Roku device
On your Roku TV, Search for OptiSigns Channel.
Add the Channel
2) Set OptiSigns as screensaver so it will start automatically with Roku
Then go to Roku's Settings -> Screensaver and make sure OptiSigns is set as screensaver, and change wait time to 1 min. This is to ensure OptiSigns will start every time Roku start up.
3) Pair your screen with OptiSigns portal and start assigning content to it
Then you can launch OptiSigns channel to start configuring it
First time when launched, you will see this screen:
*NOTE: If you already set OptiSigns as Screensaver, waiting 1 min. If you stay on this screen for more than 1 min, your screen will turn black due to no content assigned. Just press OK on your remote and it will bring back this screen.
For detailed steps click here.
If you hear a periodic clicking sound once the app is running, this is the simulation of a button click to prevent your display from re-engaging while content is being displayed.
You can remove the click sound in the Roku settings.
Go to Settings -> Audio - > Menu Volume. Set this to Off.