Choosing a TrilbyTV Player device
Apple TV (4th Gen, 2015 model onwards)
Apple TV makes a great player for TrilbyTV. It has enough power to play back lots of lovely content including 4K video and plenty of storage to ensure content is cached and always showing. It connects to your screen via a HDMI cable and requires a single 13 amp socket. AppleTV can be securely mounted to the back of your screen.
TrilbyTV Player for Apple TV is a free download on the App Store. TrilbyTV Player on Apple TV supports the remote control, which can be used to skip through clips during playback (tap left or right) and also you can control playback via the play/pause button.
Apple TV can also be managed via an MDM and this is our recommended way of configuring the device as it allows for remote access, app updating and useful settings like power on and off at certain times.
There are many Android-based devices available that are suitable for running TrilbyTV. Many modern SmartTV’s run on Android and so are suitable for using with TrilbyTV. Sony, iiyama, Sharp and many other brands offer these in a variety of sizes.
Android is also used on many media boxes. Devices like the Very PC D390 or the Minix Media Boxes are fanatic devices to plug into an existing HDTV. Many small HDMI android devices can plug straight into an HDTV.
Download TrilbyTV Player from the Google Play Store to get started. TrilbyTV Player will automatically relaunch after startup for a zero-touch experience. A list of known supported Android devices is available here however this list is not exhaustive. We would recommend trying to buy devices with the more recent version of Android to ensure all features are supported.
Amazon Fire TV Stick
The Amazon fireTV stick is a low-cost consumer device to allow any TV screen to play back streaming content. It is based on the Android OS and has been specifically designed to display video from platforms like TrilbyTV. The more recent 4K and MAX versions of the Fire TV Stick are recommended as they are more powerful that the Lite version.
TrilbyTV Player is available to download from the Amazon App Store and once installed will display a TrilbyTV Player code which you can add to the TrilbyTV Player Dashboard. The TrilbyTV Player app will register itself to auto-start if the stick loses power for any reason.
Any macOS computer with access to the Mac App Store can be a TrilbyTV Player. Mac mini makes a great player and connects via HDMI or VGA to your screen. Mac mini has an added benefit in that the screen rotation can be changed so a Mac mini makes a great player for portrait orientation displays.
TrilbyTV Player for macOS is a free download on the Mac App Store. Use your Apple ID to log in and grab the player app. Just like other TrilbyTV Players, you will see a code on the screen which you enter into the TrilbyTV Player Dashboard to link it to your system.
TrilbyTV Player on macOS will boot up full screen, double click to reduce it to a smaller window – this makes it very useful for testing out a playlist on your desktop. You may also want to add the TrilbyTV Player app to your Startup Items and turn on automatic login, so it opens and starts to play on its own in case of a reboot.
Any Windows 10 or later computer can be a TrilbyTV Player. There is a wide range of smaller windows PCs designed for installation such as the Asus VivoMini which connects via HDMI to your screen. A Windows 10 PC can be linked to your existing Active Directory domain and managed remotely.
TrilbyTV Player for Windows is a free download on the Microsoft Store. Just like other TrilbyTV Players, you will see a code on the screen which you enter into the TrilbyTV Player Dashboard to link it to your system.
TrilbyTV Player on Windows will boot up full screen, double click to reduce it to a smaller window – this makes it very useful for testing out a playlist on your desktop. You may also want to set the TrilbyTV Player app to boot on startup.
Asus Chromebox 4
The ASUS Chromebox 4 is a ChromeOS computer that connects to the HDMI port on any TV screen. It is powered via a small adaptor which requires a regular 13 amp socket. To operate the Chromebox you will need a USB or Bluetooth keyboard and mouse (Logitech K400 works well)
Chrome OS devices use the same TrilbyTV Player as Android devices which is available from the Google Play Store. TrilbyTV Player has an autostart feature so if the Chromebox loses power for any reason when it restarts TrilbyTV will begin to play full screen straight away. Configure your Chromebox for Kiosk Mode for zero-touch startup.
NOTE: Running in Kiosk mode requires a Google Chrome Management License
Apple iPod Touch
Apple’s iPod touch is well suited for TrilbyTV playback being a small light device which can easily be hidden behind a TV screen. You will need to purchase an Apple 5W USB Power Adapter (MD812) and an Apple Lightning Digital AV Adapter (MD826) which will connect the iPod Touch to a TV screen via HDMI.
TrilbyTV Player for iOS is available from the iOS App Store. Once installed you will see a code on the iPod screen. Just head over to your TrilbyTV Player Dashboard and click Add Player. On the iPod, you can skip clips with a swipe on the screen during playback.