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Software to run an In house info channel - easy and free?

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I've helped build a new Ronald McDonald house here in Vancouver.  It's one of the biggest in the world (74 rooms).  As part of the design, the house has a TV broadcaster (like a hotel).  It has an input so I can show an info channel around the house.

I'm looking for some software to run on a laptop that will allow for an info display.  I have all the hardware figured out.

Ideally:
1. It would be free or company willing to donate it
2. be easy to update  / design content
3. Updateable remotely via network.

My worst case is I'll use power point, but I'd like something a little more purpose built.
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by:Scott Thomson
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So you want it to change display images every 60 seconds..? or you want scrolling bars with words..?
Please let us know what your looking for..

give examples so we have a good idea.
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Ideally, I'd like a framed type setup - with maybe Date/time and say weather always up, then a center scree that would rotate various messages.
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easy and free? not likely also different software for date and time live?
Use a TV and send your web page to it?
Or have a few monitors connected to PC  that automatically display a webpage
At least with a web page you could script the layout adding a date a time and a widget
sounds a bit like a digital signage with a widget on a  web page
Something like this
http://docs.digitalsignage.com/html/body_components.html
http://support.mvixusa.com/customer/portal/articles/1171684-how-do-i-integrate-weather-and-clock-into-an-mvixvue-campaign-
http://www.signagewidgets.com/
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by:Scott Thomson
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I would say something lke a simple php built site

You could write a date and time script.
Have a rotating image script

Thats not too hard.. free scripts are out there for this.. then just put it on the laptop an an extended monitor?
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Digitalsignage.com looks exactly like what I need.  I can use an old laptop as a player, all web based - and it's FREE!!

thanks
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Thankyou erikwhiteway glad to have helped
All the Best
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