Let’s Talk Tech: Signage and the Magic of HTML 5

So… how does OrcaTV actually work, you ask? Great question. At a high level, we are all HTML-5 based. That’s right, our entire curated stream of student and faculty created flyers, videos and social media is all compiled into one HTML-5 website that is distributed across digital signage, cable TV and of course, the web. 


What does that mean? Conventional digital signage providers allow for a playlist of various files that individuals must manually upload and convert to the proper format. Our software performs automatic conversion of these files (we accept PDFs, Word Documents, Power Points, JPEGs and a whole host of others) and once they have been approved they are uploaded onto that website. The website is unique to each school. This automatic file conversion and upload of content saves a tremendous amount of time on the part of administrators.


That said, those who have existing digital signage providers, never fear! OrcaTV’s seamless integration is here. This website need not replace the existing digital signage playlist. In fact, we have successfully integrated within existing digital signage at several of our campuses. Essentially, the OrcaTV website plays within that provider’s playlist, allowing for our exciting feed of relevant news and information to reach the entire university community in addition to the local administrator’s playlist. Check out our experience integrating with Visix at the University of New Hampshire here


We made the OrcaTV Campus Life Channel HTML-5 based because it is inherently flexible and simple to update. This ensures that all of the engaging, rich media being created by students and faculty can reach the whole campus population quickly and easily. This is just one of the many ways that OrcaTV is innovating around making better use of existing technology to help improve the sense of community and awareness at our partner campuses. Stay tuned for more on our creative technological solutions in our “Let’s Talk Tech” series.