To play your Bizplay channel automatically on a mini-PC, you want the device to start automatically in full-screen mode when you turn it on. One way to accomplish this is to install ChromeOS Flex and run our kiosk app, like the Bizplay app for ChromeOS. Even though our app is free, Google requires you to buy a Chrome kiosk license to install a kiosk app. Requiring this license is, unfortunately, the new policy by Google as of ChromeOS version 70. A license costs $53/year per device. The upside is that it enables you to remotely manage the device from your Google Chrome dashboard.
You can buy a license from Google yourself. Unfortunately, not directly: you need to find a Google partner that will sell you a license. Once you have your license, you need to set up your Google Chrome environment as described in the ChromeOS Via Chrome Device Management.
The previous process can be quite tedious and complicated. That is why we also offer the option to buy a license through us. With this you get your own login to manage your devices within the Bizplay Chrome environment. There is no surcharge; you pay the €45/year ($53/year in USD) per device that Google charges.
This is the process:
To use ChromeOS Flex (a version of Google ChromeOS that runs on any PC) you must install it on the device you want to use. For this, you need to create a USB thumb drive containing installer software that you then use to install ChromeOS on your device (mini-PC). Make sure you have a USB thumb drive of at least 8GB size. To make the USB thumb drive follow these steps:
After the Chromebook Recovery Utility has finished writing to the USB thumb drive, you can quit the utility and remove the USB thumb drive. The USB thumb drive is now ready to be used in your mini-PC.
Connect your device (mini-PC) to a keyboard, mouse (or something similar, like a keyboard with an integrated touchpad), monitor (or TV), and insert the USB thumb drive. Now connect the device to power and turn it on. The screen should now show you the initial ChromeOS Flex install screen (if that is not the case, you probably need to turn off the device and turn it back on while holding down a key that will give you boot options which will allow you to make sure the device boots from the USB thumb drive, this key is different for different manufacturers but there usually is a text during the boot process that indicates which key to press).
From this screen follow these steps:
The device is now ready for the final step; enrolling the device using the information you received when you bought the Google ChromeOS license.
If the device has been logged onto even once, you will need to wipe (reset) it first before proceeding. The installation procedure below will not work otherwise.
We recommend using a wired network connection, whenever possible.
Since nearly all settings of a specific ChromeOS Flex device can be set from the Device Management dashboard, it is very unlikely that settings need to be changed on the device itself. Should that be necessary it is still possible to do that, do the following:
Most (mini-)PCs have the ability to restart when there is an interruption in the power supply. This is not only a useful feature when there is a power outage but more importantly, it enables you to use a clock switch to turn your (mini-)PC (player) off and on. Certainly, if the connected TV screen or monitor automatically switches to the HDMI port when the power is turned on this allows for a reliable, low-tech way to schedule your TV and player to turn on and off saving energy and the environment (a clock switch combined with a power strip).
To ensure that your (mini-)PC automatically switches on after an interruption in the power supply check the power settings in the BIOS of the device for a setting named "power failure" or something similar. Below is an image of the BIOS of an Intel NUC as an example. This setting should be set to either
Options for power failure recovery
Another useful setting can be the Wake on LAN setting that allows for turning the device on "from a distance" over the network. A precise "how to" of making use of this technology is, however, out of scope for this help page. If you need support for wake on LAN please email us.