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The Scala Media Player-R is an entry-level, single-output digital media player in a compact design that is an affordable solution for stable, reliable content delivery. Designed and developed by Scala’s engineering team, the media player works seamlessly with Scala’s digital signage software, matching powerful performance with turnkey simplicity. An optimized architecture ensures high quality performance throughout its entire lifetime. System hardening minimizes vulnerabilities and delivers robust system security. The media player’s fanless design keeps it protected from dust and debris, ideal for any digital signage solution in any environment. Select from two variations:

  • $SMPR
  • $SMPRPlus

Operating System

The $SMPR can only be purchased running the $LPE for ARM operating system.


For most users, the Scala Media Player-R pairs best with a standard (PST) license, allowing for single channel, single frame output for images, video, and HTML contentLinux Xubuntu 18.04.x

The operating system has minor customizations implemented by Scala to optimize performance.


Recommended license for the Player-R Standard: Lite (Lite/SW-PLT-HD01)

Recommended license for the Player-R Plus: Single HD (Standard/SW-PST-HD01)

If you have a Player-R Standard, it pairs best with a Lite license, which allows standard HD/1080p resolution and provides basic playback features that are suited to the player's entry-level processing power

If you have the a Player-R Plus edition, which has twice the amount of memory and is able to playback 4K content at frame rates of up to 60 frames per second, an advanced (PAV) license will help you get the most out of your player.You can use a lite (PLT) license with either type of Player-R, but it imposes some limitations. storage, a single-channel Standard HD license is recommended, which provides standard HD/1080p resolution and more advanced features than a Lite license. You can alternatively use a Lite license with the Plus edition, however it will impose feature limitations.

As neither Player-R supports 4K playback, an Advanced UHD license will provide you with additional features but it generally will not improve picture quality above that provided by a Lite or Standard HD license.

With only one video output, a Player-R should be paired only with single-channel licenses.

For details about the different licenses, refer to the License Functionality Matrix.

Recommended license for the Player-R: SW-PST-HD01

Other licenses you may use with the Player-R: SW-PLT-HD01, SW-PAV-4K01


The $SMPR is available in the following:

  • $SMPR
  • $SMPRPlus

The following tabs describe each $SMPR variation.

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The Scala Media Player-R is an entry-level, single-output digital media player in a compact design that is an affordable solution for stable, reliable content delivery.



$SMPRPlus has all of the features of the $SMPR with the added ability of playing back 4K content at 30 frames per second

Hardware Specifications

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Setting up and configuring the SMP-R player requires you to first create a player profile in Content Manager. See Creating a Player in the $CM help for more information. 

This section also covers additional specifications and system functions, including configuration instructions for the $WOS and the $WPE:

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