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New Series 7 4k 60Hz Digital Signage Player – AP74-4k

Written by Blaine Semple on . Posted in Press

CE labs®/Cable Electronics, Inc. Announces A New Series 7 4k 60Hz Digital Signage Player – AP74-4k

GARLAND, TX – August 14, 2014 – CE labs®/Cable Electronics, Inc. introduces the new AP74-4k, the latest network-ready 4K 60Hz digital signage player with HDCP 2.0, HDMI v2.0 and GPIO. The AP74-4k comes packed with a powerful quad-core processor that allows for true 4K resolution 60Hz ultra high definition playback using the HEVC codec h.265. The AP74-4k is network-ready via ethernet and is also integrated with auto-adjustable WiFi dual-band capabilities which can support both 2.4G and 5G wireless networks. When a network is not available, removable USB drives can be used to play content.

A robust OS is installed on the AP74-4k that comes with popular features such as auto-play, touchscreen support and GPIO. General GPIO functions include the ability to program volume, play/pause/skip/stop as well as activate playlists from assigned directories which give an added layer of depth to 4K TV user experience applications. Toslink optical SPDIF audio support is integrated and may be toggled with HDMI through GPIO making the AP74-4k an ideal solution for sound bar demos and POP kiosks.

“We made sure the AP74-4k is packed with many functions and features right out of the box”, Eric McCready, Vice President of Sales stated. “It’s important that we have an economical 4K digital signage solution that can be used in a diverse range of environments, more specifically retail, POP and sound bar applications. The AP74-4k delivers on all accounts.”

The AP74-4k also comes embedded with Bluetooth 4.0 allowing for personal area networks and communication with smartphone and tablets; excellent for individual presentations when highlighting a specific in-store product or service to customers and clients.

Support for HTML5, CSS3 and Jquery content give the AP74-4k added flexibility for easily updating digital menu boards and is fully compatible with QuickSign Pro Designer, a free HTML5 layout and content management software tool.

“We have had a remarkable response with QuickSign Pro Designer for digital menu board applications and content management over a local area network. The AP74-4k being fully compatible strengthens our product portfolio and gives us more tools to work with on the creative side.” said Tony Smith, Creative Director.

A solid-state device that provides higher reliability out in the field, the AP74-4k also has 3D playback support and provides 80% lower power consumption than that of comparable PC-based digital signage appliances.

The AP74-4k, which can be custom configured to project requirements and ready for installation, is available now.


AP74-4k Features:

  • Powerful Quad-core CPU allows for true 4k Ultra High Definition playback – 3840 x 2160
  • HEVC decode h.265 for true 4k playback
  • h.264 codec support at both 4k and 1920 x 1080
  • Toslink optical audio support
  • Network-ready over ethernet or wirelessly with integrated 5G WiFi Dual Band
  • External 8-button GPIO custom programmable functionality (optional) – Volume up/down – Play/stop/pause – Activate playlist – Toggle HDMI and Toslink audio connection
  • Embedded Bluetooth 4.0 allows devices to exchange data creating a personal area network(PAN)
  • Supports HTML5, CSS3 and Jquery content
  • Removable USB/TF media cards can be used when a network is not available
  • Can be custom configured to project requirements and ready for installation
  • No moving parts provide higher reliability out in the field
  • 80% lower power consumption than that of comparable PC-based digital signage appliances
  • Touchscreen support
  • HDCP 1.4 and HDMI v2.0
  • 3D playback support
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About CE labs®/Cable Electronics

CE labs®/Cable Electronics, Inc. is one of the top manufacturers of high performance pro A/V systems and digital signage solutions. With over 25 years of experience, CE labs has become an innovator in customized electronics manufacturing that specializes in engineering, research and development of state-of-the-art technology for the audio/video signal distribution management field and digital signage space. CE labs manufactures a full line of professional grade A/V distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, digital media players and digital signage products. For more information, visit

3209 Wood Drive Garland, Texas, 75041 United States of America Phone: 469-429-9200 Fax: 469-429-9205

Contact Product Communications Eric McCready 469.429.9200

MP500 Optional Features

Written by Blaine Semple on . Posted in Press



Stream media from your favorite channels with ATSC tuner integration allowing popular shows to be displayed in any digital system.

MP500 GPIO Tuner


General Purpose Interactive Output allows viewers to interact with push-button control giving them the power to view content that they desire. Capable of up to 6 buttons with quick transition time between your digital signage clips.


The MP500 media player is available now for reservations from CE labs®. Visit for more information.

CE labs is back from GlobalShop 2009

Written by Blaine Semple on . Posted in Press

We have returned from Las Vegas for the 2009 GlobalShop Expo on March 23rd-25th. We spent all three days educating, informing, and showcasing the best in digital signage standards to attendees from all over the world.
With companies feeling the effects of the global recession, we at CE labs® were ready to show GlobalShop how far a small, effective budget can take you. Eric McCready, Business Development Manager, described this year’s show as low in attendence, but high in quality. It seems as though even GlobalShop felt the financial ripples.

CE labs Booth Highlights

Fully Customizable In-line Kiosks:
As previously mentioned, our partnership with MADIX Store Fixtures and have been very positive and our In-line Kiosks have caught some attention recently. Specifically, this weekend we found that even major advertising agencies and POP companies have growing interest in moving their clients into digital signage and need help doing that. “A lot of major brands looked our way. They’re wanting to use the In-line Kiosk to launch new product lines, directly at POP,” explains VP of Sales and Marketing, Mike Shaw. “The idea of having your digital signage message right where the product is, is very popular right now.” So what kind of businesses benefit from these kiosks? Everyone. From pet supplies to dessert wines, the In-line Kiosk is ideal for any business looking to give the customer a library of information at their fingertips.
Digital Signage for the Simple Guy:
We showcased our latest in digital signage, including easy-to-learn instructions brought to you by “Digital Signage for the Simple Guy.” This all-in-one package makes digital signage very simple for any user, big or small. The Simple Guy was a big hit with attendees and garnered positive reactions overall. “People really liked the idea of a simple, all-in-one package,” says Technical Support Director Matt Kenney. With hard economic times threatening the way we ordinarily do business, CE labs® has come up with a cost-effective, simple solution for the transition to digital signage. We’ve already touched on the economic advantages of digital signage with CE labs®, but practicality and usability is a huge factor in implementing a new system across your business. Digital Signage for the Simply Guy was at the Expo, showing attendees just how easy it is to implement digital signage into their business. So why did CE labs’s message stand out from all the rest? “Because we demonstrated it in a very practical, general message,” says Matt. The Simple Guy was just a better explanation of the digital signage system.
Digital Signage and CE labs®:
Many attendees discovered that CE labs® is the one stop place for entire digital signage package. From digital media players to content management, CE labs® demonstrated the ease of the entire system at this year’s GlobalShop. Eric McCready comments, “This year’s attendees were a lot more educated; they already know what they are looking for.” He goes on to explain that the digital media players MP400A and HD300ZX were very popular requests. “With their HD and multi-layering capabilites, these two players really fit the needs of each business.” “Content Creation has never been easier,” says Eric. With CCM Enterprise and QuickSign, CE labs’s very own content management software, anyone can create their own digital signage right at home. Content management was also a popular discussion at GlobalShop and CE labs offerssolutions for the do-it-yourself crowd as well as for those looking for professional content creation, provided by CE labs’s very own in-house design team.
“We found ourselves educating,” says Eric, “Not everyone in the retail industry is a digital signage whiz, that’s why CE labs® and the Simple Guy are here to help them through it, step-by-step. There is such an interest in digital signage, but also much confusion. People wanted the technology, but didn’t know where to start. I feel we successfully broke it down for anyone to understand.” With small business transitioning into the digital era, CE labs® is here to assist in complementing or even completely overhauling existing marketing campaigns with new, state-of-the-art methods to reach desired audiences. We think this is a new step in the right direction.