Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Porn on Wal-Mart Digital Signage

The Southwest Times Record reported that two 20-year old men were arrested Wednesday for playing a pornographic DVD at a Fort Smith, Arkansas, Walmart on store display televisions.

The young men (one being an employee) allegedly removed a promotional disc from a DVD player built into a display in the furniture aisle. The DVD player was connected to six televisions in the store and were visible to the general public as they were shopping, according to a police report.

I'm always surprised when I hear that companies use DVD players for their digital signage. Other than them being prone to break-down easily, this Arkansas Walmart is a case in point on why not to use DVD's.

Working at a digital signage integrator and using software-based and media player-based solutions, we always joke regarding getting a call from a client saying "there's porn on my screens" because there's always this small fear, as improbable as it is, that somebody will be able to hack into the system. Why make it extremely easy by using DVD players?

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