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Brightsign 4K1042 – Native 4k Media Player for networked interactive displays

BrightSign 4K1042 is an ultra-reliable, fan-less, solid-state, commercial 4K player supporting all of the new technology standards of the 4K ecosystem for true 4K playback.


  • Plays native 4K, H.265, 10-bit video @ 60fps via HDMI 2.0
  • Powerful Video Engine with superior scaling technology and uncompromised decoding power for:
    • dual video decoding of 4K (3840×2160@60p) and Full HD (1920×1080@60p) simultaneously
    • simultaneous playback from local and networked IP streaming content sources
    • sharp 4K upscaling of 1080p content
    • accelerated JPEG decompression for instant image display
  • Abundant content support – 4K videos, images, audio, HTML5, Live feeds, video walls, IP streaming, 3D and more
  • Multi-control interactivity including touch/swipe and controls connected via GPIO, serial, Ethernet for UDP commands, and a USB 3.0 port
  • Pure digital and surround sound audio via S/PDIF
  • UDP controls supported via the Ethernet port for BrightWall™ video wall synchronization, mobile device interactivity and messaging between BrightSign and third-party devices
  • Supports IP streaming of Full HD and 4K video, MJPEG and audio streams and even serves IP video streams from local storage
  • BrightSign App compatible for user variable updates and UDP command interactivity
  • Built-in wired networking support to update and manage your signage remotely (optional wireless module available for $50)
  • Effortless presentation creation with included BrightAuthor software
  • Flexible storage options including an SD slot, internal micro SD slot and mSATA
  • Locking power connector ensures accidents don’t happen
  • Low power consumption keeps operating costs down
  • Highly reliable solid-state platform and a slim OS – no PC down-time
  • Accessories
    • Wireless Module
    • USB Button Panels
    • SDHC and MicroSD Class 10 Cards (various capacities)
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BrightSign 4K1042 offers all the capabilities of the 4K242 and adds pure digital audio via S/PDIF, geo-fencing for location based playback, and abundant multi-control interactive abilities including single touch and swipe via USB 3.0, as well as serial and GPIO controls for engaging interactive displays. The 4K1042 includes a powerful 4K video engine capable of dual 4K and Full HD decoding simultaneously. It also offers abundant content support including HTML5, live media feeds, IP streaming, and more. The built-in wired networking supports UDP commands, video walls, remote content updates and BrightSign Network. Our BrightAuthor software to create, preview, publish, and manage presentations is included for free. The 4K1042 is the clear choice for impressive 4K interactive displays and kiosks.

Please note this device really requires a ‘Class 10’ SDHC Flash card for playback speed. Use of slower SD cards will not guarantee HD playback. A 4GB card should provide roughly one hour of HD material at MPEG-2 quality – depending on the encoding.


Model 4K242 4K1042 4K1142
Networked Multi-Control
Interactive and
Live TV Player
Dual decoding of one 4K (3840×2160@60p) and one Full HD (1920×1080@60p) video simultaneously x x x
Video Codecs supported for Full HD content: H.265, H.264, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, WMV x x x
Video Codec supported for 4K/UHD content: H.265 x x x
Video Containers: MPEG-2 transport and program streams, AVCHD/BDAV, ASF,MP4, MOV x x x
3D Capability (side-by-side, top-over-bottom) x x x
Images: BMP, JPEG, PNG x x
Audio: MP2, MP3, AAC, and WAV (AC3 is passed through) x x x
HTML5 content support x x x
PAL/NTSC x x x
Native 4K resolutions: 3840x2160x24/25/30/50/60p x x x
Upscaling to: 3840x2160x24/25/30/50/60p x x x
1920x1080x24/25/30/50/60p x x x
Locking Power Connector x x x
SD Slot for SDHC and SDXC; Storage via SDXC (up to 2TB) x x x
Internal MicroSD Slot x x x
USB 3.0 High Speed Host Port x1 x2
GPIO Port (8 bi-directional) x x x
RS-232 Serial Port x x
3.5mm IR Out x x x
3.5mm Analog Stereo Audio Out x x x
S/PDIF Out x x
mSATA x x x
HDMI 2.0 Out x x x
HDMI 2.0 Input x
Ethernet (Gigabit) x x x
Status LEDs – Power, Error, Update, Network, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, MicroSD, SD x x x
Reset Button x x x
Powerful Video Engine: advanced dual video decoding with superior scaling technology x x x
Native 4K Playback of H.265 3820x2160x60p via HDMI 2.0 x x x
4K Upscaling: upscale 1080p content to sharp 4K resolution x x x
Powerful Video Engine: dual decoding and superior scaling x x x
Live TV: brings Live TV to your signage via HDMI In, even HDCP-protected content x
HTML5: hardware-accelerated engine that plays modular HTML assets flawlessly x x x
Touch: for interactive touch screen and kiosk presentations x x
Zones: playback multiple content types on a single screen x x x
BrightWall™: synchronized playback across multiple displays x x x
Interactivity: trigger playback from various interactive ports GPIO GPIO, USB, Serial GPIO, USB, Serial
UDP Control: interact with signage using networking x x x
Live Feeds: Live Text, Audio MRSS, Twitter, Flickr, etc x x x
BrightSign App: update signs with an iOS device x x x
Geo-Fencing: trigger playback based on location x x
IP Streaming: play streaming media x x x
IP Streaming Server: serve IP streams from BrightSign’s local storage x x x
Sign Preview: preview presentation playback in BrightAuthor x x x
Networking: update, manage and schedule your signage x x x
Remote Snapshot: remotely view a snapshot image of the display’s playback x x x
Power over Ethernet+ (PoE+): type 2 port powers other devices up to 25 watts x x x
Usage tracking statistics and real time clock x x x
Content Update via USB x x
Free BrightAuthor Software x x x
BrightSign Networking Options x x x
USB Button Pads x x
Wireless Module x x x
SDHC and MicroSD Class 10 Cards (various capacities) x x x
Dimensions 196 x 68 x 170 mm (WxHxD) or 7.8 x 2.6 x 6.8 in. (WxHxD)
Weight 28 oz. / 793.8 grams
Power 12V / 5A
Multi-Country Power & Regulatory Approvals x x x
Built-in Wall Mounting Brackets x x x
1 year warranty, parts and labour x x x
*Additional display resolutions are supported