We have gotten a number of requests for additional Carousel Channel licenses as part of the unlimited free channel licenses now available with Carousel Digital Signage Servers. Cablecast Video and Automation Servers do not come with unlimited free channel licenses and were never sold that way. The way that Carousel and Cablecast server software has been sold and licensed are now completely different; Carousel servers are meant to drive large digital signage networks, while Cablecast servers are meant to drive on air bulletin boards along with a few digital signs in lobbies, meeting rooms, council chambers, etc. With Carousel servers, the costs of additional channel licenses are factored into the version of the Carousel Server that a customer buys. As the capacity of the Carousel Server software is increased, the price of the server software also increases. In Cablecast systems, in order to keep the costs down, the cost of additional channels and channel licenses is factored into the cost of the individual players. If a customer wants to drive an additional Carousel channel from a Cablecast server, they must purchase the corresponding Cablecast version of the Carousel player, which includes a bundled channel license and player license.
We have in the past offered, and will continue to offer, additional channel licenses as needed for sandbox channels for your system, but they cannot later be used as channel licenses to power carousel players. So if you are looking for an additional channel license to set up and configure your next channel layout, let us know and we will update your license.
On the other hand, if you would like to add a few digital signage players to your Cablecast system, please contact email@example.com and they will talk to you about the digital signage players that are meant to work with a Cablecast server.
Lastly, the way the economics work out, if you are looking to deploy 10 or more digital signage players, you should probably look into to purchasing a separate Carousel server and Carousel players from our digital signage solutions team.