I have a Raspberry Pi 3B with a Python3 code running 24/7.

Right now, I'm running Raspbian Stretch desktop on console mode with no I/O. I only connect a screen via HDMI and an USB keyboard for debugging.

To make the code run automatically everytime I plug the Raspberry, I have this lines at the end of the file /home/pi/.bashrc (this makes the program run everytime you open a terminal, so this runs on foreground everytime I boot on console mode):

cd /MyCodePath
sudo python3 main.py

Now I want to connect an HDMI screen and I want it to display some image or video instead of displaying the output of my program.

I have seen someone using Kivy to do something kinda similar, but it seems too big and hard to learn (I think is not worth just to do what I want).

Is there an "easy" way to do this?

EDIT 1: I tried calling omxplayer in infinite loop, but the problem is that everytime the video reachs its end and restarts, the console is seen for a second. I know how to make the console look just black (doing a clear, not having any Python output and changing the prompt color to black), but it still blinks everytime the video ends and starts again.

call_args = "omxplayer /video_path/my_video.mp4".split()
while True:

I'll keep looking for better solutions, this isn't enough at all.

EDIT 2: Okay so adding --loop to the omxplayer command works fine, but now I don't know how to stop it when I app closes naturally. I tried this but doesn't seem to work:

pkill omxplayer
killall omxplayer

Also the python3 code I'm using now to launch omxplayer is this one:

def start_loop():
    path = "/video_path/my_video.mp4"
    omx = "omxplayer --no-osd -b -o local --loop "
    if os.path.isfile(path):
        os.system(omx + user_path + " &")

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