What Content is Available for My Home Theater?
Discover all of Your Options for Home Entertainment in Anaheim Hills
Once you have all the pieces in place for your dedicated home theater or media room, it’s time to figure out what to watch and how. This task may seem simple at first, but the world of content can open a Pandora’s Box of options leaving you wondering what exactly is the best path to take. After a home theater installation you may ask yourself, “Should I throw out all my DVDs and Blu-Rays?” or “Is streaming or hard copy better?” In this blog we’ll cover how to navigate the world of media content for your Anaheim Hills, California home.
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DVD, Blu-ray or 4K?
It may seem just like yesterday when we were all making the transition from VHS to DVDs. Recently, the very last company officially stopped making VHS tapes. Just as the tape has died, the DVD is already following close behind. You may see stores trying to get rid of DVDs by throwing them in discount bins. The reason is that the DVD is on its way out. Blu-ray players and discs are the current standard for HD picture quality and have been available for years and will compliment your 4k TVs and audio/video receivers. However, if you want to stay ahead of the trajectory, picking 4k Blu-ray players, discs and ultra-high definition and super ultra-high definition TVs is the way to go. Not only do these look incredible, but pair them with a Dolby Surround or Dolby Atmos Audio System and you have a theater experience in your home that will rival a night out at the movieplex. Content is currently limited for 4k, but it is growing and this is the direction the AV industry is going. You don’t have to throw away your DVD or Blu-ray collection, but we advise you not to go wandering around that $5 bin either. Another fact to keep in mind is that 4k TVs and players can upscale your existing Blu-rays and DVDs, so they’ll actually look better just by having 4k technology alone.
Of course, you don’t actually have to own content to enjoy it. Video streaming has revolutionized the way we watch and access movies, shows, and other programming. Many families don’t even have cable anymore. Streaming is the process of sending compressed video content over the Internet and displaying it for the viewer in real time. Instead of downloading the video file, or playing a disc, the content can be accessed directly and instantly via the Web. The media is sent in a continuous stream of data and played as it arrives to the screen.
There are advantages to having streaming services. One is that most of them are now creating exclusive content. If you want to watch Orange is the New Black or Stranger Things, you just need to have a Netflix account. Another is that you can “binge watch” multiple shows instead of having to wait for their release. The downside is that the quality of the picture is affected when you stream. Local content (a disc) will always look and perform better. Even though a strong network connection will improve your experience, nothing beats a hard copy.
How should I setup my content?
The good news is that you don’t have to choose. You can keep your movie collection and subscribe to as many streaming services as you want, and keep your cable, too. We’ll organize all of your sources in an AV media cabinet or closet so it’s out of the way and doesn’t create unsightly clutter. We can also give you a user-friendly universal remote or home automation system to control your home theater so you don’t have five different remotes on the coffee table. You’ll be able to easily switch from Netflix to DirecTV or a Blu-ray. With our whole house video solutions, you can even start a movie in your dedicated theater, pause it, and then pick up where you left off upstairs in your bedroom as you end the day.
Do you want to expand your access to content or have us organize your media? Whether you need a home theater installation or whole house video or automation solution, we can help you get organized and setup. Just fill out this online form to get started.