Article 8: Connected Home Theatres

Let’s look at some cool tech to improve your home theatre his week. When flatscreen, wall-mounted, televisions were first introduced, it gave rise to a whole new set of home theatre enthusiasts. A Blu-Ray player provides full 1080p High Definition movies, but a modern system can and should do so much more. What you really need is an Internet connection to take advantage of everything your system can do. It opens up so many more possibilities, and there are so many ways that we can accomplish this.



Video Game Consoles – Not Just for Blood and Violence Anymore



As you may or may not know, Playstation 3’s already play Blu-Ray discs. So if you play already those games, you can double up your system as your DVD player. The Sony Media software can access shared music on your computer, as well as pictures and movies in digital format, giving you even more incentive to start building up that digital library. You can use the nice speakers connected to your stereo and the endless music in your computer to create a great playlist to have on in the background for any occasion. Xbox 360’s have the same networking capabilities, allowing streaming videos and music from your computer the same way. If you have a Nintendo Wii, first of all I am sorry that High Definition is not an option for you. I really am. But do not despair completely, because just like Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3, Wii Consoles can stream your Netflix movies to your TV if you have no other options.

What’s a Controller, or your other options…



I just acquired a brand new Father’s Day gift for my Dad, a connected wireless Blu-Ray player. This is the perfect option for anyone who wants something with a real remote control, a remote control app for smartphones, and wireless and wired connectivity, integrated Netflix, and streaming videos from network hard drives, and all you have to do is plug it in. The new 3D players offer all of these great features, for around $100. This is a great and cost effective way to add all the fun of your computer to your fancy television.

The model I chose was Sony, with wireless and wired internet, and 3D-capable playback. I don’t own a 3D TV, and I don’t foresee getting one before it is available without glasses, but it’s possible. The nice thing is I have the option to use it for that, but I’m getting off topic. Sony’s Media Center software is excellent, it picked up my digital movie collection on my computer with no trouble at all, and it’s very user-friendly so now I can enjoy my shows without having to be at the computer.


A second option is to put the Internet connection into your TV itself. Smart TV’s are now a reality and you can access the Internet from your remote. These TV’s have streaming videos, YouTube, all of the cool features you’d expect. The phrase ‘everything is a computer’ springs to mind. There are so many ways to connect everything now that you don’t have to settle for just one function on your new devices.




See you guys next week for some new tech gear, I hope you have some good ideas to liven up your home theatre. Thanks for reading.

 

Aaron Krick
Blog Contributor at The Computer Fixer
www.thecomputerfixer.com
aaron.krick@gmail.com



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