A number of factors today drive trends in home theater systems, from the rise of streaming services to the usual technological advances. No matter how hard we try to “future proof” our home theater, there will always be another innovation we need to keep abreast of. With that in mind, let’s look at some trends for 2018.
Streaming Services Drives Home Theater Trends
Streaming services and pay cable are the driving forces in television programming. Streaming services also open up options for sports viewing in a way that cable and satellite cannot by offering more games — and more ways of watching games — than ever. Televisions have begun to incorporate built-in WiFi and streaming apps to meet customer demand. To get the best experience, your home theater should have an adequate Internet connection, preferably a wired Ethernet connection. If a wired connection isn’t possible, make sure you have a wireless router that can handle the load from high definition streams.
With the big screen as the centerpiece for home entertainment options, everyone wants to experience their entertainment on the biggest flat panel in the house. By using the latest gaming consoles, you can watch Blu-Ray movies and stream sports and cable shows to your television. Internet-capable gaming consoles may be one answer to consolidating systems and saving space, as you can use one for all of your entertainment needs.
Because of the kind of consolidation offered by game consoles and plug-in streaming devices, home theaters are turning into multi-use spaces. When designing your room, you may want to think less about only watching movies or sporting events and more about making space for gamers and the gear they need. Virtual Reality gaming is another innovation you may want to consider when designing a room, as lighting is important because of the use of a video camera.
Bigger Gets Better
While multi-use rooms grow in popularity, movie buffs still want to dedicate space to their favorite pastime — especially if they’re using a projector system. Projector systems are becoming more attractive as the price comes down and the quality increases.
With flat panel prices dropping, some people are using the savings to buy more televisions and place them in one room. You can view multiple events simultaneously, or, with the help of Bluetooth headphones, enjoy a movie while the kids play games.
You may not need multiple flat panels to have a multi-screen viewing experience. Mobile devices and laptops can act as secondary and tertiary screens in Internet-capable home theaters. Using mobile devices will also enable you to join in the group viewing and commenting phenomenon driven by social media platforms.
Sounds the Same
While the methods of viewing and receiving content increase, we still rely on limited options for great sound. Floor speakers are becoming increasingly popular as end users realize that while in-wall speakers look cool, they may not deliver the best quality audio. For those still concerned about wires and appearance, soundbars are improving in quality and may be a great value option.
At Atlanta Home Theater, we will help you stay on top of the latest developments in electronics and give you the best possible experience in home entertainment. Call us today to set up an appointment and discuss the latest in home theater innovations and how we can help set up your system.