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A Killer Home Theater?

Home Theater

What do you think when you hear the words “home theater”? There’s a good possibility you think it’s a surround-sound system hooked up to a Blu-ray player. You’d be correct up to a point, but there is so much more you can do with a home theater!

I work for a Utah home theater installer, and we’re constantly educating our clients on all the awesome stuff they can do with their home theater. The reactions we get are fantastic – technology has come a long way, and quality entertainment is extremely cost effective. Your home theater should be your hub for all entertainment. Sure, you’ll watch movies in there, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Array of Media

Do you hate flipping open your laptop to watch streaming Netflix content? Why shouldn’t you have full access to Internet content from your home theater? There’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t. This is available on media servers and media players.

Media servers can store, play, and stream all kinds of media from hard drives, the Internet, and your home network. And don’t worry about fussing with your projector or TV to try to find the right input for everything – your media server will run everything from your Blu-rays, to Netflix, to Hulu, to Internet radio.

The Experience

Why do we go to the movie theaters? It’s certainly not because we like to walk on sticky floors, stand in lines, or sit in close proximity to total strangers. It’s the experience. The giant screen, the booming sound, and the smell of popcorn all bring you in. Think of all the time and money you would save if you could gather your whole family together for the same experience in your own home, without the sticky floors, lines, or strangers!

Your home theater can be the hub for activity in your home, and much more than just “the place you watch TV”.

Theater Seating

We’ve all experienced the less-than-comfy movie theater chairs, and you probably wouldn’t want those in your home (do they come with gum stuck to the bottom, and a Mike & Ike ground into the fabric?). Instead, you may not know that theater recliners are way cooler and very affordable. Check out an example of theater seating to see what I mean.

You can find comfortable, leather, cupholder-laden theater recliners for as little as $500 each. Plus, they can be optioned up with motorized reclining and subwoofers in the chair for maximum effect. The possibilities are both endless and incredible! Seating absolutely completes your home theater, so make sure you budget for them.

I highly recommend making your home theater a place for your friends and family to congregate, and enjoy all of your media – streamed or stored.

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Never Lick a Stamp Again with Netflix

Never Lick a Stamp Again with Netflix

When the Netflix online movie service began, you would use your home Internet connection to browse the catalogue and then wait a few days for the postal service to deliver your rental with a return envelope.

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English: A Netflix envelope picture taken by BlueMint. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today, things are much easier. You can download movies direct from Netflix by using any one of many home entertainment devices, like the Roku Digital Video Recorder (DVR), or a game console like the Xbox 360.

Other popular Netflix-enabled devices in homes today are any of the TiVo DVRs, as well as the Samsung and LG Blue-ray players. Several Samsung and LG home entertainment systems are also Netflix enabled in the same way, where you use your TV screen and Internet connection to order your selection from Netflix and then watch instantly.

Yet Netflix has even gone one step further, allowing you to watch a streaming movie online using only your Internet browser and Microsoft or Apple computer.