The world of entertainment has seen a major shift this year and it’s one that may change how major movies are released permanently.
The pandemic caused the closure of multiple movie theaters, which resulted in major film release dates being moved into the future.
Films like Marvel’s Black Widow and No Time to Die from the 007 series were delayed, along with just about every other major release that was supposed to come out this year.
But not all films were delayed until the pandemic passes. A new model has developed where these movies are now being released via streaming services or digital download to watch directly at home. This has led to a surge in home theater setups.
62% of Americans currently subscribe to a streaming service.
Turning your home into a mini-movie theater can allow you to enjoy an experience closer to the one you get in the theater (minus the lines and high concession stand prices!).
Major Movie Releases Upcoming
There are several big films coming out via streaming in December that you can enjoy with your family. Currently scheduled for release are:
- Tenet: Releasing on video on demand services Dec. 15, 2020
- Soul (Pixar): Releasing on Disney+ on Dec. 25, 2020
- Wonder Woman 1984: Releasing on HBO Max on Dec. 25, 2020
Studios haven’t yet released major 2021 announcements but expect to see more of this direct to “watch at home” in the future for movie releases, even after the pandemic is over.
Components You Need for Your Own Home Theater
Most families love the idea of upping their entertainment game and getting a better viewing and sound quality experience at home, but they aren’t sure what’s involved with a setup of a soundbar or other home theater components.
We often find that people think they need to have a large space to enjoy a home theater, but a significantly improved entertainment experience can be had in just about any size space.
That’s a great thing about home theater setups for your New Jersey home… they can be scaled according to your room size and budget.
Let’s take a look at what goes into putting together your very own home theater.
First, you’ll need to have a way to deliver streaming entertainment to your television. Now, if you have a new smart TV that can already connect to the internet and streaming services, you may be able to forgo the streaming device. But you’ll want to be sure you can get the services you need.
It’s important to note that the apps on many smart TVs don’t run as fast as they could with the addition of a streaming device.
Streaming devices allow you to stream entertainment to a “non-smart” TV, which still may have excellent picture quality. They provide an internet connection and the applications needed, such as Netflix, Disney+, Apple TV+, etc.
The most popular streaming device options are:
- Apple TV
- Amazon Fire TV Stick
- Google Chromecast
Quality TV Screen (or Smart TV)
You need to have a decent picture quality, which usually means an HD TV at the minimum. If you want to go ultra-high quality, you can opt for a 4K Ultra HD TV.
The size of the screen will depend upon your needs and room space, however larger screens have been coming down in price for many years. So, you may find that you can buy a TV with a larger screen size now than you paid for half the size a few years ago.
Smart Sound System (Speakers/Soundbar)
You can get a very convincing surround sound quality reminiscent of the theater experience with the right soundbar and speaker setup. Sonos is a quality brand that we work with because of its reliability, sound quality, and versatility.
A smart sound system setup means no wires because everything connects wirelessly. The soundbar creates a rich sound, and connected speakers are set strategically around the room give you the surround-sound effect you get when at the movies.
Smart Lighting for Ambience
If you really want to set the tone for a complete theater experience at home, you can add some smart light panels that can be programed to change along with sounds or just display the same type of amber or dark blue lighting you might see when at the movies.
Smart lighting can be set to display in multiple colors, and like all these other home theater components can be controlled via smart phone app or voice command.
Connections & Setup
With any smart home setup, you want to ensure that internet-connected devices are set up securely and that everything is communicating as it should.
This includes working with an IT professional, like Two River Computer, that will keep network security in mind while putting your home theater into motion.
Schedule Your Professional Home Theater Setup Today!
Two River Computer’s expert team has set up well over 300 smart TVs and has been setting up home theater systems since 2010. No job is too small or too big!
Contact us today to put your perfect home theater together. Call 732-747-0020 or reach us online.