As each new technology is introduced in home theaters, we think we’ve finally reached the apex of our entertainment needs. Nobody thought it could ever get better than the color TV until they introduced a remote control that we could operate from our couch. Years later we could watch movies at any time with some magical device called a VCR. Then satellite dishes were introduced and we had access to 200 channels that we’d never watch. Since then we’ve had surround sound,3-D blu-ray, and now TV’s with the Internet built directly into them. It doesn’t seem like home theater technology could expand much farther from here…but I’d be willing to bet that it will.
” There’s two signs that you’ve made it in life: 1) a home theater system and 2) drinking a beer in the shower.
The Future Of Home Theaters In A Positive Light
Technology is only expanding and while watching Jaws 3D in movie theaters during the 80’s we would never thought it plausible to get that same experience from the comfort of our living room. 3D movies and TV shows are obviously the wave of the future and the high price of those luxury devices will surely come down in the next 5 years. That being said, where does it go from there. Experts agree that Microsoft’s Kinect technology could somehow be integrated from video games into movies and television. Building on the hologram model, we could soon have Angelina Jolie’s body right in our living room, dodging virtual reality bullets in the most seductive of angles (unfortunately the slaps from our wives for the wandering eye will be real.)
Another positive aspect of home theaters in the future will be the amount of content available. People will no longer need 10-rows of shelves to hold their movie library as most flicks will be vailable on demand. Also, even though DVR’s are great, they often fill up quickly and must rely on a sometimes tipsy programmer’s description of the show in order to meet a keyword to record. In the future, movies, TV shows, recent sporting events and other things not available on demand will be able to be stored ‘in the clouds’ on dedicated servers capable of holding insane amounts of data.
The Future Of Home Theaters In A Negative Light
One of the great things about watching movies at home in the past was the camaraderie and bonding about everybody coming together over a bowl of popcorn and a good show, even if it was on tube TV’s and a wobbly VCR. Just like at the gym where nobody talks anymore because of iPods, home theater watching is going the way of an individual viewing experience. In a WIFI connected house everybody can view movies on their own from tablets or on their laptops. 3-D glasses and individual headsets are cutting out the conversation and witty banter about the bad acting that so enthrall the entire movie experience.
Another thing that could ruin the convenience of the future of home theater is streaming content, something currently seen in a positive light. It’s great now to get movies from a central source like Netflix or Hulu but what about when individual production companies start their own streaming process? Soon you’ll need a Paramount, Universal, Fox, Spike TV and more individual streaming accounts and who knows what they’ll charge per month. That doesn’t even begin to mention what sort of data caps or additional charges Internet Service Providers will put on top of that.
Many people are also skeptical of updating their home film library with Blu-Ray discs, especially when they’ve got 1,000’s of VCR tapes that are nothing more than paperweights now. Will something come along to surpass Blu-Ray in the future and is it justifiable to spend $30-$40 on a Blu-Ray that could suffer the same fate?
“Ironically, they’re all recordings of the show Hoarders.” Image src
No matter what the future of home theater brings, there’s not much more we can do than sit back and enjoy the ride. We’ve got to trust our entertainment overlords that they’ll make the right choices and voice our displeasure when they don’t…like when our holographic Angelina Jolie flickers.