Making Sense of the Surge of Streaming Video Content

May 1st, 2012

DVDs and Blu-Ray discs may have their days numbered with the proliferation of video streaming content that is available today. There is a plethora of companies looking to make their way into your living room this year. We will help clear up some of the confusion when it comes to the types of content and how to maximize that content for the best possible home theater experience. Source

Steaming is NOT Just a Passing Fad

There is no doubt the streaming content has arrived! And will only continue to grow in the near future according to a recent article from USA Today. Netflix has lead the charge with streaming entertainment content, but it is followed by a host of companies offering competing services, such as Hulu, Vudu, Crackle, Blockbuster, Redbox and Amazon.com's Prime. However, Nielsen points to another internet streaming leader – YouTube --which they say accounted for 45% of American's online video streaming time in the fourth quarter of 2011. This will only increase as they are partnering with MGM for movie rentals. In addition to streaming from a computer, a new way to stream your movies is emerging from the “pay-TV” providers, such as cable, satellite and wireless companies. These companies are combining their usual services with the ability to stream online content: Comcast has its own Xfinity Streampix service, Cox Communications launched Cox TV online last year, Dish Network partnered with Blockbuster, Verizon partnered with Redbox, and these are just for starters. Now that you have all this great content at your fingertips, how do you bring it to life in your living room?

Streaming 3D Content

Why settle for poor quality Internet video when you can stream 1080p resolution with support for 3D content as well? The Wireless 3D Digital Kit provides everything you need to easily convert your living room into a home theater – including wireless 3D audio/video transmitter and receiver, as well as an infrared pass-through for wireless control of your devices. The kit also enables multi-room streaming to two HDTVs.

Maximizing Streaming

Watching streaming content on your laptop or computer is not usually the optimal atmosphere for viewing your movies and entertainment. For devices such as your television, Blu-ray disc player or game consoles that may not have built-in Wi-Fi, you can get the Universal 5-Port Wi-Fi N Ethernet Hub, which connects up to 5 Ethernet enabled devices to any Wireless-N network in your home.

Mobile Control

The latest talk in mobile technology is the convergence of your mobile devices with your digital living room. Now you can download home theater apps for your mobile iOS devices like the iPad/iPhone/iPod or Android tablets/smartphones to control your in-room experience. For a less energy draining solution, wireless Home Theater PC keyboards make a great alternative to accessing home theater content from your PC in the comfort of your living room. What elements of your home entertainment system are most important to you? We would love to hear from you in the comments section below, on Facebook or on Twitter.



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