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New Ways to get Photos, Movies, and Music around your WHOLE HOME

Submitted by on January 5, 2010 – 4:42 pmNo Comment

wholeHomeEntI’m using this New Year’s day as a starting point to talk about the future of your home entertainment…And about letting go of old views of how we  have watched and listened to our TV and music. It’s time to embrace a limitless paradigm, a brave new way of thinking – a new world in whole home entertainment (and on-the-go entertainment too).

Let go of the old way of thinking (we techhies often call it “legacy”).

The old way of thinking about TVs, “stereos,” viewing photos, music, computers, etc. was:

  • You get your TV programs at the time they are shown on the TV station or cable/satellite channel.
  • You watch and listen to your TV and music in the room where you have your equipment.
  • Your computer is separate from your TV and stereo.
  • Your family gathers around your computer screen to look at your newest pictures or you print them.
  • You listen to your music on your computer or possible on your portable music player like an iPod or MP3 player.
  • Only the wealthy can afford whole home, networked entertainment solutions like:

-speakers and music in every room and outside
– internet anywhere
– watching your DVD (Blu-ray Disc) Player from any TV in the house.
-having a central storage location (media server) in your home.
-automated lighting, window blinds etc.

Maybe, in the last few years, you have seen and heard some new ideas (and may have tried them out):
(and if you haven’t…I’ll be explaining it in future blogs).

  • You have a digital camera and you download your pictures to your computer or upload them to a photo website like Flickr or Snapfish, etc.
  • You download music and photos to your computer and have a library of “digital media,” like videos and music and your photos that you have saved on your computer.
  • You have a cable box that allows you to choose “On Demand” movies and TV shows–  you can look at a guide and choose a show to watch whenever it catches your fancy.
  • You have a Blu-ray Disc player, TV, Playstation3, TiVo that lets you “stream online movies (like Netflix’s “Instant Queue”)
  • Or you have a device like an AppleTV, VUDU, or Amazon Videos that let you rent or buy movies instantly.
  • You have a phone that plays videos as well as music.
  • You have online “widgets” on your TV or other device that gives you news, local weather, local traffic, sports scores, stock tickers, etc.
  • You have internet radio on your audio/video receiver (that you may still call a “stereo”)
  • You know people who can get photos on their TV, listen to music in any room, and actually watch video or TV that’s recorded in another room– (BUT, you secretly wonder if they came into money to do it, or if they turned into a tech genius overnight and you are CERTAIN that it MUST be hard to use!)
  • You find TV shows and other interesting videos and you go to a website where you actually watch your favorite shows on your computer!

But what if I tell you 2010 is the year that Whole Home Entertainment becomes a real option for everyone? That you WON’T HAVE TO REWIRE YOUR HOUSE but, still, will be able to:

  • Press a button to share a slideshow of your latest photos on any TV in your house.
  • Play music from your computer …in multiple rooms… at the same time (and have it cost under $500- like the EOS solution)
  • Play music from your computer…on your home theater system
  • Play music from your computer…on the other computers in your house
  • Save all your music, movies, and photos in one place…and play them on ALL your TVs and computers
  • Watch online TV channels, YouTube videos, and  other TV shows directly onto your TV
  • Record TV shows directly onto your computer… and convert them to take with you on your iphone/mobile phone
    AND play on your AppleTV
    AND even record in high definition on a regular DVD!
  • Have a remote control that is easy to use for your home theater…D
    AND can turn off lights throughout your house (and will cost under $1000 for the whole package AND even YOU can set it up as easy as plugging in a lamp and pressing a button)
  • “Network” all of your computers, TVs, and other home theater devices…send and receive TV shows, movies, videos, photos, music and more.
  • Network your house even if your computers or devices aren’t “wireless.”

Mostly...2010 is the year you will be able to understand it all. I will be putting together an educational campaign to explain different devices, options, tips on how to use those devices, recommendations for how YOU  can put together a WHOLE HOME NETWORK for the smallest investment  of time and money.  I am putting this together for an illustrated digital e-book.  You will also be able to get the information here on my blog, on my facebook fan page, in videos on YouTube, in shared education with manufacturers, and on an upcoming website http://www.digitalhomehelp.com (under construction).

Bookmark this page. Or  follow me on twitter (click on twitter birdie link in the sidebar) to be notified when there are new posts.

Or become a fan of Simple Tech Guru in facebook (see link above).

Expect a journey into a new world of technology THAT YOU CAN UNDERSTAND!

Happy 2010.  Let’s have an adventure together!

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