Home entertainment is no longer just about gathering in front of the living room TV. Thanks to the proliferation of on-demand services and wireless products, you can now enjoy your media on just about any device in any room of your house. Here’s how to integrate this bounty of options into your own home entertainment network.
If you’re not already enjoying the benefits of digital content, it’s time to start. With a reliable WiFi network in your home, you can use online services to stream movies, music, and TV shows to any room in your house. Almost any WiFi-capable device can be enabled to stream digital media, either by downloading an app or using a built-in program.
Online services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Spotify, and Amazon Prime all offer very inexpensive memberships, allowing you access to thousands of hours of high quality, current movies and TV shows. Some services, like Vudu and Flixster, also let you download digital copies of movies, songs, and TV shows on a per-item basis and keep them stored online or on your hard drive, ensuring permanent access.
Additionally, a lot of us have amassed collections of music, movies, or TV shows that we keep stored on discs, external hard drives, or computers around the house. Gathering and consolidating that content is going to be a key step in connecting your home, and as a bonus, will also yield a more manageable, permanent solution for maintaining your media library.
An ideal home entertainment setup utilizes all of your gadgets’ unique features in engaging ways. A tablet, for example, has very different benefits than a big screen TV. Here are some devices you can consider integrating into a connected home, and the best ways to showcase their strengths.
Now that you’ve collected your media and selected your devices, it’s time to set the anchor that keeps it all connected. A Personal Cloud Box, like the Canvio from Toshiba, is the most essential part of a connected home, acting as the hub of your entertainment ecosystem. The Canvio is a storage device that’s integrated directly into your home network, putting all of your stored content in a central location, and making it instantly available and transferrable to any device.
Once you’ve gathered your favorite movies, music, and other digital content together, you can consolidate it onto your Canvio. That way, it’s easy to sync it up with your other devices to maintain continuous access to your content, just as though it were stored right on the device that’s playing it.
With your personal cloud device, you can access your media in any room. With online streaming services on your home WiFi network, you can pause and play nearly unlimited content, and easily move it from one room to another. Your movies, music, and shows will always be just the way you left them, no matter which device you use. And the same goes for games -- whether you’re playing somebody on the other side of the house or the other side of the world, your cloud-connected home makes it easy to pause, move around, and pick up gameplay right where you left off.
Once you’ve built a connected home, you’re no longer restricted to the content you can contain on your bookshelf, and you’re no longer tethered to the room or device that plays it. New and improved ways to discover, experience, and manage your media have made it possible for fresh content to follow you anywhere. The tools to construct this ecosystem are all within your reach. All that’s left to do is bring them together.
Toshiba’s range of cloud TVs, media boxes, computers, tablets and personal cloud boxes can help you build your home network one step at a time. Get started on syncing up your home today.