Pros & Cons of Internet in Home Theaters

You’ve created the perfect home theater and have become the envy of all your friends. Now, you’re considering adding Internet access to your system, but are unsure if it’s the right decision. There are some advantages and some disadvantages to accessing the internet with your home theater system, here are some helpful tips to assist you in making the right decision for your home.

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The Advantages

The main advantage you gain from accessing the Internet on your home theater is the content you can view at your own leisure. Whether it comes from a site like YouTube or NetFlix, you can view movies, shows and more on the massive screen in your theater room.

Along with viewing content from the Internet, you can also listen to some of your favorite music on your home theater system. If you have a large library of music on your computer or stored online, you can access it and listen as you please.

Another advantage of Internet access in your home theater room is the ability to watch content on your schedule. With programs such as Hulu, NetFlix and others, you can stream content on demand instead of watching it live. Some of these services may even allow you to download the content to view at a future date.

The Disadvantages

A major disadvantage of accessing content from the Internet is the quality. Typically, audio and video quality won’t be as good as a Blu-ray or CD. Since the files found online are usually highly compressed, they may look pixelated on a very large screen. The sound may not be as sharp, either.

You will probably need to upgrade your Internet to the highest speed offered by your ISP. This will be required to view large files, without the annoyance of waiting for buffering. Another disadvantage is that content on the Internet isn’t always free. When you use services such as Hulu, Netflix or Amazon Instant Video, you will need to pay to get the best shows and movies.

But even with the disadvantages of accessing Internet content in your home theater, it’s a great option to have. With the right equipment, you can watch unlimited shows, movies and listen to plenty of music from the Internet. For more information about adding Internet to your home theater installation, give us a call today at (412) 931-5850.

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