5 Questions Facing the Home Entertainment Industry Today

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Is 3D TV just a phase?

After Danny Boyle’s recent comments that he believes 3D technology is a “phase” that the entertainment industry will move out of relatively soon, questions concerning the future of 3D TVs have once again be raised. It certainly appears as if there are serious barriers to popular approval for 3D technology, including a dislike for the much-ridiculed glasses and a perceived lack of originality and inventiveness on the part of 3D productions, there are a number of things going for it.

The biggest advantage it has at the moment is the amount of investment coming in from prominent and respected filmmakers such as James Cameron and Peter Jackson. If this funding continues, you can be sure that a number of future blockbusters will definitely be in 3D and more directors and producers will come over to the new technology. While it is not really close to becoming the dominant filmmaking medium, you can be sure 3D isn’t going anywhere just yet.

Will vinyl make a comeback?

With the music industry becoming ever more digital, many have been surprised by the resurgence in vinyl sales over the past few years. While experts have attributed this to a number of factors, ranging from a desire to own physical copies of albums to the enjoyment of rifling through crates and crates of old records to a superior sound quality, the most interesting question has to be whether this a short or long term phenomenon.

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Sales of vinyl in the UK have continued to rise over the last five years, growing by £2.4 million last year, at a time when overall album sales dropped by 11.2%. However, taking a look at the market suggests that much of that value is coming from wealthier purchasers buying highly priced re-issues and first pressings of new albums. Such purchasing may not be stable in the long run and, while vinyl will always be popular amongst second-hand buyers, the industry’s profitability may dry up in the near future.

Is Blu-ray the future?

Though Blu-ray certainly seems to have become the dominant physical media storage device, there still remain questions concerning exactly how long it will be until it is made redundant by digital files. We can already see the effect that digital media streaming services, such as Netflix and the iTunes store, have had on the industry and it appears as if they will only become more and more popular. Though the switch to a completely digital means of distributing and watching modern media may a considerable way off, it is becoming more and more dominant. However, Blu-ray owners and manufacturers are safe in the knowledge that, in the short term, the format should play an important role in the way we buy, sell and watch movies/TV shows.

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Will projectors take off in a bigger way?

Now that a greater number of film fans are looking to create cinema systems in their own homes, projectors have become an increasingly popular means of displaying video. This has been reflected in an increase in the range of models available; just take a look at the Richer Soundswebsite to see the diversity on offer, and the greater affordability. However, there are still a number of limitations to the technology that may prevent its expansion into a greater number of homes across the country. Firstly, projectors require a lot of space. As they usually perform better the further they are away from the screen, a long room is preferable – something not a lot of homeowners have spare. Secondly, there is also the issue of ambient lighting and light leaks. An increasingly common problem with projectors has been the ease with which their picture can be affected detrimentally by small amounts of light in the viewing area. These two issues seem to suggest that, for the mean time, projectors will struggle to reach a larger audience and will remain more of a high-end product for the foreseeable future

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How can wireless streaming be improved?

As digital technology increases its reliance on wireless connectivity, removing the need for wires and cables, the number of restrictions on linking devices and appliances in the home decreases. With this in mind, it is possible to now realistically conceive of a home in which all digital devices are linked and interacting. Whether this involves different devices regulating each other over the network or simply being able to stream all your media anywhere to any room in the house from a single device, wireless technology could make the control of our homes that much easier. However, there are still limitations to our wireless technology and development is still required. One area that seems to be the focus of research at the moment is wireless routers and how they can be improved.

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