There used to be a time where people would sit around, after a long holiday or just during Christmas to watch a slide show. This slideshow was usually the high point of a long and very enjoyable experience. Photos were used to immortalize the entire occasion. As the years rolled on and technology advanced, photos were steadily replaced by video. VHS tapes were smaller and enabled one to record more. Eventually, VHS tapes became obsolete albeit there are still some people who use them to record things. These VHS tapes were replaced by HDD drives that enabled people to record more and even longer.
With these advancements, the home media room has evolved as well. These rooms have greatly improved in their designs. They have incorporated the latest technology and latest designs. For the most part, these rooms have become somewhat of a sanctuary where people can congregate and simply have a good time.
Home media, as was clearly indicated, isn’t remiss to experiencing emerging issues especially on the technology front. Below are some of the main emerging issues affecting home media.
1. Size and new formats for storing information
Over the years, formats for storing information and the size of the devices have greatly changed. The former emphasizes on compression of information and the latter emphasizes on the size with the preference being very small. Look at the computer: One computer in the fifties occupied almost too floors and now, it has been reduced to the size of something that one fit in their pocket.
Home media devices are being designed with adaptability of the various formats in mind.
2. Interoperability of various devices
Interoperability of devices has a lot to do with the operating systems (O.S) that devices ran on. It has become incumbent on home media device creators to have a situation where the devices they create can be operated across the various O.Ss out there. This has brought about a whole new set of challenges because new operating systems are constantly being churned out. These manufacturers have to keep up with them and streamline their designs to ensure that content across all platforms runs smoothly.
So far, there have been Android based TV software and Apple Based software. However, companies like Amazon have come up with new devices that allow people to access content without having to come into contact with third parties.
It remains to be seen when the threshold d of the various content provision programs will be reached.
3. Fast internet and its effect on entertainment
Over the years, the speed of the internet connections has improved greatly. Fibre optic technology is touted as the fastest internet connection in the world and it is light years ahead of any competitors. The very fact it utilizes light for its internet connection ensures that it information in effect travels at the speed of light.
Since internet connection speeds are extremely fast, then access to information follows suit. Entertainment has capitalized on this to ensure that people get access to content as and when they need it. Most people need their content now and this has affected the design of many home media devices. You will find that these devices are internet enabled. They either have a provision for Wi-Fi or Ethernet cable connection or both.
Never in a million years would one have thought that the T.V and Internet would be connected. Smart TVs seemed like an alien concept that was laughable as soon as it was brought up. However, today, who is laughing now? Smart TVs have permeated the home media space and some manufacturers are working round the clock to ensure that they make new models even smarter than their predecessors.
Over the years, there have been various companies that have come up to provide content on Smart TVs and other internet enabled home media device. Netflix is perhaps the most talked about and revered online entertainment store in the market today. One of the key reasons that it has a lot of variety on demand. Another reason is that is very affordable and within reach for most people. The trend is such that even mainstream media houses have gone online to provide their content. Even there are some shows that one cannot get on T.V today.
The Cloud enables people to put their own generated content there for posterity and immortality. Most people have embraced it and use it to store photos and videos. As long as the home media is internet enabled, one can access content as and when they need it from the cloud.