Internet Capable devices for your Home Theater

Once upon a time, even the most cutting-edge A/V technology was segregated from the outside world. In any of the millions of living rooms, basements and home theaters across the globe, the television and all its peripherals – cable or satellite boxes, DVD players, receivers, CD players – existed on one entertainment plane while the internet-capable home computer sat quietly in another corner, prepared to do its own, very separate job. Times have changed. These days, nearly every component in a Digitech Custom-quality audio / video setup is capable, via network connections, of communicating with its neighbor – and much more. It is commonplace now for Digitech’s field technicians to install, in one project, several flat-panel televisions, Blu-ray players and receivers with Ethernet ports or WIFI adapters; not only does that interconnectivity of devices open up a new realm of home entertainment possibilities, it also enables something that, just a few years ago, was unthinkable: The blending of home theater and computer. Let’s look at a few of the products Digitech Custom routinely installs, and what they have to offer along the Ethernet-ready lines: Sony BDP-S580 The BDP-S580 Blu-ray player is a tantalizing option for a streaming-media fan, packing in more internet-based services (including Netflix, Amazon Instant, Hulu Plus and many more) than any of its competitors. It also has built-in Wi-Fi and an excellent Smartphone application you can use to search Netflix and other streaming-media services – no competing player provides this option for searching inside Netflix. Throw in YouTube and live sporting event services, and it’s clear that this Sony unit is a multimedia vessel first, and...