With the digital age came DVD’s, projection TV’s and largeformat Flat-Screen TV’s. And with this came a surge in the popularity of MediaRooms; usually in the lower level of a home and often off of the main recreationroom.
And with the evolution of technology we’re seeing moreflexibility and mobility with the use of our media. Just several years ago, wewould not have imagined being able to walk around with a tablet or our phoneand be able to watch full length movies on it. Or be able to pull up a photo“album” on it containing thousands of pictures, all indexed and searchable byany tags we chose to label them with.
Technology now gives us the flexibility to have a “mediaroom” anywhere we want. Literally anywhere we have smart TV can now be a “media room”. With wireless connectivity to our home computers and Wi-Fi routers, we can plug in a flat-screen smart-TV, put in a USB device and stream movies frommany different providers, search the web, or pull up our photo albums to viewand share with family and friends.
We’re seeing many covered porches outfitted with a TV andcertainly the main family room or great room in the house having the smart-TVas the central focal point in the room. TV’s or monitors in the kitchen orHearth Room and master bath are also becoming popular. And let’s not forget theman-cave; we recently finished a large garage that had media wired into it and thegarage was home to a boat, an airplane, a sports car, an ATV and lawn equipment….now that’s a “man-cave”!
The common element with all of these areas is the shift of media from being in a dedicated area, to bringing media into other active and more social areas of the home.