Fewer homes then ever have televisions, music systems and radios as separate household gadgets these days. Instead of having lots of gizmos, all performing different tasks, it’s now possible to get one home device that serves as a radio, gaming machine, television and DVD recorder, all in one.
Now you can control everything at the touch of a button by setting up a digital entertainment hub in your home. So how are you supposed to get started? Well this guide should point you in the right direction:
1. Choose your hub
Right now there’s a battle between huge digital companies like Microsoft, Apple and Google for control of your living room. Each is launching products that they hope will control the entertainment services you access from your home.
Microsoft has the Xbox 360 with the new XBox One on its way in November to compete with the new Playstation 4. Both systems will allow gaming as well as streaming shows online through providers like Netflix.
Google TV was launched a few years ago, but failed to make much impact, because it failed to get other big providers on board to deliver a great service. However, Google has vowed to continue researching this lucrative field.
Apple TV is the alternative to a smart television, which the company hopes will do for the home hub what the iPad did for computing.
2. Buy your television
Now you know what system you’ll be using, it’s time to decide what set you’ll be using to run your hub from. You may want to buy cheap televisions for your home, or you may decide to treat yourself to something more expensive for your entertainment needs.
The important thing to remember is to buy a television that will take advantage of the features that your entertainment hub provides you with. HD, Bluetooth and internet capability are now must-have options for your television and you’ll want to make sure you have a LCD screen at the very least.
3. Choose an entertainment provider
You’ll need to decide whether you’re going to have satellite or cable television, Freeview or another local entertainment provider. If you check out comparison websites you’ll find some of the best deals, which often include TV, internet and phone line rental all in one package, depending on where you live. You’ll find many deals include some great introductory offers, so shop around to make sure you’re getting the best deal before you commit to a contract which could last anything from 12 to 24 months.
Don’t forget cashback sites like Top Cashback where you get money back simply by going via them first.
4. Stay up to date
Once you’ve set up your home entertainment hub remember that technology is changing all the time.
Stay informed of new products and services that are out there and make sure you get all the software updates and latest offers from your provider, so you make the most of the services they’re providing to you. All you have to do after that is enjoy your hub to the maximum!