Next to the developments that the cinema movie has gone through the last decade, also the home cinema experience has evolved tremendously.
Think for example about the television you had about 10 years ago, and what most people nowadays have in their living room.
It all seems that comfort and luxury are dominant in the multi-media usage of households. This is also still visible in they way the television is used in a home; considering most of the households, the television still is the middle point of the living room. It is clearly visible that the home cinema experience is getting more important.
From big in depth to big in with
The first and far most visible change has been in the television itself.
Earlier, most of them looked like this huge machine.
A more square, and little curved screen and maybe even the most recognizable part, the enormous back that the machine had. It was by far not an object, which you wanted to show off, but more a machine that had a certain central function.
Nowadays, it has changed. From the old-fashion picture above which was called a CRT Television (Color Ray Tube), to a modern rounder with some crazy functions you never heard of before like this one below:
It is 10 times more flat, has a wide screen, a clearer and sharper view, consumes less energy and is about 1.5 or 2 times as wide as the previous television in most households. Some of the modern televisions even make use of 3D technology (as I discussed in this previous post)
To make such a transformation possible, there was a big innovation change required.
Earlier, they made use of a CRT technique. This technique beamed with a laser technique on a glass plate, which displayed the images you see on a television.
These days, we make use of plasma, lcd and led which all allow us to develop and manufacture televisions without the gigantic toot on the back of the television.
Moreover, the quality of the images improved by making use of more pixels, a higher contrast and more brightness.
This all gives the possibility to make it a more realistic experience.
Upgrading the sound experience
Next to the screen we are looking at, also the audio experience changed gigantic. In the early 2000’s we mostly just listened to the sound that was produced by the speaker system inside the television. However, this did not seem to be sufficient. Especially not when the higher quality (both video and audio) dvd’s came available. There became more possibilities.
Therefore, we started to make more use of separate music systems, most of the times we used a home cinema set which consisted of 5 separate boxes and 1 subwoofer that produced the bass. This allowed us to create a surround sound. The home cinema experience was formed using these kind of audio systems.
Later on, this was developed further to 7.1 or Bose like 3d sound systems consisting of just 2 or 3 boxes.
From a vulnerable tape to a innovative disc
Another old fashion device, which we used in the beginning of this century, was the VCR player. VCR stands for Video Cassette Recording. This device made it possible to record a television show on a tape. Throughout the years, this evolved into a DVD player which in stead of tapes made use of dvd’s. The advantages of a dvd compared to a VCR tape is the higher capacity, better quality and the size of a dvd.
However, when the full hd televisions arrived, a higher quality was possible than just watching a dvd. So, the HD-dvd and the blu-ray disc entered the market. This ended up in a little fight, however. The blu-ray disc seemed to have more advantages compared to the hd-dvd, an (little outdated but very informative) article on both products can be found here.
Anyway, blu-ray won the race, and is at this moment the most commonly used technology to watch a movie at home.
What we want, when we want. ‘Independent’ of the standard television guide.
What about the changes the providers achieved in the past 10 years?
Digital television did not really exist at that day. This however allowed us a greater amount of channels to watch. A sharper view. But this digital television really quickly changed into interactive television. More futuristic, and for us to be more in control to watch what you like, when you like.
If you missed your favorite television show because of the traffic jam you just hit heading back from work; don’t bother, just watch it one hour later. You even can skip the commercials which make it more efficient to watch.
It all seems that we try to create a home cinema experience, which should be there when we want in the highest quality possible
But what will be next?
My colleague certainly has some great guesses. Check them out here Chapter 4.
– Written by Steven van Leer (blog post #5)