Home Entertainment Trends

Technology Design Associates home theater systems, Integrated Home Systems, Technology

That Time Again! (at last) Inasmuch as the NFL and NCAA has made football into a year round sport, it’s back, and for real. The NFL preseason is underway, college teams are grinding through camp towards the first kickoff, and Texas high school programs are ready to play in palaces that dwarf most Division 2 college digs. Really, most high …

Tariff Increases Expected to Impact some products

Technology Design Associates Audio, Automated Outdoor Living, Home Automation System Design, home theater systems, Integrated Home Systems, Smart Home, Technology

A letter from Control4 CEO Thursday, May 16, 2019: Subject: Changes Induced by Increased and Expected Future Import Tariffs Dear Valued Dealer in the United States; On Friday May 10, 2019 the U.S. Department of Commerce and the US Trade Representative announced an unexpected and immediate increase of the Section 301 Import Tariffs for certain goods manufactured in China from a …

5G & WIFI-6 & more…

Technology Design Associates Automated Outdoor Living, home theater systems, Integrated Home Systems, Replacing Older Technology, Smart Home, Technology

You may have heard of 5G. It’s been in the news a bit over the last year. It’s like 4G, but faster. It’s up to 50% faster over existing cell infrastructure, but that’s not where this baby is going to make hay. Dedicated 5G networks use a different radio technology than 4G, and that promises a 2,000% speed increase. Since …

Here’s What’s New With Streaming Entertainment (hint, Disney Plus)

Technology Design Associates home theater systems, Integrated Home Systems

Wait, you already have Netflix and Spotify. Yes; yes you do, but that’s just the tip of the streaming iceberg. You and 58 million of your closest friends have Netflix, which makes it the largest streaming service by a large margin. Hulu and Amazon combined only amount to a shade under 50 million. Youtube is also moving into media beyond …

New, Fun & Different Outdoors

Technology Design Associates Audio, Automated Outdoor Living, home theater systems, Integrated Home Systems, Music, Smart Home, Technology

First, a solid home network and great WiFi coverage is more essential than ever. As we transition to an app and streaming media society, we depend on staying connected for convenient control and media enjoyment. Holy is perfect for church, but you don’t want holes in your network. That means music and video dropouts, or missing the app download you …

Once, People Thought They Were Fuzzy

Technology Design Associates home theater systems

and yeah, they kinda were….. Rejoice! Laser projectors bring you 30,000 hours of bliss with no lamp replacement, don’t heat the room like the Arc lamps in your current light cannon, and are quiet as your father’s Lexus. Will they work in your theater? Yeah, pretty much, unless you have special circumstances, but that’s where decades of experience designing media …

The Times, They Are a Changin

Technology Design Associates home theater systems

Dipping Into the Poisoned Well For Your Sports Coverage? Why do we constantly do business with companies we despise? Insurance companies, cell phone companies, and TV service providers consistently lead the way in poor consumer experience surveys. It’s a dubious distinction, but one they can’t seem to shake. In August, 2017 Comcast lead the poor customer experience race, but AT&T, …

What happens if your stuff stops working

Technology Design Associates Cyber Security, home theater systems, Integrated Home Systems, Replacing Older Technology, Security, Smart Home, Sound System

We are in a new era in the way things work together…. or sometimes don’t! Your mobile apps talk to your music system, car, thermostats, and even your refrigerator these days. Nearly everything that uses power has an operating system now, not just your computer. WiFi is pervasive and connects to seemingly everything. While that’s brought unbridled convenience and opportunity, …