Games, Movies, Photos, and Mobile
Games become even more involving when you play them on a home theater system. Simply connect your game player to the receiver, and select it as you would any other source.
Even if you don’t play games, consider a video game console. The most advanced offer considerable additional capabilities:
Full-featured Blu-ray player
Internet portals to streaming services
Many newer HD video cameras will connect directly to your system through HDMI.
Similarly, many newer digital still cameras have HDMI outputs, so you can see your photographs on the TV screen.
Many receivers include docks for popular players. New players and smartphones can also connect via HDMI or USB. Smartphones with Dolby Digital Plus, like this Nokia N8, can let you play your downloaded movies and videos on your home theater in full surround sound.
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Cutting the Cord
Canceling your cable or satellite TV service may be a viable and money-saving option, depending on your viewing priorities and where you live. Ideally, you’ll need the following:
4.5 to 5 Mbps broadband connection
Access to a wide variety of streaming services through your choice of equipment
Ability to receive over-the-air network and local TV broadcasts
Of course, if your cable or satellite company is also your ISP, cancel only the TV service.
Wireless or Ethernet?
A wired connection has these advantages:
Less prone to interference from cordless phones and Bluetooth
Less need for extra hardware for your components
But wireless connections have their own advantages:
Less clutter than wired connections, more visual appeal
Easier to install if your Internet access point is in a different room
Often able to connect to a wider array of devices
If you use Wi-Fi, be sure to set up Wi-Fi security so that nearby computers can’t “borrow” your bandwidth. Your Internet provider should be able to help.