The nbn™ broadband access network is changing so much about the way we live our lives by providing access to fast broadband for Australians. Already halfway complete, it’s reinforcing what we can do in our modern world.
We now talk to an artificial intelligence as we would a friend, and expect it to understand who we are, what we do and what we want. We can educate our children with touch-enabled, interactive tablets that hold the world’s information within easy grasp. We can sell our products and skills to people all over the world from the comfort of our homes.
Few industries can claim to have been so instrumental in guiding people into the futuristic world of fast broadband than entertainment.
Be it film, music, TV, social media or video games, the entertainment industry has been at the tip of the internet spear since we first plugged in our homes two decades ago.
It’s the place where improvements in speed, efficiency and access are most easily seen, and most easily experienced by Australians.
Plus it’s so much fun, let’s be honest. One in three Australians now have Netflix; that’s truly incredible. 93% of Australian homes have a video game device, too. And we’ve also got the likes of Spotify, Foxtel, Tidal, YouTube, Stan, SoundCloud and so many more available to us at the touch of a button.
It’s the internet that unites them all and the more people who have access, the more that can be achieved.
Faster broadband also allows you to receive bigger files. This is important, because the better the quality of your entertainment, the larger the amount of data that needs to be sent.
Already we are at 4K resolution imagery and ATMOS surround sound, what will be next? To stream media of this quality without any distortion requires access to fast broadband.
Gazing into the crystal ball is a struggle everyone looking to futureproof their home theatre must face. However, if we look closely at the trends, we can get a good idea of where the industry is heading. Here is what you can expect:
1. Data hub: Homes of the future will likely need a centralised data hub to power all their internet needs. This is where a plan over the nbn™ access network will connect to your home’s ‘smart brain’, and where it will then be distributed out to your home Wi-Fi and your devices. It’s through this central location that you will want to be able to play stored/downloaded media, and you may even want to zone your home so you can turn the speakers off and on in certain areas as required.
2. Ethernet ports everywhere: When you’re doing any major renovation or home build, you’re going to have to come up with an electrical plan. While your home Wi-Fi will be set up for maximum speed, for the optimal performance you want to keep devices wired. Ensure all locations where you might want your entertainment displayed – loungerooms, rumpus, study, bedrooms etc. – have multiple Ethernet ports for wired transfer of internet and HDMI delivered entertainment.
3. Set-up your router correctly: While your Network Termination Device (NTD) will most likely be the first port of call for the nbn™ access network when it reaches your home, it is your router that will create your Wi-Fi. Make sure you get a router that operates on the supported Wi-Fi bands. Then make sure it is placed correctly in your home to get the fastest possible speed.
4. Match your tech to your router: If you have the 802.11ac router, it’s of little use if the devices in your home theatre can’t receive that signal. So make sure your router and devices will 'speak the same language' for the best results.
5. 4K TV: If you’re getting a new TV or projector for your home theatre, make sure you get 4K or you will feel the need to upgrade within a couple of years.
6. Go big with ATMOS: The full ATMOS experience makes use of a 7.2.4 setup. That’s seven speakers in surround, two subwoofers and four speakers in the roof. It’s pretty incredible, giving you a full 3D sound, and if you’re looking at installing that many speakers, you might even want them embedded in the walls to keep them neatly tucked out of the way.
7. Plenty of space: With VR and full-body motion controls set to become more popular, you need to ensure your home theatre has the space available for you to stand up and move about while in a virtual world.
8. Fast broadband: Last, but not least, you’re going to need the right broadband plan to suit your needs. That will make sure all that great entertainment is getting to your new home theatre on demand and at the highest quality. Speak to your RSP about what plan is right for you.