Netflix Is Making a Play for Movie-Dominance. What Does it Mean for Your Home Theater?
Prepare Your Home Theater Installation for More Content Than Ever
Did you know that, back in the 1920s and 30s, there were no multiplexes? Instead, the latest films were screened in prestigious “movie palaces” – opulent destinations where moviegoers could spend entire days enjoying all the new pictures the studio had to offer. These movie palaces were few and far between. If you lived in Central Illinois, you would likely have to travel two hours to visit a theater in Chicago or Indianapolis. Today, that’s not the case. Mega movie theater chains appear in most cities and towns across the country, but they seem to be on the way out. Instead, people are streaming directly to their home theater installations. And if streaming giant Netflix has anything to say about it, there’s a good chance you won’t be leaving your private cinema anytime soon. What’s Netflix doing to disrupt commercial theaters? Find out below.
Netflix Challenges the Major Studios
According to Reuters, Netflix plans to release 86 original films this year. And with growing critical and commercial success, thanks to movies like Mudbound and the Will Smith-starring Bright, they’re beginning to meet major studios on their own ground. Netflix boasts 125 million subscribers, and their viewing numbers suggest people are engaging with their original content. “Having more of its own films is paying off, Netflix said. The company told Reuters that the 33 Netflix films released so far this year have been watched more than 300 million times by more than 80 million account holders worldwide. That’s an average audience of more than 9 million viewers per film.” As going out to the movies becomes more and more expensive, and streaming services become increasingly easier to access, it’s no wonder we’re seeing a shift in movie attendance. Viewers are choosing to stay home rather than deal with the hassle of going out.
Why You Should Care
As someone who just wants to sit back and relax with their favorite flicks, you may be wondering why you should care about all this. But the shift in the movie industry can have a big impact on your home theater usage, and Netflix is a big part of it. Movie theaters are on the way out. Of the roughly $11 billion dollars Hollywood grossed last year, only six movies account for nearly half of the total. That means people are spending more money on fewer movies. It also means that theaters are struggling more and more to stay afloat. So, it’s time to prepare your home theater for the kind of movie-viewing experience you could only previously get by going out to the local cinema. Netflix already streams much of its content in 4K, so improving your network and investing in smart 4K TVs or projectors will help make your favorite content look like professional presentations. And they’re not stopping at picture quality. Netflix also announced in 2017 that many of their movies and shows will begin streaming with Dolby Atmos compatible digital audio. Essentially, if you’ve installed an Atmos setup in your home theater, you can enjoy the kind of sound that audiophiles dream of. Whether you have a small, five-channel configuration or go all in with an eleven-speaker setup, Atmos is a completely immersive audio experience. When all is said and done, 2018 is the year that Netflix makes its biggest push yet to take over your movie-watching schedule. Whether that means they’ll put your local theater chain out of business or just reside alongside them remains to be seen. But if you’re interested in ramping up the quality of the content you’re watching in your home theater installation, you can learn more by clicking here.