Melissa and Doug were big movie-watchers. However, Melissa was a multi-tasker who was always doing something else while watching a movie. She was either paying bills, Face-booking her friends, folding the kids laundry, or reading. Doug on the other hand only did one thing– watch the Movie. Their movie tastes were almost as different as their movie watching styles, so although they loved movies, they rarely watched their Home Theater in Los Angeles together.
As Melissa was a multi-tasker, she liked to watch movies with a fair amount of light in the room. Doug on the other hand liked watching movies in the dark with just enough light to make sure he wasn’t tripping over the dog.
What Melissa and Doug had in common was they both found themselves constantly getting up to raise and lower the lights when they started the movie, paused the movie to get a snack of use the bathroom, stop the movie because they were falling asleep, etc. This was very distracting to them of course and detracted from their movie experience being all it could be.
Of course, they had spent a fair amount of money on their Home Theater in Los Angeles already, so they didn’t want to go out an spend a bunch more money on a large and complicated lighting system. What were they to do to maximize their movie experience?
At Technospeak, we witness this type of challenge all the time. Once consumers get a custom Home Theater installed in their home, everyone wants to use it. Of course, everyone uses it differently, and therein lies the issue.
Luckily, when we install these type of systems, we install Universal Remotes by URC or RTI that can accomodate varying movie watching preferences.
To solve Melissa and Doug’s issue, we would load a picture of the lovely couple on their touchscreen remote. We would then add custom viewing menus for each of them so that when Melissa pushed her picture on the remote for example, she would see a different menu than Doug would. Included in those menus would be simple lighting control.
The truth of the matter is, many people only need to control a light switch or two to make them happy– they don’t need a full blown whole-house lighting system. Universal Remotes from URC and RTI can not only do that when we are finished programming them, but they can automatically adjust a light switch or two to the ideal lighting level for you.
For Doug and Melissa, we did create two completely different viewing menus for them, which could be easily accessed by touching the appropriate person on the wedding photo we loaded for them.
For Melissa, she wanted the lights at about 75% brightness when she was watching TV, and 25% brightness when she was watching a movie. Melissa went to check on the kids quite often, and for that her Home Theater would raise the light to 50% brightness each time she hit pause on her remote. Hitting play would bring the lights to the appropriate level depending on whether she was watching TV or movies.
For Doug, he wanted the lights at 25% brightness when he was watching TV and 5% brightness when he was watching a movie. Doug wanted the light level to stay the same throughout a movie of TV show, even if he paused the Video content. However, Doug wanted the lights to go up to 50% brightness when he shut off the system.
Want to find out more about how Technospeak can design and program a Home Theater system that will cater only to your preferences? Call us today at 855-832-4775 (toll free) or 310-410-8771 (local).