The Covid-19 pandemic has changed most aspects of our lives, starting from where we work to how we consume media. As people spend more time at home, there has been a dramatic increase in the consumption of streaming content.
According to a survey conducted by GlobalWebIndex, nearly 24% of consumers between the ages of 16 and 64 started to watch more streaming content during the first month of Covid-19-related restrictions. This trend has only strengthened, with more people investing in home theatres and purchasing smart TVs, speakers, and sound systems.
Streaming and smart home hubs — the connection
Smart home hubs such as Aura streamline all your connected devices and help you control them on a single app. In other words, you can control your sound system, streaming devices, doorbell, lights, security cameras, etc. via a smart home hub.
Here are some important ways you can use a smart home hub to enhance your viewing and listening experiences -
1. Create the perfect ambience during streaming
With a smart home hub, your audio-visual devices can sync with your lounge lighting system to create the perfect ambience based on what you’re watching or listening to.
For instance, you can automatically dim the lights when watching a horror flick, or create a romantic setting while watching your favourite films with your date. Think subtle hearts superimposed on your wall in a non-intrusive manner.
2. Adjust sound effects according to the content
Aura intelligently links your sound system with other devices such as your TV and lighting system. As a result, you can automate context-based sound control, resulting in a more immersive experience.
Listen to your favourite jazz maestro while the hub intelligently adjusts bass and treble. If you switch to watching the news in between, the hub adjusts itself accordingly.
3. Watch your favourite show without interruptions
Whether it is a doorbell ringing or an incoming telephone call, you don’t have to interrupt your favourite shows unless it’s really necessary.
Aura’s smart hub solution detects when someone’s at the door and helps you decide if they should be let in. Similarly, it helps you screen your calls in order of importance.
4. Stay in control of your home
If you are fond of snacking while watching your favourite show, you can rely on Aura to oversee smart kitchen devices in the background.
Instead of worrying about the popcorn getting burnt, you can be rest assured that you’ll be alerted when they are ready for munching. A useful tip is to use Aura’s voice integrations to “tell” your smart oven to stop roasting those corns!
5. Start where you left off
Unlike traditional viewing, streaming allows viewers to pause and continue from where they had stopped. A smart home hub adds to this experience by restoring the ambience in which you had stopped watching so that you’re back in the same setting.
Smart home hubs are the future of streaming experiences
As people spend more time in their homes, the need for improving streaming experiences is paramount with personalization at the heart of it. Smart home hubs help you accentuate your viewing and listening experiences while managing other smart devices. In the near future, Aura will be adding more innovative features to make smart streaming and intelligent living an enjoyable experience.