Setting up a home theatre with your phone
Here’s how to set up a magical home theatre with just your smartphone and some smart planning
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Keeping the kids and family occupied and entertained through lockdown, rainy days and load-shedding can sometimes feel impossible. But there’s no better way to spend these chillier lockdown days than having quality family time and building memories. Here are a few quick and easy steps, you can create a magical home theatre experience to keep everyone entertained - with nothing more than your smartphone and some smart planning:

Taking Charge

There’s nothing worse than a device dying or having the power shutdown mid-movie or show - especially when the plot begins to thicken. Avoid this by keeping abreast of your area’s load-shedding schedule and making sure you keep your devices fully charged to ensure your entertainment goes unhindered. Even better, Huawei’s sleek P40 Pro cellphone offers a long-lasting battery life with supercharging capabilities that allow you to stream worry-free. The P40 Pro’s 4200 mAh battery packs a punch and lasts up to 15 - 18 hours of playtime - giving you peace of mind when watching your favourite family flick.

Making Connections

Many streaming platforms, like Showmax - available on Huawei’s AppGallery, allow you to pre-download shows and movies to watch offline to save on data during load-shedding. However, if you plan to live stream from apps like DStv Now, also available on AppGallery, you need to ensure you have your data set up and ready to go for online streaming. For live streaming, your phone needs to be able to keep up, like the Huawei P40 Pro. With its ultra-fast core processor as well as its impressive OLED screen quality that offers a crisp and vibrant display for your viewing enjoyment, the P40 Pro is sure to amaze.

Kicking It Up A Notch

To take your set-up to the next level, you can opt to connect your smartphone to a bigger screen and an external speaker. Huawei’s P40 Pro incorporates the new Huawei Share feature which allows you to project a virtual version of your phone screen onto your Huawei laptop or tablet. This feature requires the WIFI and Bluetooth to be activated on both devices but is sure to add a cinematic flair to your DIY home theatre experience. If you feel you need an audio boost, connecting plug-in or Bluetooth speakers to your cellphone will give you more of a surround sound feel when getting into your film.

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Crunch Time

Now that your chosen movie or show is loaded and ready, it’s time to get the snacks prepared for your snug wintry movie night. The classics that never fail include pot-popped butter popcorn paired with some smarties and sweets and some refreshing sodas or shakes. You can get even more creative and create themed snacks based on the movie or show you’re watching to get immersive with your home theatre experience. Whether it’s funky cupcakes or biscuits iced with the characters – there are many ways to spice up your movie snack options.

Setting the Scene

To amplify your phone screen as the main focal point, you want to create a darkened cinema-like room. Thanks to load-shedding, half the job can be done if you time it right. But to make your set-up warm and inviting as well, building a blanket fort with some chairs and a sheltering blanket and adding in some battery-operated twinkle lights and cushions will surely do the trick. Position your cellphone in a landscape position up against something stable - either a pop socket, or a stack of books, and prop your speaker up nearby it and find a distance that works for you. All that’s left to do is lie forward with your snacks and blankets and hit play to go on a fun homebound adventure.

With this quick and easy pocket-sized home theatre set up, load-shedding is no match or limit for the memories you can make in the face of it.

This post is sponsored by Huawei produced by BrandStudio24 for Parent24.

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