Home Automation Holiday Hacks

People get into the holiday spirit in lots of different ways. Some plan a family vacation, some go all out with their home decorations, and others donate their time and effort with charity. At Valley Home Theater, we love to see how people use technology and home automation to get into the spirit! From light […]


5 Great Christmas Movies To Watch This Holiday Season

Whether you’re a “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” or another type of winter holiday person, there’s something great about this time of year. Cold outside, warm inside, and surrounded by friends, family, and food—for better or for worse! Our favorite part of the holiday season is the movies. Whether you’re watching them in a sweet, […]

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Best Audio Options for Every Room

Do you want to experience your favorite music, videos, and podcasts in every room of your home? You’re not alone. And the good news is – you can! Let’s take a look at the best options for enjoying your audio experience in every room. Living Room Maybe you call it a family room, but this […]


3 Steps for Music Streaming in Your Home

Are you a music fanatic or at least appreciate a good tune? Do you wonder how to improve your listening experience throughout your home? You’ve come to the right place. Music is an important aspect to any home entertainment system. So listen up because we’re about to dive into our three steps for streaming music […]

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3 Better Ways to Control Your Home… Away from Home

Thinking about automating your vacation home? Have you already got the basics in second home automation, but want to see what else is out there? At Valley Home Theater, we love staying on top of the latest home automation technology. We know one of the most useful ways to incorporate home automation into your life […]


3 Simple Tricks to Hide Your TV

Your TV may be your favorite gadget in the house, but it sticks out like a sore thumb when it’s off. Maybe it’s casting a shadow on the beautiful art around it, or it’s taking up valuable space on a blank wall with so much potential. Whatever your situation is, wouldn’t it be nice if […]

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Automate Your Home for Your Furry Friends

We all love our pets. They greet us after a long day, provide companionship and give us an excuse to laugh and play. It’s natural to want to create the best environment for your furry friends. As the market for automated systems continues to grow, more and more technologies are available that make pet ownership […]

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Make Your Automated Home Work for You

Home automation systems are quickly becoming more and more mainstream in today’s technology-driven world. Once the topic of “futuristic” films and books, the ability to program your home however you like is now common practice. But automating your home can get expensive, and with so many options it’s hard to choose what automated systems will […]

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The Pros and Cons of Unplugging While on Vacation

We live in a world inundated with electronics. How many times a day, or even an hour, do we check our text messages, emails and social media apps? Staying connected ensures that we keep up with our workload and current events going on around us. While this tends to be the norm for our everyday […]

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Leave a Safe Home Behind for Your Peace of Mind

So you’re finally going on vacation. No matter where you’re going, we bet you can’t wait to get there. Whether you’re looking forward to a cold drink by the ocean or a breathtaking hike through the wilderness, we know there’s one thing you don’t want on your mind – stress about the security of your […]


Re-Framing the Way You See Your TV

We live in a time when technology is not only growing more efficient by the day, but more beautiful. We will no longer settle for ease of use, speed, and fun features—we want our tech toys to do all of those things and look pleasing to the eye as well. The merging of technology and […]


Let’s Talk LED vs. OLED

In the never-ending quest to stay on top of the latest TV technology, we’re taking a look at LED TVs vs. OLED TVs. If you’re curious about the latest OLED technology or want to know a bit more about how LED TVs work, follow along as we take you through our comparison. Once you know […]


Outdoor Entertainment: How To Set Up A Temporary Theater

The first day of summer is just around the corner which means longer nights, warmer nights, and outdoor entertainment. In this blog post, we’re going to show you how to set up a temporary outdoor theater, a.k.a how to become the hero of your neighborhood. Keep in mind that there are various levels of quality […]

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3 Ideas to Upgrade Your Outdoor Entertainment Setup

Warm weather in California typically signals three activities: BBQ’s, outdoor entertainment, and mosquitos. Annoying insects aside, Valley Home Theater has a ton of ways to step up your ability to entertain guests in various outdoor spaces. For this blog, we’ve picked out three different ways you can quickly and easily upgrade your outdoor area with […]


Enhance Your TV Audio Experience With A Sound Bar

There are thousands of articles about the picture quality of televisions—Do you want OLED or LCD? How do aspect ratios work? What’s the difference between 60 Hertz (Hz) and 600 Hz? And what about 3DTV? And this makes sense because a TV is mostly thought of as a visual medium. But you know what doesn’t […]

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The Rise of She Sheds And How Technology Can Help

Alright ladies, you’re up! If you enjoyed our last post, 5 Different Looks at Designing a Technologically Advanced ‘Man Cave’, you’ll appreciate the softer side of man caves. That’s right, today we’re talking lady caves, better know as “She Sheds.” Everyone needs their own space sometimes, and this rising trend caught our eye. Let’s take […]

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One Mobile App To Rule Them All—Home and Office Remote Control

Remember the iPhone 3G commercial “There’s an app for that?” That aired in 2009! Mobile technology has advanced so rapidly that in 2017, there is literally an app for everything, including plenty of things you don’t really need. The same is true for home automation smartphone apps—most IoT hardware providers also have a software component, […]

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Planning Your Perfect Home Theater

In our last blog, we laid out what a customized home-theater experience could look like. Now we’re going to see what it takes to get you there. From location to budget to theme to technology, there’s a lot to consider to get you your perfect home theater that will mesmerize people with each visit. Location […]

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Custom Home Theater Designs Straight from Your Imagination

We love going to the movies. The summer blockbusters, the independent movies that are winning all the awards at all the film festivals, the sticky floors, long lines, the seat kicker behind you, or the seven-foot gentleman who always seems to find his way right in front of you… That’s why we like to watch […]

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Choosing The Right Subscription TV Service for You

The rise of subscription TV services has disrupted and radically changed the way we access and consume entertainment. In our last blog, we went over just how the industry is changing, and how embracing the subscription TV market has changed the landscape of TV viewing. Now the power is in your hands, and less and […]

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Cable vs. Subscription TV: A Primer

Riddle us this—when was the last time you listened to a cassette tape, or watched a LaserDisc? If you’re like these kids, you may not even know what these things are. Well, lucky for you our blog this time around isn’t about introducing our new Vintage Installation package. Rather, we’re going to be taking a […]

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Control4 Solutions For Smart Hotels

Hotel owners, managers, staff, and guests—rejoice! The Control4 Automation System for hotels just made your stay (or work day) at a hotel that much better. With Control4 in your hotel, you will be at the cutting-edge of the hospitality industry, and your guests will experience that over-the-top service that creates loyal customers. Control4 for Hospitality […]

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Advantages Of Control4 For Every Business Type

  No matter your business, Control4 has solutions for your technological needs that can give you a razor-sharp edge over the competition. Whether you own an elite country club or are running the hottest bar in the Bay Area, Valley Home Theater is committed to bringing you the best smart property technology to help your […]

Home Automation Possibilities with Control4 & Amazon Alexa

Voice Control with Control4 and Amazon Alexa

  Now that you’ve read about what voice control with Control4 and Amazon Alexa is all about in our last blog post, let’s dive right into some exciting features that you can have in your home.   Home Automation at the Tip of Your Tongue What’s your morning routine like? Maybe a soothing sound from […]

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Safety And Security For Your Home And Business [Part 2]

Last week we talked about the different options you have for video surveillance and how they can deter or displace crime at a high level. In this post, we’ll go a little further into the details of how not only video surveillance but other smart home features, can improve the safety of your property. With that […]

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Safety And Security For Your Home And Business [Part 1]

Security surveillance is not a new concept, as it has been around for decades, but the industry is growing. By the end of 2016, the global security surveillance industry as a whole could be worth as much as $86 billion—video surveillance alone will generate $24 billion. There are many uses for video surveillance, as well […]

5 Tips To Consider Before Installing A Home Automation System

5 Tips To Consider Before Installing A Home Automation System

Home automation, enhanced security, and remote control are not new concepts—they’ve been around for decades. The difference between then and now, of course, is price and availability. Smart homes are no longer only for the wealthy. In fact, by 2020 Gartner estimates that the IoT will sprawl to 26 billion units of connected devices. If […]

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Is Installing Smart Home Technology A Good Investment?

  Trying to increase the value of a home while selling, or searching for value while buying a home, is an age-old conundrum—the features buyers are looking for weighed against the cost for sellers to implement.   Smart home technology, which is relatively new to residential real estate, has already shown some interesting effects on […]

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Customizing Your Control4 Keypad to Fit Your Needs

As you can tell from our blog, we are big fans of Control4’s home automation system, which allows homeowners to easily control lights, locks, TVs, audio systems, and even coffee pots. One of the best ways to control the Control4 system is by using the Control4 keypad. In previous posts we’ve discussed the Control4 keypad […]

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Not Just a Light Switch: Run Your Home Using the Control4 Keypad

Since Bill Gates first revealed his “smart home” in the mid-‘90s, many people have dreamed of having their own home automation systems. As technology prices dropped in subsequent years, many companies leapt into the fray to meet consumer demand. One such company is Control4, which first launched in 2003. Control4 has become an industry leader […]

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New Technology: Are 8K TVs the Real Deal in TV Innovation?

It’s only been a few months since the market recognized that 4K UHD TVs are indeed heading towards the mainstream, with Toshiba suggesting this will be materialized by 2017, now the TV industry braces for yet another new comer – the 8K UHD TV (8K ultra high definition television or simply 8K TV).   Samsung […]

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Dolby Atmos: Reinventing Your Home Theater Audio Experience

We’ve seen 3-dimensional (3D) films and videos for many years now, but the entire 3D experience hasn’t been perfected until perhaps recently, with the release of 3DTVs and 3D audio technologies.   As 3DTVs evolve, providing deeper, more immersive perception viewing and advancing from stereoscopic display (use of 3D glasses) to autostereoscopic display (without the […]


What Is More Exciting Than The Control4 Automation System For Your Home & Business? How About Financing to Get The System You Want?

There is no doubt that the Control4 System has revolutionized how you live in your home and how you work in your business. Control4 offers you choices in lighting, music, video, thermostat control, security, communications and much more for you to choose from. Some systems involve wiring that you may not have, as well as […]


A couple of new features in Control4’s OS 2.8 worth sharing

I love the all new revamped Security interface and Airplay, yes I said Airplay. Welcome to the newest software update from the Contol4, which will help give you peace of mind if your children are home alone. Every parent wants the best and most up to date security for their home, especially if they have […]


Control4 Can Help Save You Money While Helping You Go Green

Today’s homeowners are desperate for relief from ever increasing home utility bills. Heating and Cooling seems to be the main culprit. Utilizing the Control4 automation system can automatically see to your comfort by providing what you need exactly when you need it. This system can use your programmable thermostat to turn on your air conditioning […]


Spring Entertaining Synched Up With Smart Home Technology

With clear skies, climbing temperatures and everything from gardens to the Bay Area’s lush green hillsides bursting with new life, there is one thing that San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose residents have in common. Everyone is taking advantage of this beautiful season as the perfect excuse to get outdoors to entertain. Balmy spring nights […]

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Setting the Mood While Saving Energy With Smart Home Solutions

Lighting, both natural and artificial, has an amazing impact on our daily lives. Proper lighting can set a mood and impact both sleep cycles and productivity, and the way we interact with our home’s lighting can set us up for success or failure in our daily routine. Smart home solutions are based on these relationships, […]


New Smart Home Upgrades to Celebrate this February

If your Valentine’s Day plans involved curling up to enjoy a movie or your favorite television shows, whether with a loved one or simply kicking back solo to indulge in entertainment where you control the remote and the Netflix queue, new and improved updates in Control 4 technology can make those special nights in even […]


Audio Distribution for Your Automated Home or Business Systems

There are so many exciting systems to distribute audio for both Business and Home Automated Systems that we hardly know where to begin! Remember how cumbersome your first system was, which may have included finding the right vinyl record, putting it on a turntable, and hoping the sound wouldn’t be too scratchy? If you wanted […]


Video Distribution in your Automated Home or Business

For TVs specifically, access to multiple sources is especially important. Some of those sources might include the following: the cable or satellite box, DVD player, AppleTV, Playstation, and Roku. If you do happen to use all or many of these, don’t worry! You don’t actually need access to each of those at each of your […]

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Security and Peace of Mind in Your Automated Home

Given the prevalence of home robberies and theft, security is on the forefront of everyone’s mind, especially during the holidays, when many of us are away from home at some point or another. Home automation can increase both the security of your home and your peace of mind. Door locks are an excellent addition to […]

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The Pros and Cons of the New 4k TVs

If you’re in the market for a new TV, you’ll want to be sure to consider a 4k TV before you make that next big purchase. 4k is even higher resolution than what many of us have become accustomed to. In fact, these TVs have ultra-high definition, or UHD. The resolution of 4k TVs is […]


Control4 OS 2.6: What’s New in the Software Update for Your Home Automation

Control4’s newest operating system, OS 2.6, contains many improvements for the functionality of your home automation system. With just one touch, the new OS allows you to quickly and easily access music from anywhere, including over 40 different music streaming services. The interface provides the artist, track, and song information while displaying the album cover. […]

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Welcome to our brand new Valley Home Theater & Automation website

Here you will find valuable information about the newest technology available for any automated system for either your home or business. We have also created an extensive portfolio of finished projects meant to inspire you to develop the Home Theater System, Security Alarm System, Smart Home System or Control 4 System of your dreams. See […]

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San Francisco Home Theater

Valley Home Theater & Automation is San Francisco’s leading technology integrator. We custom design and install home theater systems in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. We also install lighting control and motorized shades, automation for your home or business, as well as security systems. Here’s a short list of the services we provide […]

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Home Theater Installation

Soon, you’ll be seeing and hearing incredible in-home entertainment like never before! You can experience a whole new world of high-end entertainment right in the comfort of your own home that is visually alive, vibrant and full of incredible, never-to-be forgotten picture and sound. Only when you experience you own custom installed home theater will […]

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Home Theater Video

Here’s a cool little video we put together that shows some of our latest Home Theater Projects. Valley Home Theater offers Home Theater and Automation in these Northern California cities: Albany, Berkeley, Dublin, Emeryville, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Newark, Oakland, Piedmont, Pleasanton, San Leandro, Union City, Antioch, Brentwood, Clayton, Concord, Danville, El Cerrito, Hercules, Lafayette, Martinez, […]

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Designing Your Home Theater

You’ll be impressed by the innovative home theater design we will show you! You will have input into what you like when we create your custom home theater design. There’s absolutely no limit in what could be done in dedicated theater setting – starry skies, velvet walls, designer carpet, luxury sitting and great video and […]


Control 4 to the rescue

If you have ever thought that controlling all of your home’s living systems was out of your reach, think again! Control4 remote controls can be designed and installed for most any budget. So what can Control4 do? Control4 remote control systems are a complete all-in-one solution to your complex and diverse electronic and home automation […]


Home Automation Explained

Find out how your home can be turned into a “smart home”! So what exactly is a “smart home”? Home automation or smart homes use a sophisticated control solution which combines different electronic systems installed in your home, such as distributed video, surround sound systems, TVs, projectors, motorized shades and screens, lights, thermostats, alarm and […]