Daily Archives: September 17, 2017


Milestones 5

The Digital Theater has hit a new milestone as of late: exceeding server capacity. I have been working very hard to keep the costs down and so far, through generous donations and people making purchases through the Amazon links, I have covered the capital costs to keep the site going. As I mentioned, we exceeded server capacity, so we have upgraded. I hope you notice an improvement in site speed as a result as we are now on better equipment, with more dedicated resources. The costs associated with hosting, file transfer, etc have increased 600% over the past two years.

When this site went live in 2015, there was no advertising. You may have noticed that the level of advertising has increased recently. It is just economics. As the site becomes more popular, it requires more resources, and more resources require more money. I love providing the things that I do on this site. It takes a lot of my time, but I have been able to interact with people all over the world. I think it is great, especially considering all the negativity that is out there, that this site has regular users from all parts of the world who share a common interest.

I plan to keep this site going for the long term, offering what is not readily available elsewhere. I have decided to add trailers for films from 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate, and Universal with PCM , DTS, and AC3 stereo audio. I recognize that the original aim of this site was to provide 5.1 channel audio, and that remains my primary focus. In recent times I have refrained from featuring films from those aforementioned studios as they only provided stereo masters. I am now thinking that excluding them from this site is not helping the cause. By excluding them, thedigitaltheater.com would not be included in their statistics, which decreases our leverage in requesting more than stereo encodes for their trailers. At any rate, the increased bitrate of the video, along with a higher quality stereo encode is still better than what is available on youtube.

I am also working on providing unique and exclusive content for fans of thedigitaltheater.com. In the coming days, a new feature will be added to the site. I have been working on our first pre-show trailer that will allow you to highlight the capabilities of your personal home theater. This trailer will be available in several formats (5.1, 7.1, 1080p, 4K UHD) and for a reasonable price. It is my hope that this will generate revenue to allow this site to continue to provide the quality content that you expect.

Thank you for your continued support of this site. I look forward to providing you with the content you want now and in the future.

Jonathan Richards
Editor and content provider – thedigitaltheater.com