Crestron the Home theater giant announced a new initiative that could dramatically simplify the act of automating a home theater.

Crestron Connected, as it’s called, embeds a lightweight version of the company’s Fusion RV software directly inside of networked components like Blu-ray Disc players, TVs, and A/V receivers.  Once implemented, you’ll be able to plug the Crestron Connected device into your home network and begin monitoring, controlling, and managing it from any web-enabled computer, smartphone, or tablet from anywhere in the world.What’s new is Crestron’s plan to take what’s largely been a commercial endeavor into the untapped residential market. That’s where things start to get really interesting.