The 5 Must-Have Features — Buying an Outdoor Television

The 5 Must-Have Features — Buying an Outdoor Television

The holidays are upon us, so there is no better time to consider adding an outdoor television to your family’s gift wish list. An outdoor TV will add fun and entertainment to your backyard parties, family gatherings, and barbecues. Whether you are watching the big game, your favorite concert, or the ball drop in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, an outdoor TV will make every event you host more exciting for you and your guests. Adding an outdoor TV to your backyard, deck, or patio isn’t as complicated as you might think – when you know what to look for. We’re here to help you get started by explaining the five most important features to look for when you are buying an outdoor TV for your home. #1 – Rust-Free Metal Exterior Outdoor TVs need to be more durable than indoor TVs. They must withstand various weather conditions and more active environments, which means that they need more robust construction materials. Powder-coated aluminum exterior cases can provide: Increased durability and impact resistance Resistance to rust and corrosion Long-lasting protection from harsh weather conditions, without becoming brittle with outdoor exposure like many plastics #2 – Tolerance for Intense Weather Conditions The weather conditions in your local climate play a huge role in selecting the right outdoor TV. For example, if you live in the northeastern U.S., Outdoor TVs must withstand extreme cold, while in the southwest, resistance to extreme heat is paramount. Wherever you live, when selecting an outdoor TV, be sure that it has the following: Ability to withstand temperatures higher than local high averages. Several SunBriteTV outdoor...
How to Pick the Right TV for Your Deck or Patio

How to Pick the Right TV for Your Deck or Patio

Who doesn’t love getting together on the deck or patio with friends for a backyard barbecue and to watch a big game inside on a big screen?  But guests can only enjoy the fresh air outdoors during commercials or halftime, or nominate an announcer to hang out inside by the TV yelling out the play-by-play.  Many times, the chef may get stuck outside grilling while everyone else is inside enjoying the game. To improve everyone’s experience – inside and outside – the solution is to install a dedicated outdoor TV. This brings the best of both worlds to your deck or patio. This allows you to grill, eat, and visit with friends, all while keeping your eye on the game. A true outdoor TV is designed to stay outside and tolerate all kinds of weather. How do you choose the right outdoor TV? Here are some factors to consider: Which Size is Right? Outdoor TVs can range from a compact, intimate 32” up to an ‘almost like you’re sitting on the sidelines’ screen size of 75”.  When choosing a size for your outdoor install, consider the mounting location, the guest seating area, and the type of content you’re most likely to view regularly. There are some great references for size selection based on viewing distance from screen. Check CNET’s guide or Tom’s Guide for some help. Location of the Outdoor Television Deciding where to place your outdoor TV is important because it will have an impact on other considerations like size, brightness, and cost. As you decide where your TV will live, consider the location’s sun and weather exposure....
How to Throw the Ultimate Home Tailgating Party

How to Throw the Ultimate Home Tailgating Party

It’s that time of year again – leaves are changing, kids are picking out their costumes, and sweaters are being pulled on again after months of warm weather. That’s what fall means to a lot of people. But for some, it means only one thing: football. The season is upon us, and what better way to spend time with your friends and family than by throwing an awesome backyard tailgating party? You may be wondering where to start with planning your game day festivities. To help you out, here are some essential steps for hosting a home tailgating party that you don’t want to overlook. Setting the Scene The weather is perfect at this time of year to abandon your living room for get-togethers, and instead spend time entertaining outside. As you turn your backyard into the ultimate tailgating celebration, be sure that you set up food and drink stations and arrange a comfortable seating area around your outdoor screen. Don’t forget to make the setting festive: Decorate with your team’s colors – it’s easy to find tableware, napkins, balloons, and other decorations in various colors at your local party store. If you and your friends cheer on a local collegiate team, think about visiting the campus store for team-related party favors, decorations. Find football backyard games for commercial breaks, halftime, and bored kids! Get a team-specific cornhole game or quarterback passing practice target Planning Your Menu When it comes to planning what you are going to serve the guests at your tailgate extravaganza, think stadium food. Grill up some hot dogs, making sure that you have all the...
12 Tips for Installing a TV Outdoors – Tip 1, Get an Outdoor TV

12 Tips for Installing a TV Outdoors – Tip 1, Get an Outdoor TV

Beginner or pro – best tips for creating an outdoor TV & outdoor living experience Placing a TV outside can entertain, inform and keep people close to the action. It’s a crowd-pleaser for many restaurants, businesses, theme parks, stadiums, and residential homes, making installation knowledge a must for both commercial A/V pros and DIY home-owner electronics enthusiasts. And, yes, they do … they really do make specialized televisions for outdoors! These models are designed & engineered to be safer – with a better viewing experience – than their indoor cousins. Whether you’re just starting to install outdoor HD and 4K televisions and displays or consider yourself a pro, installation of outdoor electronics has a set of specific, but easy-to-follow set of rules. We asked a few audio-visual professionals for pointers, tips and other ideas about what to do and what to avoid when it comes to installing outdoor displays. 1. Indoor TVs and outdoor TVs are not the same. Ask anyone who’s installed a true outdoor television about the biggest mistake novice installers make. The first thing they blurt out is how you shouldn’t even dream of using an indoor TV in an outdoor environment. They love to talk about it, because it really is the worst possible decision for you, your client, the homeowner and especially the equipment. Sure, we know plenty of people love to drag the TV out to the backyard on a nice summer evening. And yes, it’s a cheaper solution … but it isn’t a long-term solution. If your client is looking to make a TV a permanent fixture for outdoor living, the TV...
How To Install a SunBriteTV Outdoor TV

How To Install a SunBriteTV Outdoor TV

Video Tips & Advice on Outdoor TV Set Up, All-Weather Mounts and SunBriteTV’s Wireless HD Transceiver We get questions … lots of questions from passionate outdoor living enthusiasts eager to purchase and install an all-weather SunBriteTV television in the perfect outside location for year-round enjoyment. To all outdoor living trail-blazers – we salute you! We’ve also created a video library of instructions to help assist with installation of your new SunBriteTV outdoor television. Whether you’re a DIY-er or audio-visual professional, our collection of video tips and advice is now available as a self-help and product reference guide. Best Outdoor TV for Me? SunBriteTV Senior Product Specialist Kevin Kahm covers a variety of topics, starting with: “Which SunBriteTV outdoor TV is best for me?” A Signature, Pro or Marquee Series? There are plenty of situations to consider. Will the TV face direct sunlight? Will the TV live on a partially covered patio? Will you want to watch TV in your gazebo? Kevin covers it all. Install a 32″ SunBriteTV Outdoor TV with an Articulating Mount Here’s a video walk-through of installing a 32″ Pro or Signature Series HDTV with our all-weather articulating mount (mount SB-WM32 for 32″ SunBriteTV) . An articulating mount allows the TV to swivel from side-to-side for best viewing from different angles. Install a 42″ 46″ or Larger Outdoor TV with an Articulating Mount Sr. Product Specialist Kevin shares advice on installation of models 42” or larger with an articulating mount. SunBriteTV mounts are all-weather, rustproof and designed to support SunBriteTV for the life of the television. Install a 42″ 46″ or Larger SunBriteTV on a Ceiling...
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