Take Wireless HD Outdoors with Your SunBriteTV

Take Wireless HD Outdoors with Your SunBriteTV

Outdoor TV’s weatherproof, wireless companion It’s unique, handy and weatherproof. The SunBriteTV Wireless HD Transceiver can “beam” HDTV programming from your indoor, non-weatherproof TV components (e.g. cable box) to your new, all-weather, outdoor SunBriteTV, creating a true wireless outdoor TV experience. The SB-HDWT is a point-to-point system that transmits full 1080p HD up to 100 feet along an unobstructed path, reducing the amount of “cabling” needed to install your outdoor television for outdoor entertaining. Connect to your HD cable / satellite box, HD set-top box, Blue Ray DVD, DV-R or game console and take the A/V party outside. A must-have for DIY or highly customized outdoor home theaters within an outdoor living setting. The wireless transceiver is compatible with resolutions from 480p up to 1080p, and includes HDCP2.0 with video encryption for secure wireless streaming of your favorite NetFlix shows. INNOVATIVE WIRELESS DESIGN for OUTDOOR TV SunBriteTV engineers created the HD Transceiver for flexibility in rugged, all-weather conditions. “The omni-directional antenna sets at the top of the receiver, the square part,” says SunBriteTV Engineer Jonathan Dry. “It’s designed to ‘see’ the transmitter from a patio area or anywhere in your yard within range.” Dry adds that the path from transmitter to receiver should be unobstructed for best results. The signal is able to transmit through walls and windows, although it may reduce the range. The back of the receiver includes openings for the power cord (to the TV) to escape above, below or from the side of the receiver. “The receiver does not have to be attached to the TV. It can be mounted beside the TV, above it,...
Rain or Cold, Outdoor TV Warms Up Football Season

Rain or Cold, Outdoor TV Warms Up Football Season

SunBriteTV poll reveals NFL, college football fans embrace outdoor TV to watch “the game” outside It’s here. Football season. Pro and college. Packers, Bills and Browns … or Georgia State, Gators and Sooners. ESPN reports 49% of Americans are pro-football fans and a Fox Sports poll finds that college football is loved, but not as much as pro. Thirty-five percent polled say pro football is #1, but 14% prefer professional baseball (MLB) … while 11% faithfully watch college football. Yet, another poll – of our own SunBriteTV customers – finds all sports are a TOP viewing choice on their outdoor TV. In fact, 91% of those who purchased a SunBriteTV in 2014 say they plan to watch “sports” on their new SunBriteTV. Other viewing choices are “general programming” “news” and “special events.” Customers also have outdoor living and outdoor entertaining plans. Forty-five percent say throwing a “super-bowl party” is in their future. About 40% say they intend to use their outdoor TV to help entertain during their outdoor grill parties, birthday parties or low-key “family hangouts.” Most folks just discovering the joys of outdoor television say they know exactly where to place their new Signature Series SunBriteTV. Preferences include: 35% deck (under roof overhang or under built-in cover) 20% outdoor patio 18% near an outdoor kitchen / grilling area 16% pool-side 11% undecided or wish to move the TV around to separate outdoor areas (think “tailgating”) And with our new, all-weather wireless HD transceiver, home-owners now have more options to wirelessly connect their weather-proof SunBriteTV to Hi-Def programming. The SB-HDWT can transmit full 1080p HD up to 100 feet...
Outdoor TV SunBriteTV Wins Battle with Chicago Snow, Any Weather

Outdoor TV SunBriteTV Wins Battle with Chicago Snow, Any Weather

A SunBriteTV customer testimonial details what weatherproof TV is all about Since designing and engineering the first SunBriteTV outdoor televisions in 2003, our passion is sharing the joy of outdoor TV and outdoor living, any time, any season. Recently, one of our customers wrote to us – expressing delight about his SunBriteTV 32″ outdoor TV’s performance – especially during harsh Chicago weather. He invited us to share his experience: STEPHANZOURAS LLP, Attorneys at Law 205 N. Mich1gan Ave., Suite 2560 Chicago, Illinois 60601 Re: My compliments Dear SunBriteTV: Many customers may not bother to write to express how impressed they are with one of your products, and I usually wouldn’t either, but this time I. felt obligated. Last year, I purchased a SunBriteTV 32″ outdoor TV to use on our recently-remodeled roof deck. I never intended to bring it in for the harsh Chicago winter, but I also didn’t know we were about to experience one of the most brutal winters in history. In addition to a record-breaking number of sub-zero days (many approaching minus 30 degrees), we had more snowfall than I can recall in my adult life. Put succinctly, even by Chicago standards, our winter was incredibly long, icy, windy and dangerously cold. The TV, perched high on a beam on our roof with virtually no cover, was exposed to the very worst of it. Therefore, before I attempted to tum it on a few days ago, I was all but certain that nothing- not even an “outdoor TV”- could survive all that. Needless to say, I was amazed (and delighted) that the TV turned on and...
‘Where can I place my new outdoor TV?’

‘Where can I place my new outdoor TV?’

SunBriteTV expert tips & advice on creating an outdoor living space TV by the pool? Great idea! TV in the garage? You bet. Patio TV, deck TV … watch the game while grilling outside with friends? Yes, yes and wouldn’t-have-it-any-other-way. There are plenty of options to get the best outdoor living and outdoor entertaining with your new SunBriteTV. We’ve seen amazing custom installations by our authorized dealers, and we’ve seen awesome outdoor TV settings by home-owners with their own audio/visual direction. In this blog post, SunBriteTV experts share wisdom and advice about mounting and positioning your outdoor television for complete, long-term enjoyment. Outdoor TV Living Pool-side is always a popular placement location for a SunBriteTV. We’re on-board with that, but keep in mind a few safety tips. “Get a GFCI outlet, a ground-fault current interrupting outlet,” advises SunBriteTV engineer Larry Benson. “It’s pretty standard and a best-use outlet for outdoor installations of any kind.” Keep the TV away from standing water. A good rule-of-thumb is to keep the TV at least six feet away from pools of water. Some call it the “MC Hammer” rule. The TV should be placed far enough away so that – if you’re standing in water – then “u can’t touch this!” You can also check your city or county’s electrical code to understand any additional requirements. Pick a location for your outdoor TV away from festive, running children, who may have a habit of tossing objects around, such as Frisbees, volleyballs, pool toys. Although, as this video by Digital Trends details, SunBriteTV can handle a lot of abuse: No Indoor TVs Please Don’t...
SunBriteTV Outdoor TV Installation Recommendations

SunBriteTV Outdoor TV Installation Recommendations

Installation Tips & Advice for Weatherproof TV Best Performance SunBriteTV engineers and product specialists offer the following tech insight on successfully installing your SunBriteTV weatherproof HDTV – on the patio, deck, yard, pool-side – to enjoy maximum outdoor entertaining. How do I get HD content to my SunBriteTV? “A wired installation is a reliable method to connect any source to a device,” says Larry Benson, SunBriteTV Engineer. HARD WIRE SunBriteTVs are typically utilized in situations where the video source – the cable or satellite box or a player – is located inside a house or other secure weather-safe location near the SunBriteTV. There’s HDMI and There’s Balun An HDMI cable can be used to get from the video source to your SunBriteTV outside, but only if the distance to the TV is less than 30’ (feet). If the distance to your TV is more than 30’ – for example, from your video source to your SunBriteTV on the patio or outside kitchen – then, we recommend using powered baluns. Um. What’s a balun? Basically, a balun is a transmitter-receiver device. The “connection” used for a balun is a Cat5/Cat6 network cable. We recommend using a balun as a hard-wire option for setting up your SunBriteTV for 2 reasons: The Cat5/Cat6 cable used with the balun can be cut, or customized, for your specific outdoor setting (see images below). Many baluns include an IR remote control extender – or repeater – to get IR commands from the video source hand-held remote control, through the balun system back to the video source. This allows smooth channel changes and control of your...

It’s an outdoor TV! A TV FOR outdoors.

Some people aren’t even aware it exists. Behold, the outdoor TV: Not just any ol’ indoor TV thrown outside. THAT would be dangerous. But a television designed, engineered and crafted for a permanent home in an outdoor living space – a patio, deck, outside kitchen, pool area. A TV designed to withstand rain, snow, heat, cold, salt air, insects, paint-balls and bears, and still keep its savvy look. A 4-star rating by Gadget Review, included as “Gear to Rule the Tailgate” by Maxim, featured as a “top gadget” on NBC’s Today Show, called “a fantastic add-on to your home entertainment ecosystem” by Home Theater magazine — SunBriteTV outdoor TVs have their fans and kudos. Well-known within the consumer-electronics industry, but little known to the casual consumer, SunBriteTV is now making its mark on home entertainment, home improvement and just plain fun-at-home activities for consumers who were previously unaware that they really CAN have a TV outside – and feel safe about it. Yes, Virginia, there really are TVs imagined, engineered and created for outdoors! Homeowners who venture outside with their inside TVs usually get a surprise if the climate or outdoor conditions change suddenly. Even a quick splash from the neighbors’ sprinkler is enough to zap sensitive indoor TVs. “Most all indoor TVs have slots on top for convection cooling,“ explains Larry Benson, SunBriteTV engineer. “As soon as you get water into it … in the electronics and LCD, it will fail … good night!” To counter indoor TVs’ obvious design challenges, SunBriteTV all-weather, rain-proof TVs are protected within a water-tight, sealed environment, complete with air-flow systems to keep...
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