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 HDTVs 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 needs to be...
Outdoor TV In-Demand for Outdoor Living

Outdoor TV In-Demand for Outdoor Living

SunBriteTV Finds Home in Ari Gold’s Outdoor Kitchen We like “feel-good” attention. Who doesn’t? We’re flattered that actor/producer Jeremy Piven recently tweeted-out about his new SunBriteTV outdoor TV. Piven is the boyishly handsome star known for PBS Masterpiece Classic Mr. Selfridge … and as fast-taking Hollywood agent Ari Gold in HBO’s Entourage. In his Tweet, Piven is seen in front of his...
SunBriteTV Outdoor TV Endures Salt Air Test Successfully

SunBriteTV Outdoor TV Endures Salt Air Test Successfully

Beach and pool-settings perfect for our durable, weatherproof, outdoor TVs More proof why all-weather, outdoor TVs by SunBriteTV are rugged enough for decks, patios, cafes … as well as coastal resorts and ocean-side homes and businesses. AND why indoor TVs cannot tolerate outdoor conditions. SunBriteTV engineers took a SunBriteTV 47″ Pro Series TV – the 4717HD LED HDTV – and placed it in a salt-fog chamber to simulate years of use under higher-heat, salt-weather conditions. It may look a bit informal, but the test methodology is highly scientific and rigorous. The salt-fog chamber is commonly used to test electronics and other products for their ability to withstand repeated, on-going corrosive conditions. The actual test was performed by National Technical Systems, or “NTS” in Santa Clarita, CA. All SunBriteTV models – from outside-savvy, all-weather, newly re-designed, thin LED Signature Series … to direct sun tolerant HDTV, digital signage Pro Series, and commercial-grade, high-NIT weatherproof digital signage Marquee Series – are designed, engineered and built for permanent outdoor installation. Each model is capable of operating in temperatures of -40 degrees to 120+ degrees. Our test 47″ HDTV has a powder-coated aluminum exterior. All working components are tightly sealed within the unit. It’s the same unit available on SunBriteTV.com or through an authorized dealer – to anyone, any time. No special preparation or adjustments were made to the unit before testing. Here’s a look at our volunteer as testing begins: Most fog tests run 48 hours. We went the distance at 3 times longer – and completed the duration without fail. Our testing ran 168 hours, or 7 days … which is...
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...
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