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Outdoor TV Buying Guide

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 even for your home pool or patio. And yes, they really do make specialized televisions for outdoors! These models are designed & engineered to be safer – with a better viewing experience – than their indoor counterparts.

Outdoor TVs

Types of Outdoor TVs

  • Smart TV is a TV that has been connected to the internet. Most have access to apps that let the TVs access popular services like Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Instant Video, and Hulu Plus.
  • HDTV stands for High Definition Television. The two most common versions of HD are 720p, known as HD ready and 1080p, know as Full HD.
  • 4K Ultra HD TV stands for Ultra High Definition Television and is sometimes referred to as 4K, Ultra HD, or UHD, but they all refer to the same thing. This is a TV with a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, more than 8 million pixels in total, which is four times the number in Full HD (1,920 x 1,080).

Outdoor TV Brands

Why buy an Outdoor TV?
  1. Outdoor TVs are rated for outdoor use and can withstand the elements. They are water resistant, and also fight off things like wind, water, bugs, and humidity.
  2. Outdoor TV displays have extra-bright panels which reduce glare, resulting in a better picture under natural outdoor lighting conditions.
  3. Remember the warranty! Bringing an indoor TV outside will likely void the warranty.
Things to remember when buying an Outdoor TV
  1. Waterproof versus Water Resistant. These two terms mean two very different things. A device that is waterproof means that it’s impervious to water and can even operate while submerged, whereas a device that is water resistant is able to resist water intrusion to some degree – but can not be submerged.
  2. Don’t forget to make sure that the remote is also waterproof. Keep in mind that a waterproof TV can also be power washed, which you will undoubtedly be doing at least a few times a year if you live in an area prone to dust.
  3. TV mounts need to be all-weather too! A regular mount is meant for indoor use and can fail under extreme temperatures and will likely rust outdoors.
  4. Just like everything else placed outside, make sure your cables are rated for outdoor use.

Outdoor TVs