Advantages of Outdoor TVs
Weatherproofed to Last
Whether treated with repellent technology or enclosed in an aluminum casing, outdoor TVs are engineered to handle the elements in ways indoor models can’t.
Recalibrated for Outdoor Viewing
Glare is the main enemy of viewing in any setting — particularly outdoors — which is why all-weather TV screens provide unmatched brightness and contrast.
After having their fill of barbecue, guests will naturally gather around an outdoor TV no matter what’s on the tube (but especially when the big game is on).
Smart outdoor TVs include integrated internet, allowing you to access your favorite streaming services for movies or TV. No antennas or cable boxes required!
Reasons to Add an Outdoor TV
Your viewing habits shouldn’t keep you from spending time in the beautiful outdoor space you’ve worked so hard to create. You might even find that TV time is more enjoyable outdoors — we certainly do, and your guests probably will too! Let’s take a look at some of the most popular outdoor viewing experiences so you can start dreaming of ways to put your outdoor-rated TV to good use.
Watch the Big Game in the Backyard
What’s better than cheering on your favorite team surrounded by fellow fans? Doing so in the comfort of your backyard, with the grill or BBQ smoker still in arm’s reach. Not only do outdoor TVs help you recreate an authentic tailgate in your outdoor space, but you’ll also be able to cook for everyone without missing a play. Just think about it: how many times have you had to decide between catching a critical moment and ensuring your burgers don’t burn? (We’d rather make a fourth-down call with the season on the line — less pressure that way.)
Put a New Spin on Movie Night
Whether you schedule family movie viewings in advance or squeeze in new releases whenever you can, we understand the urge to convert your home into a private theater. Curling up on the couch with a bowl of popcorn is nice, but have you ever considered movie night under the stars? Being in your backyard will add a different ambiance to the proceedings, and you can mix things up even further by trading popcorn for your favorite grilled snacks instead. The only thing an outdoor TV can’t do in this situation? Help you decide which movie to watch.
Take Your Favorite Apps Outdoors
With the aid of a smart outdoor TV, you can harness the power of Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivity and all that comes with it right from your outdoor space. More specifically, you won’t have to leave the backyard to use streaming services. (Netflix and chill? More like Netflix and grill, baby!) Outdoor-rated smart TVs are also excellent for streaming music, and the gamer in the family will surely — OK, might — appreciate the ability to play online without being cooped up inside. You can even access web browsers and YouTube to follow our recipes!
Top Outdoor TV Brands
Outdoor TV Innovations
We don’t want to undersell this: there are companies that manufacture TVs that can work in permanent outdoor installations! That’s kind of a big deal, and it took tons of innovation to reach this point. Heck, the standard TV industry has undergone massive changes during our 20-plus years in business (do you remember how much 4K TVs cost only 5 years ago?), and the updates continue to roll out at a rapid pace. Outdoor-rated TVs are no different, as you’ll see in the remarkable innovations below.
Devising a way for TVs to withstand the elements was obviously the first hurdle manufacturers had to clear. Standard TVs have delicate circuitry that’s extremely vulnerable to water, along with monitors that can easily become smudged by dust. Weatherized TVs, on the other hand, keep both elements at bay with a proprietary hydrophobic treatment for their internal components. Contrast this advancement with the older method used by SunBriteTVs, which feature a unit surrounded by a weatherproofed aluminum casing that can’t rust.
With weatherproofing handled, outdoor TV manufacturers set out to develop a picture that would be viewable in outdoor settings. When Weatherized takes apart its base indoor TVs to treat the internal components, the company also recalibrates for optimal brightness and contrast outdoors. SunBriteTV, meanwhile, builds its in-house screens to be 50% or 3 times brighter (depending on the series) than the standard indoor model in an effort to combat the glare from harsh sunlight. Ultra-bright LED or QLED displays don’t hurt, either.
It’s not enough to weatherize just the TV — accessories are just as fragile and also need to be shielded from the elements. Enter weatherproof outdoor TV accessories: remotes, mounts, soundbars, and even outdoor TV covers to protect the unit when not in use. Though all our outdoor-rated TVs come with a weatherproof remote, we’re fond of Weatherized’s 6-in-1 universal remote that’s available as an upgrade. Weatherized TVs even hydrophobically treated a SONOS Beam outdoor soundbar so you can bring high-definition sound outside!