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.
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?
- 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.
- Outdoor TV displays have extra-bright panels which reduce glare, resulting in a better picture under natural outdoor lighting conditions.
- Remember the warranty! Bringing an indoor TV outside will likely void the warranty.
Things to remember when buying an Outdoor TV
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Just like everything else placed outside, make sure your cables are rated for outdoor use.