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Setting Up The Best Outdoor Television Experience In Your Backyard

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Outdoor TVs are one of the latest crazes to sweep the modern world. Now you can hang around outside and enjoy the temperature, a slight breeze or a smoke with your friends when the weather’s nice. But this takes some thinking to do properly. The following are some considerations to bear in mind throughout planning your outdoor TV retreat.

Ease of Care

Caring for a TV in the outdoor environment has some trickiness to it. For example, the Sunbrite TV has grommets, gaskets and other protective coverings over its A/V ports and is sealed to the elements. Make sure to periodically clean the air filters to maintain effective airflow in the heat. In the same vein, outdoor TVs need to have heating elements to protect them from the cold and have a sturdy place to hang.

Best Placement

You know how annoying it is when a wannabe designer moves the TV here or there and expects you to move the couch and chairs based on his or her whim. Now imagine if you’ve recently dug out a section of your back yard and installed a proper base for your Skyvue TV. Now you have to buy weatherproof accessories, which is a downside to this sort of TV. You also have to be extremely certain of where you want your TV to be before you start the excavation and building process.

Seating Considerations

Stone couches look awesome, but they’re not usually very comfortable during a romantic movie, a long action flick triple feature or turning to an entire day of World War II programming. Even if you get the most posh and comfortable outdoor furniture possible, you would still be wise to keep in mind that it’s not usually easy to move. This is particularly troublesome if it’s recently been raining and you have to trudge through the mud to reposition your chair so that the sun’s glare doesn’t blind you during your favorite flick.

Potential Lighting Issues

Tuning your Sunbrite TV to your favorite shows is a great way to spend the waning hours before the sun sets. Unfortunately, you also have to contend with glare bouncing off of certain angles. Never put your TV screen facing directly north or south, because otherwise you will be staring into blinding light for an hour or two after dawn and before dusk due to looking at the sun or to its reflection in your TV. While the Sunbrite TV is great for its UV filtration, light still bounces.

Power Requirements

Electricity is potentially dangerous, and a lot of municipalities have strict rules about where and how you can lay the power cables. Usually it’s deep underground and this just adds to the complexity of your outdoor TV planning process. Install your TV on its own circuit, and make sure the breaker that feeds your TV power is on a ground fault circuit interrupt or GFCI breaker.

Outdoor TV is a reality, and it can be done safely. But a few minutes of thinking can save you a few days in the hospital or a few years of having a trashy back yard. Be sure that your outdoor TV is connected your favorite networks. A site like direct2tv.com will provide you with the information to get your TV up and running as soon as possible.

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  1. Phil

    May 23, 2013 at 9:05 am

    That is awesome. Wish I had a home, big money, and a backyard to do that!

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Transform Your Living Room Into A Movie Theater With LG’s 150″ Home Projector

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LG is sure to wow crowds at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) with their eye-popping 150-inch high-definition home projector, which brings the movie theater experience into the comfort of your home.

The LG HU80KA projector delivers ultra-sharp video in a compact, beautiful design, allowing you to mount it on the wall, hang it from the ceiling, or place it on the floor. And it’s small enough that you can even bring it with you to a friend’s house. Seriously, how cool is that?

Traditional 4K projectors are heavy, expensive and difficult to install. LG engineers and designers addressed these drawbacks, taking on the challenge of downsizing the 4K UHD projector without sacrificing picture quality. The result was an affordable yet premium device roughly half the size of competing 4K projectors that delivers superb cinematic experiences in any room of the house.

LG’s 4K UHD projector can create a 150-inch screen at an amazing 2,500 lumens. What’s more, the LG 4K UHD projector also supports HDR content (HDR 10) for an eye-popping cinematic experience in the home, with two 7W speakers delivering high-quality audio. External speakers or a sound bar can also be connected via optical output, HDMI or wirelessly through Bluetooth for enhanced audio performance.

And you’ll have no shortage of content to watch, as the projector’s webOS 3.5 smart TV interface can access the most popular online streaming services offering 4K content. The device comes equipped with standard connectivity options for USB, Ethernet and HDMI ports, as well as wireless support for external devices such as a keyboard and mouse, offering endless access to high-quality content.

If you’re going to be at CES next week, make sure you stop by the LG booth (Booth #11100, Central Hall) so you can experience this incredible home projector for yourself, and see why it earned the coveted CES 2018 Best of Innovation award.

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Why You Should Consider Moving Your Home Theater Outdoors

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You’ve invested a whole lot of time in choosing, designing and creating your home theater area. The best TV screen and sound system, comfortable seating and a welcoming environment that you can invite friends and family over when there’s a big game happening or you want to watch the latest blockbuster release.

That’s great, but in the warm weather do you really want to be huddled up inside when the sun is shining and the pool is calling? You really want to catch the last quarter of the game of the season, but there’s a BBQ lit, and you’re torn between being inside or out.

No problem – Move your home theater outside and enjoy the best of both worlds. If you are scratching your head thinking about sudden downpours, security, sun glare or the lack of space to comfortably spread out, read on and be inspired.

Outdoor-proof Your Home Theater

You might be thinking that it’s all very well wanting to combine watching a great movie with a pool party, but if there’s a sudden downpour, the equipment will be damaged beyond repair. The same goes for a stray soccer ball, vandals or would-be thieves – which could cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars. This doesn’t have to be though, as there’s an excellent outdoor TV cabinet solution that solves all your concerns.

The TV Shield is a lightweight (yet bulletproof!) invention which will revolutionize your home theater watching habits. Designed for those wanting to have a television outside, the TV enclosure is made from a combination of heavy-duty and shatterproof plastic with a steel surround. It’s completely weatherproof and can withstand rain and even frost. The cabinet is tamper-proof. If you are still concerned, there is an additional lock kit you can add in.

Designed for the biggest of screens, The TV Shield fits smoothly over any LED or plasma TV from 40-80″ and is glare-free for those days when the sun is beating down, but the family wants to binge on the latest box set in one run.

Furnishings Fit For A King

Sitting outside to enjoy your home cinema doesn’t mean dragging out camping chairs and sitting the children on hard floor surfaces. There’s every style of the comfortable furnishing are now available, and you can have as plush a sofa in the garden as in the cinema room.

For the children (or adults wanting to really kick back), bean bags are a colorful way to add casual seating – who doesn’t love lounging in one. You want to lay down? Again, no problem – hammocks can be for just you or even a whole family; day beds make it just as easy to sunbathe at the same time you watch TV.

Devine Dining

Forget bags of chips or perhaps a cold beer watching a movie indoors. Outside you can fire up the grill, pull drinks from an ice bucket and even cook pizza on a stone. Sizzle a steak on the coals, serve it on crockery from your new outdoor kitchen cabinet and create a stunning salad on the side arm preparation surface.

A small yard isn’t an issue either, as even with space at a premium you can cook like a professional with an aesthetically-pleasing brushed steel table top BBQ.

So what are you waiting for? Don’t let another glorious day pass by, move your home theater outside now, and by the weekend you’ll be kicking back and passing the time with great people, great food and most of all, a great space to view from.

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Samsung’s Massive 88-Inch QLED TV Will Set You Back A Staggering $20,000

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Samsung 88-Inch Q9 QLED TV

Back in January, we caught a glimpse of Samsung’s massive 88-inch Q9 QLED TV on the show floor at CES in Las Vegas, where it was suspended from the ceiling by cables. Samsung employees wouldn’t talk about pricing and availability at the time, but we finally got some answers today!

The 88-inch Samsung Q9, the flagship model in their top-end QLED lineup, is now available for purchase in the US.. But it will set you back a not-so-insignificant $20,000, which is more than I paid for my car.

So what exactly do you get for that money? The 88-inch TV features Ultra HD (4K) resolution, 10-bit HDR (no Dolby Vision), 240 Hz refresh, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth, four HDMI inputs and Samsung’s Smart Hub and Smart Remote. The Q9 is extremely thin, has nearly no bezel, and features a “no-gap” wall mount thanks to its 1.88mm transparent optical cable.

“At Samsung, we are aiming to expand our footprint in the ultra-premium TV market with our ultra-large QLED TV models that embody the perfect combination of technology and art,” said Jongsuk Chu, Senior Vice President of the Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “With their superior picture quality and innovative features, we are confident that our QLED TV lineup will continue to drive sales and solidify Samsung’s leadership in the global TV market.”

 Samsung’s QLED TV lineup

Samsung’s new QLED TV series boasts a new quantum dot technology, which uses a layer metal “quantum dots” placed in front of an LED backlight panel. Each can emit an individual hue from a palette of one billion colors. Samsung says this improves light output (up to 2,000 nits in highlights, double that of OLED) and color performance, and they’re touting it as the next step in TV evolution.

If the 88-inch model is too rich for your blood, Samsung’s QLED TV lineup also includes more affordable 55-inch, 65-inch and 75-inch models, the latter coming in at a “reasonable” $9,000.

At the end of the day, you’re always going to pay top dollar if you want the biggest, best model available. At $20,000, the Samsung Q9 is still considerably cheaper than the 120-inch VIZIO Reference Series television, which costs an incredible $130,000.

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