Wet, Wild, and Totally Watchable!

Wet, Wild, and Totally Watchable!

It’s summer time and the livin’s easy. If you want to entertain more outdoors this season, then you’re gonna need some charcoal, a selection of frosty beverages and a good outdoor TV! As you begin your quest for an outdoor television, inevitably you’ll find they are more expensive than their indoor brethren. But for good reason: Outdoor TVs are designed with the intent to stand up to Mother Nature and all she has to throw at them. With these few tips on buying—and getting the most out of—an outdoor TV you’ll be well on your way to having the backyard that everyone wants to visit this summer to watch Wimbledon or the Summer Olympics. We’re here to help get you ready for serious outdoor action! Don’t put an indoor TV outdoors Never, ever, put indoor TVs outdoors. Indoor TVs are meant to be in light-controlled environments. Therefore, they won’t stand a chance against direct and often indirect natural sunlight and will falter when wet like the Wicked Witch of the West. Outdoor TVs are made to be much brighter than indoor models, performing better in sunny situations. While we always recommend a bit of shade, a TV built for the great outdoors offers a better experience, with some even marketed as “direct-sun” tolerant. Look for other features like rust-proof exteriors and all-weather back compartments that house devices like a streaming player (Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, or Chromecast, for example), protecting them from water and temperature extremes. Speaking of which, you’ll want to check the TV’s ability to function at various temperatures. Some models are operational from -24...
Why Not Add Some Speakers and maybe a TV to Your Outdoor Living Space

Why Not Add Some Speakers and maybe a TV to Your Outdoor Living Space

Looking to add square footage to home? It’s time to look beyond the four walls of your home. As more and more homeowners choose to remodel their homes, they’re finding additional living space in their own backyards…literally. The concept of a backyard is being redefined from green grass, a small patio with table and chairs to outdoor living spaces that include kitchens and bars, sitting areas and hot tubs. Thanks to advances in outdoor heaters and patio fireplaces, you can even enjoy your outdoor living space all year round whether it’s an extension off your master suite, a second kitchen or an alfresco dining room. Like your indoor living space, your outdoor living area should be divided into distinct rooms or areas. You’ll want to determine what purpose will each “room” or space will serve and how much square footage should be dedicated to each area. With proper planning and guidance from one of our trained custom installers, you can make the most of your newly found living space. Once you decide what purpose each area will serve, you can then begin the transformation. Beyond pergolas, outdoor furniture and barbecues, there’s a ton of A/V equipment designed to help make the great outdoors feel a little bit more like home. Outdoor TVs Home entertainment is as much a part of outdoor living as grills and pools. Flat-panel TVs—including HDTVs—that have been specially treated to withstand elements such as extreme temperatures (hot and cold), dust, humidity and moisture allow you to enjoy your favorite shows and movies outside, whether it’s college football on a Saturday afternoon or family movie night....