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Selecting a TV for Outdoor Spaces

by Michael Webster

As summer and the warmer months roll around, an outdoor TV is a great entertainment solution for social gatherings, family movie nights, backyard barbecues, and anything in between. Advances in technology have now made it possible for you to take in your favorite content from any location, rain or shine. However, choosing the right TV for your deck or patio is not a one-size-fits-all process.  

We’ve outlined a few helpful things to consider when looking for an outdoor TV for your space. 

Weather Resistibility 

Outdoor TVs are designed to tolerate all kinds of weather, and you have a few options when choosing what level of weather protection is ideal for your setup. Most outdoor TVs are built with rustproof and hydrophobic systems, allowing them to withstand rain, snow and sunshine.  

In addition, some outdoor TVs have screens engineered to withstand the elements. Alternatively, some people opt to simply place a regular TV inside a protective case or enclosure. The decision mainly comes down to budget and personal preference. 


Where you place your outdoor TV matters, particularly when it comes to whether you’ll have full-sun exposure or, instead, a partially shaded, covered area. Outdoor TVs placed in partially covered areas usually only have internal weatherproofing, whereas TVs that experience full-sun exposure require additional external protection and recalibrated screens for optimal brightness.  

The more direct sunlight an outdoor TV gets, the more brightness and glare resistance you’ll need. Another consideration to keep in mind is that your outdoor TV should never be too close to a grill or fireplace — display elements can melt when subject to extreme temperatures.  

Activity Level 

The level of activity that may occur surrounding your outdoor TV matters as well. For example, if the location where you are wanting to mount your outdoor TV is susceptible to a football or frisbee to the screen, you may want to look for additional protective measures, such as a glass shield or stronger aluminum casing to protect your TV. These extra measures will also help shield the display from other factors, such as weather, dust and insects.  


Finally, size is a seemingly simpleyet important factor when it comes to choosing an outdoor TV. Outdoor TVs range in size from 32 to 75 inches. When picking a size, acknowledge your audience. What’s the seating area like? Where will the audience be positioned in relation to the screen? What kind of content will be shown? These are all questions to consider when making the final decision. 

In addition to an outdoor TV, you might want to consider weatherproof speakers or remotes to go with it, or even a TV cover for extra protection when it’s not being used. Although not necessary, these accessories will only amplify your experience using outdoor TVs. 

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