I have a long 15' x 40' foot covered patio that extends the length of the back of my house. I would like to put a TV and sounds out on the patio. I know that I am going to mount a 32' LCD HDTV outside. I need help on how best to get video and audio outside.
Option 1 - Drill a hole. (cheapest)
The family room with the components is adjacent to the patio. I can drill a hole behind my TV to outside and run an HDMI cable from the receiver to my TV outside and install an amp to power 2 speakers outside. The receiver switches between the AT&T U-verse, XBox 360 acting as the BluRay, and the WD TV Live Plus media player.
The bad is that I will only be able to play what is being played off of the receiver in the family room. Both will be showing the same programming.
Option 2 - HDMI wireless transmitter/receiver by Peerless HDS100 (most expensive)
I could run each component to the receiver AND the HDS100 and wirelessly transmit programming to the patio TV. From there use an amp to supply and play the 2 speakers. This allows me to switch between different components than what is playing inside and also eliminates me having to drill.
The bad is that I don't know how good this wireless system is hands on. It sets up its own wireless N network that is not supposed to interefere with anything else and supply 1080p wirelessly.
Option 3 - Buy sperate outdoor components for outdoors (economical)
For the price of the Peerless HDS100, I can buy a small caninet, Denon entry-level receiver, speakers, a WD TV Live with wireless streaming and order the U-Verse wireless box for outside and have just as much capability outside as inside.
The bad is that it is a lot of electronics outside that can be stolen. Hopefully I can just weigh down the cabinet and padlock it so that it is not easily stolen.
Option 4 - ???
I am sure there are better ways than I have mentioned to get audio/video to my patio. Please feel free to offer some suggestions. I am all ears. The main things that I want is 720p video and some nice loud/clear audio outside. I would prefer surround but that is quite unneccesary for outside.
I have included a photo of the half of the patio that will have the entertainment. The TV will be mounted on the upper right on the pole between the infrared heater and the brick wall/window. You can see the power outlet on the ceiling.
Thanks everyone as always,