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How can I run this (or any other event, such as boxing) to show it outside if the weather permits, or possibly in a garage? Thanks, all you guys and gals in advance, who are knowledgeable enough to give me some ideas...ggl

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Need more information!

But let me make some assumptions: you are using a projector and a screen?

If you don't have a screen, there are loads of materials that you can use for a quick one--check the DIY screen section. A lot of people have good luck with black-out cloth stretched over a wood frame. You can also get by with a sheet of white plastic sheeting from the local hardware store, or something similar that can be painted white or light grey (to improve black levels).

If you are interested primarily in how to get the signal from your receiver to the garage, then you have a couple of options.

You can run a very long run of component (expensive). Or you can get baluns and run cat-5. Do a search on the forum. I believe fleabay has a pair of baluns that are relatively inexpensive ($80 for a pair?)

Good luck. You don't have much time!

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What I do...

My media room is directly above the outside locale where my outdoor theater is setup.

I use my projector table mounted outside, and bring a dtv receiver outside as well. I just run coax from the normal run upstairs to the receiver location outside. I connect the receiver to the projector as normal.

For audio, I use an old hitachi bookshelf system (bought in 92 probably) but it still sounds great. It's only stereo, but this is outside. It really doesn't matter. I've got the bookshelf system and the dtv receiver on the table, along with the projector.

I really haven't decided about doing this outside this year. If the forecast is warm/dry, I might be tempted. I really do understand why people want the game on a Saturday though. A Sunday evening outdoor party is not my preference.

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The game is scheduled for a 6pm kickoff. I can assume thats east coast time so anyone east of the Mississippi River can probably have a decent looking image by half time. Everyone west of the river, I doubt it will be watchable until the 4th quarter

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I'm west (barely).
It gets dark here by 5:30PM. Game would look good by halftime.


But you're right - even more reason to have the game indoors.

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I actually have a Gemmy Airblown, and Optoma HD70, and a portable sound system I use to sing/play keyboard at outdoor weddings. I just didn't know how to get the reception outside the home. I think we will be doing it under the enclosed garage, set up some tables, electric heaters, etc. I will look into these options...I'm a female, but I love watching boxing, football, etc., but it's more fun on a big screen for. Was pulling for Tito Saturday night, but Jones got him. Wow, what a comeback. I live in NC, so no hopes of my team playing a SuperBowl it seems for a looonnnnggg time...lol...but my boyfriend is a Patriots man!

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BTW, what is baluns and cat-5? LOL!

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Normally, the cable that connects from your receiver or cable box to the tv (think the yellow/red/white for composite (for low quality standard definition)), or if you are using higher quality component cable, these are three cables that are Y (green), Pb (Blue) and Pr (Red) that can carry a high definition signal.

Typically, when you run your system to another location, you don't pick up and move the receiver/cable box, but run a very long cable from the box to your long distance display. In my case, I keep my satellite receiver DVR and DVD player (and now media player) inside by my tv, but run a very long cable outdoor to my backyard to show on a projector.

You typically have to run very long cables to the backyard (or other location). If you want a high definition signal, you would have to run a very long component cable (or HDMI) to get the signal to your display. This can be very, very expensive, depending on the length. not to mention the difficulty of going through walls (because this cable can be a bit bulky, and with a long run, you would want a lot of shielding).

Another option is to run relatively inexpensive cat-5 cable (which you probably know as computer netork cable). This cable terminates with an RJ-45 plug (like a telephone plug, but with more wires inside (4-pairs of little wires that are twisted together). But in order to properly "decode" the signal after passing through these wires, you need what's called a "balun" on each end. It changes the high definition signal into a form that can be transmitted over the cat-5 cable, then changes it back so that it can be displayed. For very long runs, some people use this instead of the other (coax) cable.

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Thanks, I went to Radio Shack tonight. I saw everything except the baluns. I have the red/green/blue cable, I have a HDMI, but only like 3 ft. each. I'm thinking of going cat-5. A 25 foot was 16.99 and 50 ft only 19.99...ggl

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I have never seen baluns in a brick and mortar store, only on the internet. Ebay has some (look for component baluns)--you will need two. The ones at Ebay are a little cheaper than I have seen elsewhere.

I use them for my outdoor movie nights and they work really well.

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Typically, when you run your system to another location, you don't pick up and move the receiver/cable box, but run a very long cable from the box to your long distance display.

So how do you control changing the channel and volume, etc?

I've found it much easier to move the box, run a long coax to the box and then use easier to find (and cheaper) cables from the box to the projector.

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By George, I think I've got it! Now let me print this post and take it with me shopping...LOL!

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We never got a follow up. How did it work out?

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