Hi all, We are looking for options for an outdoor TV set up. Unfortuantely, cost is a major factor. We are in New England, and I would plan to have the TV outside from around April thorugh October (maybe early/mid November), and then store it inside in the winter. The TV will be mounted on the exterior wall of a 2 story house (cedar siding) and the only protection is the soffit on the 2nd floor. Therefore, it will be exposed to rain and a good amount of sun (partially blocked via the pergola in the morning and afternoon, so about 6-8 hours/day). I am planning on running the power cable and HDMI line from the cable box through the sill above the foundation and caulking the opening). I am considering an IR repeater or some such device to be able to control the cable box, and I am hoping to get a smart TV so that I can connect to the internet and I believe I can stream PLEX from my Mac Mini as well (?). The true outdoor TVs (Skyvue, Sunbrite, etc.) are just too expensive. Looked into the TV shield, and while I like the idea, it's kind of silly to spend $700-800 on an enclosure for a $300-400 TV. So, I am considering a Solaire soft cover. They appear to be waterproof, soft inside lining, have a back flap for cables, and zippers to keep it on in case of winds, etc. I am hoping that heat build up inside the cover is not an issue. Anyway, wanted to get some thoughts on this approach.
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1/15/14 at 6:17am