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Mrs. O and I have been debating whether we need a fancy outdoor TV or just a regular TV for our covered patio. My view has always been that a regular TV would be fine because it’s well covered and wont be exposed to rain or sun and, worst case, we replace the cheap TV next season if it goes.  My theory is that these LED panels are all the same—they’re all from the same makers in China, and I’ll bet these outdoor TV makers just buy those and package them up in weatherproof enclosures (which I don’t need given the location of mine). 

TV nerd squad guy at BestBuy today was trying to convince me to buy a $3k outdoor TV as opposed to the $150 LG LED I was carrying to the front.  Just installed the LG. How long will it last?  NYC region climate. 

I’m betting this thing is humming along nicely this time next year. 

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I’v had a 32” Vizio from Walmart on my covered/ screened in  back patio for 4 years. Watch the news every morning while drinking my coffee, use it for Baseball/Football viewing  all the time. I live in central Florida, so heat and humidity are a major factor, but its worked out just fine. And... it was only $200. If it died after a year, it was worth it.

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Just now, MindCrime said:

I’v had a 32” Vizio from Walmart on my covered/ screened in  back patio for 4 years. Watch the news every morning while drinking my coffee, use it for Baseball/Football viewing  all the time. I live in central Florida, so heat and humidity are a major factor, but its worked out just fine. And... it was only $200. If it died after a year, it was worth it.

Thank you. 

 

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13 minutes ago, Otis said:

Mrs. O and I have been debating whether we need a fancy outdoor TV or just a regular TV for our covered patio. My view has always been that a regular TV would be fine because it’s well covered and wont be exposed to rain or sun and, worst case, we replace the cheap TV next season if it goes.  My theory is that these LED panels are all the same—they’re all from the same makers in China, and I’ll bet these outdoor TV makers just buy those and package them up in weatherproof enclosures (which I don’t need given the location of mine). 

TV nerd squad guy at BestBuy today was trying to convince me to buy a $3k outdoor TV as opposed to the $150 LG LED I was carrying to the front.  Just installed the LG. How long will it last?  NYC region climate. 

I’m betting this thing is humming along nicely this time next year. 

Watching golf by the pool on the same TCL you bought. All I worry about is keeping it dry.

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I’ve had an LCD TV on my screened porch for 13 years now. I can’t recall if I replaced it once or not. I think I did get a bigger one maybe 5-6 years ago, but I honestly can’t recall. Either way, buying a $3k outdoor TV in a covered area is stupid as hell and just a nice commission for the nerd. Unless it was completely uncovered, there’s no need for that and honestly if it’s uncovered you probably couldn’t watch it with the glare unless it was at night.

I will suggest something that I haven’t used much, but depending upon your back yard area. I did install the exact same TV mount on my back patio and an extension cord (outdoor) that I hid in the bushes. I can put the TV on the screened porch onto the wall next to the grill area. I don’t use it much at all, but it is there. We don’t have as many parties in the back because it seems like we are at baseball or football every weekend anyway now that my boys are bigger. Again, I don’t recall how you are setup but with Internet TV, Firesticks and WiFi, one TV mount with power gets you TV anywhere. The mounts I have have a hand screw with a plastic knob so it’s easy to move and hang on the other mount. 

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Same. Some $200 Samsung from Sam's. Been about 2 years now, and working fine kept out all winter and summer.  It's pretty well covered, though a good sideways rain might get it a little (outlet is GFCI). 

Actually, it never occurred to me that they made "outdoor TV's". Doesn't surprise me, just never thought about it. Don't know how much an "outdoor TV" costs relatively, but I'm not interested in spending too much on a TV that I'm putting outside. 

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18 minutes ago, Uruk-Hai said:

I have one mounted under the covered portion of my deck. It hangs from a bracket. When bad weather or winter is coming, I just lift it off the bracket and move it inside.

This is an option for me. Would have to take out one screw to remove it from the mounting arm. Not too bad.  But really I’m just curious now to see it last through the seasons. So I’ll probably roll the dice. 

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11 minutes ago, Otis said:

This is an option for me. Would have to take out one screw to remove it from the mounting arm. Not too bad.  But really I’m just curious now to see it last through the seasons. So I’ll probably roll the dice. 

You could probably hire someone to do that for you 😄

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4 hours ago, Otis said:

This is an option for me. Would have to take out one screw to remove it from the mounting arm. Not too bad.  But really I’m just curious now to see it last through the seasons. So I’ll probably roll the dice. 

I’m in NC so the winters aren’t bad but we do get some nasty thunderstorms. I don’t take mine in at all. All our outdoor and garage outlets are on a GFCI, so no issues there. Honestly, the winter time is sometimes some of the best outdoor viewing. The summer can be too hot even at night, but Fall, Spring and Winter are nice and I just have screens. Only times I take it down were when we went away for a week, although at 5-6 years old now and cheap as ####, I don’t bother now.

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19 hours ago, avoiding injuries said:

I keep mine up all year round on my covered patio. I keep a cover on it when it isn’t on. Going on year 3. 

The first year I unplugged it when the temps got below freezing or close (40ish). This past year I put a throw blanket over the TV and under the cover. Plugged in all winter and no issues. 

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i have one on my screened porch for sports viewing mainly.  nothing like a ranger game in the fall outside.  i keep it covered with a bbq cover like for an egg or something.  it’s cheap and has lasted 8 years.  sometimes bigger isn’t better.

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1 hour ago, Rirruto said:

Is there really anything an "outdoor" tv can do that this cover from amazon can't for under $50? Tons of restaurants/sports bars have tvs on their covered patio, and I can't imagine very many of them are dropping thousands of dollars for them.

No and I’ve never had a cover. For 13 years, one Westinghouse LCD (I think it failed more because of the brand) and one Vizio. It’s on a screened in porch so not fully exposed. The “outdoor” TVs are a ripoff. That cover is probably more than enough even if it isn’t under a roof.

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11 minutes ago, flapgreen said:

Building a covered porch next to our pool right now. Had considered a TV but I think I kind of like the sound of nature out back without a TV. 

I resisted for most of the first season of our covered patio, but finally relented. It was pretty awesome sitting out there on a breezy day watching golf. We won’t always turn it on, but nice to have the option. 

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21 minutes ago, Otis said:

I resisted for most of the first season of our covered patio, but finally relented. It was pretty awesome sitting out there on a breezy day watching golf. We won’t always turn it on, but nice to have the option. 

We don’t use it a ton, especially when we are on the patio, grilling and at the fireplace but I remember being outside with my boys at night watching Hells Kitchen (before it sucked) and other shows out on the porch at night. Once the boys got bigger and there wer way more night activities, it’s slowed down but it’s really at night when it’s not hot out that it’s nice to sit outside and watch a show. We’ve got one son at Clemson now and another starting high school so as an empty nester in 5-6 years, I can imagine using it way more. Oh and hot tub weather is coming soon so I’ll get that all setup again and you can watch a game while in the hot tub.

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I’ve had a regular TV mounted on the wall outside under the eaves for years. Throw a cheap cover on it when not in use. Great for escaping the family and watching football on the back patio.

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I've got something similar to Culdy under most likely a similar overhang.  It's a Sorny* and has lasted at least 5 years with no signs of quittin'.  I've got a Dish Network Joey out there hooked up to it, just sitting on a shelf below it, and it too is going strong.

 

*cheap ### knockoff brand

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52 minutes ago, Ditkaless Wonders said:

I think the big problem for Otis will not be the weather but those birds from hell that get into his covered patio.  They will probably try nesting on top of the T.V. and will be ####ting down the screen constantly.

Future Otis thread; "Super Bowl party this weekend and squirrels have nested in my outdoor TV.  Guy wants 5k to eradicate."  

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Ya, just installed one a few weeks ago. Basically with the same plan. TV's are cheap, if it craps out in a couple years oh well.

If your TV is not directly exposed to moisture (i.e. uncovered) I wouldn't sweat it.

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21 hours ago, Otis said:

I resisted for most of the first season of our covered patio, but finally relented. It was pretty awesome sitting out there on a breezy day watching golf. We won’t always turn it on, but nice to have the option. 

why not just buy a house on a golf course?

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On 8/24/2019 at 4:31 PM, MindCrime said:

I’v had a 32” Vizio from Walmart on my covered/ screened in  back patio for 4 years. Watch the news every morning while drinking my coffee, use it for Baseball/Football viewing  all the time. I live in central Florida, so heat and humidity are a major factor, but its worked out just fine. And... it was only $200. If it died after a year, it was worth it.

32" egads! Even Oats butler's butler needs at least a 40"

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6 hours ago, Ditkaless Wonders said:

I think the big problem for Otis will not be the weather but those birds from hell that get into his covered patio.  They will probably try nesting on top of the T.V. and will be ####ting down the screen constantly.

#### didn’t even think of this. Next spring is going to be all out war. 

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4 minutes ago, JoeSteeler said:

32" egads! Even Oats butler's butler needs at least a 40"

Actually put a 32” in mine as well. Anything more on an outdoor patio would be garish. 

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