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BugAC
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Outdoor TV
Building a house and will have a TV under my covered patio. My brother-in-law has a regular HD TV and has never had issues with it, but his covered outdoor area is a bit larger than what mine will be.

I am worried about moisture. Not so much rain, as i plan to have it protected from the elements, but just wondering how humidity will mess with a TV.


LSUtigerME
LSU Fan
Walker, LA
Member since Oct 2012
2044 posts

re: Outdoor TV
Have you priced an Outdoor TV?

Their cost is astronomical and difficult to justify. Even if a standard TV has a reduced lifespan, it’s cheaper long term than an Outdoor TV.

Get a cover if you want to extend the life or worried about insufficient cover and/or moisture.


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Tigerbait231
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shreveport, LA
Member since Jan 2009
500 posts

re: Outdoor TV
i have had a regular tv outside, going on 2 years now at my current house and 3 at my previous. never had an issue. Buy a cheap black friday one or open box and you are set my friend.


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LSU Wayne
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Walker
Member since Apr 2005
4109 posts

re: Outdoor TV
I have a much more cost effective solution. I have a good quality mobile flat screen tv cart on wheels that can accommodate a large tv. I typically keep it in a spare bedroom. When I want to have outdoor tv entertainment I just roll that thing outside and it’s already setup with the roku streaming wirelessly. All I have to do is plug it in and I am good to go. Much better than worrying about the tv surviving the conditions and I have dual uses for a spare room that I don’t have to worry about purchasing a tv for when we have company staying over.
This post was edited on 3/28 at 8:08 am


jmcwhrter
Member since Nov 2012
1200 posts

re: Outdoor TV
TVs are disposable now anyway, like barbecue grills..

You can spend $2000 on one that will last ten years, or you can spend $200 on one every year for ten years

Might want to keep that cash in your pocket in case of emergency


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Hammertime
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Member since Jan 2012
42224 posts

re: Outdoor TV
Get a TV on sale at Best Buy. Get a warranty on it if you're worried about the thing getting wet. If it gets wet, go back and swap it for a new one


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WavinWilly
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re: Outdoor TV
Just get a cheap normal TV. They sell covers you can get if you are concerned.
I’ll be going this route soon, the one spec I’m going to pay attention to is screen brightness. I’ll want the brightest cheapest TV I can find for outside.


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thunderbird1100
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Member since Oct 2007
56000 posts

re: Outdoor TV
Buy a tv at costco (they give you 2 year warranty even if manufacturer only give 1), use costco credit card (they extend manufacturer warranty 2 MORE years), get squaretrade warranty there (extend for another 3 years)....you're covered for 7 (2+2+3) years.

55" LG is like $399 right now, dont bu yan outdoor tv, they are hilariously overpriced.


fibonaccisquared
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Member since Dec 2011
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re: Outdoor TV
quote:

Buy a tv at costco (they give you 2 year warranty even if manufacturer only give 1), use costco credit card (they extend manufacturer warranty 2 MORE years), get squaretrade warranty there (extend for another 3 years)....you're covered for 7 (2+2+3) years.


Does Squaretrade really apply above and over existing warranties? I know there are several credit cards that will do the +1-2 years thing... Ultimately, if you are getting 3+ years coverage on a $300-500 TV, you're doing fine. If you are really concerned about humidity, you could always crack open the back and put in some silica gel packs around sensitive areas, but I wouldn't bother...


thunderbird1100
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GSU Eagles fan
Member since Oct 2007
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re: Outdoor TV
quote:

Does Squaretrade really apply above and over existing warranties?


Yes, from costco's website:
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Features:
2 Years Costco Concierge Plus 3 Years Extended Protection by SquareTrade = 5 Years Total for TVs Purchased Through Costco

This doesnt mention if you use the citi costco visa card you also get an ADDITIONAL 2 years on top of all that. So literally 7 years of warranty coverage.

55" LG is $399 at costco, plus $34.99 squaretrade = $435+tax for a 55" tv with 7 years of warranty coverage wqith costco citi card, or 5 years without costco citi card

Also, Costco has 90 days no questions asked return policy, which is much better than just about anyone.
This post was edited on 3/28 at 12:40 pm


fibonaccisquared
Georgia Fan
The mystical waters of the Hooch
Member since Dec 2011
13033 posts

re: Outdoor TV
Yup... no brainer at that point then... I think the entry level outdoor tvs are around 1300-1500 for a 43" unit. As long as this is going in a covered area, don't see any reason to spend more.


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AA7
Auburn Fan
Birmingham, AL
Member since Nov 2009
15046 posts

re: Outdoor TV
Just bought a 49 inch TCL from Target on clearance for $185. Like others have said, if it’s covered then don’t worry about buying an outdoor tv. Get a cheap cover if you’re concerned about it.


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