I’m going to start this post with a hot tip. If you have just upgraded to a new TV and want to transfer one of those units into your backyard, use the older one for your outdoor entertainment. As long as it is less than 85mm deep it will fit a SealTV enclosure. That means any TV less than five years old usually fits! Once you have a flat screen TV on hand, the rest of the installation process is pretty simple. Here are some things to take into account in order to make your TV placement outside perfect first time around. Before we get started I do just want to put a reminder out there that you will need to use a proven outdoor weather casing to protect your TV from outdoor elements. Without protection from water, heat, dirt, theft and vandals, your indoor TV being used outside won’t last a week. ‘Proven’ means the case has an IP rating. No IP rating means no protection. SealTV Enclosures are all IP rated. See the rating categories here.

WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO INSTALL YOUR TV OUTSIDE?

1. SHADE

This is more about best viewing than anything else. You don’t want to be competing with sun glare when it comes to goals being scored. If your favourite location will get some unavoidable sun, consider purchasing a high-brightness panel available from your TV manufacturer to get the best picture quality in bright light. Most leading brands (LG, Phillips and Samsung etc) have these.

2. FACE SOUTH

If you don’t have any shade on offer from an awning, eve or gazebo, face the TV towards the south. This will mean the sun is predominantly behind your screen.

3. SHORT HDMI CABLES

If you intend on connecting anything other than an antenna cable to your TV it’s a great idea to run it through a CAT5/6 cable to the TV. From there you can use a HDMI to CAT converter to switch the signal back to HDMI format for the TV to read. Your HDMI cable should be no longer than 10 meters (max), a long HDMI cable defeats the purpose of High Definition.

4. WEATHERPROOF YOUR POWER

Just because you have an enclosed TV doesn’t mean you are fully weatherproof yet. What about the power outlet the TV is plugged into? Any outdoor plugs need to be checked to make sure they are IP Rated and installed by a licensed electrician. IP rated plugs are outdoor approved and usually have a cover between cord and connection.

5. NEVER SWAP WALL MOUNTS

The only wall mount you’ll want to consider using is one that is fully weatherproofed and heavy duty. The load that the mount will carry is intense and will need to hold up to rain, dew and harsh temperatures. Always use the SealTV weather-rated, heavy-duty mount that is provided with your case. No indoor stand will cut it.

6. UPGRADE IF YOU NEED TO

If the fixed wall mount doesn’t suit that is totally okay, upgrade to a pivoting wall mount that allows you to point the TV in different directions. You can make adjustments depending on the sun direction, number of guests or viewing location. You get the same SealTV weather-rated, load-rated security as the wall mount with the choice of direction, so ask about an upgrade with SealTV.

7. MAKE IT A FULL HOUSE

Take full advantage of the casing security and fill it up with everything you need for outdoor viewing. The casing can take a range of accessories including a WIFI connection and Apple TV. Connect any extension cords you might need INSIDE the enclosure for added safety and weatherproofing.

8. EXTERNAL SPEAKERS

You have a great viewing experience, enhance it with a great sound experience. Connect your TV to external speakers through your existing home audio or option-up your package with an external speaker kit. SealTV can provide a Speaker and Amp Kit that combines weatherproof speakers with a mini amplifier that can be installed inside the enclosure.

9. Watch the Video

Now that you know how to install it, it’s time to take action. Watch the SealTV video that will give you step-by-step instructions on installing your TV outside. http://sealtv.com.au/installation/

HOW TO INSTALL YOUR TV OUTSIDE

Step 1. WALL PLATE

Your Wall Plate gives your TV a secure resting platform. On the surface where your TV will go, measure, mark and drill the holes where the screws will go for your TV mount. Make sure the plate is sitting level by using the inbuilt spirit level indicator. Place your wall plate against the wall and secure it in place with screws. Use your spanner or shifter to tighten them correctly.

Step 2. BRACKETS

Fix the two brackets to the back of the enclosure with screws. Tighten securely.

Step 3. PREPARE CABLING

Undo the three screws for the cable cover in the top-centre back of the case. Feed your antenna cable through the gap as well as any other cables you need to connect your TV.

Step 4. HANG IN PLACE

Lift your enclosure into position and clip the brackets to the wall mount. You’ll need help for this step as it’s a 2 person job.

Step 5. PREPARATION FOR INSTALLING THE TV

Unlock both locks at the base of your enclosure to open the case. Feed the power cable out and along the top right where it will rest above the fan, and down the fan right side to connect to the power out socket at the bottom right of the case.

Step 6. FIT YOUR TV WITH BRACKETS

Fix the pair of brackets to the rear of your display screen. Ensure the screws are tight for a secure fit.

Step 7. INSERT TV

Lift TV inside the enclosure and hook the back brackets in place. N.B. This is a two-person job.

Step 8. TEST

Insert the TV Power cord into the power out plug inside the bottom right corner, connect the case to a power supply and turn on. If you are happy with the position, display and signal, lock your case in both places down the bottom.

Step 9. ENJOY!