Where Television
meets the great outdoors

Question: Why watch TV outdoors?
Answer: To extend the enjoyment of watching sports and movies, or playing games to your backyard. Never miss the big play again because you were outside getting a burger and the TV was inside. Enjoy a romantic comedy under the stars. Families can now enjoy playing the latest video games in the fresh air.

Question: Why do I need an "outdoor" TV?
Answer: Just like anything else that you place outside an outdoor TV is weather protected and specifically designed for outdoor use. Would you put your sofa from the family room in your backyard? How about the kitchen stove? You would most likely purchase an outdoor Grill, and a patio set…both designed for outdoor use. An indoor TV is not suitable for use outdoors for many reasons.

  • Sunlight/Daylight will cause the picture on your indoor TV to appear washed out so CINIOS uses higher brightness screens with anti-reflective, anti glare treatments that results in better picture quality in daylight conditions

  • Indoor TVs have vents at the top to allow damaging heat to dissipate. These vents allow rain and dirt to enter the inside of a standard TV set. Water and moisture can damage the electrical components of a television and cause it to malfunction. CINIOS TVs have an IP rating of 55…which means they are well protected against spraying water from all directions and dust/dirt particles and.

  • Corrosion is another enemy of an indoor TV. Protection is required for the circuitry (inside) and any part of the TV that is exposed to the elements (outside), like the bezel and chassis. CINIOS uses a silicone coating on internal circuitry to provide moisture protection. The metal chassis and bezel is made of anti corrosive metal.

  • Also, the temperature at the surface of the screen on a sunny day can often reach very high levels which can cause damage to an indoor if not properly ventilated. CINIOS employs a fan ventilation system to keep things cool and working properly

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Question: What is an IP rating?
Answer: An IP (Ingress Protection) rating indicates the external conditions LCD displays can withstand and describes the level of protection during use when exposed to moisture and dust entering the display. The first number lists the ability to protect against dust. A "5" rating means the unit is well protected against dust. The second number lists the level of protection against moisture. A "5" rating indicates that the display is protected from jets of water from all directions and still operates.

Question: Will using a standard TV outside void my warranty?
Answer: YES in most cases it will. Most standard indoor televisions are specified for operation up to 104° F. Operating it when temperatures are higher than that can be cause for terminating the warranty. Also, a typical warranty does not cover misuse or accidents from "water spillage" or rain. Check with the manufacturer to be sure.

Question: What is the warranty on CINIOS Backyard TVs?
Answer: CINIOS televisions come with a 1 year limited parts and labor warranty from the date of original purchase from an authorized retailer or installer. See warranty policy for details.
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Question: Do I need a heater in my outdoor TV?
Answer: Not necessarily. A heater may be a good idea if you plan to use your television often in temperatures well below 20°F.  And remember, those heaters have to remain plugged in 24hrs a day - that's alot of electricity to waste to watch TV in very cold temperatures.

Question: What is "sunlight readable"?
Answer: The picture of a standard indoor LCD television tends to become "washed out" when viewed in full daylight conditions. This is due to the much higher levels of ambient light (sunlight) versus inside your home. Good picture quality requires a higher brightness rating than an indoor TV to produce a clear crisp picture regardless of light conditions. All CINIOS TVs incorporate higher brightness screens that are up to 2 times brighter than an average indoor TV. Also, CINIOS TVS feature an easy to use DAY/NIGHT brightness adjustment in the picture menu to allow for proper settings no matter when you are watching.

Question: Do I need a super high brightness screen for outdoor viewing?
Answer: It depends on what your requirements are. Most of the super high brightness screens (800cd/m or higher) were designed for commercial installations like an airport or hotel pool deck that are exposed to direct sunlight for long periods and need to be seen from long distances. These commercial grade screens typically generate more heat and consume a significant amount of power. The brighter the backlight, and therefore the brightness rating, the greater the thermal issue. For residential use CINIOS has designed its Backyard TVs to strike a balance between having sufficient brightness for outdoor viewing while keeping power consumption (and energy costs) and resulting excess heat to a minimum and delivering an excellent outdoor viewing experience.

Question: What is the Difference between a standard LCD TV and one using LED backlight technology?
Answer: The primary difference between a standard LCD TV and one that uses LED backlighting is that the LED version consumes up to 40% less energy than standard LCD TVs which saves energy and money!

Question: How will I know if an "outdoor" TV is really protected from the elements?
Answer: The only true and accurate method for determining if your outdoor TV is really designed to withstand being outside is by knowing the IP (Ingress Protection) rating given to the set. An IP rating tells you what level of water and dust/dirt protection your TV has. CINIOS TVs have an IP rating of 55…which means they are well protected against dirt particles entering the set and spraying water from all directions.
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Corrosion protection is also required for the circuitry (inside) and any part of the TV that is exposed to the elements (outside), like the bezel and chassis. CINIOS uses a silicone coating on internal circuitry to provide moisture protection. The housing of the TV is made with corrosive resistant metal.

Also, a ventilation or fan system is necessary in order to keep the TV cool when temps get hot as well as to guard against condensation build up. CINIOS uses a fan ventilation system to keep the unit cool and condensation free.

Question: How do I program a remote control other than the one that came with my Backyard TV?
Answer: We strongly recommend that you use the supplied waterproof remote control as it is designed to be protected from damage from water and other nasty outdoor stuff…. and keeps your "indoor" remote safe where it belongs…inside! However, if you decide to use another programmable remote control you should refer to the owners manual for that remote or it's manufacturer's web site. Or use the codes provided in the
Support section.

Question: My TV is on but there is no picture. What should I do?
Answer: Insure that all cables and connectors are securely connected to the appropriate inputs. Make sure that you have selected the proper source/input. On the TV's menu screen, select "source" and choose from the options listed that matches the actual connection of your television source. Refer to the owner's manual for additional information.
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Question: What is the best location for my Backyard TV?
Answer: For best viewing results any residential outdoor TV should be placed in a somewhat covered area and not be exposed to direct sunlight which will diminish the picture quality due to the "washed out" effect created by very bright sunlight competing, and winning, with the backlight of the television. Additionally, all LCD TVs can endure up to a maximum temperature of 170° F at the panel itself. Direct sunlight on a hot day can cause temperatures to approach that level…think about how hot the inside of your can get on a hot day with the windows rolled up and you will quickly see how direct sunlight can heat up your TV's LCD panel. CINIOS TVs are designed to operate properly in all types of weather and light conditions. However, we recommend that the TV be placed in an area that is not exposed to direct sunlight.


Question: Do I really need a cover for my outdoor TV?
Answer: CINIOS Backyard TVs are designed to be installed outside year-round. However, if you want to keep your CINIOS TV looking great longer, it is best to cover it when it's not in use. Just like a car should be garaged or covered to keep it better looking, so should an outdoor TV.

Question: Do I need to have my outdoor TV professionally installed?
Answer: Not necessarily, but it is recommended to ensure that local codes are met, to ensure a sturdy mounting solution is used, that proper and professional cable connections are implemented and to aid in minimizing direct sunlight for maximum picture quality.
If you decide that you want to use a professional you can find one at www.cedia.org

Question: Can I use an antenna with my CINIOS TV?
Answer: Yes. For local stations an antenna is often a good choice. But make sure that you choose one that is made for outdoor use. It is also a good idea to check to see if you will get good reception in your area using an antenna. Contact your local TV stations.

Question: What do I do if I see blacked out splotches on the screen?
Answer: This is likely due to very high internal temperature inside the TV. You should power off the TV and remove it from direct sunlight. Such high temperatures for long periods can permanently damage the TV. After it cools, you can power on to check for permanent damage. Relocate the TV mounting so that it avoids direct sunlight on the front panel, and rear if possible also. If not possible, it is suggested not to operate the TV while it is in direct sunlight and the air temperature is high.

Question: Why is there condensation or water droplets inside the panel screen?
Answer: Outdoor weather can be very extreme even when it seems a normal day to us.  Rapid changes in humidity and temperature can create short term effects that cannot be avoided without very costly systems.  Condensation can occur, however the CINIOS TV WeatherProtect System provides not only provides moisture protection for the electronics, but the fan ventilation system will clear internal condensation when powered on.  It is temporary and not harmful long term.

Question: Why do I need a waterproof remote control?
Answer: Indoor remotes are not protected from water damage from rain, condensation, or backyard sprinklers. CINIOS remote controls are designed to be waterproof, and they float too! If you are enjoying a movie while relaxing in your pool or spa and accidently drop the remote in the water, you will be happy and relieved that you have a CINIOS waterproof remote control instead of an expensive, unprotected home theater remote.

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