If all goes well we should soon have the cash to finish our back porch.
Our pool is screen enclosed and semi-covered in the porch. The large porch is screened but stays pretty dry depending on prevailing winds.
In anticipation of wanting audio and video from the porch/pool and hot tub we have run speaker wire to the 4 corners of the porch and to the site for the eventual TV. The site for the TV has a cable feed and AC power (inside wall) and it is close enough to our primary entertainment center to run a wired internet drop or an HDMI too.
The attraction of the primary media center is the computer/internet that runs our netflix, amazon-prime, etc video as well as being the only DVR and high end cable box (the porch has a basic digital converter box). The downside is that I planned poorly and the surround system seems to be limited to one set of speakers, no remotes, no easy way to mirror it in A/V outside as far as I can tell.
I'm going to buy a TV to hang on the wall, thinking to go as big as I can stand to pay (I guess that's 48 to 60" or so... perhaps limited because I'd like to swing it 90 to face the hot tub). But how to feed it video and how to get sound going too? For our first event in a few months DW wants to play a movie (maybe bluray or Netflix) and show it inside and outside. I think an HDMI splitter would handle it but I read that the splitter will stop the surround sound? (the SS unit is the hdmi source for everything). After that it would be nice to play music from pandora, or a stick in the SS box, or from an iPhone... inside and/or outside. It would be nice to have some control of it from a tablet PC (or iPhone or Android...)
Has anyone done this? I am feeling like I may need to call my surround sound system (newish) a loss and start from scratch with something that can send audio to more than one place? I also keep thinking that a PC upgrade (we run our netflix et al off an old XP box we had laying about) could solve something?
A last total tangent here. Since we are semi-enclosed I am not considering paying for an "out door" TV. But still we do get condensation which can't be good for electronics. So I figured I'd buy a regular TV and mount and fashion some kind of vinyl cover to stop condensation. Any suggestions for what to use for this cover?