Thanks to some good advice here I think I have a plan for my outside video solution. The TV now has a direct cable feed and will soon get an HDMI split off my indoor entertainment system. At this point that would be the HDMI output of my surround sound that will switch the Roku3 streaming device, DVR, DVD, and (for now) cable digital box. I can fish a 25' HDMI from the splitter to the TV outside without much trouble, in fact I have a nice chase set up already to get the surround sound fed from my attic so I can feed more cabling as needed, including easy access to all the outside speaker wiring.
I saw an audio question here already, but I thought I'd tee this up too. As I'm writing this I think I see my problem and I think there is only one solution... but I'm hoping someone here knows about products that help me.
I am thinking that the HDMI split off the surround sound will not work I'm pretty sure the SS output has stripped the audio from the signal and that when I split it I'll have no audio outside at all. Sadly my (quite new) SS setup is a single zone, so I can't pull my outdoor speaker wires back to that amp to get audio.
I see two ideas here... I can try to figure out how to split the HDMI at the input to the SS instead - but that would limit which sources feed outside too. Despite limitations I think I'll end up doing this first as an interim step.
I'm guessing the ultimate solution needs to be a dual zone SS? Do they make these designed to run two A/V environments that are either slaved or independent? Assuming I figure this out for the various video sources, what should I be considering for the audio inputs? Any suggestions for how to manage the remote control? I've got an Android tablet the does the pool controls, ideally I'd like an app there to help with the A/V too: sources, volume/mute, etc. Seem possible? Things to consider?