|An anti-reflective coating is suggested for outdoor TVs to better refract sunlight, improving visibility.|
Though outdoor TVs have a heavy-duty pedigree, they are still designed to affix to standard wall mounts. Additionally, though the TV comes packaged with internal speakers, it is not recommended for hotels to rely on them for location purposes.
“In most cases a [hotel] will be using external speakers in a large outdoor bar or other public setting,” said Craig Miller, Sr. area sales manager, flat-panel displays/hospitality for Panasonic. “Outdoor settings tend to have increased ambient noise, so an external system is usually ideal.”
“Though they are built for use outside, the TVs have all the regular inputs and outputs,” said Gretchen Gilbertson, co-founder and CEO of Seura.
Miller expects to see more outdoor displays finding their way into private tent areas for use with interactive apps that allow guests to order food or drinks. “Typically, hotels and casinos are using standard cable/satellite TV connections to bars and private areas around the [property’s] pool,” Miller said. “We have seen a few properties provide pay-per-view movies outdoors as well, but it’s not very common.”
Some companies allow customization of TVs to make them more physically appealing for hotels using them in public areas. While standard black and silver fixtures are still the most common, when used in outdoor areas, different colors may be applicable.
“From a design perspective, a taupe or sand color can blend better with exterior surroundings,” Gilbertson said. “White is popular in coastal regions, as well. It helps because the design focus for properties is on the space itself, not the technology on the space. When different colors are made available, hotels can choose a TV that fits in very well with their space. It’s easy to go with the standard black, but the option to step out of that is available now.”