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Grab the popcorn and meet me … outside? Yes, you read that correctly. Outdoor spaces are now a trendy option for small-screen viewing, led by a proliferation of all-weather LCD TVs. “There’s little that you can do with technology that’s cooler than watching TV outside,” says Harry Blanchard, integrated systems designer at HiFi House in Broomall.

The typical customer around here: Eagles fans who want to spend their fall Sundays outside watching the game. And families like the option of movie night under the stars or poolside entertainment for the kids. Cost prohibited demand six years ago, when the first generation of the popular SunBrite brand hit stores. But prices have since moderated to anywhere from $3,500 to $8,500.

HiFi House will mount the TV and set up a universal remote control to access an indoor cable box. And thanks to an internal heating and cooling system, SunBrite TVs can withstand the hottest summer days and the most frigid winter evenings. They also have a special screen filter to cut out glare. “You can even hose them off,” says Blanchard. “They’re completely waterproof.”

HiFi House, 1001 Sussex Blvd., Broomall; (610) 544-4420, hifihouse.com.

 

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