Where Television Meets
the Great Outdoors

Question: Why watch TV outdoors?
Answer: Extend your enjoyment of watching your favorite TV shows, sports and movies to your backyard, around the pool, on the patio, from the hot tub. Never miss the big play again because you were outside getting a burger and the TV was inside. Elevate backyard entertaining to a whole new level!

Question: Why do I need an "outdoor" TV?
Answer: Just like any product that stays outside, an outdoor TV is weather-protected from the elements, has higher brightness to overcome the bright sun and is specifically designed for the rigors of outdoor weather and temperature extremes. An indoor TV is not protected from rain & snow, nor extreme temperatures, or humidity. And worse, placing an ordinary indoor TV outside immediately voids its warranty.

  • Sunlight/Daylight will cause the picture on your indoor TV to appear washed out so CINIOS uses very high brightness screens resulting in high performance picture quality in all light conditions.

  • Indoor TVs have vents at the top to allow damaging heat to dissipate. However those vents allow rain and dirt to enter the inside of the TV. Water and moisture will damage the electrical components inside causing it to malfunction. CINIOS TVs have an IP rating of 55....which means they are well protected against spraying water and blowing rain from all directions and dust/dirt particles.

  • 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 water (rust) and sunlight (UV rays). CINIOS uses a silicone conformal coating on internal circuitry to provide moisture protection. And the metal chassis is galvanized to be rust-proof.

  • Outdoor temperatures on a sunny day can reach very high levels which can damage to an indoor TV if not properly ventilated. CINIOS employs an automatic temperature sensor and a triple ultra-quiet fan ventilation system to keep things cool and working properly day after day.

  • Click Here for a Comparison of Indoor TVs vs. CINIOS Backyard TV >>

Question: What is an IP rating?
Answer: An IP (Ingress Protection) rating indicates the external conditions the unit can withstand from water and objects, and describes its level of protection. The first number lists the ability to protect against dust and objects that can enter. A "5" rating means the unit is highly protected against dust particles. 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 - such as driving rain and spraying water.

Question: Will using a standard TV outside void my warranty?
Answer: YES. Indoor TV warranties specifically state they are void if used outdoors. In addition, most ordinary indoor televisions are specified for operation only up to 95° F. Operating it outdoors - where temperatures are higher, can cause failure. A typical warranty does not cover misuse or accidents from "water spillage" or rain.

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 such as Amazon.

Question: Do I need a heater in my outdoor TV?
Answer: Not necessarily. A heater may be a good idea if you plan to watch your television often in temperatures below -5°F.  However, those heaters have to remain plugged in 24hrs a day - that's alot of electricity to waste to watch TV in extremely 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 high brightness screens that are up to 6 times brighter than an average indoor TV. They feature an automatic brightness sensor to adjust the display brightness for best performance no matter what time of day or night 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 (2000cd/m or 'nits', and higher) were designed for commercial installations like an airport or hotel pool deck that need to be seen from very 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 home outside use, CINIOS has designed its Backyard TVs to strike a balance between having plenty of brightness for outdoor viewing in full sunlight, while keeping power consumption (and energy costs) and the resulting excess heat to a minimum.

Question: How do I watch TV outdoors with a Streaming Media Stick like a Chromecast, Fire stick or Roku stick?
Answer:The rear cable box area is alrge enough to accomodate most streaming media sticks. Simply plug it into the HDMI port and route it's power cable if it has one thru the cable cover corners. Replace the cable cover tightly to protect from the weather. Note -- the cable cover is metal and will severely limit the WiFi signal strength and may not reach the media stick for streaming reliably. Solutions are to locate your WiFi router closer to the TV location, use only high strength streaming media sticks, or leave the cable cover off the TV (which is not recommended as this exposes the cable area to the weather).

Question: Are CINIOS Hurricane TVs 'smart TVs'? Can they connect to a home network over WiFi?
Answer: CINIOS TVs are NOT a smart TV. They do not have a wireless connection of their own. You can plug in a streaming media stick into the HDMI port for Internet connection. Also, you can plug in a flash drive into the USB port that contains music, videos, and photos and view them using the remote control by changing the TV source to the USB port.

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 using LED backlighting is that LEDs consume up to 40% less energy.

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.
Click here for our Comparison Chart >>

Corrosion protection is also required for the circuitry (inside) and any part of the TV that is exposed to the elements (outside). CINIOS uses a silicone conformal coating on internal circuitry to provide moisture protection.

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.

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 by 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 on how to enter the hex codes of the Cinios remote. Our hex codes for each remote button are provided in the product manual online at Cinios.com 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. Check the AC power cord if the GFI has been triggered for a ground fault - simply push the button again to reset the circuit. Refer to the owner's manual for additional information.
Quick Start Guide >>

Question: What is the best location for my Backyard TV?
Answer: For best viewing results any residential outdoor TV should be placed to minimize direct sunlight which will diminish the picture quality due to the "washed out" effect created by very bright sunlight competing with the backlight of the television. Additionally, most LCD displays 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. CINIOS TVs are designed to operate properly in all types of weather and direct sunlight conditions. However, we recommend that the TV be placed in an area that is not exposed to direct sunlight for long periods.

Illustration of how to face the TV display away from direct sunlight exposure

Question: Do I need a cover for my outdoor TV?
Answer: CINIOS Backyard TVs are designed to be installed outside year-round and do not require additional protection. However, if you want to keep your CINIOS TV always looking great, using the included durable TV dust cover when it's not in use will keep away dust and rain water spots.

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. CINIOS TVs include a sturdy wall mounting bracket in the box and a GFI AC power code so you can easily do-it-yourself.
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 can be a good choice. Be sure that you choose one that is made for specifically for outdoor use.

Question: Can a CINIOS TV be used on a tabletop instead of wall mounted?
Answer: Our TVs are meant to be wall mounted. There is no stand from CINIOS for this purpose. Due to their weight, it is not recommended to use the TV on a tabletop. To do this properly requires purchasing a separate universal stand that is rated to support the weight of our weather-protected TV even in high wind.

Question: What do I do if I see blacked out splotches on the screen?
Answer: This is likely due to very high external surface temperature from prolonged direct sunlight on the LCD display. 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 extended direct sunlight on the display. CINIOS employs an automatic temperature sensing, ultra-quiet triple fan ventilation system to keep the TV cool and operting properly.

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.  Rapid changes in humidity and temperature can create short term effects that cannot be avoided without very costly systems.  Although random condensation can occur, it is temporary and will dissipate, and not be harmful long term.

Question: Why do I need a waterproof remote control?
Answer: Yes. Many outdoor TV brands do not provide a waterproof remote. And indoor remotes are not protected from water damage from rain, condensation, or backyard sprinklers. Or when the kids drop them in the pool or leave them out when it rains! CINIOS remote controls are waterproof, and they float too if you drop them in the pool!