What makes a SkyVue TV different from an indoor TV?
It all starts with the design. Indoor TVs are designed for the controllable, mild, dry, quiet and temperate indoors. SkyVue outdoor TVs have been designed for the wet, hot, cold, dirt, insects and the ever-changing extreme conditions presented by Mother Nature.
What makes a SkyVue TV different from a competitive outdoor TV?
Only SkyVue uses exclusively the brighter and higher contrast ratio LED displays. LEDs use 40 percent less electricity, are more durable and will last twice as long as standard flat-panel LCD displays. And it’s a fact: you need a lot more audio volume when watching TV outdoors. SkyVue TVs have up to 7 1/2 times the total audio watts of any other competitor when using the SkyVue “big sound” speaker bar. Indoor TV's have a total of 14-17 watts of audio which is just adequate in most indoor settings, but don't let anyone convince you that you don't need considerably more volume when watching TV outdoors.
Are SkyVue TVs waterproof?
No, and neither are our major competitors in the outdoor TV market today. The SkyVue TV has been designed for permanent outdoor installation, and it can handle
the extremes of Mother Nature - hot, cold, wet and dry - but it was not designed to be submersed in water. Our market focus was not on scuba divers watching TV!!!
What should I do with my cable or satellite box if I want to connect it to mySkyVue Outdoor TV?
Since some technologies gain popularity faster than existing technologies, we find ourselves asking, how do we make them work together? For example what to do with your satellite or cable box once you purchase your new SkyVue TV. Keep the box inside out of the elements. You can run an audio/video cable from the box to your new SkyVue TV, and purchase the SkyVue remote control extender. This will allow you to use the remote outside as if the box were right in front of you. The SkyVue Remote Extender keeps your devices inside, your remote control outside. Simply remove a battery from your existing remote and add our battery pack, place the receiving device inside by the cable or satellite box and you can control it from outside in front of your television without having to walk inside your house.
Can I expect the same picture quality outdoors as indoors?
No, not with any outdoor TV. The visibility of any light-emitting display degrades in conditions of high ambient light. On an average sunny day, the illumination of ambient daylight is an amazing 30,000 nits, which is over 50 times brighter than current high-bright audio display panels. When viewing TV outdoors, there's exposure to extreme optical conditions such as direct and indirect sunlight, glare and reflection from the tremendous light the sun puts out. SkyVue TV panels are coated with proprietary anti-glare coating that provide a big improvement, but if you expect to be sitting in the direct sunlight and see the same HD picture quality that is provided in a darker room inside your house, you will never be satisfied with any outdoor TV on the market today.
Will moisture damage my SkyVue TV?
SkyVue TVs were designed from the start to be permanently installed outdoors. Our specially designed TV enclosures keep out water, dirt, and insects, which prevents potential damage to the electronic controls.
How can SkyVue TV enclosures keep out water but let out the heat?
Indoor TV's have a lot of ventilation holes in there housings, and these holes are there for a very good reason. Electronics put off a ton of heat, and heat damages electronics. The ventilation holes allow the damaging heat to escape the housing. The SkyVue TV housing is sealed. All SkyVue TVs come with our proprietary dual- or quad-filtered fan systems, which channel clean ambient air into the enclosure and take hot air out without letting the moisture, dirt, or insects in. The reusable filter can be easily removed and cleaned when necessary. If you want a good outdoor TV that is going to last, make sure you purchase one that has ventilation fan system installed. If you seal the holes in your outdoor TV housing to keep moisture, bugs, dirt out, you must add a fan ventilation system to channel the air in and out.
How do SkyVue TVs handle the extreme heat and cold?
SkyVue TVs will operate in conditions up to 130 degrees and down to -28 degrees Fahrenheit. These dramatic temperature extremes are made possible by the proprietary dual- and quad-filtered fan system in combination with SkyVue's proprietary internal heater system.
What is the warranty on a SkyVue TV?
SkyVue TVs come standard with a 2 year parts and labor warranty when TV is used for residential applications and 2 year warranty for commercial applications, which starts from the date of purchase.
Does SkyVue offer extended warranty packages?
Yes, extended warranties of up to 2 and 3 years are available from SkyVue, however, this extended warranties are only available at the time when you purchase your new SkyVue TV.
What if I want to use my existing mount or purchase an
indoor mount for my SkyVue television?
Indoor televisions have flat backs, and indoor mounts are made to mount to televisions with flat backs. SkyVue outdoor TV’s do not have flat backs because we have fan and EZ swap covers mounted to the back of the televisions. This makes indoor television mounts impossible to mount to SkyVue televisions without making major modifications to the mount. If you choose to use your own mount, we sell a universal kit to help adapt to most standard mounts. SkyVue is not liable for parts or installation failures when using a third party mount or accessory.
What are the top 5 reasons I should choose a SkyVue outdoor TV?
3. LED high-bright display with very high contrast ratios
4. SkyVue has designed and manufactured a full line of outdoor speaker bars. Ranging from 40 watts to an impressive 150 watts, your viewing experience will truly be one enhanced.
5. Longevity. SkyVue TVs are designed and built to last, so you will get years of enjoyment from your investment. Our dual and quad fan systems play a big part in electronic longevity in the outdoors. The best outdoor TV's sold today all have cooling fan systems installed.
Why is an LED HD display better than an LCD HD display for outdoor use?
1. Higher brightness and contrast ratios - big advantage when viewing in the very bright outdoors.
2. Require 40 percent less power
3. Lower internal heat emissions
4. Longevity - twice the life expectancy when compared to a regular LCD HD flat panel display
How are the connecting cables protected from moisture on a SkyVue TV?
SkyVue developed an easy-to-get-to, all-weather cable-entry system that keeps the ends of cables dry and at the same time allows for easy hook-up.
Should I purchase an all-weather cover?
SkyVue TVs are designed to be permanently installed in the outdoors. However, if you want to keep your SkyVue TV looking better and cleaner over its useful life, you should cover it when it's not in use. It's like a car - to best preserve its original condition, you should garage or cover it, but
you don't have to.
If I hook up a wireless cable, will my signal still be 1080 HD?
No, if you elect to hook up your SkyVue TV as cable-less, you will not get a 1080 HD signal unless you throw down some serious money. The technology to do wireless 1080 resolution is not that competitive today. So if you elect to go wireless, your odds of not getting the highest resolutions from your TV is high. Also, many wireless systems are limited in the amount of distance from the transmitter to the receiver. Any time you go through walls and the like, it takes away the distance that the wireless signal can be transmitted. If you desire the best picture viewing available, you should probably not install wireless at this time.
Why does SkyVue TV use an all-weather resin enclosure material rather than painted aluminum?
Both materials will handle the UV rays and other extremes Mother Nature throws their way. SkyVue chose not to use painted aluminum for its enclosure because aluminum makes for a heavier TV and has more of an “industrial” appearance that most customers don’t desire.
Why do I need a waterproof and floatable remote?
One of our competitors ships a standard indoor-designed remote control that when left out in the elements will quickly become useless, because it's an indoor remote control. Another competitor states that theirs are weather resistant, but it doesn't float. SkyVue remote controls are designed not only to be waterproof, but also floatable. If you are in a spa surfing channels or accidently drop the remote in the pool, you will really appreciate a SkyVue remote control.
What is the "big sound" speaker bar?
Why is sound volume so important outside?
It’s a fact: You need considerably more volume when watching TV outdoors. This became very obvious as we conducted extensive testing all of the competitive products. The answer was to design a "big sound" speaker bar (up to 150Watts of superior sound quality) of that would mount on the top of SkyVue TVs. Audio and video are the two most important things in watching TV, inside or out. Movie theaters understand the importance of audio very well. Great audio makes a world of difference in your viewing enjoyment.
What can I do with my SkyVue TV other than watching the big sporting events?
Most people initially think about watching the Big Game outdoors with friends and family, but SkyVue outdoor TVs provide much more than that. SkyVue TV gives you a chance to get out of the house and enjoy the great outdoors. You have the opportunity to play with your kids or grandkids a great game of Wii Bowling, Duck Hunt or hundreds of other fun video games available today OUTDOORS. You have the opportunity to hook up karaoke at your next awesome party. If you ever participated in karaoke, you know the need for good, strong audio. You also have the opportunity to show off in high definition the amazing photos of you and your family on your last vacation or play your favorite iPod songs. If you want to make your workouts more enjoyable, you have the opportunity to take your work-outs outside for a whole new experience.
Why is SkyVue such a great TV for a great value?
Our mission statement is to offer the best outdoor TV for the best price. We take our mission statement seriously in every step from designing our product, to choosing between outsourcing or doing it ourselves in our own plant, to choosing not to market through middlemen by selling exclusively factory direct, our company is capitalized with no debt and committed in keeping a very lean overhead cost structure. That adds up to our ability to offer the best TV and the best value. You won’t find us the lowest-priced or the highest-priced, but you will find us the best value for the best TV. This strict commitment to our mission statement combined with our passion and desire to provide the best customer service provides SkyVue TV customers with a great experience.
Why should I buy directly from the factory rather than through a middleman?
FACT: No one knows our product better than we do. We have designed it, we build it every day and we stand behind it. We take this seriously because ultimately we live or die by our performance. If you purchase a product from any middleman (Best Buy, Frontgate or an online retailer), you will never get the direct answers and knowledge that we have on our products. Not only is buying direct a better value for the person writing the check, but you will also end up with a better experience dealing with people who intimately understand the importance of the performance of their product.
Will I pay state sales tax on my purchase?
SkyVue TVs are made in our plant in South Carolina. We must charge sales tax if we ship it to an address in the state of South Carolina. When we ship outside of South Carolina, we do not have to charge sales tax. State sales tax should be considered by anyone purchasing a high ticket item. Big national companies with assets and operations in other states must charge sales tax to purchases in those states, and also the local audio video supplier in your local area must abide by these same sales tax laws. All those reasons are why we like saving you money on sales tax by selling direct.
What if I'm not confident that I can install a SkyVue TV myself?
If you don’t have confidence that you can install your own SkyVue TV properly, we advise you to find someone who can. Audio-visual installers and electricians are in most cases a very capable crowd. For installation, you pay them only for the hours they work. If you decide to purchase an outdoor TV from them, however, be prepared to pay more for your TV, because of the middleman mark-up. Also keep this in mind: installers and electricians are normally in the same state as you, which means you will be on the hook for state sales tax if you elect to purchase your outdoor TV from them.
Should I purchase an articulating wall mount over a tilt mount?
It depends on where you are going to place your outdoor TV. With the reflection and glare issues created by a moving sun producing an incredible 30,000 nits of brightness, any angle adjustment capability at your fingertips is a plus in providing you the best picture possible at that particular time. How is SkyVue able to offer nine different TV colors when the competition offers just one or 3? Unlike its competitors, SkyVue fabricates many of its own parts in house and does final assembly in South Carolina, not Asia. This allows us to respond to customer desires more easily than if we had to stock a plant in Asia or other far-flung international locales.
Does SkyVue manufacture the electronics in its TVs?
No. Outdoor television is a small market and we, like our competitors, have our electronic components made in Asia. We do, however, assemble our televisions in our plant in South Carolina.
Who owns SkyVue TV?
SkyVue TV is owned by Craig Sloan. Sloan founded a design, manufacturing and sales company called The GSI Group out of college in 1972 and grew it over the next 33 years to a small multi-national market leading company with 2,000-plus employees. In the spring of 2005, Sloan sold his company to a Boston private equity group. Since then, Sloan has discovered that he is not golfer or a fisherman, and he has naturally reverted back to his basic love of starting up and running new companies. Sloan was fortunate to do very well with his previous company and has established SkyVue TV capitalization with no debt. The SkyVue plant has numerous fabrication and assembly machines to produce outdoor TVs and enough inventory components to build a lot of outdoor TVs with no debt obligations.
What led to the decision to create SkyVue TVs?
A few years ago, Mr. Sloan purchased an outdoor TV for a roof top property he owns in uptown Charlotte, N.C. He researched it on the web, and ended up buying the cheapest outdoor TV that he could find. When he received it, he was shocked that it came in a regular Vizio TV box. Being so disgusted that he paid X times what he could of bought a Vizio at Wall Mart for, he immediately disassembed the TV, and found Guerilla Duct Tape covering the heat escape ventilation holes on the Vizio TV. The TV had no fan ventilation system added to the housing to remove the damaging heat buildup created by the electronics. Indoor TV's back housings have lots and lots of vent holes so this damaging heat can escape before it damages the electronics. He really felt ripped off, and when his TV shot craps a little over a year later from internal heat buildup, the rest of the story is history. Mr. Sloan teamed up with Joe Wiley, an experienced audio/electronics professional, and they started making plans to design and market the best outdoor TV at the best value. And by the way, all of the best outdoor TV's made today have special ventilation systems, and no Duct tape! The "so called" outdoor TV brand that Mr. Sloan purchased with no fans is still on the market today, and amazingly they still have added no cooling fans. Still today. Mr. Sloan believes that a regular indoor TV (that has ventilation holes) would of last him longer than the one he bought, or at the least as long.
Why didn’t SkyVue opt to sell its products through big box stores (Best Buy, Sears, Target, etc.), high-end catalogs like Frontgate, and to the hundreds of online retailers?
SkyVue TV's mission statement is: sell the best outdoor TV for the best value. While it would be prestigious to sell our product through large national retailers and catalog, but nothing comes for free. Big national retailers have big overheads to support, and they need high product mark-ups to make a profit to keep their shareholders happy. SkyVue TV is concerned only about its customers (the ones who will be using the product), and Sloan believes that if you take care of your customers, your company ownership will be happy in the end. SkyVue TV would rather skip the mark-up that a middleman needs to make a profit and pass that savings along to its customers. This is referred to as factory-direct marketing. Also, big national companies have assets in most U.S. states, and if they have assets in a state, they must charge sales tax. SkyVue charges state sales tax only when it ships products to residents in South Carolina. Sales tax can be significant amount when you purchase an outdoor TV and its accessories. In our opinion, the best value way for a manufacture like SkyVue to sell its product in today’s niche outdoor TV market is via the web and factory direct. Lastly, do you remember the last time you tried to get technical information on a product you purchased through a middleman when you had a problem? At SkyVue, we design our products, we make our product, we sell our product, we service our product and we stand behind our product. Our performance on a daily basis determines our success.