Don’t forget, you need content, not just a projector, screen, and power. Where’s that Blu-ray player? That satellite box is inside somewhere, right? What’s the way to get content to your outdoor setup, with the least complication? Interestingly one projector manufacturer address that more than all the others combined, although there are “outboard” (3rd party solutions as well). I’m talking wireless HDMI. That’s right, as long as the range isn’t too long, you can place an HDMI transmitter by your DVD/Blu-ray/cable box/satellite box, and plug those HDMI devices into the transmitter. The rare projector with built in wireless HDMI can receive the content, so no need to bring that other gear outside. A 3rd party example is the itrio by Peerless, which I have found to work very well, and over longer distances than several others.
But there are projectors that offer the wireless HDMI, it’s just that at this moment only Epson is offering that, in the form of two projectors, their lower cost Home Cinema 3020e, and their higher end Home Cinema 5020Ube! The 5020 I have here is the 5020UBe version. The wireless HDMI works great (even if switching takes a little longer), and allows me to plug in 5 HDMI devices back where my equipment is. Truth is, I use it in my theater, but I considered moving the 5020Ube outside for my Superbowl party, I just didn’t end up doing it. Probably next year! (Extra Tidbit: HDMI does carry the audio, so if the projector has speakers – such as the lower cost Home Cinema 3020e, then all you need outside, is the projector, and power to it, for your outdoor movie night. That means setup can take only a minute or two. (Be sure to use an outdoor safe power cord!)