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Readers Beware: I'm a novice at best on projectors and all that goes with it

Finishing up the construction in our English Style brewery and came up with the idea that we'd like to open our pub up early for Football (Soccer) Matches on weekends. We have tons of open white wall space and are in a warehouse setting so tons of throwspace if we need.

We'd like to be able to have 15-25 people able to watch the screen from the brewhouse floor (most people centered about 20 feet from the wall). Hoping to be able to stream the games online directly from our NAS server, but if thats not possible our alternative would have to be a laptop sending the stream to the projector.

Any information would be phenomenal and I'll research anything you throw at me.
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You wouldn't stream to a projector.

Think of a projector just like a computer monitor. You will need to have a HDMI cable between your PC and the projector (monitor) and you will need to have the PC do all the duties of serving up video that you want to see. Either a cable television tuner, or PC, or whatever can be used to generate the HDMI video, but that is entirely on your end.

For a projector, almost any widescreen projector with lots of lumens can do what you want. If lighting is 'dim' in the space, then about 20-30 lumens per square foot will work, if the lighting is more significant, then 60-80 lumens per square foot will be required.

A projector like this:
http://www.projectorcentral.com/Sony-VPL-CW275.htm

Should be able to deliver anywhere from a 10' to 15' or possibly larger diagonal image depending on your lighting conditions.
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Quote (AV_Integrated on May 13, 2013 9:50 AM):
You wouldn't stream to a projector.

Think of a projector just like a computer monitor. You will need to have a HDMI cable between your PC and the projector (monitor) and you will need to have the PC do all the duties of serving up video that you want to see. Either a cable television tuner, or PC, or whatever can be used to generate the HDMI video, but that is entirely on your end.

For a projector, almost any widescreen projector with lots of lumens can do what you want. If lighting is 'dim' in the space, then about 20-30 lumens per square foot will work, if the lighting is more significant, then 60-80 lumens per square foot will be required.

A projector like this:
http://www.projectorcentral.com/Sony-VPL-CW275.htm

Should be able to deliver anywhere from a 10' to 15' or possibly larger diagonal image depending on your lighting conditions.

Thanks, easier to think of it that way. There aren't any windows in the brewhouse and we could probably get it to be relatively dark in there depending on how safe we feel it is around everything dimmed. We have brick walls painted pure white. Would a screen still be a good investment? Trying to get everything over to the breweries owner and hes looking at much cheaper projectors so I'm trying to not get immediately vetoed for being out of budget.
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It really depends on how important this is and how long-term the usage might be.

You don't really need a screen if the wall is a good white color, but the white will also affect the rest of the image quality due to reflections, which will hurt black levels.

Still, this is a very bright, very versatile solution which will be good long term. Perhaps giving you a 15' diagonal image, which is very large and will be exciting for use for a long time.
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If I were you, I would get a cheaper projector (~$600), tally the extra business, and use the proceeds to get yourself a very nice projector in a couple of months. If it doesn't work out and the demand isn't very high, then you haven't spent too much money on the experiment anyway.
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