Football projector ⚽ What should I look out for?

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May 14, 2021

It’s that time again, the European Championship is just around the corner. If you haven’t already stocked up on a football projector for the start of the Premier League last season, now is exactly the right time. After all, it’s nicer to be in front of the big screen with friends than in front of a small TV! However, there are a few things to consider when buying a football projector, so we have compiled the relevant points for you!


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Football projector – What do I have to look out for?

What do you have to look out for in a projector for football? What makes a football projector? Which technology is best suited for football projection? What useful features are there? Find out here! 

Light output (Lumens)

The light output is a decisive criteria for a football projector, as we usually use it in the living room or perhaps in dim light on the terrace. So it is not a typical projector found in a dark home cinema room.

For you to achieve a reasonable picture quality with the projector in the living room, it should provide 3000 lumens or more. However, there is one point to consider with this value. When comparing the values on paper, an LCD projector is a little brighter than a DLP projector. This is due to the technology. Therefore, if you are comparing a DLP projector with an LCD projector, it makes sense to choose a few lumens more.

When choosing the light output of a football projector, it depends on where you want to use it. In the living room, which you can darken somewhat with roller shutters or blinds, between 3000 and 4000 lumens are usually sufficient for a bright picture.

If you want to watch football with the projector on the terrace, there are a few things to consider. It is easiest when the championship or tournament is taking place on the other side of the globe in a different time zone, because then it is night time here. This will mean even a 3000 lumen projector can be used on the terrace. However, since the European Championship is taking place in our time zones, we have afternoon lighting conditions. In this situation, we cannot avoid darkening the area around the projector and the screen. This is best organised with a gazebo with dark fabric or a tent. This is set up on the terrace or in the garden. There should be enough space in front of it for the audience. For this use, the projector should offer at least 4500 lumens, but the more the better! With such a light output, an image width of approx. 180 cm can be realised. Take a look at our selection of daylight projectors

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To give you an idea of this, we have a blog post for you where you can learn more about our set up. It will also show you how the image looks without suitable darkening. 

Resolution

The resolution is also a point not to be ignored when it comes to a projector for football. Today, we are used to full HD resolution as the standard. Whether we have a flat screen TV in the living room, bedroom or kitchen, it offers at least Full HD resolution. In the meantime, even 4K is becoming more and more popular in the TV segment.

Since football is usually broadcast as a TV signal, it makes sense to orientate yourself on this. After all, you probably won’t use the projector just to watch football, even if at the moment that is all thats in your plans. Once the projector is in the home, it will also be used later for films, games and more. So don’t skimp on resolution!

For the price-conscious beginner, WXGA resolution (or HD ready) is the lowest we would suggest. Today, you should only go for this if your budget does not allow for a higher resolution.

In normal cases, the Full HD or WUXGA resolution is recommended, which includes the Full HD resolution. The difference lies only in the vertical resolution. While Full HD works with 1920 x 1080 pixels, WUXGA offers 1920 x 1200 pixels. With these two resolutions, you are not only equipped for football, but also for home entertainment. The resolutions can even be used for presentations.

If you have a somewhat higher budget at your disposal and want to prepare for the upcoming 4K era, you can of course also opt for 4K resolution or 4K UHD resolution. Football will be shown in 4K quality on pay TV in the foreseeable future, which is interesting for football fans. After all, after the European Championship we’ll have the World Cup and there will always be the premier league to watch! It only remains to be seen to what extent 4K transmission will become generally accepted. Take a look at our 4K projectors.

Resolutions at a glance
HD Ready1280 x 720 Pixel
WXGA1280 x 800 Pixel
Full-HD1920 x 1080 Pixel
WUXGA1920 x 1200 Pixel
4K-UHD3840 x 2160 Pixel
4K4096 x 2160 Pixel

Connections

When it comes to interfaces, there is actually not much to consider. The main thing is that the projector for football has an HDMI input. No matter whether you use a satellite receiver, a cable receiver or a set-top box for Internet TV, they all offer an HDMI output. It provides the best transmission quality and delivers the sound in addition to the picture. However, it makes more sense to run the sound through an AV receiver with separate speakers, as the projector speakers are less powerful.

In addition to HDMI cables, there are also VGA and RGB connections for analogue signals. A cinch video connection (yellow) would be the emergency solution, as it is qualitatively even further below the two interfaces mentioned above.

If you are not receiving the TV picture from a receiver but from a PC, the DisplayPort connection or USB-C would be another option for transmitting a high-quality picture in addition to HDMI.

Tip: You can find out more about connecting a projector on our website!

Technology

The projector technology has a certain influence, as already indicated in the light output. Therefore, it may matter which technology you finally choose

3LCD

3LCD technology offers natural colour reproduction, as we know it from TVs or monitors, for example. With fast movements, it shows a clear and sharp picture. Thanks to the so-called Colour Light Output (CLO), LCD projectors are always equally bright, regardless of whether the image is white or coloured. However, if you sit too close to the screen, you may notice a slight rastering.

DLP

DLP technology offers a particularly fine pixel display, which is why you will hardly notice any hatching even at close distances. It now offers the possibility of accommodating 4K UHD resolution even in more compact and thus attractively priced projectors. In addition, many DLP projectors are 3D-capable, which can play a role for home cinema fans. In terms of light output, however, they are usually somewhat inferior to LCD projectors, as the colour wheel consumes some of the light. It therefore makes sense to use a little more light output.

Other technologies

In addition to LCD and DLP technology, there are projectors with SXRD technology, LCOS technology and D-ILA technology. However, they play a subordinate role in a projector for football, as they are increasingly used in high-end home cinema projectors or special installation projectors. However, the Sony SXRD home cinema projectors offer potential for football broadcasting in the living room if the room is darkened.

Features

In addition to the above-mentioned characteristics, features can also have an influence on the suitability as a football projector. Especially when it comes to installation, flexible optics and lens shift offer greater flexibility. Wireless transmission as we know it from TVs can also play a role.

Flexible lens

The lens of a projector often depends on the price. You may know the same problem from cameras. An inexpensive projector usually only has a 1.1x or 1.2x zoom. This means you are quite limited in your choice of distance from the projector to the screen. A projector with a flexible lens on the other hand, offers a 1.6x to 2.1x zoom. This gives you much more flexibility in choosing the distance from the projector to the screen or the size of the screen.

Lens shift

When it comes to aligning the image on the screen, lens shift is worth its weight in gold. It allows you to move the image vertically and, if necessary, horizontally without moving or tilting the projector. Especially when installing on the ceiling, the lens shift function offers the advantage that you can move the image further down and the projector remains close to the ceiling. This means that it interferes less with the visuals in the room and you don’t have to move lamps around, for example. Even if you make a slight mistake during installation and the projector does not hang exactly at the point you measured beforehand, you can correct this with a reasonable lens shift.

Wireless

The selection of projectors that offer wireless image transmission suitable for football broadcasting is relatively small. The classic WLAN, as you know it from your television, is not yet developed enough for a projector to offer the necessary transmission strength. Therefore, in this case, the only option is point-to-point transmission of the TV signal. The Epson EH-TW6700W and the Epson EH-TW9300W are among the few projectors that have an integrated WLAN receiver. This is addressed by an external transmitter, which is included in the box. You connect the satellite receiver to this via HDMI.

In addition to the integrated Epson solution, there are other external solutions that you can use with most projectors. These include, for example, the celexon Expert HDMI wireless set WHD30M. You can also connect the receiver to this and send the signal from the transmitter to the receiver. The bridgeable distance can be up to 30 m, depending on the external conditions. So if you don’t want to run a long HDMI cable from the satellite or cable connection in the living room to the projector on the terrace, the celexon WHD30M is definitely a practical alternative.

In addition to the wireless signal from the classic receiver, you can also access live streams from the Internet, provided the transmission strength is right. In this case, transmission via Miracast would be a solution. The Miracast standard transmits video signals up to 1080p from a compatible device such as a tablet or smartphone to the receiver. This can already be built into the projector, such as the Epson EB-2255U, or retrofitted via an MHL adapter such as the Optoma UHD cast pro.

Frame interpolation

When it comes to fast image progressions, the interframe calculation of a projector is an advantage. Without the so-called frame interpolation, fast image movements often result in slight trailing, which is particularly noticeable in football. Since strong camera pans are used here, they are noticeable more quickly than with calm film sequences. By inserting calculated intermediate images, the picture appears much smoother. Of course, the intermediate image calculation is also an attractive feature for home cinema fans.

3D

For the football projector in general, the 3D feature is less important. However, if you want to watch not only football but also films with the projector, the situation will be different. In this case, it makes sense to make sure that the projector is 3D-capable.

It should be noted that the selection of 3D projectors in the field of DLP technology is much larger than that of LCD projectors. Here, 3D capability is mainly found in the home cinema projector segment. With DLP projectors, on the other hand, a large proportion are 3D-capable. A note on this matter: If you want to purchase a 4K projector with DLP technology, the selection of 3D-capable devices is significantly smaller than for Full HD projectors!

Football projector comparison

In the following comparison of projectors that are well suited for football, you will find models that cost up to £1000.

Acer H6536BDEpson EB-FH52Optoma HD28EBenQ TH585LG HF60LS
Resolution1920 x 10801920 x 10801920 x 10801920 x 10801920 x 1080
Lumens4,0004,0003,8003,5001,400
Contrast10,000:116,000:130,000:110,000:1150,000:1
HDMI Connections22122
MHLNoNoNoYesYes
Sports ModeYesNoNoYesNo
Gaming ModeNoNoYesYesNo
Nvidia 3D readyYesNoYesYesNo
3DYesNoYesYesNo
Speaker3W16W5W10W3W

Acer H6536BD

The Acer H6536BD is a popular multi-media projector. It offers Full HD resolution and a light output of 4000 lumens. This allows it to be used in rooms that cannot be completely darkened, which is optimal for a football projector. It also has two HDMI inputs. Here you can use, for example, the receiver of the Acer MWIHD kit, which enables wireless image transmission from the receiver. In addition, it is 3D-capable and offers the Acer Football Mode. The mode automatically adjusts the picture brightness, saturation and sharpness as well as the gamma values so that green tones are projected even more vividly.


Epson EB-FH52

The Epson EB-FH52 is a true all-rounder and is therefore popular for multimedia use. Whether for football, movie nights or gaming, the EB-FH52 cuts a fine figure. The 3LCD technology ensures vivid colours and fast image sequences. Thanks to its 4000 lumens, it copes well in most rooms. Its two HDMI inputs provide the necessary connectivity. And with its compact dimensions, you can easily transport it and take it with you to friends.


Optoma HD28e

The Optoma HD28e is also a Full HD projector and has 3800 lumens. This means it can also be used in rooms that are not completely dark. Thanks to Amazing Colour technology, it achieves an accurate Rec. 709 colour space. In terms of interfaces, the Optoma offers an HDMI input. For gamers, it even comes with a gaming mode and the Optoma HD28e is also 3D-capable. It therefore offers good specifications for multimedia use.


BenQ TH585

The BenQ TH585 uses Full HD resolution in 16:9 format and has 3500 lumens. This allows the DLP projector to be used in slightly darkened rooms. What makes the BenQ TH585 stand out as a projector for football is the sports mode. It provides a picture and sound that are tailored to sporting events. For example, when the integrated 10 watt speaker is used, the mode boosts the commentator’s voice allowing you to clearly hear them within the soundscape. In addition, the TH585 is 3D-capable, which is attractive for home cinema beginners.


LG HF60LS

The LG HF60LS Largo 2.0 is a compact LED home cinema projector. With its Full HD resolution and 1400 lumens, it is particularly suitable for darkened living rooms or the hobby room in the basement. The intermediate image calculation of the HF60LS is particularly useful for sporting events. It ensures a smooth picture flow for moving images and minimises or eliminates jerkiness in the picture. Furthermore, the HF60LS is equipped with LG’s WebOS. Thanks to this interface, it offers various apps such as YouTube that can be used directly from the projector.  


You can find even more projectors for football in our category Football Projectors! 

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4K Football Projector Comparison

As already mentioned, it can now make sense to buy a 4K projector for football. Especially if you want to use the projector not only as a projector for football, but also for home cinema, the purchase of a 4K projector is well worth considering.

Below we have included a few models in our football projector comparison that deliver a good picture even in a room that is not completely dark.

Acer H6815BDBenQ TK810Optoma UHD35LG HU70LSViewsonic X10-4K
Resolution3840 x 21603840 x 21603840 x 21603840 x 21603840 x 2160
Lumens4,0003,2003,6001,5002,400
Contrast10,000:110,000:11,000,000:1150,000:13,000,000:1
HDMI Connections22222
MHLNoNoNoNoNo
Sport ModeYesYesNoNoNo
Game ModeNoNoYesNoNo
Lens ShiftNoNoNoNoNo
3DYesYesYesYesYes
Frame InterpolationNoNoNoYesYes
Speaker3W5W4W2 x 3W2 x 8W

Acer H6815BD

The Acer H6815 is one of the 4K UHD projectors that offer a reasonable light output of 4000 Ansi Lumens. In addition, the H6815 has interesting features, one of which is the football mode. The mode automatically adjusts image brightness, saturation and sharpness as well as gamma values to project green tones even more vividly. In addition, the H6815BD is suitable for both home cinema and gaming. If required, the refresh rate can be set to 24 Hz in order to play back films in the original cinema format. Thanks to its low input lag, the H6815BD is also interesting for gaming.


BenQ TK810

In addition to 4K UHD resolution and 3200 lumens, the BenQ TK810 also offers a football mode that has proven itself in other BenQ projectors. It ensures that the colours are displayed optimally and true to life. The sound is also optimised so that you can understand the soundscape of the stadium and the commentator. Thanks to its various picture modes, it can be used for sports broadcasts as well as other events such as gaming. In terms of colour quality, it covers 92% of the Rec. 709 colour space.


Optoma UHD35

Thanks to its 3600 lumens, the Optoma UHD35 is also a candidate. Thanks to its two HDMI inputs, the projector can be connected to various sources. The UHD projector offers Rec. 709 coverage in addition to HDR compatibility. For fast sports events, the UHD35 also comes with 240 Hz support. For gamers, it also has a gaming mode. Thus, sports fans and home cinema enthusiasts are equally addressed by the UHD35.


LG HU70LS

The LG HU70LS is a smart 4K LED projector. With 1500 lumens, it is particularly suitable for darkened living rooms. It supports HDR 10 with dynamic tone mapping and 92% coverage of the DCI-P3 colour space. Thanks to webOS4.5, the projector comes with many smart features. For example, pre-installed apps such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Youtube, Spotify and more. The integrated Bluetooth connectivity for wirelessly connecting separate speakers is also interesting.


ViewSonic X10-4K

The ViewSonic X10-4K offers good conditions for use in the living room thanks to its light output of 2400 lumens. For optimal picture quality, you should darken the room a little. The 4K UHD projector is of course HDR compatible and supports the Rec. 709 standard. A unique selling point of the projector are the integrated speakers. These were developed by Harman/Kardon and deliver an impressive sound for a projector. This makes it interesting not only for football, but also for home cinema use outside of sports broadcast and its small form factor mean you can easily take it to friends.


If you still have not found the right football projector for you, take a look at more options in our category Football Projectors! 

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