Why using a domestic TV in a commercial environment is a bad idea?

Often choosing the right TV for your hospital or care home can be a confusing task due to the large variety and availability of screens. However, when purchasing a large number of screens for a hospital, it is very important to make the right decision before investing in TVs that won’t fit your establishment. In fact, one of the most common mistakes business owners make when purchasing TVs is getting attracted by the low price point of domestic TVs and end up facing key issues that can be eradicated by choosing Commercial TVs instead.

As healthcare (commercial) TVs are specifically built to run from 16/7 to 24/7 hours per day and are packed with a range of healthcare-specific features, they are much more suited for use in a professional setting. These TVs are built eradicate some of the most common issues with domestic TVs used in a commercial environment.

Data Privacy

With the growing demand for more secure data storing and customer data protection, making sure patients are safely using the TV in your hospital/care home is crucial to any business. For instance, imagine that a patient or a family member is at your healthcare establishment and, while using your smart TVs, they decide to access their private emails, log into their personal social media accounts or even add their credit card details to purchase on-demand content.

All this information is put on the TV and, if using a domestic screen, is stored until the user has logged out. Now image the patient or family member leaves and another patient arrives in the same room – all data from the previous patient (his/her email, social media accounts logged in and credit card set up) are still stored on the TV.

When used at home, consumer TVs are designed to keep all this information stored, understandably, to make the user’s experience quicker and more seamless. However, when multiple users are involved as would be the case in a hospital or care home, keeping such personal data becomes a major risk for the residents, which the hospital or care home is liable for.

Therefore, commercial-grade TVs have built-in security settings, ensuring the safety of anyone using the TV’s features. The main use for this feature is to reset the TV and log out of all accounts after the TV has been turned off for a certain amount of time. This data wipe can be set at certain intervals if time or every time the TV is off by default. This will protect your patients’ personal data and give them the confidence to use all TV features.

Warranty

One of the most prominent issues with using a domestic TV in healthcare environments is its warranty. Often, business owners are drawn by the cheap price of a domestic TV, not realising that these TVs’ warranty is void when used in a commercial environment. As domestic TVs are not fit for the extensive use in a business, TV manufacturers would simply not accept any warranty repairs.

In most cases, businesses are buying anything from 20 to 200+ screens, which is simply too big of an investment to put in TVs without appropriate warranty cover. In fact, the little saving that can be made on the price of a domestic TV can rarely justify the costs associated with any replacement or/and repairs in the long run.

Commercial TVs, however, and specifically built for prolonged use in hospitality, retail or healthcare. Most commercial displays typically offer a minimum of 2-year warranty – with some extending to 3 or 5 years. Furthermore, unlike domestic service where you usually have to send the unit for repairs, the commercial warranty usually also covers on-site visits, making it quicker, easier and more cost-effective for businesses to replace a commercial screen.

Commercial Settings

Another reason to scrap the idea of building domestic TVs for your business is the exclusive range of healthcare-specific settings and features that a commercial TV offers. In contrast to consumer TVs, these commercial-grade displays offer much more control to the business owner over how the TV behaves and what the patients can and cannot do.

For instance, some of the main commercial-specific features include:

Price

Finally, as the cost is a major factor in decision making for businesses, often business owners are tempted by the low price of domestic screens when choosing their TVs. In most cases, consumer TVs end up being used in commercial environments because of the assumption that they are more cost-effective or because of the lack of knowledge about commercial displays.

While in most cases commercial TVs are slightly more expensive than domestics, the price difference is usually not major and offers much more control and functionality to the hospital/care home than a consumer TV will. In fact, many leading TV brands, such as Samsung, Philips, LG, etc., invest in extensive Research & Development to ensure their commercial TVs are a better fit and offer all needed features for use in a hospitality setting.

Furthermore, commercial TVs offer better warranties and can come very close to domestic TV prices in large quantities as TV resellers offer discounts on larger orders. With longer warranties and better durability, these TVs are much more cost effective long term than domestics.

All in all, while consumer TVs can seem like a cheap and easy solution for a healthcare establishment, they are in fact much less secure and can incur much higher costs than commercial TVs. The choice is in your hands.

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