Projector People Customer Featured in the LA Times

Projector People customer Brian Ten of Culver City, CA called me the other day. Back in 2011, the LA Times did a feature on his outdoor theater. Did I want to see it?

Uhm, yeah. Of course!

Projector People customer in the LA Times

With the help of one of our projectors, Brian’s 2,240 square-foot front yard was transformed from a small ho-hum lot into an outdoor theater that is now the talk of his neighborhood.

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Brian and his family watching the projector in their front yard. Image from the LA Times.

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The front yard is alive with the Sound of Music. Image care of the LA Times

Brian and his wife, Rika Houston, wanted an outdoor space where they could spend time with their three children. The spot evolved from an outdoor family room to a community hangout. Brian and his wife use their yard now for everything from homework to fundraisers, movie nights to meetings.

“During summer, a canvas goes up on the garage wall, heat lamps are put in place, the glass fire pit is lighted and the neighborhood film festival begins.” – LA Times

Want this in your yard? Brian originally bought a Panasonic PT-AX200U for his outdoor theater. That projector is no longer in production. Check out our backyard theater guide to see which of today’s models will work in your backyard.

In general we recommend the following specs:

  • Brightness : at least 1,600 lumens
  • Resolution : HD (720p or 1080p)
  • Connectivity : HDMI

See the whole slideshow of Brian’s new front yard on the LA Times »

You don’t have to be featured in the news to be featured on this blog. Have a projector project you want to show off? Email us at

Lens Memory Settings from Panasonic

So you’re watching “Forrest Gump” for the 161st time. The film ends. You dry your eyes and then switch over to “How I Met Your Mother” for a little comic relief.

Only you forget that you were watching “Forrest Gump”, which was shot anamorphically, in the 2.35:1 format on your super wide screen. “How I Met Your Mother”, like most TV shows, is in the 16:9 format. Doogie Howser, er I mean Neil Patrick Harris’ face spills over the screen.

Time to climb up and manually adjust the projector’s zoom and focus so that the image fits on your screen, right? Not if you own a Panasonic PT-AE7000U or Panasonic PT-AE8000U.

Panasonic was one of the first projector manufacturers to introduce lens memory settings. This allows you to save the zoom and focus settings for super widescreen images, like movies shot anamorphically, as well as for narrower films shot in the 16:9 format. Where you used to have to do this all manually, now you just press a button and let the projector do the work while you grab another beer.

This is especially useful for those with a 2.35:1 format screen who don’t want to shell out for an expensive anamorphic projector lenses.

See below for a video demonstration by Rena Yotsu, a product manager at Panasonic and good friend of Projector People.

Customer Loving for Projector People

We heart our customers

This is how we feel about our customers. Image care of ASPatrick.

We’re blushing. You guys have sent us a slew of fan mail over the past few weeks.

Was it Valentine’s Day? The full moon? Either way, we’ll take it! We love hearing from happy customers and fans.

Here are a few of your notes below. Want to chime in on the fun? Email us at

From Umair in New Jersey:

“Thanks for getting this order done for me so easily and answering all of my previous questions so quickly. I have a pretty busy schedule and you made it all very easy by being so responsive.

“Customer service and after sale support is why I use you guys for my projectors. It also helps that your prices are great. I actually had gift cards and free overnight shipping for Amazon but I’d much rather give you my business. Thanks again. I’ll talk to you for the next one.”

Our response: Umair, thank YOU. We loved helping you out.

From Mike in Iowa:

“My family and I have been working on building a home theater in our house on and off for the past six years. We have alot of time and money invested in this room and it is very important to us.

“A couple months back, we were finally ready to add the finishing touches: the screen and projector. While browsing your website, I had an online chat with one of your employees, Sarah Buss. Sarah was able to answer all of my questions, and she did not pressure me to buy anything nor did she try to steer me towards your most expensive products. My whole family is enjoying our theater now (even my wife who was thinking it would be more of a ‘man cave’ and video game room for the kids) and I’m very pleased with the projector and screen that I purchased. I will be recommending to anyone I come across.”

Our response: Mike, we’re so happy your family is enjoying the new projector. See, we knew it wouldn’t be too man cave-y!

From Alicia in Virginia:

Thanks again for your help a couple weeks ago. We received the screen and it totally exceeded my expectations. Great customer service and follow up. I will definitely work with you again for future needs and recommend your company to others. Many thanks!

Our response: Alicia, we’re glad the screen worked for your business. Happy to help!

Thanks again to all the customers who took the time to send us a little loving recently! We couldn’t be where we are today without you!

BenQ W1070 Home Theater Projector in Action

BenQ recently stopped by the Projector People headquarters to show off their new projector line. Exclusive training is one of the perks of being an authorized dealer of all the brands on our site. We also get to play with the projectors. (Can you believe we get paid to work here?)

BenQ brought the W1070 home theater projector to our playground er, office. We made a quick film to show off the BenQ W1070 in action. Check it out below.

BenQ W1070 quick specs:

  • HD (1920 x 1080)
  • 2,000 lumens
  • 10,000:1 contrast

Own A Panasonic PT-AE8000U Projector? Want To Win $1,000?

Wanted: Panasonic PT-AE8000U Fan Club President.
Reward: $1,000

We’re looking for the ultimate Panasonic PT-AE8000U fan to crown as president of the Panasonic AE8000U fan club.

The president will be featured on our website, blog and social media, as well as on Panasonic’s site and social media. We’ll also give you a $1,000 Visa gift card.

Second place – the fan club vice president – wins $500.

Third place – the treasurer – snags $250.

All winners receive free Panasonic 3D glasses and lifetime fan club bragging rights.

There are two ways to enter.

Create a 90 to 180-second video and a 100-word review stating why you love your AE8000U.


Send in a compelling 300 to 600-word review and five photos that show the projector in all its glory.

It’s that easy! Find out more »