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Summer 2021 is almost upon us. The nights are getting warmer, and our outdoor spaces look increasingly inviting.

And this year, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, more blockbuster movies are headed directly to streaming than ever before. Flicks such as "In the Heights," "Space Jam: A New Legacy" and "A Quiet Place Part II" will all arrive via streaming in late spring and early summer.

This is the perfect recipe for an outdoor movie night. Here's all the highly rated gear you need to turn your outdoor space into a cozy and functional space for movie night. First, you'll need a projector...

Epson Home Cinema projector Epson via Amazon

This 1080p projector easily connects to your favorite laptop or connected device with an HDMI cable. It's bright (3,300 lumens) and has terrific color integrity for the price point. It also has an automatic picture-skew sensor that will attempt to correct image keystoning. This projector does also have a built-in speaker, but for a real movie-theater experience, consider dedicated external audio (more on that later).

$500 at Amazon GT Getco Tech foldable projector screen with stand Getco Tech via Amazon

No movie night would be complete without a big, 16:9 screen. This foldable option is 150 inches wide and comes with a carrying case to easily store the movie screen and stand. It also comes with a set of tethers and lawn stakes, so that your movie won't be blown away on a breeze.

$119 at Amazon

OontZ Angle 3 speaker

OontZ via Amazon

Remember when we mentioned a dedicated speaker? This portable wedge speaker has the flexibility to handle any sound system. First, it's a compact model that is still plenty loud to hear over the whir of the projector fan. Second, it has a long battery life, so you can listen to more than one movie without an extra power cable. Perhaps most importantly, it has a 3.5 mm auxiliary input; if you're a stickler for flawless audio-video sync, you won't have to rely on sometimes-laggy wireless connections. This speaker is also Bluetooth compatible, so it will come in handy when you're playing music at your next barbecue.

$26 at Amazon

Hodo large picnic blanket

Hodo via Amazon

Of course, you'll want to provide some lawn seating — in the form of a waterproof picnic blanket — for guests who prefer to spread out while they watch a movie. This blanket comes in literally dozens of colors. It's a 79-inch square, with a handle attached for easy transport when folded.

$26 at Amazon

Sportneer folding camping chairs

Sportneer via Amazon

For those who prefer loftier seating, this set of two folding camping chairs provides a good place to relax. Each heavy-duty aluminum chair — one seat can handle up to 350 pounds — is designed to fold into an ultra-compact carrying case that won't fill up your closet or garage. And each chair weighs only two pounds.

$59 at Amazon

West Bend hot oil theater-style popcorn popper

West Bend via Amazon

No backyard movie night would be complete without handfuls of hot, fresh popcorn. Just add your favorite kernels and oil to this theater-style popper, and in a few short minutes you'll have about a gallon of fluffy white popcorn -- up to four quarts of it. That's five to six servings. A stirring rod ensures that more kernels turn into popcorn, instead of lying dormant on the bottom of the popper.

$63 at Amazon Kedudes striped popcorn boxes Kedudes via Amazon

No need to crowd around a single popcorn bowl. After the popper is finished, pour a scoop of the snack into one of these old-school, flat-bottom popcorn boxes. This lot comes with 20 single-use boxes.

$16 at Amazon Sour Patch Kids and Swedish Fish Sour Patch Kids via Amazon

You'll also want some gummy candies to fill out your backyard concession stand. This variety pack includes six bags each of original Sour Patch Kids, Mini Swedish Fish and Sour Patch Watermelon. 

$11 at Amazon Yeti Roadie 24 cooler Yeti via Amazon

After all those movie theater snacks, guests might get thirsty. This sturdy Yeti cooler, which comes in eight colors, holds an estimated 18 12-ounce cans (with 24 pounds of ice). The inner compartment is also tall enough to chill a bottle of wine standing upright.

$200 at Amazon Arbrac dimmable outdoor globe lights Arbrac via Amazon

Now that we have the food and beverages squared away, it's time to create the mood. Fifty feet of plug-in string lights should do the trick, plus a free, 6-foot extension cord. This string of LED lights comes with four spare bulbs, and can be dimmed with the appropriate dimmer (not included). 

$46 at Amazon Cutter insect-repelling candle Cutter via Amazon

Unexpected guests — of the buzzing and biting variety — can ruin an outdoor summer event. So, light some citronella candles to keep the bugs away. Cutter recommends placing several of these 20-ounce candles around your outdoor space (at least 18 inches apart) to maximize the protective effect. Each candle burns for up to 40 hours.

$7.98 each at Amazon SmallRT extension cord power strip SMALLRT via Amazon

Once you're ready to plug everything in, run this 16-plus-foot extension cord to its companion power strip from a nearby outlet to your chosen projector spot. This highly rated surge protector boasts eight AC outlets and four USB charging ports--plenty of power for your movie setup--plus an overload safety switch.

$23 at Amazon Ultra-HD HDMI cable Capshi via Amazon

This high-speed HDMI cable will deliver crystal-clear picture from your laptop or device into the projector. And the 6.6-foot cable gives you just the right amount of wiggle room to comfortably assemble your rig.

$9 at Amazon 3.5mm stereo audio cable Zerist via Amazon

Last, but certainly not least, if you're streaming the movie from a laptop or other device that has a 3.5mm audio jack, you'll want to connect to the speaker directly. This will prevent your audio from falling out of sync with the video from the projector.

$6 at Amazon

Now sit back, relax, and enjoy your favorite movies under the stars.

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Amazon adds even more devices to early Prime Day deals

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These deals are on fire.

Not literally, of course, but with prices this hot on many of the new Amazon Fire products, it sure feels that way.

On sale one day before the main Amazon Prime Day on June 21 and 22, the shopping site has one more surprise for you: It is offering early deals on many of the Amazon Fire TV Sticks, the Fire TV Cube, Fire HD tablets for yourself or the kids, and more.

If you’ve had enough screen time and are looking to get away from the house but make sure it stays safe and secure, there are also deep discounts on Amazon’s Blink security cameras for outdoors and indoors, as well as a deal on Ring doorbell kits.

In case you missed it, this is actually the second drop of early device deals, adding even more items to the huge array of early offers across all sections of the site. The first batch of device deals included the Amazon Echo Dot, the Echo Show and Echo Buds, to name a few bestsellers, so do take a look to see if you can still snag those at great prices prior to Prime Day.

As a reminder, all you need to cash in on these deals is to sign up for an Amazon Prime membership and get shopping, as chances are these devices won’t stay on the e-shelves for long. Then log back on tomorrow, June 21, and go all out for the official days of Prime Day 2021.

Fire TV Cube, $79.99 (originally $119.99) Amazon

No remote — no problem.

Stream all your favorite shows, set up for movie night and more with the hands-free Alexa set up on your new Fire TV Cube. Even when your television is powered off, you can ask Alexa to turn it on, dim the lights, check the weather and start a show with just your voice.

Buy Now Fire TV Stick 4K streaming device with Alexa Voice Remote, $24.99 (originally $49.99) Amazon

Another hot streaming option is a Fire TV Stick 4K for all of your binge-watching needs.

The remote is also set up with Alexa voice assistant, allowing you to search for your next show or movie without having to type it all out. Make sure to click around and check out the other bundles on the deal, including some with ethernet adaptors, a Luna controller and more.

Buy Now Fire HD 10 tablet, $79.99 (originally $149.99) Amazon

If working from home on your old laptop has you feeling burned out, this Fire HD 10 tablet will reignite your fire.

The all-new model is perfect for heavy use, as it offers up to 12 hours of battery life on a single charge and either 32GB or 64GB of storage. The day before Prime Day, this deal goes live and is available in four colors: black, blue, green and purple.

Buy Now Fire HD 8 tablet, $49.99 (originally $89.99) Amazon

If the older brother seen above was just too big, check out the smaller, yet still high-powered, Fire HD 8 tablet.

The tablet has pretty similar features, including the impressive 12-hour battery life on a single charge. It will be $40 off for this early Prime Day deal and again comes in four colors, including black, white, blue and dark purple.

Buy Now Fire HD 10 Kids tablet, $119.99 (originally $199.99) Amazon

Now your kids can have a little screen time, too.

Give children a new toy this Prime Day with an early deal on the newest Fire HD 10 Kids tablet, now on sale for $80 off. The device inside is great, but the best part of this deal is the one year of Amazon Kids+ that comes free with purchase, giving you access to over 20,000 books, apps, games, videos, songs, Audible books and more. It also comes with a durable and colorful case in either pink, blue or aquamarine.

Buy Now Fire HD 8 Kids tablet, $69.99 (originally $139.99) Amazon

Similar to the above, this Fire HD 8 Kids tablet is a great idea for long car rides, educational books and songs and some quiet time with a good show and some headphones while the parents relax a bit. The price is also lower, now $70 off the original price.

Buy Now Amazon Halo, $69.99 (originally $99.99) Amazon

Here’s a deal on a guardian angel for your health.

Amazon’s new Halo device is a wearable to help track your body’s vitals, fitness and more. With the help of Alexa, inquire about your sleep quality, activity level and more. The band itself comes in three trendy colors for all fitness lovers, from a black and onyx combination, rose gold and pink or a winter blue and silver combo. This device is on sale for the first time ever, so grab this deal and run — while tracking your steps, of course.

Buy Now Echo Show 5, $44.99 (originally $79.99) Amazon

Show your loved ones what you’re up to, even if you can’t physically be there.

The Echo Show 5 connects you with your friends and family in seconds, calling them on their own Echo Show or through an Alexa-powered device or even Skype. You can also use your Echo Show to control your smart home, watch Netflix, catch up on audiobooks and more.

Buy Now Echo Dot 4th Gen, $24.99 (originally $49.99) Amazon

Add a little helper to your home with the Echo Dot.

The Echo Dot 4th Gen is now at one of the most affordable prices ever — just under $25. The device is fully equipped with Alexa voice assistant, which can help you figure out the weather, stay on top of the news, order groceries and more. It also comes in three colors, including the above black, white or light blue.

Buy Now Blink Outdoor 5-Camera Kit, $224.99 (originally $379.99) Amazon

Don’t blink or you’ll miss out on this early Prime Day deal.

Save big on the Blink Outdoor camera kits, available in a five-pack or in smaller numbers as well. Since they stay outside, the cameras are weather-resistant and come with a two-year battery life, so having a dead camera won’t be a worry. The best part is that the whole system is $155 off the ticket price, saving you money while providing peace of mind.

Buy Now Blink Indoor 5-Camera Kit, $179.99 (originally $279.99) Amazon

Why only monitor the outside of your home when there’s stuff going on inside as well?

Keep an eye on pets, kids and the babysitter with the indoor counterpart to the above Blink camera system. The set of five is on sale for $100 off, making this a no-brainer purchase for your home security setup, especially as we head back out of the house and into the office.

Buy Now Blink Mini 2-Camera Kit, $39.98 (originally $64.99) Amazon

Small space? No problem.

If the larger Blink Indoor system was a bit too much, try the mini version out. The pack of two is on sale now, along with bundles of just one or up to three cameras. Like the bigger version, they come with two-way audio, motion detection and night vision so nothing goes unnoticed.

Buy Now Amazon eero Pro mesh WiFi system (1 Pro + 2 Beacons), $191 (original price $319) Amazon

The one thing we can’t live without is a strong Wi-Fi connection — and now you won’t ever have to.

The eero Pro mesh WiFi system bundle comes with one Pro and two Beacons to extend the signal throughout your home, covering a four-bedroom house with a fast and reliable internet connection. This deal will go as quickly as your Wi-Fi, as the price is dipping below $200, saving you $128 off the ticket price.

Buy Now Amazon eero 6 dual-band mesh Wi-Fi 6 system, (3-pack, one eero 6 router plus two eero 6 extenders), $181 (originally $279) Amazon

Say goodbye to dead spots and hello to an interconnected home with this Wi-Fi set up.

The eero bundle is on sale for pre-Prime Day, saving you $98 off the original price. The set comes with one powerful eero 6 router and two additional extenders, making sure to have your whole home covered when it comes to powerful and reliable internet connection.

Buy Now Ring Alarm 8-piece kit, $149.99 (originally $249.99) Amazon

Ring ring! We’re calling to tell you about a great deal on home security.

The Ring Alarm 8-piece kit is now on sale, saving you $100 and the worry when you need to leave your home unattended. The five-piece kit is also on sale, better for smaller apartments or condos. Bonus: Both come with Alexa voice assistant capabilities.

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