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Old 10-08-2017, 03:52 PM   #1
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Digital video ... how to play from my iPhone

I'd like to play videos from my iPhone, but ... can't figure out how this is done.

Can play a DVD via the DVD player ... works great.

But the iPhone ... a mystery.

There are USP ports all over the place this is in a 2017 19-footer but none of the one's I've tried (near the TV and near the DVD player) are the secret path.

The TV "source" selection shows TV, two HDMI options, AV and component.

None of these selections are the key.

What's up with digital video?
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There are a couple ways you could do it. Apple makes a cable to connect to to HDMI ports via either style connection an iPhone would have...newer ones would be HDMI to Lightning, older is 30 pin to HDMI.

https://www.amazon.com/Apple-Lightni.../dp/B009WHV3BM

https://www.amazon.com/1080P-Adapter.../dp/B00A6Q596I


Another method would be to get an Apple TV, it connects to the HDMI port either directly on the TV or through the DVD player. With it you can Air Play from your phone to the Apple TV to display anything you have on the phone.

Brief guide to how to air play to an Apple TV
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204289
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Old 10-08-2017, 04:02 PM   #3
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Check with Apple customer service not sure if you need a router or not. I do it at home with my I Phone as the control but the TV is hooked via cable to my router and i am viewing on that cable input htmi 2
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Depends on the video. Videos you took on the phone or playing through app or video streaming service?

Apple TV plugged into one of the HDMI ports. You can cast from your phone. You'll need a wifi router to connect through. Hootoo makes nice small travel routers.

You can also get cables to go from phone to hdmi port on the tv.
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Old 10-08-2017, 04:23 PM   #5
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These are movies on Amazon's app.

I can play them in the house, using an Apple TV device ... for some reason I thought the Airstream was set up to play videos without the Apple TV.
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Chromecast

Have you looked at Chromecast? I have an older Chromecast unit and I can "cast" video from my iPhone to my Samsung smart TV. You have to load Googles Chrome web browser on to your iPhone. You'll also need to be connected to a network. I have a router in my AS, so it connects that way. I'm not familiar with the newer Chromecast devices and how they are configured..

Check this link out.

https://store.google.com/product/chromecast_2015

And of course look at YouTube for How-to's on Chromecast
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You can use an Apple to HDMI connection to view any thing on your phone...works like screen share. If your phone is newer it would be the same lighting connection on one end and then an HDMI female connection on the other end. Older phone with the 30 pin connector is available as well. Then just get how ever long of an HDMI cable that you would like to connect into the TV or the DVD player.

Or if you have wifi set up in your trailer you can use your Apple TV just like you would at home with the Apple TV plugged into the TV HDMI.
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Old 10-08-2017, 05:42 PM   #8
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The problem with the chromecast is that it needs an actual internet connection. More than just a ad hock wifi connection between the phone and chromecast via a local wifi router. While at home this may work but in campgrounds or boondocking it's not helpful. There is a workaround but it's a pain and you have to do it each time you want to use the chromecast. This comes into play with video you have saved locally. Since you're more concerned with streaming with a good wifi internet connection available, an Apple TV, Amazon fire stick, or roku should work.
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There are a couple ways you could do it. Apple makes a cable to connect to to HDMI ports via either style connection an iPhone would have...newer ones would be HDMI to Lightning, older is 30 pin to HDMI.

https://www.amazon.com/Apple-Lightni.../dp/B009WHV3BM

https://www.amazon.com/1080P-Adapter.../dp/B00A6Q596I


Another method would be to get an Apple TV, it connects to the HDMI port either directly on the TV or through the DVD player. With it you can Air Play from your phone to the Apple TV to display anything you have on the phone.

Brief guide to how to air play to an Apple TV
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204289

i concur.

Or the lighting to HDMI also works.
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Install an Apple TV then use Airplay -
works great and no network needed.
Here is our video on youtube that shows how to do it https://youtu.be/aoBdtzwmM1g
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Thanks, AStreamNerds, I'll check out the video.

I have an Apple TV box in the house, but ... I thought it connected via wifi to our router, and any video I played from my phone went to router first (hey, I'm no expert in these things!).

I want to see what you've worked out.
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I use an Apple TV and the Apple Lightning/HDMI connector. I can stream AppleTV Netflix or HBONow from its apps via iPad hotspot(on VZ unlimited) from the Apple TV but because it uses so much data my 15g hotspot limit is reached before the monthly cycle ends so I end up using the iPad connected directly to the the TV via the Lighnting adapter. It's much less hassle than using the Apple TV. I rarely use my 3rd gen Apple TV now in the Airstream and because the iPad has cellular and is on the VZ unlimited plan its not restrained by the 15g hotspot limit.

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Easiest way to watch TV (sports) on AS Damsung Smart TVs now that everyone has gone

In the old days wed been fortunate to get some channels over the air in our Airstream. However now that most providers have gone digital whats the best way, least amount of devices, etc to make the Samsung TV in our trailers useful for anything other than dvds?

What would I need to play games on my iPhone but watch on one of the Airstream TVs?
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We recently transitioned from hardwire (HDMI) to wireless connection and thought we'd share.

Prior to traveling in our AS we like to download our recorded DirecTv programming from our home DVR to our iPhones and iPad. We then use a Apple A/V adapter and HDMI cable to watch this content using the mirroring mode. This works pretty well but we got tired of having to get up to use the controls and started looking for a wireless option.

We now use an Apple TV in our AS to wirelessly mirror our Apple devices (no internet required) to the TV. We had talked to a representative at the Apple Store and from Best Buy. Neither seemed sure it would work without internet for authentication. The Best Buy rep suggested getting the Apple TV and if it didn't do what we wanted they would take it back with full refund. The Apple TV works very well. We just connect it to the TV with HDMI cable, power it up, and set Apple device to mirror mode.
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