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Old 06-02-2015, 04:07 PM   #29
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Easiest route is a mac mini and an external drive, and yes, there is software you can buy that will record streaming content.

Usually though, I'll tell ya, we hit used DVD stores like crazy, buy up a bunch of old tv series or whatever and then keep trading them forward.

However, I have been working on a mac mini config
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Old 06-02-2015, 04:51 PM   #30
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1. Not sure. I use rowmote and I think that is wifi only
2. Yes, for sure. I bought a cheap tplink from Amazon for $35 for this purpose! It can use a 4g modem too!
3. Maybe, would be more complex as you probably need to set up your router as a repeater/ bridge. May as well just use the phone as a hotspot at that point I think.
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Old 09-19-2015, 10:15 PM   #31
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Very interesting thread. For years I have copied movies from my Dish 722K receiver on to DVD's. Recently purchased the Dish Tailgator with the 211K receiver. Thought I was home free. Purchased an external storage device and copied all my saved movies from the 722K (in house receiver) onto it.
Well, the external storage cannot be used with another Dish receiver. The movies I had saved on my house receiver cannot be viewed through another receiver.

I can't think of another method to eliminate a bunch of DVD's. Yes, I did upgrade the trail receiver unit to a DVR but I can only record one program at a time and the TV and receiver have to left on or the recording will stop.
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Old 09-20-2015, 12:58 PM   #32
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Our television has a built in DVD player. I buy previously viewed DVDs at used record and book stores. I take the DVDs out of the jackets and store them in a Case Logic binder. When we travel, I take the binder and we can choose from our entire library of movies, currently more than 200. If we get tired of a movie, just trade it in for a credit on a new one.
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Old 09-22-2015, 02:40 PM   #33
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The latest model of the AppleTV will allow you to use Airplay from your ipad without the need for a router or Internet. We usually load the ipad with a couple seasons of whatever TV show we want to watch in case of rain. I have permanently attached the AppleTV's to the back of the TV's and wired them up. Works great and you don't have to run any cables or anything to watch something.

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You can now download movies or tv shows from amazon prime to your ipad or iphone. I am not certain, but I think you may be able to hook them up to your tv via HDMI cable. I am going to try that this weekend! I'll report back on what happened.
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Thanks for sharing. I'll probably put my Gen2 ATV in our Airstream eventually when its time to upgrade it.

Currently, I rip rental DVDs via Handbrake and store in my home Mac's external hard drive. I also import them into iTunes. My wife has an old iPad 2 and I can sync movies to it then use the 30pin to HDMI adapter and connect the iPad to the Airstream's TV HDMI. I have an iPad Air but don't have the newer Lightning/HDMI adapter so I copy over a few movies to my MacBook Air and using the Thunderbolt/HDMI adapter and HDMI cable to the TV, I play movies from the MacBook Air using VLC.

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Old 09-22-2015, 03:28 PM   #36
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Thanks for sharing. I'll probably put my Gen2 ATV in our Airstream eventually when its time to upgrade it.

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If you want to use Airplay without having to set up a LAN in your AS make sure you use the AppleTV3 - details on the Youtube link I posted above
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Airplay with no net?! Ooooooo! Intriguing.
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If you want to use Airplay without having to set up a LAN in your AS make sure you use the AppleTV3 - details on the Youtube link I posted above
My Gen2 ATV will Airplay my MacBook Air and iPad to my home TV but I guess that's because they are both on the LAN. All my devices are on IOS 8. Maybe I should buy a ATV3 before the new model comes out.

Looks like there were two version of ATV 3, model A1427 and A1469. A1469 is what you need to do peer to peer Airplay. Look for the Apple TV introduced in 2013, that's the A1469. A1427 was a 2012 model.

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Yes Hoobie - nothing but the iphone/pad and the ATV3 is needed for Airplay.

KJ - yes the A1469 - most anywhere retail you are sure to get the correct model. The new model coming out will also probably work but right now the ATV3 is only $65 bucks at Best Buy. Besides the new model will be App based and will be overkill if you are just looking for the Peer to Peer function.
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Wow. Thanks. 😊
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I just tried playing downloaded Amazon Instant Videos and could not get the AirPlay to work with Apple TV. I duplicated the situation at home and got the same result, UNLESS I am connected to WiFi.

Oddly, I could mirror everything on my iPhone in terms of web pages, etc, but when it came to the downloaded movies from Amazon, no luck.

Has anyone successfully airplayed downloaded Amazon videos without a WIFI connection?
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If you are an Apple Mac user I'd suggest Handbrake (free) or MacX DVD Ripper Pro. They will convert to an viewable file in one pass. Watch on your Mac laptop or iPad if you move them to the movie area on your iPad. iPad can be connected to the TV in your AS via an HDMI adapter. Works like a champ.
I use this application on all my MACs and it's awesome. It can decode Disney encrypted DVDs.

I also use this when we travel with the kids. It has it's own wifi and can connect up to 5 people with 5 different movies being watched at the same time. I really like it.

http://www.seagate.com/goflexsatellite/

I also use Plex on my home network with two servers. Works quite well.
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