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Old 11-09-2014, 10:07 AM   #15
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We just fill a few 16G USB sticks and plug them into the Bluray player.....which can be easily watched from either TV. Easy, ultra portable and no need for another device.
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Old 11-09-2014, 10:07 AM   #16
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Thanks for this....
I should have added.....if you want to watch media from an Apple device on TV it is very easy. For example I have a iPhone 5s and iPad mini, both have a Lightning connector, and Apple do a Lighting to AV cable (Lightning Digital AV Adapter - Apple Store (U.S.)) which converts to HDMI and plugs in as any HDMI cable. I travel a lot for work and keep one in my laptop bag for use on hotel TVs.
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Old 11-09-2014, 10:12 AM   #17
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That explanation is only half right
Thanks for the clarification....I have never tried Ethernet on our home Apple TV.

I still like the 'PC on TV' approach as it does most things locally, but also able to do do all the typical remote stuff when available.
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Old 11-09-2014, 10:23 AM   #18
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That explanation is only half right. Unlike the chrome cast, the Apple TV does not need you to own an iPad or iPhone to work. It also doesn't need wifi, it just needs internet. It has a ethernet port in the rear. My Apple TV is hard wired at home for best streaming results.

Chromecast is Google's answer to AirPlay built into all Apple devices. It allows you to play whatever is on your device on the Apple TV.

The Roku is an appealing device, but we make use of Airplay pretty extensively.

Amazon's new entry is also very very appealing for the fact that it features Amazon Prime, but...... we can just Airplay the Amazon Prime app to the Apple TV.

I'm in the process of planning a complete Media Center upgrade for our Airstream, we don't watch "Cable TV" but we are movie watchers, and the offerings in the Airstream are pretty crappy. So working on a solution.
Interesting - I will be watching this as we are (also) not big cable or Sat TV fans. We normally carry a laptop and iPads with us in the Airstream so the Apple TV os a good option for us. We already operate an airport express in the trailer as we generate a WIFI network so the iPads can talk to a printer we carry while traveling. So watching movies from our iTunes libraries should be possible with the addition of the Apple TV. Or if we can access campground internet then Netflix would come into play as long as I could figure out how to route a WIFI signal coming into the trailer into the apple TV instead of our in-house network from our Airport.
Anyone know how I would do that?

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Old 11-09-2014, 10:35 AM   #19
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Wow - things change quickly.

When we first purchased our Airstream (not that long ago) all we had was a 4 inch black and white TV on the dinette hooked into the trailers aerial - worked great - we were happy.

We've moved on a little since then but nowhere near the kind of stuff I am reading in this thread - in addition to the now digital airwaves we have a large collection of DVD's and an even larger collection of other movies on an external hard-drive that we stream through our netbooks to the TV (now quite a bit bigger). If we are at a place where the WiFi connection is strong enough (a rare event) we will also use Netflix.


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Old 11-09-2014, 10:37 AM   #20
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Old 11-09-2014, 10:50 AM   #21
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I am surprised that people get wifi to stream - guess wifi is getting more common - for now we just bring along dvd's and blurays for the occasional flick - but prefer netflix and such at home - we have no cable or satellite bill at home - none for 3 years - don't miss it


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Old 11-09-2014, 11:11 AM   #22
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I am surprised that people get wifi to stream - guess wifi is getting more common - for now we just bring along dvd's and blurays for the occasional flick - but prefer netflix and such at home - we have no cable or satellite bill at home - none for 3 years - don't miss it


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I'm with you, we only use Netflix, AppleTV and OTA. Cable TV is horrible.....100's of channels of useless mindless crap.
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Old 11-09-2014, 01:18 PM   #23
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We already operate an airport express in the trailer as we generate a WIFI network so the iPads can talk to a printer we carry while traveling. So watching movies from our iTunes libraries should be possible with the addition of the Apple TV. Or if we can access campground internet then Netflix would come into play as long as I could figure out how to route a WIFI signal coming into the trailer into the apple TV instead of our in-house network from our Airport.
Anyone know how I would do that?

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You got it! There is also a wonderful app we used called AirVideo HD: Air Video HD - The all-new Air Video

You run the app on your laptop, point it to your movies, and then you download the app on your iphone or ipad and it will stream from your Mac to i-device. From there you can Airplay straight to the TV, without the video format requirements of itunes.


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I am surprised that people get wifi to stream - guess wifi is getting more common - for now we just bring along dvd's and blurays for the occasional flick - but prefer netflix and such at home - we have no cable or satellite bill at home - none for 3 years - don't miss it

Invest in proper antenna. I've been cable free for 7 yrs. It was a switch for my wife when we got married.
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Old 11-09-2014, 03:15 PM   #24
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I am surprised that people get wifi to stream - guess wifi is getting more common - for now we just bring along dvd's and blurays for the occasional flick - but prefer netflix and such at home - we have no cable or satellite bill at home - none for 3 years - don't miss it


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We don't need no stinkn' wifi,

Smart Phone with a Hot Spot hooked to a laptop with an hdmi output to the tv, So HBOgo EPIX STARS ect..... and dvd's. Also we use AT&T
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You got it! There is also a wonderful app we used called AirVideo HD: Air Video HD - The all-new Air Video




Invest in proper antenna. I've been cable free for 7 yrs. It was a switch for my wife when we got married.

AGREE....when we first purchased our new FC this spring, our first night driveway camping we discovered our Airstream Wineguard antenna booster enabled access to 35 channels as opposed to our "former cable" of 12-15 channels. Smart husband quickly researched home version and installed and we promptly cut the cable bill!!!
We now get 25-35 channels for free via newer technology antenna!
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Old 11-09-2014, 04:24 PM   #26
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We don't need no stinkn' wifi,

Smart Phone with a Hot Spot hooked to a laptop with an hdmi output to the tv, So HBOgo EPIX STARS ect..... and dvd's. Also we use AT&T

Apparently I'm not up on the cutting edge - sounds interesting


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Don't watch much, unless a rain out or too cold. Then a combo of DVD, over the air local, Netflix. I won't consider satellite until we're retired and traveling A LOT.
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Old 11-09-2014, 04:49 PM   #28
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Over the air and Roku satisfy our needs.
Agreed
We have had Roku and an antenna for almost 6 years.
No mo. bills! We only subscribe to Netflix, $7.95 mo. Saved $$$$$

Roku is great
Antenna gets all the local stuff.
Need no more.
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