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Old 03-01-2014, 07:10 PM   #1
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We have a 27FC and are considering installing an Apple TV. I asked the dealership about such an install and they'd never even heard of Apple TV. Has anyone ever installed one before? Is it hard to do? I'd love to be able to access the content on both the front and rear televisions. Is this possible?
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I have two in my house and they're easy peasy. Just follow the prompts and you're done. They're small and portable, so you can take it with you to the trailer. All you need is power and an HDMI cable.
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Roku is similar. On sale at Target.
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How much is the Roku box? Can u get ESPN on the Roku?
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If I remember correctly, the Roku 2 was $69 or so. I cannot remember about ESPN, but if you go to the Roku website, they have the complete channel list. We really like ours paired with a Netflix subscription.
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I use an Apple TV. Use an
HDMI cable to connect it to your TV. Plug it into a 110v circuit. Then follow the instructions to connect the Apple TV to a WIFI signal that has an internet connection. If you connect your Apple device (Mac laptop, iPhone etc) to the same WIFI network you can view photos and videos that are resident on your device using "Air Play". I don't know how you would hook up two TVs. Perhaps someone else here knows, or you could ask a tech at the Apple store.
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Given the interior set up of our airstream, we have 110 AC right above the blue-ray player. I'm guessing there's an hdmi cable hooked up to the blue ray player. I'd love to figure out a way to not re-patch each time we're going to watch a blue ray disk.
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Does your TV have more than one HDMI port? If so, no problem.
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I believe it does. Next question is where to install it. In the cabinet near the blue ray player or underneath the flat screen. Any ideas?
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Key phrase above is "WiFi connection.." Neither Apple TV nor Roku will work well inside an Airstream unless you have a strong and high-speed WiFi connection to the internet... And there are two challenges reaching that state if digital happiness..
First - The Airstream makes a pretty good shield to block incoming wireless signals (double walls of highly conductive aluminum..) so you will need an internal wireless router or be very close to an external source. Some of the 4G MyFi's working from LTE Cell towers might make it.. The second issue is that many campgrounds are limiting bandwidth to discourage "streamers" (as in streaming video content, rather than Air-streaming..). It is expensive and technically challenging to set up and maintain enough high-speed bandwidth to allow a park full of RV's to stream simultaneously, so most don't... They will purposely limit download speeds or capacity to make HD video downloads fail... (Not evil, just trying to address need for e-mails without building a major electronics infrastructure..).

Oh, and we do watch ESPN on Roku box, but initial log-in requires validation and link to cable or satellite subscriber account.. No free ESPN, given most cable companies have to pay them ~$7/month per subscriber... We haven't bothered trying to take Roku along in Airstream...
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We use an Apple TV. There are two HDMI ports on the back of our standard equipment Samsung TV, one for the BluRay player and we plug the Apple TV into the other. Had to buy an HDMI cable for it. I think the Apple TV has to be placed in line of sight for its remote control to work.
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If I had a movie already downloaded on my iPad, could I then view it thru the Apple TV via blue-tooth or does Airplay only function over wifi?
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We use an Apple TV. There are two HDMI ports on the back of our standard equipment Samsung TV, one for the BluRay player and we plug the Apple TV into the other. Had to buy an HDMI cable for it. I think the Apple TV has to be placed in line of sight for its remote control to work.

Where did you mount your Apple TV?
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Where did you mount your Apple TV?
When we converted to recliners we had this cabinet under the TV built, and set it there. But a holder or little shelf could be mounted under the TV.
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