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Old 11-09-2014, 09:50 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, 10:11 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, 12:18 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, 02:15 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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Old 11-09-2014, 02:21 PM   #25
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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, 03:24 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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Old 11-09-2014, 03:33 PM   #27
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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, 03:49 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.
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Old 11-09-2014, 04:09 PM   #29
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I see in the posts above people talk of a "proper antenna" - could someone give me a heads up on what antenna your talking about?.

We use the stock one that came with the trailer and it seems to be okay (mind you okay is a relevant term) because as far as I'm concerned if it works at all (3-4) channels, I think that is good. I'm from Canada and don't know that I should actually be getting lot more.

So if anyone can point me towards what is considered a good antenna that would be great

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Old 11-09-2014, 04:24 PM   #30
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Doug, did Canada go all digital for over the air like the US?.. If so try the app "TV antenna Helper" (there are others too) They will tell you where and how many signals there are wherever you are. Then get a "wingman" for your batwing antenna. It almost doubled the number of digital stations I was getting without it.
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I see in the posts above people talk of a "proper antenna" - could someone give me a heads up on what antenna your talking about?.

We use the stock one that came with the trailer and it seems to be okay (mind you okay is a relevant term) because as far as I'm concerned if it works at all (3-4) channels, I think that is good. I'm from Canada and don't know that I should actually be getting lot more.

So if anyone can point me towards what is considered a good antenna that would be great

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Do not have specific model number but Outdoor Wineguard Amplified Sensar Antenna extended wing design. Looks very similar to AS FC antenna but permanently mounted DIY. We live in wooded area at approx. 1200 ft. elevation. Due to tall trees surrounding our property, satellite dish do not work and only one not so good expensive cable service available. Guess you could say we're happy campers!
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Old 11-09-2014, 05:10 PM   #32
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Yes I think Canada has also gone digital. in my case, we use our trailer mostly in the south in the winter so it is the US situation that is most relevant to me.

Thanks for the into on the app and the antenna. I will look into them both right away

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Old 11-09-2014, 05:25 PM   #33
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We use a Win7 Laptop with everything on it. Media Center comes with Win 7 so you can get over the air TV using a USB tuner hooked to the TV antenna. I also carry DVD's ripped to the laptop as well as music. Media Center also records TV so you can pause and let the buffer fill up so you can skip over commercials. We can't watch anything live anymore. We just start Media Center and put it on pause until there is enough show saved to start skipping commercials. I have a remote so it works like a DVR at home. We use our phones as hot spots if we need the internet. I suppose you can watch anything on the net by using a phone as a WiFi hot spot but the data charges can get expensive. I have an HD monitor hooked to the laptop and some external speakers. It is all portable this way. We are usually not gone long enough to bother with a satellite dish. If you have nothing better to do than watch TV you are not camping correctly. You should be out there hiking and biking and canoeing etc and enjoying nature. The entertainment toys are nice for rainy days and evenings, especially if you have kids.

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If you have a smart phone request your provider turn on your hotspot in your phone. Then look up in your phone to see what the network, login and password is. Your computer should see your phone as a wifi network, login. Most smartphone can handle 8 devices. Internet on the go, any where any time, as long as you have cell service. So Nefix Hbo epix Hulu or any web based movie provider is at your service.
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Old 11-10-2014, 09:53 AM   #35
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If you have a smart phone request your provider turn on your hotspot in your phone. Then look up in your phone to see what the network, login and password is. Your computer should see your phone as a wifi network, login. Most smartphone can handle 8 devices. Internet on the go, any where any time, as long as you have cell service. So Nefix Hbo epix Hulu or any web based movie provider is at your service.

Cool - I may tinker and try it - thanks


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Old 11-10-2014, 10:00 AM   #36
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I haven't gone too high tech just yet. We have watched DVD's, over the air on the Winegard antenna, DirecTV with a receiver from home and a Winegard satellite dish antenna, and cable at various campgrounds. I'm sure we already have the technology in place to do Netflix, Roku, Hulu, hard rive and what have ya. We just haven't gotten a round tuit.
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There are so many channels, so much GOOD programming, and a lot of variety on free over-the-air TV. If my wife would agree, I would get rid of $75 per month DirecTV. Free TV has better QUALITY programming and less ads, but there is still Home Shopping Club on free TV! I guess they ain't gonna miss a chance to make a penny!
Over the weekend we had cable in the campground, but still watched over-the-air TV just because they show better, cleaner, quality content- more family oriented-
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I was referring to his issues with internet. I'm surprised so many folks bother with their phone. While the phone is capable, it's not really meant for full time internet tethering for multiple devices. The more devices, the more it will slow down.

We have a wilson cradle booster for now, with a dual antenna setup. Works extremely well and the wilson has already paid for itself on several trips now.

I use the short 4 inch magnetic antenna on the truck and a a Wilson 32" Omni External Antenna on the Airstream, although I'm going to change this setup here shortly and build an Array.
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You just gotta have Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz "The Long, Long Trailer" on DVD to watch with friends.
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I use the short 4 inch magnetic antenna on the truck and a a Wilson 32" Omni External Antenna on the Airstream, although I'm going to change this setup here shortly and build an Array.
Reminds me of a conversation I had last week with the guys rebuilding our Argosy motorhome, it went something like this

Kevin (the Airstream tech); what TV antenna do you want me to install.

Me; haven't you just spent 2 months removing 'stuff' from the roof, and making good the holes?

Kevin; OK, I get it

Only things we have on the roof are the sky-lights....
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