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Old 02-13-2015, 12:49 AM   #31
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We use a PS3 it plays dvd,blue ray,music cd's,and video games
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Old 03-10-2015, 12:13 AM   #32
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Here you go!

Learn To RV: Ripping DVDs to make them portable

I've used this for many hours at home, in the camper, and we even use the HD for in the truck watching directly on iPad/iPods.
Being a big believer in "not wanting to get up and swap out the DVD's", I think the idea of being able to stream to the TV makes perfect sense.

For those thinking about doing the same thing, I can provide some advise. Don't purchase a ChromeCast expecting it to work as is described in the attached article. ChromeCast apparently requires an active Internet connection at all times... which when you are streaming movies from NetFlix is pretty much a given, but when you are in an RV Park in the middle of nowhere, an internet connection might not always be available or fast, so streaming your own video on a LAN might be the only practical choice.

And, with Chromecast, you have no additional choices. At least as far as I can tell.

And, I hope by posting this if someone knows something different than I do, you can save me a trip to best buy to return the Chromecast for a Roku Streaming Stick. Please save me the trip.

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Old 03-10-2015, 12:16 AM   #33
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Can you trick the Chromecast with a wifi network that's not connected to the Internet?

For the Roku setup that I described, you need one.
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Old 03-10-2015, 12:36 AM   #34
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The Chromecast was well aware that the Wifi Network from the Seagate did not have Internet access... and refused connection from Seagate Media App until it was connected via a secondary connection off the Seagate.

I was hoping to avoid that as a conclusion... and was hoping that the Roku would not also require Internet Access, at least recurring access past the Setup. Bummer.
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The Chromecast was well aware that the Wifi Network from the Seagate did not have Internet access... and refused connection from Seagate Media App until it was connected via a secondary connection off the Seagate.

I was hoping to avoid that as a conclusion... and was hoping that the Roku would not also require Internet Access, at least recurring access past the Setup. Bummer.

The Roku only needs Internet for the initial setup. Beyond that, it isn't required.
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Old 03-10-2015, 08:48 AM   #36
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Thanks for the Info... I will be very happy to pay for a Roku now. :-)
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Old 03-10-2015, 10:29 AM   #37
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Thanks for the Info... I will be very happy to pay for a Roku now. :-)

Cool! Let me know if you have any questions. This setup has really worked well for us.
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Old 03-10-2015, 10:59 PM   #38
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I went back to Best Buy today and swapped the Chromecast for the Roku Streaming Stick. I had a little trouble installing the Roku Media Channel/App. I'm sure they are all about the same in the Roku Lineup, but I had to complete the "setup" process on the computer for the Streaming Stick. During this process it downloaded a lot of "Channel or Apps" to the Streaming Stick (NetFlix, Vudu, Amazon something, etc.), but none of those was the Media Channel. I tried to manually add the Channel and it kept saying that it was already installed.

So, I took the stick to the camper along with the drive and played with it there for about an hour before I finally activated the HotSpot on my phone and linked to the Channel Store. I was then able to download the Media Channel.

From there on, it works exactly like the article states. I was able to see all of the movies/TV shows on the TV Screen and they played flawlessly. And, never required Internet Access as I had turned off the hotspot.

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