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Old 02-09-2015, 09:17 AM   #1
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So this will be my first year out with a TT. Had a pop up before. I'm wondering about the television and how people watch. I don't subscribe to any satellite TV we only have Netflix. I know I can use the netflix but most of the parks we go to typically don't have readily available wifi. My question is...is there another way(cheap!) to tap into wifi for Netflix? Also, how is the signal from the trailer antennae now a days?


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Old 02-09-2015, 10:00 AM   #2
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Antennas depend on many things ( location,trees, weather). Most trailer antennas are good for 20 to 30 miles without a problem after that it's up to all the things that can block the signal. We shoot for the local channel to get news and use the dvd player for everything else. I am also looking into ways to get the internet and satellite dish for Tv as we will be spending more time in our trailer since I'm retiring. So far as to the antenna we have been able to get enough to satisfy us for short term.
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Old 02-09-2015, 10:05 AM   #3
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As far as TV reception over the antenna goes todays' digital signals are much different/better than the old analog signals. With analog you could get fuzzy reception on the screen called snow. With digital signals you either get a signal or don't. Now the strength of that signal is directional so you need to point the antenna toward the source. Most modern tv's have a signal strength meter built in, you have to look in the setup menu or installation menu somewhere. Make sure the tv input is set to antenna, not cable. Turn the antenna booster on, raise and rotate the antenna to get the strongest signal. Then do a channel search which is also in the setup menu or installation menu. It helps to look what direction other campers have their antenna pointed.
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Old 02-09-2015, 10:14 AM   #4
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You can set up a personal wifi set up.
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Old 02-09-2015, 10:18 AM   #5
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So this will be my first year out with a TT. Had a pop up before. I'm wondering about the television and how people watch. I don't subscribe to any satellite TV we only have Netflix. I know I can use the netflix but most of the parks we go to typically don't have readily available wifi. My question is...is there another way(cheap!) to tap into wifi for Netflix? Also, how is the signal from the trailer antennae now a days?


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If you have unlimited data on your phone you can always attach your phone to the TV. Iirc you can stream Netflix over your cell data.

Another thing we're going to do is use my wife's kindle fire hdx along with Amazon fire stick and we can stream anything stored on her kindle to the TV with no wires. We'll probably have kid shows downloaded to it for our little one.
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Old 02-09-2015, 10:25 AM   #6
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If you have unlimited data on your phone you can always attach your phone to the TV. Iirc you can stream Netflix over your cell data.

Another thing we're going to do is use my wife's kindle fire hdx along with Amazon fire stick and we can stream anything stored on her kindle to the TV with no wires. We'll probably have kid shows downloaded to it for our little one.

Unfortunately I don't think the cell phone will work in this case. The only Canadian providers who offer unlimited are only located in major cities. If I try to use my Wind phone when camping on the Canadian side it's almost always costing me.

To the OP, we generally run a mix of DVDs and iPhone/iPad/Samsung to HDMI converters to watch movies on the road. I think I've only tried to use the antenna once in the two years I've been camping and gave up after I realized I could only pick up CBC where I was at.




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Old 02-09-2015, 10:50 AM   #7
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what about a wifi hot spot, or a IPAD air, seems you could stream if you have a unlimited data with either one of these, ?
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I'm wondering about the television and how people watch.
We run the antenna up and search for the local stations. We use the TV for local weather mostly. If there's no reception, or it's limited, we put the antenna down and fuggaboutit. Local FM radio (PBS) is our main news and weather source, satellite radio (always available) is our main entertainment.
True story: NFL on TV, reception excellent. Me? Sitting by the fire listening to the game on radio.
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Old 02-09-2015, 12:12 PM   #9
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My "Honey-Bunny" is the tech guru in this household. With the previous camper she bought a "Jet Pack" and a "Firestick". That's all I remember about what they are. I believe that post #6 covered how this works though, it uses data on you phone plan. ME--I could care less for a TV anywhere near me when I am camping. She has other priorities. The new TT has a digital antennae, which is weird because you cannot move it. It's just stationary but gets great reception. With her set-up she can do Netflix, Youtube, and a bunch of other stuff.
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Old 02-09-2015, 12:32 PM   #10
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We have had Verizon for toooo many years. So, yea, were on the unlimited data plan. Issues with hotspot wifi data, its location location location. If your out in the booneys then DVDs DVDs DVDs. Wev do use the hotspot when ever we can. The phone companies use the towers in your local area of camping and that could/does limit you to dial up service speed. Forget about the 4G thingy cuz its all about the city and the burbs. We have two 48 DVD holder packs for the granddaughter and we still go to yard sales. Happy shopping!
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