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Old 08-02-2015, 09:43 PM   #11
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Actually... Not true. If you can put some movies/shows on your personal device you could actually setup your device as a hotspot and stream local content and it would be using as much data as just normal 4g/3g idle. Just food for thought. I've done it and it works great and we only have a 3gb shared plan.

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Old 08-02-2015, 10:17 PM   #12
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I don't understand why campgrounds don't get on the wifi bandwagon and offer something that works! Oh yeah...we have wifi...you may be able to log on but don't try to actually USE it.

BTW I have an Amazon Fire Stick and TiVo that I use to access Netflix and all the Amazon content.


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Old 08-02-2015, 10:28 PM   #13
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Actually... Not true. If you can put some movies/shows on your personal device you could actually setup your device as a hotspot and stream local content and it would be using as much data as just normal 4g/3g idle. Just food for thought. I've done it and it works great and we only have a 3gb shared plan.

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I guess, or I could just use my DVD player.
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Old 08-04-2015, 12:09 AM   #14
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Actually... Not true. If you can put some movies/shows on your personal device you could actually setup your device as a hotspot and stream local content and it would be using as much data as just normal 4g/3g idle. Just food for thought. I've done it and it works great and we only have a 3gb shared plan.
We setup a Seagate Wireless Plus hard drive and ripped out entire DVD collection. I carry zero DVDs.



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I guess, or I could just use my DVD player.
Except, in the space that 1 DVD takes up, I have all 200 of mine available at each TV.



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I don't understand why campgrounds don't get on the wifi bandwagon and offer something that works! Oh yeah...we have wifi...you may be able to log on but don't try to actually USE it.

It's cost. Commercial bandwidth isn't cheap and the infrastructure to support an ever changing landscape isn't as easy as most installations. That said, if they advertise wifi- let me do basic web browsing without rage.
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Old 08-04-2015, 12:12 AM   #15
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We setup a Seagate Wireless Plus hard drive and ripped out entire DVD collection. I carry zero DVDs.
Thats brilliant actually.
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Old 08-04-2015, 12:24 AM   #16
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Thats brilliant actually.

http://www.learntorv.com/2014/06/rip...-portable.html

It was the simplest setup that I could buy off-the-shelf components and it "just works". Every once in a while it needs rebooted and 5-15 minutes to reindex the list of movies and tv shows; but overall it performs wonderfully.

We also use it in the truck directly on their tablets and handheld devices.
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Old 08-04-2015, 12:36 AM   #17
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We have a Roku and use it camping. However we have not found a campground yet that has the bandwidth to stream for any amount of time. Some I believe block streaming. We use our Verizon hotspot but here is a trick to try so the Roku doesn't use nearly as much bandwidth as you could otherwise. In the 'setup' menu of the Roku we set the Roku to output as if it were hooked to a standard resolution TV set instead of high resolution. The picture is still great and in a camper environment you can't really tell the difference. Uses WAY less bandwidth from the hotspot then using high def.
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Old 08-04-2015, 07:13 AM   #18
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Chromecast has to use a phone, tablet or laptop to broadcast to the TV.
I just wanted to clarify this. The Chromecast requires a tablet/phone/laptop to control it like the normal TV remote, but once you tell the Chromecast what you are watching; it goes and gets the content itself. So you aren't technically streaming from your phone/tablet to the Chromecast, only controlling it.
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Although I love technology, all the set up to watch your own recorded movies and such really doesn't help the OP with the question of how to watch ESPN. I assume since they want to watch sports, That they want to watch it live. I have watched ESPN live using chromecast, and although Roku states that you can I have not done it.
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I have experience with Chromecast and Roku.

CHROMECAST: Chromecast not only requires a phone, tablet, or laptop (to set it up), but an INTERNET CONNECTION! No internet? No Chromecast. So unless you have an internet connection where you camp, Chromecast will not be a good choice. So the big problem is that a Chromecast requires an internet connect to function as a LOCAL STREAMING DEVICE.

ROKU: We have a ROKU HD, ROKU 1, ROKU Stick and a ROKU XS HD (think we like them?) Hands down, ROKU has more apps and channels that *ANY* other streaming solution. Unlike Chromecast, the ROKU products do not require an internet connection to function as a LOCAL STREAMING DEVICE.

Wait! What is a LOCAL STREAMING DEVICE and what are my options, you ask?

A LOCAL STREAMING DEVICE is a means of streaming content that you have on your laptop, phone, hard drive, DVR etc.

Options? LOTS! Fart too many to cover them all here, but probably the most popular are:

LAPTOP / PC: Windows Media Center or PLEX, and there are many more.
PHONE: pretty much any content you have.
TABLET: pretty much any content you have.
HARD DRIVE: Depending on the technology supporting it and whether or not you have a router, pretty much any content you have.

We use PLEX Media Server. Here's why:
COST: free

MEDIA: Photos, home movies, moives (DVD collection or???), Music (CD's or ???) and streaming channels. (wait, streaming channels? Yes, PLEX has literally 100 of them)

REQUIREMENTS: Windows, MAC or LINUX Computer (for server), ROUTER (for local network, but more functions with internet connected router) and CLIENT (ROKU, some smart TV's, Android and Apple phones and tablets and more)

SIMPLICITY: Easy to install, excellent (community) support.

EASE OF USE: As easy as any other quality streaming solution.

Did I mention that PLEX is free?



Anyway... So here is what we have in the RV:

2 TV's (42" smart in Living room and 32' not so smart in bedroom)

DirecTV HD DRV (in living room, from home), SL3 dish (takes about 10 - 20 minutes to setup) and Genie client (for bedroom)

ROKU XS HD (in living room) and ROKU Stick (in bedroom)

Wireless router, with repeater capability (provides secure, local "coach network" and can connect to internet from RV park or any of our other 3 sources, T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon.

Laptop (actually 3, and 3 tablets and 3 phones) with PLEX Media server and over 400 movies, bunches of home videos, thousands of songs and thousands of photos, all can be streamed to the TV's, other laptops, tablets, phones or... even guests and nearby RV's if we want (via a secured guest network).

Home is where we park it.
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