So my questions is: How can we Live Stream TV shows i.e mostly local news/weather on our computers?
I am going to break this down and you will find that others have said as much:
1. WiFi signal in most campgrounds, is usually either not available or high enough quality to stream anything without lengthy delays ( load time almost equals watch time) during watching
2. If you do get good WiFi signal through your cellular hotspot or tethered cell phone, eventually you will hit your monthly data download limit and will pay more, something like $10/Gig for each gig over your plan limit...
3. Once you start streaming alot, your service provider will start to "throttle" (slow down your data stream) for the rest of the month EVEN if you have unlimited data ( they do this to be "FAIR" to their other data customers) This will happen when you start gobbling up chunks of downloading HI-bandwidth streaming movies off Netflix or Hulu TV show programming.
4. You wil generally not get any local programming, news, sports, weather...
of course you can stream the national news weather and sports but not local.
To help myself to local TV programming while camping in FL this past winter, I have purchased a tripod, three 5' lengths of antenna mast, and an HD long range fringe antenna plus enough RG6 cable to string to a flat screen TV. All of this can be found reasonably priced at
I setup the tall antenna close to a tree and bungee cord the mast to the tree to keep the wind from blowing it down. Generally 15 feet of mast gets you over most obstacles, as "line of sight" (no trees or obstructions) works best, but you can always get another length to go higher.
I purchased a flat screen TV (a TV
not just a monitor) with a bulit-in DVD player @21 inches. It has one HDMI input where I insert an HDMI cable from my laptop's HDMI output to the screen if I can get good WiFi streaming at a location, and send the laptop picture to the larger TV screen. I watched last year 2 NFL playoff games that way, but wound up paying $30 extra that month with my limited 4 GIG data plan when I exceeded that number.
With this antenna setup I have often picked up 50 or more HD TV channels if you are within 50-60 miles of a metro area. Even way out, I am usually able to pickup 3 to 6 local stations as far as 110 miles away. Often PBS will be the channel that you pick up the best. The "Deep Fringe HD-TV" antenna is directional, so it will have to be pointed toward a signal using a compass and Google maps for guidence.
You can google search for web sites that show you the exact locations of broadcasting antennas all over the nation.
Mounting the TV to a wall using a standard hardware mount, ( you may already have a wall mount in your camper or even on the outside of the trailer; I do) will allow you to take up virtually no space inside your camper for a flat screen TV that may give you DVD movie input, computer streaming input and off-the-air antenna local channels with the proper antenna setup.
You can call the 800# at MCM Electronics and they can guide you to the proper antenna system to do what you want.
Hope this helps...