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Old 12-27-2014, 09:04 AM   #1
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Live Streaming for Computer VS having a TV?

Ok this is to all you nerds and techies out there.

We do not have a TV in our camper and dont know that we really want one. The last one we had we only watched a few times and it went down the road with the old camper.

So when we ordered our camper, we didnt get a new tv. we do have TV cable hooks ups.. just no TV.We are trying to use anything and everything we put in our camper for duel duty.

So my questions is: How can we Live Stream TV shows i.e mostly local news/weather on our computers?

We figured we can watch movies like Netflix on our computers using streaming or the old fashioned DVD... but what about the other? I know some of the bigger networks do have streaming for computers ...like FOX News Channel.

How can we do this while on the road? Suggestions? Comments?
Your expertise is greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-27-2014, 09:53 AM   #2
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You could try a device such a Apple TV, Kindle and Amazon also have sticks that can plug into an hdmi connection that I believe both are cheaper than the apple.
Basic idea is that the stick (I include Apple TV into stick for brevity) gets plugged into your TV, you use a remote to control the function. The stick acts like a web browser and each app on the stick acts as a saved favorite destination. In order to view channels you open the respective app, you must log on using your home cable/dish provider info. Some apps are live (such as news/sports) some are video on demand, each channel will have their own features.
With these sticks you can also use movie apps such as Vudu, Netflix or Hulu which allow you to rent or own movies or tv shows. Netflix is great for older movies, Vudu is better for new releases.
Your limiting problem will be Internet signal strength.
One other way to go, not streaming. Get a large hard drive and store your DVD's into it, travel with a ton of movies on the hard drive and your set. I have not tried this yet but many others on here have.


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Old 12-27-2014, 10:01 AM   #3
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Just a FYI, some parks (like the state parks here in Louisiana) won't allow streaming thru their wi-fi, as it bogs it down. If you try to go to websites like youtube, hulu, netflix, etc......the filters won't allow it.
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Old 12-27-2014, 10:55 AM   #4
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We use verizon mifi for our internet signal. Once that is on we can stream thru kindle, Roku, internet, etc.
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Old 12-27-2014, 11:09 AM   #5
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Like mentioned above, we use a Roku device for this purpose. BUT- the campground wifi is usually not great for streaming (lots of "please wait, loading...") and it can get expensive quick to have a cell phone plan that lets you stream these things (video streaming uses a lot of data).

Your best bet is likely just an antennae and picking up over-the-air free channels.
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Old 12-27-2014, 11:19 AM   #6
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Live streaming can suck up tremendous amounts of band width. Trying to do it without a wired internet will cost you a lot of money. Besides even the fast Verizon 4G network is probably too slow to stream without at least some flicker and stops. Get a small TV and use your roof antenna for local programming
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Join Amazon Prime, streaming is included to watch on your computer screen, lots of free programs. I now use Roku through my jetpack by Verizon, no problem yet.
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Old 12-27-2014, 11:36 AM   #8
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Live streaming can suck up tremendous amounts of band width. Trying to do it without a wired internet will cost you a lot of money. Besides even the fast Verizon 4G network is probably too slow to stream without at least some flicker and stops. Get a small TV and use your roof antenna for local programming

I will say, having actually streamed using my cellular Internet- it's remarkably better than you'd ever guess! I just don't do it often due to the amount of data used.
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Live streaming can suck up tremendous amounts of band width. Trying to do it without a wired internet will cost you a lot of money. Besides even the fast Verizon 4G network is probably too slow to stream without at least some flicker and stops. Get a small TV and use your roof antenna for local programming
I don't have any problem with the Verizon 4G jetpack at all, in fact it's faster then my wire Verizon at home through my Phone line. I can say that being where we live we do not even get 4g by hard wire. Everyone is talking about how many GB's it will eat up, but I have not seen any figures on that GB's amount. I can get 4g at home using my jet pack, I guess I will watch a move through it and see what the device tells me, then I will know. I pay for 5gb's a month if I use it or not. Verizon refuses to upgrade here. I can see there point, it would cost them a big dime to do. We have never used my whole allotment yet in a month. But do not watch movies every night either. The longest travel time gone (on the road) has been 2.5 months.
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Old 12-27-2014, 04:22 PM   #10
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Yes you can do all this stuff going down the road with your computer or I-pad. you may need a converter for the laptop (batteries don't last streaming), but if all you want is to video stream then I would use the I-pad because its lighter to hold. There are cases for proping it up also.
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