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Old 12-06-2015, 05:01 PM   #1
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Changing Standard RV TV for a smart TV?

Hi guys!
Was wandering if any one has changed the TV on an FR3 30DS from standard issued to a new SMART TV?

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Old 12-06-2015, 05:09 PM   #2
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Networking is awesome on those.....I enjoy mine at home. You'll need a wireless router if you want to stream to it.
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Old 12-07-2015, 10:18 AM   #3
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Thanks Trevor! I was wondering if it needs any specific electrical requirement, and if the Digital Antenna and DISH also works on it? I don't want to spend the money, and then I cannot replace it, and be stuck with the TV.
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Old 12-07-2015, 10:23 AM   #4
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It's more designed to work with a good network connection........DISH will work fine on it and Digital Antenna is nothing more than a good UHF antenna. With a router you can stream off of your smart phone and/or laptop movies, pictures and the like.
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Just don't stream off our shared wifi connection in private parks
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Old 12-07-2015, 12:57 PM   #6
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Hi guys!
Was wandering if any one has changed the TV on an FR3 30DS from standard issued to a new SMART TV?

Nelly
We actually just hooked up a Smart Blue Ray/DVD player to our tv in our FR 30DS. It has 250 apps on it and you can connect it WiFi too. It cost $50 from Costo and now the kids can operate Netflix, Hulu, etc from it directly.
It even connected to my mobile hotspot so they can watch Netflix while driving down the road.
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Old 12-07-2015, 01:24 PM   #7
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Amazon fire stick works great. The version with voice remote is under $50. Standard unit is $39
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I've used chrome stick on a couple tvs works well. As long as you have a USB port on the television.


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I have Chromcast, a smart TV, and smart blu ray player. All work great for streaming video etc. You will use a lot of data if you use your cell phone though. You can use park WiFi just be prepared to invest just under $100.00 in setting up your own network in your RV. You can go all out and spend about six or 7 hundred bucks if you would like to that can pick up either a cellular 4G signal or the park WiFi. The reason you want to set up your own internal network is both for security and to have all your devices on the same network. Most parks use isolation mode for their WiFi which means that your devices will not see each other on the network. I tell you all this because it doesn't do any good to have a smart TV if you have no Internet connection to use it with.
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Old 12-07-2015, 02:45 PM   #10
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Those answers are great! Thanks a lot for all the information. This will help me make a better decision on our Motorhome!

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What type of cellular service are you guys using to be streaming Netflix and HuLu from your cell phones and HotSpots?

I'd imagine you need unlimited monthly data?

I have a grandfathered, 3G service from Sprint for $30 a month. I don't think 3G would even get me into the game if I was streaming video....
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If you have an iPhone (and hopefully with a good LTE connection) you can connect directly to it if you have "Personal Hotspot" enabled in settings. No router needed. I'm pretty sure there's a way to do that with the android phones (don't know how one creates a hotspot on those).
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Unless you can use cellular service to connect to the internet, don't bother with streaming video and a smart TV. Most campgrounds don't support video streaming or if they do you'll affect everybody else's bandwidth. My experience is that most campground wifi is barely adequate for email and web surfing.

We bought a BluRay player just to play movies. The Concertone unit in ours can't play many newer DVDs.
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Apple sells a device that plugs into your iPhone and a hdmi cable plugs into it, and the other end of cable plugs into tv , so no hot spot needed,just a good phone signal and a big data plan.


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Apple sells a device that plugs into your iPhone and a hdmi cable plugs into it, and the other end of cable plugs into tv , so no hot spot needed,just a good phone signal and a big data plan.


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Works well. I have a 128gb phone, with some of the best kids shows around....


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What type of cellular service are you guys using to be streaming Netflix and HuLu from your cell phones and HotSpots?

I'd imagine you need unlimited monthly data?

I have a grandfathered, 3G service from Sprint for $30 a month. I don't think 3G would even get me into the game if I was streaming video....
Yes, we have unliminted data.
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What provider and what are you paying for unlimited service?
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Thought about it. Got a Roku player instead. I do have a Verizon unlimited plan grandfathered from many years ago. Cost an arm and a leg for the unlimited plan.
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I noticed t-mobile is offering free streaming of music and netflix and hulu now with their plans, but I don't know how their service is
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I noticed t-mobile is offering free streaming of music and netflix and hulu now with their plans, but I don't know how their service is
Thanks for pointing that out. It looks like their coverage is pretty good for most of the areas I frequent (except, of course, my house). With the hot spot device the pricing (about $35 a month) for unlimited streaming of a lot of services is worth trying out. They also told me it was month to month and could be cancelled and restarted as much as one desires for no additional cost.
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