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Old 04-07-2020, 07:59 PM   #1
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Cutting the cord

Now that we are housebound, we are finding ourselves watching TV on a Amazon Fire Stick exclusively. So now i am questioning whether we want to have DTV at all...either at the house or in the coach. If we drop DTV what would be required to be able to stream tv?....this is a topic I've seen bits and pieces of here but I guess im asking for a description of a complete, working setup...

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Now that we are housebound, we are finding ourselves watching TV on a Amazon Fire Stick exclusively. So now i am questioning whether we want to have DTV at all...either at the house or in the coach. If we drop DTV what would be required to be able to stream tv?....this is a topic I've seen bits and pieces of here but I guess im asking for a description of a complete, working setup...

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Im not sure about the term stream. I like lots have a satalite, set up, mine goes on the ground, and needs a clear shot to the south, and finds the needed satalites, and I have a dish receiver, and tv. One can choose what package you want. For internet, Im not sure about the options, but they are there. I, like now, am bouncing off my phone to my laptop, for internet. I can use 15 gigs phone to laptop per month, and that works for me.
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I use the fire stick .. and pretty much stream all content .. you tube tv , hulu, net flix , disney plus ... I have a few friends and we split the cost.. I have LTE device with SIM card from ATT true unlimited so dont rely on camp grounds wifi .. I been doing that for years with the cord cut...


QUOTE=jmorse1;5216329]Now that we are housebound, we are finding ourselves watching TV on a Amazon Fire Stick exclusively. So now i am questioning whether we want to have DTV at all...either at the house or in the coach. If we drop DTV what would be required to be able to stream tv?....this is a topic I've seen bits and pieces of here but I guess im asking for a description of a complete, working setup...

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Thanks for the replies!

So am i to assume I can use my smart phone as a "hotspot" ? .. provided I have a strong cellular connection...and that will become my internet source?

Is there a way to store content while in an area with good connection for playback when cells are minimal?
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I don’t think you will be happy with a smart phone as a hot spot for your sole streaming resource. Some do but you will most likely have better luck with an actual hot spot. Typically the service providers limit data on a hot spot or a phone used as a hot spot so you will face some limitations. There are online services such as PlayOn.com that enable you to record programs from streaming services.

Your limiting factor will be the amount of data your wireless plan has. You will not be able to rely on RV park WiFi as most are marginal, at best.
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Yes,that's what i'm afraid of...data usage is not an issue as our plan is unlimited but we frequent campgrounds that have weak cell reception even with our booster ...so if you can't rely on wifi for internet streaming ,are you only able to watch movies when parked in a strong signal location ? I've never had a problem watching you tube or free TV on my smart phone as long as I can get any cell signal at all but if I have to obtain another device for Hotspot use it won't be a cost savings to drop DTV....
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You could use your smart phone as hotspot as long as your service doesnt have cap after certain amount of usage as some service providers will throttle your bandwidth after certain amount of usage .. Signal strength will determine your bandwidth plus depends on where you are on the map.. some places I will get 20 to 30 mbps up and down and other can be 2 to 3 mbps. As far as content, netflix has the ability to download content for later streaming , youtube tv has a DVR feature but you need decent signal to playback..

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So am i to assume I can use my smart phone as a "hotspot" ? .. provided I have a strong cellular connection...and that will become my internet source?

Is there a way to store content while in an area with good connection for playback when cells are minimal?
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You'll for sure need an mobile account with unlimited data that doesn't throttle you to nothing after X amount of data used. I would recommend getting a hotspot device like Verizon's Jetpack and put it on a separate account from your phone(s).

What ever you do if you don't have a good cell connection don't use the RV parks Wifi to stream, they don't like that and neither do the other patrons.
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agreed , plus there are some parks that monitor usage spikes and will block your MAC address from connecting..

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You'll for sure need an mobile account with unlimited data that doesn't throttle you to nothing after X amount of data used. I would recommend getting a hotspot device like Verizon's Jetpack and put it on a separate account from your phone(s).

What ever you do if you don't have a good cell connection don't use the RV parks Wifi to stream, they don't like that and neither do the other patrons.
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I got extremely disgusted with DirecTV last fall after I was unable to see television at all beyond the first day of our 3 month trip up to the NorthEast. I had a crashed DVR and DirecTV was unable and unwilling to send me a replacement to any address other than an address in California (note, I have NEVER lived in California and have no idea why that was my service address other they might have assigned me a west coast address since I had LAX DNS service for locals... ).

Anyhow, I decided to do nothing but streaming and signed up for YOUTUBE-TV, plain old you tube rebroadcasts, and I was also a customer of DishAnywhere which I have at home. I also have an unlimited AT&T Mobley in the bus, a VERIZON MIFI in the bus (15 Gigs) , and a Visible unlimited cell phone in the bus, and I can make this short.... Streaming as your only means of TV reception when up in upper New England was a wishful dream, but absolutely not adequate for watching programs that you might want to see ..... it was a mess. I was either in marginal Verizon coverage, or marginal AT&T coverage, or poor coverage from both carriers. If I was in suburban Boston or a major city, maybe it was workable intermittently. Now, at home with hard wired 200 M download service here at the S&B, that might work better, but out on the road, I found it nothing but frustrating and time wasting. It was so much problem that we just stopped trying to watch TV when out on the road (the over the air antenna was also largely worthless to find the programs that we wanted to watch). So easier to just do without.

My strong experience is that although some will say that it works for them, full time streaming is not ready for prime time if your access is cellular downloads and streaming. Maybe if you own a park model or own a spot at an RV park and you have installed your own high-speed coax cable service, you are going to be disappointed.

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For movies and TV series, you can download some Netflix offerings to an iPad or phone to watch later. I've done that on the road using my iPhone (Verizon) as a hotspot. I connect the iPad to the TV with a lightning plug to HDMI adapter.

It's not ideal, as download times are quite a bit longer than with a decent wifi connection, but it works in the background, so it usually doesn't matter.

And free OTA for TV. Of course.
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I have Verizon unlimited data plan.

Its unlimited on the smart phone but 10 gigs with the hot spot before it slow way down.
A movie can be 3 gigs.

Check your plan !!
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I feel your pain ... I work from home so internet is key for me.. so lots of times i have to base my stay on good to strong signal even with a booster its touch and go. I picked up a true unlimited plan , i usually push around 200 to 300 gigs a month of data.

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Anyhow, I decided to do nothing but streaming and signed up for YOUTUBE-TV, plain old you tube rebroadcasts, and I was also a customer of DishAnywhere which I have at home. I also have an unlimited AT&T Mobley in the bus, a VERIZON MIFI in the bus (15 Gigs) , and a Visible unlimited cell phone in the bus, and I can make this short.... Streaming as your only means of TV reception when up in upper New England was a wishful dream, but absolutely not adequate for watching programs that you might want to see ..... it was a mess. I was either in marginal Verizon coverage, or marginal AT&T coverage, or poor coverage from both carriers. If I was in suburban Boston or a major city, maybe it was workable intermittently. Now, at home with hard wired 200 M download service here at the S&B, that might work better, but out on the road, I found it nothing but frustrating and time wasting. It was so much problem that we just stopped trying to watch TV when out on the road (the over the air antenna was also largely worthless to find the programs that we wanted to watch). So easier to just do without.

My strong experience is that although some will say that it works for them, full time streaming is not ready for prime time if your access is cellular downloads and streaming. Maybe if you own a park model or own a spot at an RV park and you have installed your own high-speed coax cable service, you are going to be disappointed.

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Ok!....then would it be feasible to connect via cell phone or home internet and download movies to a 1 terabyte hard drive for viewing later?

If a single movie is +-3 gig in size,the 1 terabyte drive would hold 300 + movies... I think that would suffice to enjoy TV daily and then "refill" the drive when we have that great internet connection again...how long on average does it take to download a single 3 gig movie?
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