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Old 08-05-2022, 07:43 PM   #1
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Cable TV gone. Now it's wi fi

Just made reservations at the place we usually stay in Wyoming. They got rid of the cable at each campsite. Now they have streaming wifi.
I'm used to hooking up a piece of coax to the post and having 50 channels.
Staying for a week so I'd like to have something to watch late at night and the weather channel. Ive seen all my dvds at least twice.
No available over the air channels in the area.
What's the easiest solution ?
I'm not streaming friendly.
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Old 08-05-2022, 08:24 PM   #2
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Roku and Fire Stick are two most popular streaming devices. They both work on WiFi and connect to the TV by HDMI. Either one will work assuming there's enough available WiFi bandwidth. Get one & try it at home to acclimate yourself.
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Old 08-06-2022, 07:36 AM   #3
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If you have a smart TV with wifi capabilities you can use it without buying anything. Not as capable as a Roku or Firestick but good enough for a one week solution.
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Old 08-06-2022, 08:00 AM   #4
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FWIW. I find that Roku streams better than my Samsung smart TVs, with far less buffering. Maybe it's a memory thing.
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Old 08-06-2022, 09:28 AM   #5
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I am a big fan of stand alone ROKU devices which you can connect to your RV. Typically it's done with a HDMI port.
As Olyteddy suggested, it would be a good idea to acquire one & try it out at home prior to going on a trip. They are relatively easy to setup & you will know what to expect when you get to your camping location. Of course that assumes you have a WiFi source at your house.
If you have an OTA antenna, you may be able to get local channels. Some local channels also broadcast over the internet, if that's the case you should be able to see it over the ROKU.
Streaming media over the internet, especially with RV park WiFi can be a hit or miss proposition. The general consensus is that RV park WiFi is substandard, however, many RV parks are upgrading their equipment & service. A lot of your success or failure in streaming with RV park WiFi does depend on how much WiFi bandwidth is available at the RV park.
Good luck & safe travels.
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Old 08-06-2022, 09:40 AM   #6
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Buy a ROKU, its so easy to use and learn that even a 75 year old can do it. Cut the cable, save some cash, haven't paid a cable bill in years, 100's of channels, and you can watch anything you want, when you want, a lot of it free.
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Old 08-06-2022, 09:51 AM   #7
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Cut cable and DISH 14 years ago at the house. We do get +50 OTA TV stations. We bought a ROKU smart TV about 4 years ago when we built a new house and then 4 more. Plus have 2 other older TV's with the ROKU box connected. Have all of them connected to the internet via a hotspot and router. On the smart TV's ROKU offers a lot of streaming channels including some news channels (basically reruns of the network shows). With the wifi we also have a subscription to Netflix which my wife watches quite a bit.

This all works if you have a decent internet connection. Last year while traveling I got a Cricket Hotspot for the motorhome. Once you invest in the hardware the monthly costs drops to ~$55 for 100GB. Worked for me. When not traveling I let the plan lapse. Have to pay more to get activated again but better then just having it. I was in some pretty remote places and I had internet connection via the hotspot everywhere I stopped. Sometimes a weak signal but it still provided internet access.
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