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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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Old 08-09-2022, 08:24 PM   #8
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If no cable and nothing available over the air then you have satellite or streaming or DVDs.

I guess you have a few other options like VHS tape, watching something saved in advance on a computer or tablet, etc…

Most people like streaming after they get the hang of it. Smart TV, RUKU, Amazon Fire stick, Google Chrome cast, Apple TV, etc….. It is about as easy as getting on IRV2 after you get the hang of it. If the park really has good wifi.
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Old 08-09-2022, 08:43 PM   #9
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I have a media hub I plug into my TV HDMI port with a USB connected 2gig hard drive that has movies and TV shows loaded on it
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Another vote for a Roku for $25-$35 depending on version and sales. There are dozens of free "channels" (The Roku Channel, Crackle, Pluto, CW, etc.) showing old movies, old tv shows etc. and dozens of more on demand free options. In addition to this most local TV stations have their local newscasts available on their app, and there are apps that specialize in aggregating local news stories and presenting them on a state / regional basis. There are also weather channel like apps that feature multiple windows on one screen with weather conditions, and smaller window showing live weather programing similar to the weather channel. This is all before you look at pay services like Netflix, Hulu, Youtube TV, etc.

In other words for the $25-$35 cost to buy a Roku device (Express or Stick, I think the stick is worth the extra $8-10 just for the RF remote that does not have to be pointed at the box to work), you can get something with as many or more free viewing options as you would likely have on basic cable in a motel room.

This of course all assumes fast WIFI is available
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Old 08-10-2022, 07:34 AM   #11
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we dumped cable and satellite at home and went to You Tube TV, Saved $135/month. When on the road we stream You Tube TV to an iPad and hdmi out to a tv, no additional charge and You Tube TV will record (unlimited) what ever we want to the cloud so we can watch our home local channels when they are done recording. At this point, it pays to get up to speed on streaming. If we plan to be in a place with no internet, we download to iPad or iPhone ahead of time.
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Old 08-10-2022, 09:04 AM   #12
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And the nice thing about the Roku devices, you can find them at pretty much any Wal-Mart or Target... Like others have mentioned, they are pretty much plug and play...
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Old 08-10-2022, 12:12 PM   #13
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Our tv bit the dust right before our last trip so I grabbed a cheap Roku tv. The built in Roku works exactly like the Roku sticks and devices I own.

But... Roku now requires an account set up with an email address. It's still free and does not require any sort of card on file.

I mention this because it was a pain in the butt setting it up on the tv so if you go Roku set up your account before you leave or if you have a tablet or laptop use that. It's a lot easier than the tv or phone.

Once you have a user name and password it's easy to enter that in with your Roku remote.

The whole account thing is weird because my current devices still work without using a Roku account, it just appears to be new devices that require it.
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Old 08-10-2022, 12:34 PM   #14
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One really cool Roku feature is the Roku Remote app for your phone. It adds a full keyboard & the ability to listen on your phone (I use headphones to be quiet at night). Works when your Roku & phone are on the same WiFi.
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