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Old 12-14-2020, 09:09 AM   #29
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Sounds like you guys,gals watch a lot of TV. When we retired and went full time we pretty much just watched what we could get OTA and lived with it. Did not miss it at all.
I think part of the disconnect is the difference between what you define as "TV" and what we actually watch. With the exception of the evening news, we watch very little content that can be obtained from OTA TV.

Most of what we watch in the evenings for relaxation are shows and movies from other countries that we stream on a variety of streaming services. Streaming opens your horizons to a huge world of content. I'm not saying that foreign productions are "better" than US content, but they often are rather different.

Not watching TV because you don't like what you can get from 4 networks is no longer your only option.

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It’s still watching TV wether it was developed in this country or another. I have no interest in watching anything that is done by actors. Just fake programming that is done by people that are poor role models. Better things to do with my time. Unlimited phone gives me access to pc,s for streaming programs from all over. Just better things to do than just sit in front of tv. To each there own. Safe travels

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Old 12-15-2020, 07:10 AM   #31
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Many opinons... subjective to what you watch , what you do as you go RVing.. part time, full time, work or play etc,, Like at home.. everyone does things different..

In RV I have a TCL TV with Roku built in I have a Firestick at rural property.. I take that at times..
Locast seem cool. subscribe netflix/hbo max.. and have a 3TB HD loaded with many movies..
Use the OTA antenna alot to grab weather or local stuff in an area that is good..

I also have a android box for TV but it works with some "stuff" but is finiky..
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Old 12-15-2020, 02:13 PM   #32
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Nvidia Shield's I have 2 2019 pro's and 2017.
Fast easy to use and constantly updated.

Computer power is much greater than the "sticks".
Add apps directly from the App store.
Added benefit is they will pull in a wifi signal better than any other stick I have tried.


I do have a Sling stick but not impressed at all but it was free.
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Old 12-20-2020, 03:36 PM   #33
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We NEVER watch live TV. We have a Dish Hopper 3 at home that can record 16 shows a once. In the Motorhome we have Dish Wally. When on the road we use the Wally and a Playmaker dish. The Wally has an external HD to record. Once we land in Florida I have Dish come out and they install a dish in the ground (for free) at our site. Now I switch to the Hopper. I can watch Amazon prime and Netflix thru the Hopper and record all my shows. I know it costs more but you get what you pay for.
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Old 12-20-2020, 03:57 PM   #34
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FYI, roku just settled with hbo max. You can get hbo max with roku now. Also Comcast/Xfinity now has hbo max available to any hbo subscriber. This all happened a few days ago (12/ 19/2020
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We have used RUKU, Amazon, Google, smart TV’s, and Apple TV’s.

I prefer Apple TV 4K for the nice user interface and great quality.

We have a house full of them and two in the motorhome.

Pretty hard to beat Apple TV for quality and stability. If you use iPhones then the added bonus of airplay to mirror your phone screen onto the tv screen is a bonus.

I like all the choices for streaming tv.

It is just personal preference.

We use Amazon echo devices all over the house as well. Again just a personal preference.
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In the house we have a OTA antenna with Fire Recast ( works great....wireless stream my OTA TV with no running coax everywhere), so have to use Fire sticks and Fire Cubes. Works great. I have one ROKU player to watch things Fire TV doesn’t have like 1. The Three Stooges Channel and NewsON. The Fire TV NewsON is a terrible app.

In my RV we don’t bring any streaming player, all 3 of the Samsung TVs have their latest Smart TV apps and they all work well. All have the most popular apps includingMLB which we pay for every year.

In my old 07 we used a Roku.
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I use a fire stick. That allows me to attach a external hard drive to watch movies and tv when Iím in areas without internet.
Interesting.
How does the Fire Stick allow you to attach an external hard drive?
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Old 12-20-2020, 11:12 PM   #39
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Finally figured TV/wifi out

I have a a 2017 Fleetwood Discovery. At home we had the full boat with Xfinity @$240 a month. Got the coach in September and cut the cord weeks later.
Here's my solution ; I cancelled everything but internet at my house and dropped the speed down to 25mbps, then got four Amazon Firesticks for my house and coach. And a Mofi 4500 with a Tmobile card for the coach. Sweet so far... Then I tried Hulu live, no problem at first, but... Hulu live will not work when traveling out of your area. So I switched to YouTube TV, it's perfect for an RV and runs great with the Mofi4500.
Initial costs;
Mofi4500 $350
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Monthly All in costs;
Home xfinity $56
Tmobile line $25
YouTube TV $65
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We NEVER watch live TV. We have a Dish Hopper 3 at home that can record 16 shows a once. In the Motorhome we have Dish Wally. When on the road we use the Wally and a Playmaker dish. The Wally has an external HD to record. Once we land in Florida I have Dish come out and they install a dish in the ground (for free) at our site. Now I switch to the Hopper. I can watch Amazon Prime and Netflix thru the Hopper and record all my shows. I know it costs more but you get what you pay for.
We have a Hopper in our S&B home and we also have one in our MH that we use through our Winegard Trav'ler that also runs the wireless Joey in the bedroom/exterior via HDMI splitter.

One of the great things about our Hopper is the ability to stream Netflix and also receive local channels (Phoenix) via Locast which also streams through the Hopper all of which is serviced via our onboard router with AT&T connected car plan which provides unlimited data.
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We "cut the cord" many years ago. We have Roku on each TV in our home, so it made sense to use it in the MH as well. Without considering content, Roku devices have advantages that make it work best for us.

Like most coaches, ours has a video distribution system that distributes satellite service to each TV from one source. We don't have satellite and never plug in to RV park cable service, so I have just one Roku device plugged into the satellite HDMI "channel". That way, I get Roku on an HDMI source at each TV. The advantage with Roku remotes is that they are not infrared - they operate on a RF signal. This means that I can control the single Roku device from anywhere - even the outdoor TV, and can even use the app on my phone for the remote.

Finally, the Roku remote with a headphone jack allows me to watch recorded TV programs in bed while my wife sleeps.

Don't know if other systems have these advantages or not, but Roku works very well for us.
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Interesting.
How does the Fire Stick allow you to attach an external hard drive?
The FireTV, the Roku, The Apple TV, the NvidiaShield, the AndroidTV player(s) all are networked Audio/Video renderers (players).
They all can run software that can connect via that network connection to a Internet video source (streaming) or to a local server running Plex or Emby or our myMovies media database and storage.

You don't connect a hard drive literally to the fireTV stick directly.

So:
Computer with large hard drives storing movies running Plex / Emby etc <> ethernet cable <> network switch <> Wifi Access point <> Wifi radio <> FireTV stick w/ a Plex / Emby client app > HDMI cable > dumb TV

Yes, it takes some investment to buy and install this hardware, but then it's the backbone of all of your communications and entertainment needs. Things can then just "plug and play" together.

To Rip (copy) the movies to the hard drives you can use the PlayOn application that "watches" the movie in real time and then copies the audio and video to the hard drive. There are other ways but in the US they are illegal so not discussed on the forum.

All of the major devices stream just fine. You don't need an "AppleTV" for smooth video. The downside of AppleTV is it doesn't integrate well with other systems (classic Apple) for control (IR only) for advanced systems. We use and test all of the devices daily.
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