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I'm full time, use a Dish Tailgater for satellite TV, Verizon Unlimited with a hot-spot for internet, and I'm looking for advice on a better way to stream shows through Amazon Prime.  Right now I use my hot spot on the phone and my TV accesses the internet through the phone but when I reach the data limit on the hot spot the speeds are reduced to a point where streaming is no longer possible.  Any ideas of how to better do this?

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What kind of phone do you have?  You get unlimited high speed on device data - so many of us get around the hotspot high speed cap by 'casting' the image to a larger screen.  On our iPhones, we use their AV HDMI adapter.  Android phones have other options available. 

Our guide TV & Movie Streaming goes over some options (and considerations for video streaming in general):

http://www.rvmobileinternet.com/tv

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Problem is cell phone streaming works fine as long as you have lots of data and can get a decent cell signal.  What do you do for areas that have limited cell signal?  Satellite is the best choice.

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18 hours ago, Technomadia said:

What kind of phone do you have?  You get unlimited high speed on device data - so many of us get around the hotspot high speed cap by 'casting' the image to a larger screen.  On our iPhones, we use their AV HDMI adapter.  Android phones have other options available. 

Our guide TV & Movie Streaming goes over some options (and considerations for video streaming in general):

http://www.rvmobileinternet.com/tv

Thanks for the link, it was very informative.  I have an iphone 8 with unlimited data plan.  In your link you indicated a "Lightning Digital AV Adapter" is an option and I have looked at those.  When I look on Amazon they all specifically state that they will not work with Prime Video and other commercial streaming services.  Some of the commenters on Amazon stated that the Apple version of the device would work.  So I called Apple several days ago and they referred me a fella in tech support and he stated with certainty that it would not work with streaming services because of copy write infringement issues.  So I'm left wondering if the Apple product really does work and they are just required by law to state that it is not designed to handle Prime Video?  Any thoughts on that?

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Hoo boy,

When Musk finally launches his initial 5000 satellite constellation for inexpensive Internet at LEO along with possible cell service too, it won't be too soon for all of us especially RVrs.

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SpaceX isn't even "hoping" to have that system in place until the mid 2020's.....another 7 years plus, at least. I'm not holding my breath waiting on it. 

Meanwhile the OP still has issues with internet....now.

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Big5er,

Like I said, when he finally gets it in place it won't be too soon for any of us. Yeah it will be great then! You are tracking it too.

5G may take that long as well or not, for either. So your suggestion to him for now is? . . .

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1 hour ago, RV_ said:

Big5er,

So your suggestion to him for now is? . . .

Don't have one. I do not stream much for the exact reason he mentioned. I'll stick with satelite TV for my TV and my limited internet for internet. Combining the two, without unlimited internet available, seems rather difficult in my opinion. 

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I Full Time and use DirecTV with a Genie. I record almost all the shows and movies I watch.
Very seldom do I watch live anymore. Skipping the commercials saves a lot of time. But I am always behind watching the 99 programs I have set too record. And at least 20 plus movies behind to watch.

I also have Amazon Prime & Hula but only watch some of that on my unlimited iPhone Sprint(Plus 10GB hot spot) is while at the laundromat.

I also have the AT&T unlimited Mobley hot spot. Right now I have used 14.5GB on it this month with 5 days to go.
20-35GB a month is my usual amount used. I just don't have the time to do much streaming.

I have 3 Smart TV's that I can feed streaming through my WiFiRanger from the Mobley. But very seldom can find the time to do it. :(

Now when needing to fix something on my MH I do stream youtube on how it is done.
A couple weeks ago replaced the 21' patio awning by watching youtube. :)

 

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You can also take advantage of higher limit internet when you have it and save the videos for later viewing.  We just visited a friend who does this using Audials Moviebox on Windows, https://audials.com/en/moviebox/audials_moviebox_windows_software.html , but I am sure there are other solutions.  

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On 4/29/2018 at 11:22 AM, Five Wood said:

 So I'm left wondering if the Apple product really does work and they are just required by law to state that it is not designed to handle Prime Video?  Any thoughts on that?

 

Just double checked, Amazon Prime totally allows HDMI out to a larger screen.... no problem. 

Some apps do block it (like some sports centric ones and DirecTV), but many do allow it. 

 

 

In the 12 years we've been on the road, we've pretty much utilized streaming video exclusively over cellular. It's totally possible and affordable with the right data plans. 

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19 hours ago, Technomadia said:

Just double checked, Amazon Prime totally allows HDMI out to a larger screen.... no problem. 

Some apps do block it (like some sports centric ones and DirecTV), but many do allow it.

 - Cherie

I guess I'll give this a try.

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Too many variables, video quality being a huge one. 480 vs. 1080. Different providers use different technology to stream, also.

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20 hours ago, eddie1261 said:

Is there some practical formula where 1 hour of streaming TV equals X amount of data streamed? I looked around the infrazwebz but didn't find anything practical and definitive.

Eddie, look a few posts up on this thread at the post from Technomadia.  Their link is very informative and a section of it answers your question.

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Thank you. I have pretty much avoided them until now because they tend to tease you with just enough review and then demand/require  a paid subscription to get the real answers. I don't subscribe to web pages. I will check them out in this case though. Thanks again.

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On 5/4/2018 at 11:17 AM, eddie1261 said:

Thank you. I have pretty much avoided them until now because they tend to tease you with just enough review and then demand/require  a paid subscription to get the real answers. I don't subscribe to web pages. I will check them out in this case though. Thanks again.

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It is only going to get more congested for mobile connections as now Amazon Prime is starting to carry a lot of 4k streaming content too in addition to Netflix that has the most 4k now.

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Well, I purchased this adapter from Apple and it seems to work just fine.

https://www.apple.com/shop/product/MD826AM/A/lightning-digital-av-adapter?fnode=97&fs=f%3Dadapter%26fh%3D458e%2B45b0

Thanks for the replies.

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