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How to stream movies and TV in your RV from your phone or tablet

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By Cheri Sicard
Have you ever wondered how to stream movies, TV shows, and YouTube in your RV? Yes, it can be done and even if you are not all that tech-savvy! The video below from Patrick McCormick from Travels with Delaney will show you how.

When it comes to watching TV in your RV you actually have a lot of options. Patrick briefly covers them all.

The bulk of the video, however, is devoted to how to use your cell phone or tablet to stream your favorite shows using a device such as an Amazon Fire TV Stick, Google Chromecast, or Apple TV.

He also shows how to use a simple HDMI connector you can attach directly to your phone or tablet (the easiest way for me). No need for an extra device!

Of course, in order to stream video, you are going to need some kind of internet connection. Unfortunately, most RV parks don’t want you streaming, and make sure to have low enough bandwidth that it is not an option.

But if you have a good cell phone signal, it is possible to use your cell phone or tablet as a hot spot that you can stream from.

It will also depend on how much data your cell phone plan gives you. Streaming videos can eat up your allowed data very quickly, even if you have “unlimited data,” something Patrick talks about in more detail in the video.

Yes, “unlimited data” is not without its limitations. As Tom Waits says, “The large print giveth, and the small print taketh away.”

You could also do what I do and travel with a mobile hotspot that allows for true unlimited data. I stream TV and movies all the time with my Verizon hotspot and never run out of high-speed data.

Also covered in this easy-to-understand video:

  • Power requirements for streaming devices.
  • How to connect your streaming devices to your TV.
  • Using an adapter to bypass the need for a streaming device. In other words, you can stream directly from your phone or tablet to the TV. This also allows you to use your TV as a large computer monitor.

You may not want to sit in your RV and watch TV or movies all the time.  But it’s always nice to have the option.

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Tom
1 month ago

When it comes to watching TV in your RV you actually have a lot of options. Patrick briefly covers them all.” This video is over three years old. There may be other things that have come to be in the past three years.

Tom
1 month ago

Ruko? Not mention, easy and gives you ability to stream without using phone. I use hotspot and Roku does everything to watch TV.

Cat
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom

We also use Roku to stream as well as use with a Spectrum app…this allows us to continue using most of the channels available to us in our stick & bricks. We also cast downloaded content from an iPad directly to the smart tv, especially when Wi-Fi is a little iffy.

TIM MCRAE
1 month ago

Good video. Just be aware that every phone, device, TV, setup can have unique issues that you may have to figure out on your own. It can be frustrating but with a little ‘tinkering’ you should find something that works for you.

The Iphone people may be in a great position because they all pretty much work the same way, so there is less tinkering required. I much prefer Android devices for smartphones. This leads to much more tinkering as all the different phone brands have their individual foibles!

In my case I exclusively use Google Pixel phones. I love these phones! However in it’s infinite wisdom Google feels it is ok to block it’s users from using HDMI adapters, third party streaming apps (to get around the rules) and WIFI streaming (or casting) to TV’s or all smart devices except Chromecast.

I use all ROKU TV’s to get around the extra devices issues and I have tried 3 different types of Chromecast device and I am just not a fan.

TIM MCRAE
1 month ago
Reply to  TIM MCRAE

Just to finish up:

As stated in the video, so long as you have a good hotspot solution the smart TV, smart TV device is a great solution.

Just like Leonard, I also like to stream recorded (or downloaded) content for those off grid situations. HDMI cables is a great solution.

In my case, I can’t use my Pixel phones for this, so I store all the downloaded / recorded content on a laptop and use that as my video source with a HDMI cable.

Last edited 1 month ago by TIM MCRAE
Leonard Rempel
1 month ago

We use the HDMI converter to our IPhone for streaming previously downloaded Netflix and Amazon content. Works amazing and no need for WiFi, which is the downfall with the Chromecast and Fire Sticks.
Sometimes “simple” technology is the best!

Last edited 1 month ago by Leonard Rempel
Tom
1 month ago
Reply to  Leonard Rempel

I do the same thing with my iPad.

Neal Smith
1 month ago
Reply to  Leonard Rempel

So far, there is an important point missed. I use a direct cable from the phone to the TV SO THAT I USE “REGULAR” DATA NOT HOT SPOT DATA. My plan has unlimited data, but only 40GB per month of hot spot data. This is a very important benefit of the direct cable.

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