Sometimes it can be frustrating trying to get a signal for an RV satellite dish. Parked in campgrounds that are filled with big, beautiful trees, you're probably not going to get the best (or any) signal to use for streaming your favorite shows or movies. If your campground has free Wi-Fi, you can use it to stream things like Netflix or Hulu on your TV! Or with entertainment streaming devices, you can easily watch what you want on your RV TV! Here's how!
Chromecast takes whatever you have on your laptop or mobile device and “casts” it to your TV. All it requires is a tiny stick that you plug into the HDMI port on your TV! Set up the Chromecast by linking it to your Wi-Fi connection. Then make sure that your device is on the same Wi-Fi and you’re all set. For your mobile device, you can stream from tons of apps like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Pandora, NFL Sunday Ticket, and thousands more! If you’re using a laptop, just use Google Chrome and you can cast from the web easily! You can put any web page from your laptop onto your TV screen with Chromecast. You can pick up a Chromecast for about $35 online or at stores like Best Buy or Target.
The Roku works on Wi-Fi but is a bit different from the Chromecast. Roku has channels built right into it and has a remote you can use to switch between them. You can watch Netflix and Amazon Video as well as things like PBS Kids and Showtime! You get access to more than 2,500 channels and they even offer movies on demand that you can purchase! The price of the Roku ranges from $49.99 to $129.99 depending on the features you want.
Amazon Fire is available in two different versions. One is a stick that works much like the Chromecast, and the other is a box that works like the Roku! They both stream to your TV but the box is a bit quicker and has more memory. The stick is simply controlled by your mobile device or computer, where the box has a remote like the Roku. With the box, you can even get the special gaming package that allows you to play games on the TV like Minecraft, Grand Theft Auto, and The Walking Dead. The Amazon Fire starts at $39.99 for the stick and goes up to $139.99 for the gaming system.
Much like the Roku and the Amazon Fire box, Apple TV has a box that plugs into the TV and a remote to control it with. You can watch movies or TV shows or stream YouTube or Hulu. The remote even has Siri who can find shows for you! You can also play games such as Manticore Rising, Asphalt 8, and Guitar Hero on the TV with the special controller. Apple TV is $149 for 32GB and $199 for 64GB.
Working much like the Apple TV, Android TV allows you to stream from apps to the TV. Popular apps include Showtime, PBS Kids, HBO Now, and Disney Movies Anywhere. You can play games here as well and use your mobile device as a controller! Because there are multiple makers of Android devices, the prices vary greatly!
You don’t have to resort to watching the cable offered by the campground or trying to reposition your satellite dish to get a signal. As long as you have Wi-Fi, you have a ton of viewing options with any of these entertainment streaming devices.
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