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Old 02-08-2012, 09:52 PM   #1
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Media Player

What do people use for media player in their campers? Besides dvd, blu-ray, etc. I was thinking about getting an apple tv, roku or something like it, but stumbled across this from WD.

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Plays movies, pictures and things you may have on a hard drive. I know some campgrounds have wifi and could stream netflix, etc.. but i wouldn't really use it for that as I'm sure connection is spotty. Plus i don't have it.. it's mainly for looking at pics and for kids.

There is also a version with hard drive integrated.

Other options like boxee, logitech revue (with price just dropped)..

What do people use?
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Old 02-08-2012, 10:57 PM   #2
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I think you answered your own question in the fact that wifi would be spotty. Integrated hard drive would come in handy. You could load it up with movies you want to watch while away. Last summer I hooked up my iPad to the tv and we would watch episodes of America's Test Kitchen which I DL from ITunes. Most of the time we sat around the fire at night with friends and other campers we met. When our kids were young we would let them watch movies from the VCR when it was raining. There are lots more options now.
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Old 02-09-2012, 07:07 AM   #3
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Here at home, I have 3 Rokus and they've been great. I believe the latest models also sport a USB interface so you could copy files to it to watch or listen to if no WiFi available.
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Old 02-09-2012, 09:31 AM   #4
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Agree that wifi at campgrounds is generally spotty. I use a 3G netbook for basic internet access for music streaming, checking weather radar, and such. Have a separate DVD player for movies, but is seldom used.
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We use directv. Very simple to set-up and just use our box from home so no second charge for a special box for the TT. For local chanels we rely on the roof top setup that came with the TT. But we also store 25 DVD movies in the TT in case of no signal or blocked signal.
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I put movies onto my iPod Classic using Handbrake and then hook up the iPod to our TV. Works great.
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Old 02-09-2012, 04:49 PM   #7
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I use my AppleTV and love it. When we have hotspot coverage, I can stream - but I also have a pretty large library of movies that I put on my iPad/iPhone and stream back to the TV over airplay.

I also recently jail broke my appleTV which opened up all kinds of networks/feeds, but have not tried them yet on my hotspot.

AppleTV is also nice because we can do slideshows with our pictures.
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Old 02-11-2012, 08:10 PM   #8
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We use a WDTV with a 640mb USB HD that runs off the USB power. THe nice thing about the WDTV is that it is 12v, so you can get an adapter from Radio Shack, patch it into the 12v main and not worry about using an inverter when dry camping (our TV is also 12v).
When we get home, I leave the WDTV in the trailer, and only bring in the HD to update.
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I've been giving this a lot of thought as well and I am thinking of bringing my Apple TV from home when we go on the road. I always keep a router with an ethernet bridge in the camper so having the Apple TV will be a seamless integration with all the kids iPods/iPhones/iPad's as well as streaming from the PC itself. When in a good wifi area, Netflix will be able to stream too.
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Update: Just tested this and it works fantastic. Here's the basics. At home we have Dish Network with a Slingbox as well as a 2TB hard drive to store movies. In the camper Apple TV with a complete wireless network and ethernet bridge (with external antenna) for campground wi-fi.

The new iPhone 4s and iPad 2 have a feature called mirroring. Basically anything that plays on the screen will play through Apple TV, so using the iPhone 4s we have full access to our home Satellite TV along with ALL recorded movies. Additionally, the iPhone has Netflix and Sirius applications which will also stream to Apple TV.

In my driveway test the video was good (not excellent), but the ease of setup is simple. With the wireless bridge, I can bridge the campground wi-fi to the internal network and feed the AppleTV for better quality when available. I am quite pleased with the outcome and with an unlimited data plan on the iPhone (Sprint) it's inexpensive.
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