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morock
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# Posted: 10 Jun 2018 07:44
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Now that hockey is done, there isn’t much on the rabbit ears. I’m able to download Netflix shows on my Android phone at home and take them with me. Using a cheap Roku stick plugged into the tv I can cast my phone screen to the TV. This works without having wifi. AppleTV and chrome cast both require a wifi network to work. It is a little frustrating to get it going, but once you get the hang of it. Its awesome on a rainy weekend .

Wilbour
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# Posted: 10 Jun 2018 09:35 - Edited by: Wilbour
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Well this is news to me!

I have a chromecast and was disappointed that they only work over your home WiFi.

You say Roku does this without home wifi?

I will definitely look into this.

Wilbour
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# Posted: 10 Jun 2018 10:47
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Well it looks like one can mirror your screen to watch what's playing on your 'droid. All this through local wifi.

If this tech works, one can just download your movie/tv content to your phone and take it to camp when you go. When you play the media on your phone it simulcasts onto the TV screen.

Now in my case the TV is not a whole lot better than watching my phone since the TV is so small. But not having to hold the phone to watch leaves both hands free to eat chips.

I likey

Borrego
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# Posted: 10 Jun 2018 11:43
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Well this is great news!!!
I will check it out, thanks for posting this!

morock
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# Posted: 10 Jun 2018 14:13
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Sorry it’s a little confusing, that you don’t need a wifi network but the connection is actually wifi. Its called wifi direct, which just means it point to point....no router. This is not restricted to Netflix either, obviously.

Borrego
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# Posted: 10 Jun 2018 15:37
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Quoting: morock
Its called wifi direct, which just means it point to point....no router


Do you need any special equipment...? Besides Roku or Firestick or similar.....

Wilbour
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# Posted: 10 Jun 2018 15:53 - Edited by: Wilbour
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Tiny fellow, no?
Roku
Roku


Wilbour
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# Posted: 10 Jun 2018 15:56 - Edited by: Wilbour
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Got one on hold from Kijiji. This could be a game changer

morock
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# Posted: 10 Jun 2018 17:00
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Borrego- I’m using an old ( 4 years) roku stick I had laying around. That’s it. Mind you, it has an HDMI output. So you need a tv from this century. All android phones support wifi direct now. Good luck.

Wilbour
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# Posted: 10 Jun 2018 17:38
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Quoting: morock
Mind you, it has an HDMI output

There are some fancy Rokus that come with an output for older TV's that only accept RCA type connectors.

Borrego
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# Posted: 10 Jun 2018 17:41
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Is Roku the same as an Amazon Firestick?

Whiskey Jack
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# Posted: 11 Jun 2018 02:07
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We've been doing this since last fall. We just download onto my laptop since our bunkie is only 108 sq ft. Can't get very far from the screen if you try.

RiverCabin
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# Posted: 11 Jun 2018 09:08
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Amazon Prime has the same capability and that's what we use.

Using a cheap ($49) Kindle HD Fire 7, you can download movies available on Amazon Prime. If you are not on wifi, you have 48 hours to watch the movie from when you start watching. HDMI out cables are available for the Kindle Fire and I understand you can also link it with an Amazon Forestick.

Wilbour
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# Posted: 11 Jun 2018 14:07
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Looks like google will let you do this too

Borrego
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# Posted: 11 Jun 2018 14:36
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Quoting: Wilbour
Looks like google will let you do this too


And I assume Youtube etc... as well? This really good news! Already looking forward to next season...

Wilbour
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# Posted: 12 Jun 2018 15:36
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Here's what I learned so far.

Each iteration of Android calls "Casting" different things. Casting, mirroring , smart view ect.

My Samsung A8 calls it Smart View and when I enable it from the notification bar, everything on my phone shows up on my Roku. With the exception of Google content I bought and downloaded.

In order to play that I had to load the Google Movies app on my Roku and watch it from there. But I could only see the last show that was playing on my phone. Therefore I have to start watching an episode on my phone the open the app on the Roku.

As for YouTube. I'm not sure about watching a video off-line. They don't mind you casting to a tv but the video source cannot be downloaded previously. Yes there are ways to do this but I don't believe YouTube offers a solution.

Bear in mind that I have had success here at home but have yet to try this at the cabin where there is not a router. In that instance I will have to rely on the direct communication of phone and stick.

This sort of entertainment is not for the folks who hate experimenting. Each Android and TV react differentially so you must try different options


Good luck

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