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    I want to mount a small TV (32") in my caravan, I dont want to haul DSTV dish with.
    The plan is to connect it to my laptop, cell phone, netflix, showmax ect, and a DVD player.
    1) do you get 32" TV in a smart TV? (My vendor says no!)
    2) how many parks have wi fi?
    3) any other recommendations?

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    Small dumb tv + media player (plenty of threads on that)

    Add a small portable HDD with content on it and you dont need a DVD player or wifi
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    Samsung has a smart 32" TV for sale on takealot.
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    In my experience I don't think I ever came across a camp site with wifi for the campers, then again I never really looked since that's the last thing I think of when camping.
    Some with bad cell reception do however offer wifi for their guests but usually only at their reception area or restaurant / bar if they have one.
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    We used to travel with a vodacom portable router. Canned it because loading data and reception was rubbish. I dont know of any campsites with wifi. Mobile data will cost you a packet of you want to stream. The RAIN sim is an option, but reception will be your downfall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mullerza View Post
    Small dumb tv + media player (plenty of threads on that)

    Add a small portable HDD with content on it and you dont need a DVD player or wifi
    Sorry, what is a HDD?
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    Quote Originally Posted by novice 2015 View Post
    Sorry, what is a HDD?
    Hard drive
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    Light a fire outside the caravan, much cheaper, and in my opinion the whole reason we go camping. I watch enough TV at home
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    Quote Originally Posted by Naes-Landy View Post
    Light a fire outside the caravan, much cheaper, and in my opinion the whole reason we go camping. I watch enough TV at home
    With you, on pension now, and on route on a 30 day camp, worried things might get tight!! (as a rule I am busy knocking up or down camp, making food etc, no time for TV, the thought is to take a small TV, mount it inside, to roll photos and watch a movie if time allows)
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    Hard drive
    Thank you, I have in the past hired DVD's, its been a while. Can one take a Hard drive in to the rental shop and they download a movie? I have a HDD for business, and a i pod 160GB with music on, it has a photo and video feature, I am thinking of the i pod? Your thoughts plz? (sorry but technology is getting ahead of me.... quickly!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by novice 2015 View Post
    Thank you, I have in the past hired DVD's, its been a while. Can one take a Hard drive in to the rental shop and they download a movie? I have a HDD for business, and a i pod 160GB with music on, it has a photo and video feature, I am thinking of the i pod? Your thoughts plz? (sorry but technology is getting ahead of me.... quickly!)
    using a HDD with media on it would involve some level of illegal activity (i.e. pirating), find the closest teenager to assist you. If you want to soothe your conscience then just get them to load content you already own in say DVD format on the HDD - still technically illegal but morally more acceptable.
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    I haven't seen a DVD hire shop in years.

    This is what you need to do:

    - get a laptop with a BIG external USB connected hard disk drive (2TB is good)
    - get a cheap 32cm LCD TV
    - join Netflix
    - use the Netflix Download option to download movies and series to the external HDD when WiFi is available (as in free WiFi hot spots )
    - go on holiday
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    Quote Originally Posted by Naes-Landy View Post
    Light a fire outside the caravan, much cheaper, and in my opinion the whole reason we go camping. I watch enough TV at home
    We do so - We call it Prime Time TV

    and then later we add some more wood - We call it The Late Night Show

    and then we cuddle up close to the smouldering coals - We call it The Adult Channel
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dungbeetle View Post
    We do so - We call it Prime Time TV

    and then later we add some more wood - We call it The Late Night Show

    and then we cuddle up close to the smouldering coals - We call it The Adult Channel
    and when your undies catch on fire, is that Comedy Hour?
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    Get a 32"Skyworth TV, R2200 at Takealot, and a 3G dongle or hotspot your phone. If you want a TV in you caravan, so be it, your choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZuluCowboy View Post
    Get a 32"Skyworth TV, R2200 at Takealot, and a 3G dongle or hotspot your phone. If you want a TV in you caravan, so be it, your choice.
    ummmm............have you ANY IDEA how much a FullHD Netflix movie can use? 3GB an hour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    ummmm............have you ANY IDEA how much a FullHD Netflix movie can use? 3GB an hour.

    The guy is on pension, he isn't a millionaire.


    I get your point, but why would you want to stream in HD to a 32" TV which is probably not even HD ready let alone FHD?
    It's like people who want to stream in HD or 4k to watch on their phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by novice 2015 View Post
    With you, on pension now, and on route on a 30 day camp, worried things might get tight!! (as a rule I am busy knocking up or down camp, making food etc, no time for TV, the thought is to take a small TV, mount it inside, to roll photos and watch a movie if time allows)
    Admittedly, we actually always have 2x 13" laptops with us, but seeing as we drive a Defender 90, they are shoved right up in there, under a board, behind the front seats. To get at them we have to pull out 2 heavy meat trays full of tinned food and tools, and when we do get them out, it's mostly just to offload photos and vids. I do have some Hollywood movies from questionable sources on the internal drives, in which case we might pop the laptop on a camp chair and will watch outside under the stars, but like I say, it's mostly 'Bush TV'.

    By all means, get a TV, I have watched movies on a proper TV myself in a rented RV in Canada and on a 30ft sail boat in Greece, of all places, just because it was there. But if it's only a laptop, in a hard to reach space, you know it's there, but you will think twice before digging it out, because you might end up missing the crocs mauling a zebra at the waterhole, or the full moon glistening off the glass smooth sea while at anchor, live and uncut, in real life. I won't swim starkers with the crocs in the Zambezi, but I will jump off the boat around the Greek islands (no sharks in the Med)

    So who watches TV in their caravan or boat?.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigboy529 View Post
    I get your point, but why would you want to stream in HD to a 32" TV which is probably not even HD ready let alone FHD?
    It's like people who want to stream in HD or 4k to watch on their phone.
    Streaming in low res is about 2Mbps, give or take. That equates to 900MB/hr, just under 1GB. What are you paying for mobile data per GB?
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