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Old 12-09-16, 17:52
tom555evans tom555evans is offline
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T4 Post Icon Using a ipad as a tv

does anybody us a ipad as a tv in there van? i saw one at busfest just wondering how i would go about doing it?
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Old 12-09-16, 19:06
landie landie is offline
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Default Re: Using a ipad as a tv

I use one of these...

We hook the unit up to a USB socket in the van and you can use the supplied "external" mag mount aerial on the roof or in the pop top if you have one. Once the unit is switched on you can watch TV on any phone or tablet anywhere in the vicinity of the van. You tune it via the app on your device, complete with program guide etc... You can save the "found" channels under a name/place so if you visit somewhere regularly you can switch between locations without needing to search for channels each time.

I prefer these to the cheaper "dongle" types that plug into your iPad for a number of reasons...
1) The dongles often mean you can't charge your device and watch tv
2) The dongles don't seem to have as good a receiver section, in side by side comparisons they never seem to get as many channels and picture quality is poorer.
3) The dongles often need an adaptor to work with newer iPads and one dongle cannot be used for multiple device types, not a problem if you know you'll always want to use the same iPad I guess.

the only criticism I have of the Eye TV unit is that the WiFi network it broadcasts cannot be changed (as far as I can tell !) and when your mates really like it and go out and buy their own and you end up camped near each other... it's a bloody nightmare trying to remember which WiFi network is yours ! I live in hope that this changes at some point so you can rename it
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Old 12-09-16, 19:12
sstevens sstevens is offline
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Default Re: Using a ipad as a tv

I'm looking into this myself. I've bought a 4g MiFi unit from Amazon (90 with 6gb data). Not sure how long this will last so will try it. I can then watch sky go, i player etc.

The sky go app cost me 5 for the top level, allows me to download things to the iPad, but I think you can get it for free if you have sky.

Don't know if there are any better ways, this is my plan!
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Old 13-09-16, 20:47
JoeDarKa JoeDarKa is offline
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Default Re: Using a ipad as a tv

I have "toview" app but needs 3g or higher to use it
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