HDMI adaptor to watch Netflix

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  1. iRock1 macrumors 6502a

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    Hi,

    I'm looking for a cable for that purpose, on an iPad Air running iOS 9. There are several really cheap cables on Amazon (and with great ratings), but it looks like they are not able to play Netflix content, for royalties reasons or something.

    Having said that, and please correct me if I'm wrong, the official cable by Apple would be the only alternative. However, I'm not sure if it will play downloaded videos in the Netflix app (I read one comment in Amazon which made me doubt).

    I hope you can help me clarify this questions.
     
  2. DoubleFlyaway macrumors 6502a

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    Wait, what??? The HDMI cable has an impact on whether content from certain providers can be transmitted??

    I’m curious now too. I’m going to Bali for a month and was going to bring a lightning to HDMI converter and an HDMI cable with me to hook my phone or ipad up to the television. I thought that would be easier than bringing an Apple TV and trying to get it working. Especially since I can run a VPN on the phone/iPad.
     
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  5. sparksd macrumors 68000

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    I use this lightweight HDMI cable for travel and it works great with my iPad (I don't use Netflix):

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B011M32RLI

    Only thing is to remember that it is not bi-directional - one end is marked "source", the other "TV" (why it can be made slim).
     
  6. DoubleFlyaway macrumors 6502a

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    Thank you! That’s really helpful.
     
  7. BrianBaughn macrumors 603

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    Netflix works with Chromecast. Would that suffice?
     
  8. sparksd macrumors 68000

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    Chromecast can be painful/difficult with travel hookups, e.g. in a hotel wifi environment. I've looked for similar solutions for xfinity streaming, which is blocked over HDMI by the app.
     
  9. BrianBaughn macrumors 603

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    I’ve never used Chromecast’s “guest mode”…has anyone here done it successfully with an iPhone?
     
  10. iRock1, Mar 26, 2018
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    Thanks, but no. The reason I asked is because there's no net in the place I want to watch movies.

    Anyway, my iPad Air runs iOS 9 and I have no intention of updating. In that scenario, I wonder if:

    1) I could watch downloaded videos in the Netflix app mirroring to the TV

    2) I could do that with an unofficial HDMI/Lightning adaptor
     
  11. iRock1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Could anybody who owns this adaptor answer me this please.
     
  12. sparksd macrumors 68000

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    According to Netflix, they do not block streaming so it would work -

    https://help.netflix.com/en/node/49
     
  13. iRock1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks, but I don't think it's updated as it mentions the 30-pin connector.
     
  14. sparksd macrumors 68000

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    No, it also said Lightning devices.
     
  15. iRock1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The thing is this is not streaming, it's downloaded videos.
     
  16. sparksd macrumors 68000

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    Since no one else has chimed in, you'll just have to get one and try. But I can't see why it wouldn't work.
     
  17. DoubleFlyaway macrumors 6502a

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    I will try it in May. ;) If you want to know sooner, you have to try it out yourself.
     
  18. iRock1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Are you running iOS 9 or 10?
     
  19. DoubleFlyaway macrumors 6502a

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    Oh, no, 11.
     
  20. mk313 macrumors 6502a

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    I have Netflix and the cable but I don’t have a device running iOS 9, sorry about that.
     
  21. darkarn macrumors 6502a

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    I have iOS 11 devices being able to play downloaded videos but they are using the VLC app though
     
  22. mk313 macrumors 6502a

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    for the sake of anyone viewing this in the future, netflix does work through the official HMDI adapter, at least on iOS 11. I just tested it today and it played fine. I know that doens't answer the op's question directly, but in case someone searches this topic, it may help.
     
  23. sparksd macrumors 68000

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    Have you come across apps that don't work? xfinity is one that blocks streaming content over HDMI from mobile devices (works from a laptop).
     
  24. mk313 macrumors 6502a

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    I pretty much only use the adapter when I'm traveling, and i haven't run across any issues where it hasn't worked, but i don't watch a ton of video to begin with. I've tried it with the TV app (downloads from the iTunes store), hulu, and now netflix. I haven't tried any other services, but so far, those have all worked.
     
  25. iRock1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    But did you try with downloaded videos and no connection or just streaming?
     

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