Help with Live TV in my travel trailer - Apple TV and Slingbox without wifi?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by kbutler84, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. kbutler84 macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2011
    We just finished restoring a 1976 Airstream travel trailer and I have been thinking of my options for tv reception. I would like to be able to view live tv, and not just whatever I have loaded on a laptop/ipad etc. Until recently, I thought my only options were either an OTA antenna or a Dish Tailgater setup.

    What I just thought about however, may end up being cheaper - if I can figure out a way for it to work reliably. All of this would be done over a cellular network since most of the time wifi won't be available.

    If I purchased a Slingbox 350 (I already have the older model Slingbox Solo, but don't even know if it still works) and connect it to my Tivo at my house, can I then attach an Apple TV to my TV in the travel trailer and create a hotspot using my iphone and connect the Apple TV to the hotspot and then airplay from the Slingbox app on the iphone to my Apple TV?
  2. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    To stream video on cellular, I'd think you need a decent cellular data connection, which it may not happen if ur in the boondocks. Do u think your cellular data, where you are going, is gonna be consistent?

    Am not retired yet but I'd think by now RV parks will provide u facilities for cable/Internet hookups?
  3. kbutler84 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2011
    Really, the main time I would want live tv, would be when we take the trailer tailgating for football games (so we can watch early games beforehand). This would be in a city with LTE, so I should have a good cell connection. Sometimes you can get wifi around the area, but it's not something to be relied upon.

    For other times when I don't have to have live tv, I could always load up my ipad with movies/tv and airplay it over the hotspot connection and it theoretically shouldn't use/need cell reception.
  4. mjxman macrumors newbie

    Aug 30, 2013
    Great Idea

    I currently have a Slingbox Pro connected to my cable system in my primary residence. In my summer cottage I have Apple TV setup to the TV and then use my iPad with AirPlay to mirror my image and use the iPad Slingbox app to control my primary residence TV to watch TV in the cottage.

    I was just thinking the about doing the same thing with a wifi hotspot from the iPhone at the tailgates. We are limited with the current setup of bunny ears on the TV in the back of the tailgate van. I am curious how the quality would be with the cellular hotspot.

    Good luck!
  5. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    I've not done it with the Slingbox app, but connecting Apple TV to the personal hotspot on the phone works fine - I've streamed HD video over that sort of link and as long as you have a good LTE or 4G signal it should work great.
  6. Tinmania macrumors 68040


    Aug 8, 2011
    If you are in that kind of location can you just get OTA TV for that?

  7. mattsntx macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2002
    This will not work at a football game unless you follow a vey small school that plays in front of small croweds. I stream my slingbox to my phone and airplay to the appleTV on a regular basis. However, it absolutly does not work if the cell network is under any kind of load (like at a sporting event). It may work early in the morning on game day, but it will start to bog down hours before the game and not work again until hours after the game.

    I think you will also need a wireless router between your phone and your appleTV and you will not need to have a wirless hotspot turned on in your phone if you set up your DNS correctly to send outgoing data through the cell network and airplay through the router attached to your appleTV. I have done that before, but can't remember the setting of the top of my head.
  8. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    I'm guessing they probably want more than just the OTA Networks especially since he said the games "before hand" which the networks seem to start their coverage at 2:00 which means the 11:00 games are solely ESPN, FOX Sports, etc.

    From someone who has cut the cord, I know how few games you really get on Saturday via OTA.

    Also, if you have a couple other teams you follow, they are most likely being played on cable stations. Only the big weekend "head liners" make the OTA Network stations.
  9. kbutler84 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2011
    Yeah, I have an antenna for OTA channels, but that doesn't cover everything. Just trying to figure out my options. Seems like the only "sure fire" solutions is to break down and get a mobile satellite system.

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