iPhone to car dvd player?

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  1. Jedi5 macrumors 6502

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    I googled this and saw that you are able to connect your iPhone to your car DVD.

    What I didn't see or couldn't find was...

    Would you be able to watch Dish Network or only videos/movies you have stored on your iPhone?
    Never tried to watch Dish on my iPhone in a moving car so I don't even know if that is possible.

    What say the experts?
     
  2. William.Mantle macrumors 6502

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    You should probably just concentrate on driving
     
  3. mbell1975 macrumors 6502a

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    I watch movies from my iPhone and even stream Netflix sometimes. You need the proper connections and head unit though.
     
  4. Jedi5 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So if you can stream Netflix, then you should be able to watch Dish as well.

    I'll have to try it out.

    What connections do you have?
    Do you have iPhone connected straight to your DVD player or the Aux on the dash radio?
     
  5. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    I think the car DVD players are not in view of the driver.
     
  6. Jedi5 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well I was able to have Dish playing on my iPhone while taking a drive out this morning. Seemed to work good on the drive. Now I wonder what it will look like on a DVD screen.
     
  7. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    You can watch whatever is output from the iPhone. No need to go over every possible source.
     
  8. mbell1975 macrumors 6502a

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    I have a Pioneer head unit and the iPhone hooks into it with a cable that has USB and 3.5mm jack on one end and fits into the iPhone on the other end. The head unti has an app mode where I can watch Netflix, YouTube etc...also need a bypass switch so you can watch something while driving. Not sure if you can just plug your iPhone into a DVD player unless its specifically designed for it.
     
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  10. Jedi5 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The DVD player is stock overhead for the rear passengers so I don't think I'll need a bypass switch... hope so anyway.

    Thinking about it now, not sure if I have Aux on my dash radio or if I have to go to straight to DVD player.

    Where did you buy your cable from? I'm guessing pretty much any cables will do?
     
  11. mbell1975 macrumors 6502a

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    No. You can't just hook up thru an AUX input, you will get sound but not video. You need a head unit designed for it and a cable made for that head unit and your iPhone. I bought an aftermarket Pioneer head unit and cables from Best Buy. I don't think there are any stock units that will play video or app mode off an iPhone. None that I know of.
     
  12. ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

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    I have a japanese import. In the owners manual, it clearly shows a diagram of a DVD slotted into the player where you're able to watch movies on your in-dash screen, however the laws here in the US disable the capabilities to do so. I was told by the car dealer, it would only require the proper software which they are not allowed to install by law. I have seen on a few occasions at a signal stop where the driver has enabled their in-dash lcd screen to play movies.

    I'm sure the same software will allow you to stream. It's just a matter of finding the right technician to enable it.
     

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