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DC&MC

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Posted: 10/24/20 09:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are full time in motorhome. We use our Verizon phones ad hot spots. Is it possible to use Hulu when that is our only internet connection? We have Dish now but are very disappointed with the movies offered lately.


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Streaming is possible anywhere you have a good Internet connection, preferable 10 Mbps or better for HD or 4K. A solid 5 Mbps will usually work as well, but may limit what other online activities you can do at the same time. Be aware though, there are almost no new movies being released right now due to Covid-19. Hulu carries many of the same channels that Dish does, although you can pay extra for HBO, etc. that should give you a little different movie selection.


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Yeah, but the data costs could eat you alive, and I'm not familiar enough with "unlimited" to know if that's a solution

You will need a pretty strong signal to make that work.

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You'll need a truly unlimited data plan in order to stream without breaking the bank. But there are plans out there reasonable enough. We have a firestick and sling among a few other apps like Amazon prime. We have a hotspot with ATT and usually don't have any issues.

But as Dutch said, since Covid there are no new movies - at least decent ones. A few here and there but production companies closed down and so did theaters, so not much was being produced or released.


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You need about 2.5 to 7.5 Mbps (megabits per second) to stream HD videos on your mobile device. This means you'll use approximately 1.5 to 3 GB per hour to stream HD video on Netflix. If you opt for standard definition (SD), your consumption will be about 1 GB of data per hour, at about 2 to 3 Mbps.

With the Verizon Plan Unlimited, you get a 15 GB/month allowance of 4G LTE / 5G Nationwide1 data for Mobile Hotspot and Jetpacks each billing cycle. Once you've used the 15 GB of data, your Mobile Hotspot data speed will be reduced to up to 600 Kbps for the rest of the billing cycle.

We always stream in SD. Amazon Prime video has a nice selection of movies, as well as Netflix. Amazon Prime is an annual membership and Netflix is monthly, but shared with our daughter's families.

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richardtc17 wrote:

With the Verizon Plan Unlimited, you get a 15 GB/month allowance of 4G LTE / 5G Nationwide1 data for Mobile Hotspot and Jetpacks each billing cycle. Once you've used the 15 GB of data, your Mobile Hotspot data speed will be reduced to up to 600 Kbps for the rest of the billing cycle.
15 gig isn't much.

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We have used Hulu for the past couple of years at home. We are now just starting to go full time and are going to cancel Hulu because you can stream the content to a phone or tablet, or PC, but Hulu won't let us "cast" the content to our TVs in the coach when we are away from our "home" area. We want to watch TV on a TV most of the time. Also, Hulu is really poor at keeping up with streaming. Picture freezes all the time. This is with a very high internet connection in our house and is a known issue with the service. Just google Hulu quality. Still trying to decide what we will do for TV content. Our coach has Direct TV satellite antenna, but we haven't tried it yet.


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Land Yachters wrote:

our coach has Direct TV satellite antenna, but we haven't tried it yet.
I'd stick with that. Data costs are not coming down to any reasonable level for my tastes, so I'm keeping my DTV as long as they are in business.

And you can get DTV in a lot more places than you can phone service, and Rv park wifi generally sucks.

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Ok. So I have icons on our dish menu for Netflix and amazon prime video. How do I connect the dish receiver to my iPhone hotspot? I went in settings and it found the iPhone, entered password but it keeps coming back saying not connected! What else do I need to do?

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DC&MC wrote:

Ok. So I have icons on our dish menu for Netflix and amazon prime video. How do I connect the dish receiver to my iPhone hotspot?
Do you have a smart tv?

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