There will most likely come a day (or days) when you are traveling when the weather doesn’t cooperate. You’ll be forced to trade that day of hiking or adventuring for being cooped up in your RV. Did you know 62% of households report subscribing to at least one service that allows streaming TV in your RV?
You’re going to want to stream TV in your RV whether you’re waiting for the weather to change or enjoying your weekly programs. Here you’ll learn everything you need to know about streaming TV in your RV.
How Do You Stream TV in Your RV?
Streaming TV on your phone or tablet is convenient for one person, but when others join in on the experience it becomes less than ideal. Luckily technology has advanced and consumers have a generous amount of options to choose from.
Streaming Devices for TV in Your RV
Some RVs are rolled out of the factory already equipped with Smart TVs. These TVs come loaded with popular streaming apps built-in. You can access multiple apps from the same remote used to turn the TV on/off or adjust the volume. If a Smart TV is what you want but your RV did not come pre-equipped with one, it’s very easy to upgrade. Depending on the size of the TV you can expect to pay anywhere from $120 (32-inch) to $500+ (55-inch+).
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The Roku product line is a great option if you already have a TV with an HDMI input. You gain the functionality of a Smart TV, but with prices ranging from $29-$99 there is a smaller investment. The latest Roku comes equipped with a plethora of built-in apps, but also is compatible with the major streaming services. The remote even has a headphone jack so you can watch TV without disturbing anyone else in the RV. One negative is that Roku doesn’t work well with popular voice assistant programs like Siri and Alexa.
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If you already own multiple Apple products or have a large iTunes library, the Apple TV is great for streaming TV in your RV. For instance, it possesses a large selection of apps for streaming and other services – excluding Amazon and Google Play libraries. The Apple TV runs smoothly and works well with Siri, but like most Apple products, at $199 it is one of the more expensive streaming device options.
Amazon Fire TV
Last, but certainly not least, the Amazon Fire TV series is another great option for streaming TV in your RV if you are satisfied with your current TV. It includes all of the major streaming services, but you also get the benefit of the massive Amazon library and purchases/rentals made through Amazon. Fire TV works with Amazon’s voice assistant, Alexa, and starting at $39 it provides tough competition for other streaming devices.
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How Fast of a Connection Do You Need for Streaming TV in Your RV?
You can’t simply have the streaming equipment, but you’re going to need a quality and consistent internet connection. In other words, the speeds required will vary based on the quality of the content you are desiring to watch. It should come as no surprise that it takes the highest quality internet connection to stream 4K quality videos. Here are the minimum internet speed requirements based on the quality of the content:
- 1.5 Mbps – Recommended minimum
- 3 Mbps – SD resolution, aka “DVD Quality”
- 5 Mbps – HD quality
- 25 Mbps – Ultra HD / 4K quality
How Much Data Does Streaming Use?
Not only will you need a quality connection, but you will want to keep an eye on your data usage. Video content uses an incredible amount of data and, especially HD content can quickly cause you to burn through your data plan. Here are the hourly data usage estimates based on video resolution:
- Lowest Resolution – 0.3 GB per hour
- Medium (SD) Resolution – 0.7 GB per hour
- High (HD) – 3 GB per hour
- Ultra HD – 7-12 GB per hour
Favorite Subscriptions For Streaming TV in Your RV
Something you’ll never hear someone say when discussing streaming options is, “I wish there were more options.” Every major public broadcasting channel now has its own app for streaming content and there are a host of others. Here are some of the biggest players in the game.
Netflix has revolutionized the streaming universe by being one of the first to the scene for binging content. There are three plans: Basic ($8.99), Standard ($12.99), and Premium ($17.99). All three plans have access to identical content, but the number of streaming devices and quality of content varies. Netflix continues to produce content but has lost several big titles in recent years as more and more networks create their own streaming options. Personally, we still think this is a great option for streaming TV in your RV and we use it frequently.
Hulu allows consumers to access network content after it has aired on live TV. This could be a great option for consumers who don’t mind waiting, usually until the next day, to watch a television show. Hulu casts a wide net by offering several different plans, add-ons, and bundled packages. Hulu’s Basic Package starts at $5.99 per month and their Hulu (No Ads) + Live TV package currently costs $60.99 per month. Hulu is a great option for consumers who don’t want to deal with a satellite dish but want to stay current on network television.
It seems as if everyone has an Amazon Prime account, but not everyone realizes that Prime Video is also included in their Amazon Prime subscription ($12.99 per month or $119 per year). In other words, your Prime account instantly get access to thousands of movies and TV shows! This is a great option for streaming TV in your RV as you most likely already have a membership. Amazon continues to update its library and even produces its own original content. Similar to other streaming services Amazon Video allows users to bundle premium channel subscriptions at an additional cost.
Disney Plus is one of the newest streaming services to the scene but makes its presence known by being the exclusive streaming home to many Disney classics, as well as the Marvel and Star Wars franchises. The annual plan is $69.99 per year but also has a bundled plan that combines Hulu, Disney Plus, and ESPN+ for $12.99 per month.
HBO Max is the latest iteration of streaming for HBO which fully encompasses the catalog of content from its greater WarnerMedia catalog. WarnerMedia owns Turner Broadcasting, HBO, and Warner Bros so expect to find their related content here. This includes DC Comics, Adult Swim, Harry Potter, and more. While initially, we didn’t find it very impressive and a little confusing, they have just started providing same-day movie premiers. That means instead of paying $20 per person to see a new movie in theaters, you can spend $14.99/month and everyone can enjoy it multiple times. We just watched the new Wonder Women movie over Christmas and saved over $100 since there were 7 of us watching it.
Final Thoughts on Streaming TV in Your RV
In conclusion, streaming TV in your RV is more popular and easier than ever before. Consumers have an ample amount of services to choose from that meet their unique content and budget needs.
Last update on 2021-09-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API