How do you watch TV shows on the road??

Discussion in 'Trucking Electronics, Gadgets and Software Forum' started by Biscuit75, Oct 2, 2009.

  1. Biscuit75

    Biscuit75 Road Train Member

    So I am about to come back off the road in a few weeks and won't have a problem then, but in the mean time I have been trying to watch TV shows on my laptop. I was wondering how some of you other folks might do this. I'm just looking for online stuff.

    I use a site called "yidio" mostly. It gives links to streamed and archived shows. You find the show, bring up the links, and I use the link to megavideo most times. Not the greatest of quality (when compared to my HD at home) but definitely good. Live score hunter is decent for some sports, but I still haven't found a way to find my college football online without paying for it.

    So what do you use??? :biggrin_2554:
  2. CommDriver

    CommDriver Road Train Member

    Dec 9, 2006
    For sports, I use Justin(dot)tv. But NFL games are usually blocked out in the second quarter. No problem with college games.

    For TV shows I usually just go to the network website. But CBS only works with very fast connection. The Fox video player works best and adjusts for speed. I have a flat screen in the truck and plug my computer into it. It's almost like HD with Fox and CBS. I also use FanQuest.

    FYI, I have Millenicom wireless. I once tried to use Flyin J wi-fi to watch a football game and it kept breaking up. No problem with Millenicom.

    Another thing I do is rent a bunch of movies/tv shows when I'm home and record them on Dvd's or to my hard drive. You need special software to do this, Dvdfab is what I use. And if you burn to your hard drive on Vista or Windows 7 you'll need to burn it as an ISO file and download another program (Vlc media player) to watch them.
  3. simplyred1962

    simplyred1962 Betty Boop, One Bodacious Babe!!!

    A little off-topic for a moment....CommDriver, what kind of connection do you have from your laptop to TV, and where did you find it? I have bought two seperate S-video cords, and neither one fits my laptop.

    Back to topic, I do the same as CommDriver, watch shows on the network websites.
    I also have a program installed that will allow me to watch live TV on my laptop, while hubby is driving, but it won't work until I buy the TV tuner for my laptop.

    Judi Kay
  4. CommDriver

    CommDriver Road Train Member

    Dec 9, 2006
    Depending on how old your laptop is, you may have an HDMI connection or VGA connection. The HDMI connection looks kind of like a USB port and the VGA looks like a printer cord outlet. I use VGA because don't have HDMI. But it depends on your tv also. Your tv would need to have one of these also. Most flat screens have at least VGA or HDMI but some of the older ones don't.

    FYI, these cords are very expensive, like $30-$50 at stores, so I'd advise ordering one online if you get one.




  5. 25(2)+2

    25(2)+2 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Sep 18, 2006
    the road less travelled
    My Lenovo has vga and s video. One of my TVs has HDMI inputs but I can't use them until I get the set fixed, not working right.
  6. CommDriver

    CommDriver Road Train Member

    Dec 9, 2006
    Yeah, I forgot about S-Video, which is what she was talking about. I noticed I do have an S-video connection also on both tv and laptop.
  7. simplyred1962

    simplyred1962 Betty Boop, One Bodacious Babe!!!

    Thanks! Both laptop and TV are 2007 models.
    I may have to find the HDMI connector, as neither of the S-video cords will work...

    Judi Kay

  8. killroy

    killroy Light Load Member

    Mar 30, 2008
    Kenner, La.
    I have tivo. you can got to their web site and log into your account and down load programs that you recorded at home. If you have it set to record your favorite shows it's cool. You can even set it from your lap top to record shows, movies or ball games, that you did not have it set to record before you left home.
  9. MrMustard

    MrMustard Road Train Member

    Dec 11, 2008
    Dayton, Ohio
    these days there is also the option to watch tv on your cell phone. if you get one with a nice display. I can watch some on my Samsung phone, I was pretty impressed with that until I was visiting my mother and showed her. She laughed, pulled a Palm Pre out of her bag and fired up SprintTV. It looked and sounded amazing, it was like a portable HI Def tv, only the feed was coming through streaming over the internet.
    simplyred1962 Thanks this.
  10. Darkschneidr

    Darkschneidr Light Load Member

    Jan 31, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
    TV on the road.... hmmm, well I download full seasons of Xvid shows, like Heroes, Big Bang Theory, etc. and I just put them on an external drive. When I want to watch them on the road, I grab the drive and take it with me. My laptop has bluray and a 17" display, paired with some good headphones, it's plenty for me in a truck.
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