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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 15-06-2017, 08:51 Thread Starter
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Data and TV in Europe

Morning All , Having come across from the dark side of caravanning and now returning from Cyprus to UK, we have just bought our first motor home , complete with Smart car, we plan to run around Europe for 3-4 months at a time etc.
Without reinventing the wheel as it were,( the van has a fairly new dome sat dish on roof) what are all/best options for Data and TV ?Been trying out TVMUCHO here works very well for 7/month a lot less than we pay here (all this internet streaming) so do I go down the road of a really good data package and stream through laptop or get all the kit for sat tv which believe may not be as good especially further south of Europe
Any /All views greatly appreciated
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Welcome to the forum.

Not heard of TVMUCH but I assume its some kind of streaming service.

The satellite footprint has reduced somewhat over the last few years for British TV (The regular channels) so with your dome your unlikely to get BBC1 etc much further south than the Dordogne in France and as far east as the start of the Alps. You will get News channels and a host of other Pan European stuff though much further into Europe. Most of it is rubbish but there are a few interesting channels.

The other choice is streaming via wifi but your then dependent on having a good unlimited and unmetered internet connection. We use an iBoost wifi antenna and router from www.motorhomewifi.com to pick up free wifi which can pull in signals from several miles in perfect conditions but they are seldom good enough for streaming unless your close to the source and even then its not 100% reliable.

That leaves 3 or 4G streaming via a mifi or mobile device hotspot and these are of course limited in the amount of data you can use so streaming is out really.

What I tend to do now is download as much stuff as possible to a laptop before I travel and just watch it on there.


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For those concerned, we have previously suggested "Filmon" to allow you to watch the BBC via the internet in Europe - it no longer works and it appears unless you use a VPN you will not get the normal free to air channels.

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Yes good point Dave. Forgot we had lost filmon. Can't say I'll miss UK TV to be honest anyway.
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