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Old 12-14-16, 11:34 AM   #1
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Watching iPhone content on TV - Questions.

I Googled how to hook my iPhone to my TV (my TV is not a Smart TV) and came up with this thing "Lightning Digital AV Adapter". It seems like it ought to work, but it's not exactly cheap, so I'd like to get some opinions from the otter community before I spring for it.

I have Amazon Prime so there is a lot of stuff that I can watch for free.

One friend told me that he thinks that a movie must be totally downloaded on your iPhone before it can be played on the TV. Is that true?

I don't know what else to ask, so any opinions, problems, hints, quirks or whatever that you'd like to tell me about will be welcome.

Thank you in advance.
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Old 12-14-16, 11:59 PM   #2
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Re: Watching iPhone content on TV - Questions.

No, you don't have to download the movie to watch it in your TV.

In the past some apps won't allow you to show iPhone screen on a TV, Comcast for example was really restrictive.
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Old 12-15-16, 06:47 AM   #3
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Re: Watching iPhone content on TV - Questions.

If you are trying to watch Amazon prime content, why not just buy one of their fire tv sticks? They are relatively inexpensive.

Edit: they are most certainly cheaper than that adapter you are looking at.
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Old 12-15-16, 12:30 PM   #4
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Re: Watching iPhone content on TV - Questions.

Deftones: WOW! I had never heard of that thing, but after reading your comment I went to Amazon and read everything I could find about it. That certainly sounds like the way to go. The price, however, is exactly the same at $39.99.

It's amazing the stuff you can buy nowadays!
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Old 12-15-16, 04:22 PM   #5
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Re: Watching iPhone content on TV - Questions.

Roku also makes one that can do Amazon Prime streaming that is probably a bit better. But if you are solely tied to Amazon ecosystem, the fire stick is good.
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Re: Watching iPhone content on TV - Questions.

Here is a video on that topic:
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Old 12-15-16, 11:22 PM   #7
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Re: Watching iPhone content on TV - Questions.

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Deftones: WOW! I had never heard of that thing, but after reading your comment I went to Amazon and read everything I could find about it. That certainly sounds like the way to go. The price, however, is exactly the same at $39.99.

It's amazing the stuff you can buy nowadays!
Being out of the country you must've missed this great ad campaign:

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Old 12-16-16, 11:19 AM   #8
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Re: Watching iPhone content on TV - Questions.

WOW! Thank you so very much, everybody, for all of the really great information.

Psi - that's a great video comparing the three methods of watching movies on TV.
TomOpus - you're correct, I had never seen that commercial before.

You folks are too much. As I have always thought - when you're puzzled, come to the otter community and ask about it.

Thank you again.
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Old 12-16-16, 02:01 PM   #9
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Re: Watching iPhone content on TV - Questions.

Also, have you checked your Blu-ray player? A lot of them have Apps built-in too, like Amazon Video.
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Old 12-17-16, 02:12 PM   #10
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Re: Watching iPhone content on TV - Questions.

The Amazon Fire TV Stick just received a rather substantial update which makes it more in line with a standard Android TV stick. Nicer, faster interface, and it is the best way to use Amazon Prime video service.

The Amazon Video app on the Roku is dreadfully dated, but at least it's something.

Make sure you get the current generation Fire TV Stick (w/ Voice Remote) and not the first gen. The First Gen had wonky wifi and runs at a crawl compared to the current one.
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Old 12-18-16, 11:20 AM   #11
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Re: Watching iPhone content on TV - Questions.

Thank you RichC2.
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