In February 2016 we spent 6 weeks in a motorhome touring New Zealand and thinking outside the box I downloaded 50 films onto an external hard disk so that we would be entertained in the evenings ( having not a clue if NZ TV was any good or not) … As it turned out, we watched only two. By the time we had made camp at around four in the afternoon, analysed all the photos and videos of the day, made dinner and washed up it was time to chat the evening away with whomever you were camped next to. The evening was over, time for bed. So now we have bought our own motorhome the big question is… do we buy a TV or not? … And do we spend between £1000 and £3000 on an automatic satellite seeking dish that can pick up good ol BBC wherever we are in Europe……
…That was written before we left and I didn’t manage to post it… We are now six weeks ‘in’ of an indefinite time away and I can report as follows. We did buy a TV, an 18 inch AVTEX 12v jobbie with built in DVD but we didn’t put an aerial or a sat dish on the roof, instead opting for boxsets of TV series that we didn’t have chance to watch whilst we were running around like headless chickens trying to earn a living. Five 128GB Usb sticks later and I have a fully loaded entertainment system for the evenings… ‘sans’ adverts. And boy have we needed it. The weather in Spain in March and April is not what I expected. The afternoons have been warm enough but a cold cold wind has prevented any outside evening activity. Enter the boxset – ‘Silent Witness’, ‘Monarch of the glen’, ‘Ballykissangel’ to name but a few; ‘Vincent’ with Ray Winstone, Suranne Jones and Joe Absolomon was particularly well written.
With all the internet content available we haven’t been short of information so for us we have the perfect balance but if you can’t live without your daily fix of Jezza Kyle you’ll need to go the whole hogg and invest some dosh.
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Loved reading this & we wrere thinking the same, so have gone for fitted tv with dvd player & tuner built into tele, not going for sat as we are going to get unit from motorhome wifi & have them fit it for us, will also have box sets & if needed can view content on tinternet if needed.
any other advice on this, especially the unit from motorhomewifi?
Bloody Hell Sean, the ink hasn’t dried on this post lol. The mifi unit works a treat in Spain. Spain has got 3/4g aerials everywhere even in mountain regions. I had the 4g roof aerial fitted and I’ve no complaints. I’ll email over a picture of it’s location for info. The Iboost system is slightly different. I went for the roof aerial version because I didn’t want to have wires dangling out of windows etc… The Jury is still out on this system. I had in my head that it would boost a weak signal and provide multi access when you’ve only purchased a 1 user licence. It does the second bit very well and as me and the missus are simultaneously online it’s great but boosting a weak signal I don’t think it does. Maybe it’s me because I have spoken to Adam ( whose after sales service is brill) and I’m still not overly sure it’s that good but don’t hold me to that.
TRY filmon.tv – it’s free in the uk and abroad and you can watch uk tv live or record the programmes you want and download them when you have good wifi. you don’t need to miss another good tv drama again and it saves a fortune on box sets. we’d not be without it now and can even download tv progs to our phones and then upload to the computer or tv to watch later….a fab way to enjoy a coffee or ceveza in a local bar while using their wifi!
Yes, Karen did mention that you had recommended this. Will give it a go. Glad you’re now on your way…