If you’re planning a long trip, you don’t have to miss your favorite TV shows or the big game while you’re gone. Here are five smart ways to get TV on the road.
Nothing beats traveling. But after a long day of seeing new sights and experiencing other cultures, all you want is to kick back and relax with a little TV. Whether you’re looking to tune into the big game or just want to catch up on all your favorites, experiencing TV on the road is easier than ever.
Eager to find out more? Check out these five ways to get TV even when you’re on the road.
Antennas won’t provide tons of channels, but you’ll get crystal clear picture and won’t have to worry about an expensive cable package.
If you’re okay with only watching local channels, an antenna is hard to beat for the price. Most HD antennas will only run you between $20 and $50.
And set up is as easy as it gets, making it a great choice for those with an RV. As long as you have a TV with a tuner input, simply plug it into your television, adjust the antenna, and enjoy your entertainment.
If you’re not up to lugging around additional hardware, signing up for an IPTV (Internet protocol television) service is by far the best way to get TV on the go.
In terms of IPTV access, you have two types of options. The first is signing up for a streaming service.
These services, including Sling, DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, or Hulu with Live TV, offer both local and national channels as long as you have a stable Internet connection. You can watch on a portable smart TV, laptop, or even smartphone.
Your second option is an IPTV server. This offers far more channels and even features better picture quality, but it usually costs a bit more.
If you already have a cable subscription, the hard part is done. All you have to do is sign into your cable provider’s website, and you’ll have access to tons on on-demand content.
Some providers – like Xfinity – allow live television streaming as well.
This option won’t suffice for those who need access to live television. However, if you can wait a day or two, downloading your favorite programs from Hulu is a great way to watch TV shows or movies offline.
If you’re traveling with multiple people who each have a compatible device (phone, tablet, etc.), downloading ahead of time is also a great way to make sure everyone gets to watch what they want when they want.
If everything else fails, consider buying a portable TV and bring your cable box. You’ll get instant access to your favorite programs as well as your DVR.
The great thing about today’s cable boxes is that most are entirely portable, so you don’t have to worry about the coaxial hookup. Just plug in and watch!
That said, if you’re using an older box, you may need to purchase a cable converter.
Whether you’re snorkeling in Bali or visiting Vietnam, if you can’t live without your favorite television shows, these five tips will help you access all of your favorites and get TV on the go.
Don’t forget that travel doesn’t have to be expensive. Check out our guide to traveling cheap so you can spend more money on the entertainment you love.