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1 hour ago, Colombia20102018 said:

Not exactly about downloads but I heard that with the internet package one can use the RC app to stream movies and shows on the tv. Does anyone have experience doing this? 

The RC app doesn't have any entertainment on it.....other what will be playing in certain venues.

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Just to reply to my own question. For our 7 day cruise we downloaded multiple movies and shows on 2 tablets. My teens used it more than we did. Turns out there's not a lot for the teens to do at night.. especially if they're like mine who stay up later. My 15yo walked around at night by himself for an hour or so after dinner and my 13yo watched movies till he fell asleep. They tried the teen lounge, but most of the other teens were obnoxious and they didn't care to spend time around them. So the movie downloads turned out to be a good idea. 

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On 4/1/2022 at 6:46 PM, Colombia20102018 said:

Not exactly about downloads but I heard that with the internet package one can use the RC app to stream movies and shows on the tv. Does anyone have experience doing this? 

If it's available I would say it would only be on the newest ships and that is a big IF because I have never heard anything about it.  I would also say if because it would then cut into Royal's rental services that are available on some of the ships.  Now if you have the internet package you should be able to stream to your phone or tablet but I have not tried that at all, I rarely keep any streaming service long enough for it to matter.  I have done a couple livestreams to YouTube while on the ships though and those have mostly been ok though not perfect.

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13 hours ago, MuttMutt said:

If it's available I would say it would only be on the newest ships and that is a big IF because I have never heard anything about it.  I would also say if because it would then cut into Royal's rental services that are available on some of the ships.  Now if you have the internet package you should be able to stream to your phone or tablet but I have not tried that at all, I rarely keep any streaming service long enough for it to matter.  I have done a couple livestreams to YouTube while on the ships though and those have mostly been ok though not perfect.

This is what I am referring to:

https://www.royalcaribbean.com/blog/5-ways-royal-caribbeans-app-changes-cruising/

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1 hour ago, whitsmom said:

What other ships besides Odyssey have this feature?  We are on the Harmony (July) and Jewel (August).

Wonder has it I believe, although I didn't try it on my last cruise. 

Oasis had the digital key option added in 2019 but I don't think the staterooms were updated with the tech to control other features in the room outside of the key and the TV. I didn't try streaming when I was on Oasis but I did use the digital key and the TV controls.

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7 hours ago, AshleyDillo said:

Wonder has it I believe, although I didn't try it on my last cruise. 

Oasis had the digital key option added in 2019 but I don't think the staterooms were updated with the tech to control other features in the room outside of the key and the TV. I didn't try streaming when I was on Oasis but I did use the digital key and the TV controls.

What about Symphony? Digital Key option? TV?

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4 hours ago, SpicyCherry said:

What about Symphony? Digital Key option? TV?

It didn't have the digital key option when I last sailed her but that was in 2018. Our TV did allow casting to it for streaming if I remember correctly. It was an anomaly that my brother pointed out.  Doesn't mean that things are still the same since that was 4 years ago now.

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I’ve been downloading movies & my go-to-sleep shows for years for all sorts of travel. Royal use to have decent TV programming but that went away years ago so I carry a wide variety on my phone. The last few cruises we also got the Surf & Stream and we were able to watch /stream movies from Netflix, Disney+, Paramount+,etc. Streaming worked beautifully. (I fall asleep to the drone of shows/movies on my phone otherwise wouldn’t likely need it on a ship.) 

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  • 2 weeks later...

FYI, I was able to watch my full resolution 1080P MKV movie media files on the in room TV w/o any problem during my recent Anthem cruise.  Here is what I took on my trip:

  1. A 512GB uSD memory card containing my HD MKV files. (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09B1HMJ9Z)
  2. A HP x360 Chromebook and BT mouse.
  3. A USB-C to HDMI cable. (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075V5JK36)
  4. A cheap universal remote control. (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product)

This setup worked perfectly.  The apps I used to the play the movies were either MX Player or VLC.  I like both of these players.  My choice is MX Player, but if a media files doesn't play (usually due to the wrong codec) then almost always VLC will play it.  We managed to watch all 4 Lethal Weapon movies on this cruise.  I like to take lots of movies with us, because we never know what we will be in the mood for.  Glad to have found this option as opposed to renting movies from Royal for $11.99 each.

Like others have mention above, using VOOM to stream is not a good solution.  That is true in fact of trying to screen mirror from a phone/tablet/laptop to the TV since by doing that you are also relying on VOOM.  Remember, the solution above allows for full resolution HD (as if you were watching an HD Blu Ray) through a hardwired connection.  Nice! 🙂

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@MuttMutt  Thanks again for all of the raspberry pi information.  Once I started to research this hardware option to play movies, I wondered if there might not be a cheaper solution.  As it turns out, there are some small and cheap media players where uSD or USB files can be played.  I wonder if you ever tried something like this?  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07WPY8VKL

Since I am only taking the Chromebook on the cruise to play movies, as smaller solution like this would be awesome if it worked.

FYI, Your media server is a beast!  Sounds like fun stuff.  For me I have 4 Synology NAS boxes.  1 main, 2 backup, 1 portable.  Since I do not do any transcoding - I play the files in full resolution.  My NAS media server can do that just fine.  I use Plex on my NVIDIA Shield to play my movies - all of which are hardwired together.  It works.

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I use an iPad to stream Prime, Netflix, Hulu, YouTube etc…..so far onboard the Anthem, Oasis and now the Wonder, I have had no problem streaming movies during the evening. I have had some issues when the ship was going through stormy weather where the internet was interrupted, or even one time where the entire fleet wide service was shut down for over a day. So, to prepare for this, I now have downloaded movies and shows on my iPad before boarding, just in case the Voom goes out.

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38 minutes ago, BrianB said:

I use an iPad to stream Prime, Netflix, Hulu, YouTube etc…..so far onboard the Anthem, Oasis and now the Wonder, I have had no problem streaming movies during the evening. I have had some issues when the ship was going through stormy weather where the internet was interrupted, or even one time where the entire fleet wide service was shut down for over a day. So, to prepare for this, I now have downloaded movies and shows on my iPad before boarding, just in case the Voom goes out.

This is what I do.  I like to download stuff that way I can watch on the plane, airport, cabin. balcony or where ever.  I mainly watch at night to wind down before sleeping and early morning if I wake up early and everyone else is still asleep. 

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On 4/17/2022 at 11:09 PM, YOLO said:

@MuttMutt  Thanks again for all of the raspberry pi information.  Once I started to research this hardware option to play movies, I wondered if there might not be a cheaper solution.  As it turns out, there are some small and cheap media players where uSD or USB files can be played.  I wonder if you ever tried something like this?  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07WPY8VKL

Since I am only taking the Chromebook on the cruise to play movies, as smaller solution like this would be awesome if it worked.

FYI, Your media server is a beast!  Sounds like fun stuff.  For me I have 4 Synology NAS boxes.  1 main, 2 backup, 1 portable.  Since I do not do any transcoding - I play the files in full resolution.  My NAS media server can do that just fine.  I use Plex on my NVIDIA Shield to play my movies - all of which are hardwired together.  It works.

Nope never tried something like that.  It's a bit odd as well because they are not supporting H264 but are H265 and a bunch of lesser stuff.  So if you have media already available you will likely have to transcode it for it to be right.  It's not a major issue unless you want to take a lot of stuff.  I bought my Pi 4 over a year ago and it's mainly just to tinker with when I am in the mood I do a ton more with ESP8266's and ESP32's but that is a completely different subject, LOL.  And there are many ways to deal with it, I do my best to not have any need for internet access as I also plug my Pi into hotel tv's or wherever else I happen to be so constantly trying to connect to wifi is a PAIN to deal with every time.  But as I probably said pretty much anything with a HDMI output should work but there will be varying levels of success with the media on some stuff.  I know the Pi4 supports what all my content is already which is H264 MP4's with AAC5.1 audio.

I know a ton of people use the synology boxes and all that stuff but I have no faith in them.  They like to use a filesystem called btrfs but it is still heavily in beta for functions that include more than Raid 0 or Raid 1 or even worse they use hardware raid which for a home user really has no benefit, hardware raid locks a drive to only that controller and can even potentially fail with revision changes so if a controller goes out you may be SOL.  My server uses ZFS and particularly RaidZ3 so I can have any 3 drives in a vDev fail and all my data is fine.  I have actually had a drive start throwing errors and I pulled it out and shipped it back to be replaced and kept my system running.  It's a little overkill but my pool will end up with 3 vDev's and if you lose a single vDev you lose the pool so having multiple drives that can fail when you run a total of 33 drives in a system you are much better off.  Then again I also have L2ARC (ARC is Ahead Read Cache and is in ram as well) on an SSD and I have considered setting up a few other things but just having the multiple vDev's will be a huge boost when I get more drives.  I already am able to read from the pool at around 300 MBps with a file that is not in ARC and when it is I can read at around 600 MBps, notice the big B, that is Megabytes not Megabits like internet download speeds.  I can literally transfer a 2GB file in a few seconds to my desktop.  With 3 vDev's I should be able to push the uncached reads to around 900MBps at which point I will be striping a couple SSD's for L2ARC.  I built my system after having multiple drives fail in an XP box and wanted stability over everything, the read speeds and other stuff I can do are just icing on the cake.

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