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    Streaming from three to tv

    Hi I have an advanced plan with three that also has go binge, so as I only use my broadband to stream Netflix, could I cancel the broadband and stream Netflix from my iPhone to my Apple TV?

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    Re: Streaming from three to tv

    Check the contract. You would have to use your phone as a hotspot, ISTR they deal with hotspot data differently so would probably cut the stream after a few GB.

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    Re: Streaming from three to tv

    Three do seem to limit tethered data, however if you are streaming directly to your phone, and then screencasting it to the TV rather than sharing the phone's WAN connection with the TV, then you should be okay. I find there's always an unacceptable audio lag doing this, though.

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    Re: Streaming from three to tv

    Assuming you're planning to use the Apple TV as a stream target rather than use the phone as a hotspot, it looks like you'd first need to drop £6 on the AirSync app for Android, then do some basic setup tasks to enable streaming content to the Apple TV.

    Using your Apple TV as a streaming target shouldn't incur any additional charges or wrath from 3, as there's no practical difference between streaming the content to the TV this way vs connecting your phone to your TV with a cable (or a Chromecast, or any other method of connecting a phone to a large format display).

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    Re: Streaming from three to tv

    From what I have seen (my PAYG phone doesn't allow tethering) there is some basic traffic analysis and then data crawls for a short time before going back to normal if Three don't like what they see.

    So you might get away with it, but it still strikes me as not in the spirit of the agreement so I wouldn't expect it to last if it works.

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    Re: Streaming from three to tv

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    ... So you might get away with it, but it still strikes me as not in the spirit of the agreement ...
    I've always found three to be very realistic about what they offer, and there's no way they'd offer unlimited netflix without considering that a lot of people would want to cast that content to a larger screen.

    But as I said, if you're using the Apple TV as a cast receiver across the local wifi network, I'm pretty sure 3 wouldn't even know - the Android device would be playing the content directly, just outputting to a different screen - it's not really any different from listening to Spotify on a bluetooth speaker. There'd be nothing in the traffic analysis to suggest that you were doing anything other than watching the content on your phone.

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    Re: Streaming from three to tv

    Quote Originally Posted by scaryjim View Post
    I've always found three to be very realistic about what they offer, and there's no way they'd offer unlimited netflix without considering that a lot of people would want to cast that content to a larger screen.
    There is certainly a chance that they won't care. They are bound to have Netflix cache boxes on their network, so watching won't generate much Internet traffic for them which is probably the big cost.

    I don't have an Apple TV, do they literally mirror the phone screen? I am more used to Google products, where the devices merely exchange *what* is being streamed so it is the Chromecast/SmartTV that is doing the streaming freeing the phone/tablet for other things. Downside is NowTV only has 4 devices you can have registered on an account, my tablet and a ChromeCast count as two.

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    Re: Streaming from three to tv

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    ... I don't have an Apple TV, do they literally mirror the phone screen? I am more used to Google products, where the devices merely exchange *what* is being streamed ...
    Ah, that might be my misunderstanding then. I assumed that the content would read as being streamed by the casting device, not the receiving device, but then I don't have any cast-compatible devices so I've never tried it. In the situation you describe then yes, I'd say there's a real possibility that 3 would limit the connection based on a tethering limit (I know when I've had tethering limits in the past the data was always split on my bill).

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    Re: Streaming from three to tv

    I guess you are going to use AirPlay to mirror your iPhone to your Apple TV.

    So I just did a little experiment - disconnected my landline, streamed Amazon video to my iPhone and used airplay to send it to my Apple TV. The router has built in WiFi and the connection to the Apple TV is wired.

    It works - my mobile service provider is Vodafone rather than EE. But you can try the same thing yourself, just disconnect your broadband landline.

    Of course, while technically possible, I have no idea about the Ts & Cs.
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