Streaming without the internet

Giraffe76

Active Member
Hi all,

I'm looking for help with regards my brother in law who wants to stream. He doesn't want to get the internet installed and his mobile tariff only gives him 2gb data so he cant use that. He can't change his tariff (data wise) so what can he do?
Also doesn't want to get a sky box

Kind regards Mark
 

psychopomp1

Member
Streaming from where? Because streaming services which allow you to download content and then watch offline - eg Netflix, YouTube Premium - are paid services. Any particular reason why he doesn't want to get fixed line internet installed? It can be bought for around £25/m on the cheaper providers.
 

Giraffe76

Active Member
He doesn't have much money as he's had a change in his personal circumstances which means he's short on money.He doesn't subscribe to Netflix or Amazon prime.
He wants to move abroad when lockdown is over so doesn't want the hassle of having a contract to cancel etc
 

psychopomp1

Member
In that case he'll have to use someone else's Netflix, YouTube Premium etc account, take his devices over to their wifi network or a public wifi and download content for offline viewing onto his mobile streaming devices.
 

Giraffe76

Active Member
He doesn't have much technical knowledge and only uses his mobile phone for texts or phone calls
He only has a firestick and no laptop or tablet so I'm not sure how he could download or watch anything
 

neilball

Well-known Member
Streaming implies a working internet connection, along with local networking or internet. Without both he cannot stream anything. So he needs to decide if he can justify the costs (usually more expensive for internet services on a monthly rolling contract), or do without. Even with internet he would either have to stick with free services (very limited content), or pay for a subscription unless someone was oreoeared to give him their own username and password for a service they already pay for.
 

neilball

Well-known Member
There are plenty of 4G mobile devices, some are very simple and basic, allowing a few devices to connect via wifi only, and costing less than £100 to buy outright plus the cost of a sim-only data plan (PAYG or subscription plan), and others which are full network/wifi routers with integrated 4G sim carrier for the internet connection (normally as one of several different internet connection options). These are typically in the £200-£400 price range depending on features. There are some 5G capable devices out there too at the higher end of the cost range.

The devices need careful selection to ensure they cover the correct frequency bands for the mobile company you might want to use. You may also find deals for a 12 month data plan from mobile providers that subsidise the hardware cost and roll it up into the monthly fee but at the expense of a minimum term contract. In all cases your brother would need to keep a close eye on any data caps as mid-month top ups are usually very expensive compared to the cost of the monthly data allowance.
 

mickevh

Distinguished Member
Some of the mobile phone service providers can provide a "broadband" Internet server that works just like a fixed line except you have a router with a mobile phone transceiver and SIM in it instead of a connection to the fixed line. If you were to select such a service, then like fixed line, the service provider is likely to provide you with a suitable router to connect to their service, albeit it may be chargable.

However, like the fixed line providers, such offerings are probably going to want you to sign up for a 12 month contract. And of course, mobile data isn't as cheap as fixed line, though some are now offering "unlimited download" for a a fixed monthly cost tariff.
 

spile

Active Member
I stream FLAC encoded music from a Qnap NAS to a Naim streamer/preamp. No internet is needed for this.
 

mickevh

Distinguished Member
Indeed - "streaming" doesn't just mean "Internet" in the same way that "Wi-Fi" doesn't mean "Internet." It would be worthwhile being clear about what the requirements are.
 

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