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Hi,

On a past cruise, the stateroom TV provides all sorts of plug ins on the back for various connections. Ship provided TV is supplied from RG-6 with Type F Connectors, as it should, for the long wiring requirements.

 

In an effort to watch content from a laptop computer (with hdmi output) and with the proper external monitor cable is possible hardware-wise. However the Cruise line's TV remote is spartan and lacks the capability to switch the TV over to HDMI input.

 

For the next cruise, I plan to carry a smart remote, such as the Logitech Harmony, in order to hopefully allow the connectivity to work.

 

Your experiences with computer to stateroom TV will be most welcome.

 

Thanks and Happy Cruising.

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This had been discussed several times in the Holland America forum. The consistent response is that the televisions have been installed too close to the wall for an HDMI cable to be connected.

 

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This had been discussed several times in the Holland America forum. The consistent response is that the televisions have been installed too close to the wall for an HDMI cable to be connected.

 

If it might help, there are HDMI cables with "Right Angle" connectors and even those with swivel or hinged connectors available.

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It all depends. The biggest two hurdles you'll face are access to the HDMI ports and the ability to switch to them. If space is no problem and they haven't been electronically "locked out" (it does happen), then you should be golden. Don't forget the booklet with the codes for your universal remote and, as a courtesy to the next guests, don't forget to switch back to the regular TV input once your cruise is done.

 

One thing that I've found helpful with ports that are hard to get to but you still have a straight path is a cable that is somewhat stiffer than normal - you can still push the cable into a port you can't physically reach without it bending. I carry a Twisted Veins braided wrap cable, and the braiding seems to provide just enough resistance.

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Probably won't work, because while the ports are availble to plug into they are often blocked.

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About 10 years ago, the whole family took a cruise to Alaska on Celebrity.  The parents had a large suite were the family gathered at the end of the day to share adventures before dinner. I connected my lap top to the TV using what I recall was HDMI. It was a hit. 

 

That said, it has been a lot of years, TVs have changed, cruise lines are different and your mileage may vary. It is an excellent idea. A worthy question but I suspect your answer depends on the ship, level of cabin and other factors. I’d ask the question on the forum for the intended boat. 

 

We we are planning a world cruise on Regent and I am hoping to bring along an old AppleTV so that I can use Apple airplay to put my iPad screen on the TV. This is to display my photos for friends and family. But I will wait closer to departure before asking 

 

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On Symphony, I was able to use the hdmi port.  Luckily the tv is on a swivel, so I was easily able to access it.  However, I also brought one of these just in case

 

I noticed that the stateroom tv remote did have an input button, but it was disabled.  I also brought a universal remote and was easily able to control the tv with it, however the input button on the universal remote also didn't work. 

 

In the end, I had to first disconnect the tv power, then unplug the RJ45 (or whatever it is) network cable.  Leaving the network cable disconnected, I restored power to the tv and then the input worked on the universal remote and I was able to watch Netflix, Hulu etc.. using a firestick and a travel router

 

To restore the tv, I just needed to unplug it, reconnect the RJ45 cable and then restore power.  Very simple process.

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Buy an HDMI to RCA jack adapter, and or an HDMI to RCA jack/USB jack splitter. The HDMI ports on the TV are often not accessible, or if they are, then are software blocked from use. However, nearly all TVs have the red, yellow, white RCA jacks, and/or USB ports and they are normally easy to access from the side of the TV. The RCA jacks are often even located in the front of the TV. These are carry overs from the days when people connected video cameras & picture cameras to TVs to look at vacation videos & photos. I have never found RCA jacks to be blocked anywhere I have traveled, and that includes TVs on cruise ships. The adapter will lower the quality of the picture going from HDMI to RCA, but will still look DVD 480P SD quality on the small ship TVs.

You can even connect a phone with HDMI to a TV, but I normally do so using my laptop computer. The software I use on my computer and cell phone to play movies or videos is VLC Media Player. To connect a Smart Phone to a regular HDMI cable, you will need a Micro HDMI adapter.

These are just a few tried & true methods for watching TV connected to a laptop or smart phone. Don't forget to download movies onto your laptop or a thumb drive while still at home. As a last resort, you can watch them on your laptop, if nothing else works for making a TV connection.

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