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Initial post: Aug 26, 2014 10:52:27 AM PDT
Anna Rouse says:
IF I buy a mini HDMI cable, can I connect a player to the Kindle for viewing? Will the Kindle receive audio/video input with the right cord?

Posted on Aug 26, 2014 10:55:37 AM PDT
K. Rowley says:

Posted on Aug 26, 2014 10:56:47 AM PDT
Anna Rouse says:
Does it make a difference if it's a Kindle Fire with a mini HDMI port?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 26, 2014 10:59:05 AM PDT
K. Rowley says:

Posted on Aug 26, 2014 11:06:55 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 26, 2014 11:08:06 AM PDT
K. Rowley says:
They make small flatscreen monitors that you could use instead...

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Posted on Aug 26, 2014 11:46:20 AM PDT
Why would you need audio/video input? If it's on the tv, just watch it on the tv.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 26, 2014 11:51:49 AM PDT
I was kind of thinking that, too. The only thing I can think of is, for example, trying to see a video from a cell phone on a larger screen.

Last night my daughter turned her iPhone around for me to see something, but the video was so long-shot that it was really hard for these old eyes to see.

Maybe someone's got something they want to throw from a phone to a larger screen. But then, why not just pull it up on a laptop or desktop, instead?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 26, 2014 11:55:16 AM PDT
Do phones typically have an HDMI port? I didn't think they did.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 26, 2014 12:00:12 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 26, 2014 12:00:19 PM PDT
Pffft... I don't even know. I was just throwin' it out there... So we're still not sure what we'd be viewing from something else ONTO the Fire, are we?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 26, 2014 12:02:31 PM PDT
Just Peachy says:
Maybe a DVD?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 26, 2014 12:07:39 PM PDT
So...a DVD player that's not hooked up to an available TV? Hmmmn...maybe!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 26, 2014 12:24:53 PM PDT
I've got a phone with an HDMI port, but I don't think they're common. It is output-only, of course.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 26, 2014 1:00:06 PM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
Mobile devices, including tablets and phones, typically -- universally, as far as I know (and I'm a professional) -- can't be used as wired monitors for anything. Some source devices -- cameras, typically, like Heros -- can transmit preview video over wifi (they can create themselcves as a wifi hotspot that you can log onto), so a tablet or phone can log on and use a dedicated app to see what's being sent.

But no, the physical ports on tablets and phones are not configured to act as inputs, not are there any apps or software tricks to make them so.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 26, 2014 1:24:45 PM PDT
 Ann says:
Yep. There's someone over in the Kindle help forum who wants to connect a DVD player to a Fire HDX.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 26, 2014 1:36:16 PM PDT
In theory, if you were going somewhere without TV, rather than carry a TV *and* the DVD player *and* the tablet, you leave the TV behind and just use the tablet as a screen.

Then again, I simply don't own a DVD that I'd go to all that trouble to tote anywhere. I'd just rent what I wanted for the trip and put it on the tablet.

Posted on Aug 27, 2014 6:38:49 AM PDT
Anna Rouse says:
It's for my car, actually. My car came with a built in DVD player in the stereo (with optional audio/video out through the usb or aux out pin connection), but no DVD screens were installed. The main screen by the dashboard only shows video while the car is in park, and not while it is in motion (thank goodness). I was hoping I wouldn't have to buy screens for the kiddos in the back seats, because I already own a few hand-me-down tablets and the mini HDMI cords are SOOOO much cheaper than screens. I don't want to get full portable DVD players, because with the player in the front, I can control how many hundreds of times we watch the same thing, and if they misbehave (as kids on long car trips are apt to do) I can always threaten to turn it off. Not so effective when they have the portable player in their laps... I'm racking my brain trying to figure out how to get the DVD to play for them in the backseat, while the disk is in the player up front. Hopefully, without spending the $600 to have DVD screens installed...

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2014 6:48:14 AM PDT
I'm pretty sure the Fire can't receive like that. You can throw streaming from the Fire to a TV, but I don't think you can cord up a DVD player using the Fire as a monitor.

There are, however, things like this:

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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2014 7:30:58 AM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
Anna, I seriously doubt that your DVD player can actually output AV from the USB port. Its AV outputs will work with field monitors, as suggested above.

You cannot connect an external video source to a Fire or any other standard tablet with a cable. Period. The only way to get video to a tablet in real time is wirelessly.

Your DVD player lacks an HDMI output anyway. An analog-to-HDMI converter can be purchased, but would introduce its own set of issues, including that it would need its own power source.

As will any small monitors you might purchase, so consider whether you want the kids holding devices in their hands that are plugged directly into the car's power system.

Seriously, I understand where you're coming from, but it's not going to work. If you won't get the integrated screens installed, and you won't let them just watch videos you've pre-loaded on the tablets, maybe something other than video is the way to go.
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