Can I connect iPad 3 to a MacBook without wifi?

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    Can I connect my iPad 3 to a MacBook 3 without using wifi?

    I ask because I would be trying to transfer files from my iPad 3 to the MacBook in an area without wifi.

    My wish is to watch tv programmes I have downloaded on the BBC iplayer on the MacBook. Is this possible?

    Thank you.

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    If your MacBook has Bluetooth, you can connect that way.

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    image-3927008352.jpgGo to Settings>General>Bluetooth.
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    I don't know if you can transfer your TV programs, or if it's allowed.
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    Thank you.

    I don't want to transfer them permanently. I'd like to play them via my iPad but watch them via the larger MacBook screen.
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    If your iPad has a cellular data plan and if allowed by your cellular provider, you can also create a wifi hotspot on your iPad and have your MacBook connect with it.
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    My iPad only connects to wifi at home/cafes, etc.

    I don't have a data plan with it.

    Is it possible to connect it via a cable?
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    Do you have an Apple TV? You could stream your programs to the screen on your MacBook if you do.
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    No, I don't have Apple TV.

    Sorry to be a pain!

    I'll be using the MacBook in a place with no Internet access.
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    Apple has connecting cables. There are AV and HDMI sets available.
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    Hi Scifan.. - exactly my thought after reading your initial post - I use BT (bluetooth) on my iPad to connect to my Apple keyboard, BT headphones, and also a HDTV Boston Acoustics soundbar (i.e. BT speakers) - not sure that BT offers any more options for the iPad?

    But @ BusterB - would a wired iTunes connection work for you? :)
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    Hi Giradman.

    Not sure - how would I do that?

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