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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Scott Kocourek, Oct 6, 2010.
Hmmmm, interesting. What about trying to add additional devices like your screenshot shows?
Yep. See the option of the AM21, but no Nomad.
brings me to the same nomad coming soon website.
I just see the AM21 as well.
From the description, it would seem to be your dish as opposed to the nomad.
The database weenies at DIRECTV certainly have their problems.
Doesn't show for me either. Yes, I went to that tab. I see my AM21.
Glutton for punishment?
DirecTV's Nomad to Link DVR With iPad:http://www.mediapost.com/publications/?fa=Articles.showArticle&art_aid=158768
"The device will carry a projected one-time cost of about $150, with no ensuing subscription charges."
Sounds like they've made the right call.
I agree a subscription model wouldn't be a good option, but if this device only allows the transfer of recordings to a mobile device, why not spend a couple more dollars, get a sling box and watch anything you want, including live tv?
Slingbox requires you to have a constant Internet connection, Nomad will not.
Sounds like I've been right the whole time about the pricing on Nomad.
Little bit higher than I was hoping (I was thinking more like $99), but not as bad as I feared. Also I'm definitely happy to hear it won't have a monthly fee, I guess they figured between the $7 DVR fee, and $3 MRV fee they couldn't get away with another one.
And Internet Connectivity is getting More Expensive with more and more Bandwidth Caps being put in place and with Tiered Pricing Netstreaming is going to be Very Expensive in the near future as more and more savvy technogeeks cause Netstreaming to be more Mainstream!!!
Ehh not so sure bout bandwidth caps. Maybe for certain cell providers but even the most greedy of them all cable providers TWC ran trials of tiered data plans and ended up doing away with them I thought.
Btw where all those ppl at that were saying nomad would for sure have a separate fee? Lol jk
The lack of Live TV streaming with Nomad kills my interest in it. I'm disappointed with the fact that despite many other providers offering such a capability that DirecTV failed to step up to the plate.
I see the bandwidth situation a bit differently. Currently yes that is the direction of things, but we're quickly reaching the boiling point. There are two sides lining up for battle (ISPs and telcos on one side, with streaming services and customer demand on the other). The tension is building and before long a fight is going to break out. The warning shot was already fired with the Net Neutrality debate. That one came close to getting ugly and down right dirty. The next one over pricing and bandwidth will be an all out no-holds slugfest.
There are more and more streaming services coming out each year with an ever growing customer base demanding additional services. However, the associated bandwidth costs money and someone has to either pay the bill or find a cheaper way to deliver the necessary bandwidth. The ISPs and telcos are reacting now by raising prices to try and slow the growth of heavy bandwidth consuming users on their networks. Their problem today isn't the 2%-5% its the prospect of that small minority becoming a majority. With the number of smartphones sold growing each quarter they are coming closer and closer to that potential. But the current strategy of price increases and bandwidth caps/throttling will only have a temporary effect. Once the smartphone customer base reaches a critical mass the ISPs and telcos hands will be forced one way or another.
The ISPs and telcos may have been able to sweep away the streaming service companies if they struck when it was all in its infancy, but now they are too many, with too large a customer base, and with an established market clamoring for more. The streaming service companies aren't going to go away, nor is the demand for their products. Now add to that smartphone & tablet manufacturers, smartphone & tablet OS makers, SmartTV's, PS3's, and Xbox360's(soon) which derive marketing and significant sales off of streaming apps. You now have a formidable army of corporations with the deep pockets and legions of lawyers at the ready to take on anyone who tries to affect their bottom line by poisoning the demand for their devices with excessive fees.
Something has to give and it will. Either the two sides will work it out, or once enough outrage has built up either the ISPs and telcos will divine a solution, being able to drop pricing and caps, or there will be some savvy entrepreneur who comes along with a new business model and technology delivering that for which customers are looking. Necessity is the mother of invention.
And IMO, that's what will make Nomad better than what the others offer. If what I've read is true, they stepped up to the plate and hit a homer. With everyone and their brother offering GO products with an internet connection, that seems almost pointless.
I respect your opinion and I recognize there are others out there that share your position. Don't get me wrong. I think that the ability to transfer DVR content to mobile devices is an important capability and a good addition to DirecTV's offerings. However, IMHO it is half of a solution, just as TV Everywhere offerings from other providers are half solutions. Here's why I say that:
You're away from home, but somewhere that you have Wifi / 4G / 3G access. You want to watch the new episode of (insert show name) or a big game live. With the TV Everywhere offerings that's no problem. However, if you're somewhere that you don't have access you're up the creek on being able to watch anything (no recorded content).
You're away from home, but somewhere that you don't have Wifi / 4G / 3G access. You want to watch the latest episode of (insert show name) or a movie. With Nomad that's no problem. However, if you're somewhere that you do have access and you want to watch today/tonight's new episode or the big game live, you're up the creek on being able to watch anything (no Live TV content).
You're away from home, but somewhere that you have Wifi / 4G / 3G access. You forgot to transfer the latest episode of (insert show name) or a movie onto your mobile device before you left home. So you open up your handy mobile app, which authenticates your registered device and stream the DVR content to it. None of the providers that I'm aware of have a solution for this, a gaping whole in the current solutions.
Both scenarios 1 and 2 are HALF solutions as they both have their limitations and hinder your ability to view the content you're really after. A complete solution would have 3 important elements:
Live TV streaming
Ability to transfer DVR content
Ability to stream DVR content
I understand that that's what you'd like. Others, too.
But I am quite happy taking my iPad with me, with a bunch of shows I might like to see already on there. If there's something I have to see that night, I'll find it live, or simply record it at home and wait till I get back.
The expense of having it your way has to be high.
Not really. Although it requires two devices, a Nomad and a Slingbox would take care of all three scenarios.