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Nomad - Is it worth it?


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#26 OFFLINE   The Merg

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 08:13 AM

Put another way...it's simple....it's easy...it works.


Are we talking about Nomad or an iDevice? :lol:

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#27 OFFLINE   Richierich

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 10:31 AM

Are we talking about Nomad or an iDevice? :lol:

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 10:31 AM

I know little about the Hauppauge (or Vulkano). They might be just as good or better than the nomad for all I know. But the OP didn't ask what the best option was; he wanted to know whether the nomad was worth it. BBM3 makes a strong case for the Vulkano.

(And the nomad retails for $149.)


The Vulkano Lava, Blast, Platnium, Deluxe, and Deluxe Pro will do more than a Sling HD Pro + Nomad will for less $$$.

Nomad recordings expire after 30 days.
Nomad will not transcode outside home network.
Nomad has limited programing available including PPV and OTA.
Sling will not transcode to mobile devices.
Sling mobile apps cost $29.99 per device. :eek2:
Vulkano mobile iOS apps are free for legacy devices.
Vulkano mobile apps are available for iOS, Blackberry, and Android devices plus free PC and OSX clients.

I suspect one key differentiator between using nomad and anything else is the fact that it is/will be available on multiple platforms for viewing, and the process to get each that version on the mobile device is very straightforward.

Put another way...it's simple....it's easy...it works.


The Vulkano is simple and straightforward. Only one button press to transcode to your mobile device.
Vulkano setup is simple. Assign a static IP and open two ports on your router. Done.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 07:12 PM

I think we answered the OP's question.

If we need to or want to debate Vulkano is vs. Nomad, someone could open that appropriate thread. I suspect the Mods would permit it with its own thread for the purpose.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 07:19 PM

FWIW, I bought a nomad and have found it cumbersome to use. And the video quality, which may be OK on a phone or iPad was not so great full-screen on a laptop.

For occasional travel, I've found it much easier and get better results paying a couple of bucks to buy a few shows in the iTunes store, download then into iTunes, and sync to the iPad if that's where I want to watch them.

I think nomad is a great idea, but I'm not happy with how it was implemented.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 08:11 PM

I think we answered the OP's question.

If we need to or want to debate Vulkano is vs. Nomad, someone could open that appropriate thread. I suspect the Mods would permit it with its own thread for the purpose.


I respectifully disagree.

The OP asked, "Nomad - Is it worth it?"

Not a single poster replyed NO to the question.
Other options have been discussed.
Is this not the point of sharing knowledge on an open forum?

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 08:33 PM

I've expressed my opinion elsewhere on the nomad threads, but I'll say it here too. nomad is great for ease of use. I can set any series to be automatically downloaded. No fuss at all. There are several enhancements I'd like to see, but it's worth it for me.

I also have a Slingbox, but it's no good in the hotel I've been using. I have a DVD Recorder, but nomad doesn't interfere with my DVR watching while I'm home.

I've added USB storage, so most of the shows I want are available for immediate download.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 08:38 PM

FWIW, I bought a nomad and have found it cumbersome to use. And the video quality, which may be OK on a phone or iPad was not so great full-screen on a laptop.

For occasional travel, I've found it much easier and get better results paying a couple of bucks to buy a few shows in the iTunes store, download then into iTunes, and sync to the iPad if that's where I want to watch them.

I think nomad is a great idea, but I'm not happy with how it was implemented.


I'm not sure how nomad is any more cumbersome than 'buying a few shows on iTunes, downloading them to iTunes, and sync the iPad if that's where I want to watch them.'

The whole idea of nomad is you can select anything on your dvrs (yes it doesn't do OTA and VOD, but that's minor). They transcode while you are doing something else and they download while you're doing something else.

What's cumbersome about that? No synching with iTunes. Nothing but net.

And why pay again for content?

The picture quality is great on the iPad and as good as any streaming video you'll get on a laptop. It's actually pretty stunning on my wife's MacBook.

Again no net required while you're watching. Anywhere. Very simple.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 08:49 PM

I've added USB storage, so most of the shows I want are available for immediate download.


With 32Gb sticks approaching $20, you can triple the memory on nomad very cheaply. I've had a 16 GB stick on mine since the first week or so. And it does add to the nomad memory.

It keeps the movies / documentaries /programs that I want to carry and downloads quickly.

The 30 day limit is just a check to be sure you haven't gone away as a sub. Just re-download if you want that content again.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 09:32 PM

FWIW, I bought a nomad and have found it cumbersome to use. And the video quality, which may be OK on a phone or iPad was not so great full-screen on a laptop.


I find the 'BEST' video q. for a laptop is to size the screen about the size of the iPad. Seems optimized for about that number of pixels. Screen quality and video chips/cards/processors can make a difference, too.
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Posted 08 May 2012 - 05:00 AM

I find the 'BEST' video q. for a laptop is to size the screen about the size of the iPad. Seems optimized for about that number of pixels. Screen quality and video chips/cards/processors can make a difference, too.

Agree. I'm pretty sure Nomad outputs everything at 720x480 with the appropriate aspect ratio (at about 1400-1500 kbps). Looks great on an iPod, fine on my iPad. Depending on the content, I sometimes see jaggies on the PC.
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Posted 08 May 2012 - 06:10 AM

I bought Nomad when it first came out. I hooked it up and tried it on my laptop and it worked great. That said, I wouldn't recomend it. Despite "coming soon for Android" since last fall, you can only use it with Iphone or PC, which makes it a totally useless device for me. I also fear that if they have that little concern with getting the other "coming soon" platforms, Directv has little plans or effort in supporting the platform which means it could become obsolete quickly. I'd go with one of the other suggestions.

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 06:17 AM

I bought Nomad when it first came out. I hooked it up and tried it on my laptop and it worked great. That said, I wouldn't recomend it. Despite "coming soon for Android" since last fall, you can only use it with Iphone or PC, which makes it a totally useless device for me. I also fear that if they have that little concern with getting the other "coming soon" platforms, Directv has little plans or effort in supporting the platform which means it could become obsolete quickly. I'd go with one of the other suggestions.


The CEO of Directv has stated that Nomad will be Available Un All Platforms Soon and I believe that it will be if that is his Wish as he is the CEO and can make things happen.

I just love my Nomad and take it with me everywhere I travel especially to Europe and Hawaii on Long Flights, Very useful and Entertaining!!!
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Posted 08 May 2012 - 08:46 AM

I bought Nomad when it first came out. I hooked it up and tried it on my laptop and it worked great. That said, I wouldn't recomend it. Despite "coming soon for Android" since last fall, you can only use it with Iphone or PC, which makes it a totally useless device for me. I also fear that if they have that little concern with getting the other "coming soon" platforms, Directv has little plans or effort in supporting the platform which means it could become obsolete quickly. I'd go with one of the other suggestions.

I would not be surprised to see multiple other mobile device versions offered in the near future. My guess it takes DirecTV time to test them for copyright protection, presentation, and other anomolies unique to different platforms.
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Posted 08 May 2012 - 03:42 PM

How large are typical files once they are on the ipad? If I have a 16Gb ipad how much would I have to put on there before it fills up?

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 03:49 PM

How large are typical files once they are on the ipad? If I have a 16Gb ipad how much would I have to put on there before it fills up?


That's been posted before, but I can't search for it right now. IAE, it's not huge, nor inconsequential, if that helps! You can get quite a few movies on there, also depends on other content you may have.
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Posted 08 May 2012 - 04:07 PM

Based on the PC file sizes - an hour HD program is 4-500 MB.

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 04:10 PM

Based on the PC file sizes - an hour HD program is 4-500 MB.


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Posted 08 May 2012 - 08:11 PM

thats not bad at all

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 12:22 PM

can you add hard drive space by connecting a USB hard drive instead of just a thumb drive?
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Posted 16 May 2012 - 12:54 PM

can you add hard drive space by connecting a USB hard drive instead of just a thumb drive?

Yes. But keep in mind once the "parent" show is deleted from the HR, it will be deleted from Nomad storage as well.
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Posted 16 May 2012 - 01:22 PM

Yes. But keep in mind once the "parent" show is deleted from the HR, it will be deleted from Nomad storage as well.


thanks

just making sure since I have 3 DVRs and if I chose to transcode everything a thumb drive might not be enough
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Posted 16 May 2012 - 01:38 PM

I have had this drive hooked up to my Nomad since October and it has been working great for me.
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Posted 16 May 2012 - 02:17 PM

thanks

just making sure since I have 3 DVRs and if I chose to transcode everything a thumb drive might not be enough

My PC transcodes are averaging just under 300 Mbytes on my PC disk per 30 minutes of show, or 10 Mbytes/minute.

The 16GB Nomad internal storage is really closer to 15GB actual storage, so I'd conservatively estimate about 25 hours of storage on the device itself. Add a 16GB or 32GB thumb drive, and you're looking at 50 or 75 hours total.
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Posted 16 May 2012 - 04:07 PM

As a follow up to my original post I wanted to give everyone an FYI.

Ordered from Solid Signal. Sent two emails over a 5 day period asking for status of shipping! No responses. Decided to call them and was told it was a pre order and on back order until the end of June!! I cancelled the order.

Ordered from D* for about $25 more and it was here in one day. After a little bit of challenge getting it to work properly, it is now up and running. Thanks for all the help.




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