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Nomad - Is it worth it?


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#51 OFFLINE   dennisj00

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 04:10 PM

Sometimes it amazes me, the amount of videos and music we can carry - each one of us!!

And there's not enough time to watch / listen to it all because we keep adding more!

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 04:14 PM

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


But isn't that only if nomad needs the space to transcode and store other programs??
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Posted 16 May 2012 - 04:46 PM

But isn't that only if nomad needs the space to transcode and store other programs??

If you mean does it physically remove the bits as well? I'm sure it doesn't. It tells the Nomad device that space is available for storage, if need be, and at the same time removes that show's entry from the "ready to download" lists. So for all intents and purposes, that show is deleted.

Just like when we delete a show from the HR playlist right now. Its bits are still on the HR drive, but we'll never be able to play it again, because we don't have a recycle bin from which to rescue it.
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Posted 16 May 2012 - 05:48 PM

No, I don't mean overwrite the bits; not one bit!

I am not sure of it either way, but I don't believe it's unavailable on nomad just because the show is gone from the DVRs. I am getting on a plane early tomorrow, so I don't have time to test that.
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Posted 16 May 2012 - 09:20 PM

I am not sure of it either way, but I don't believe it's unavailable on nomad just because the show is gone from the DVRs.

From the Nomad FAQ:

Do shows stored on nomad™ expire?
Shows stored in nomad’s™ internal memory will not expire. However,

  • when nomad™ needs space for a new conversion, the oldest are deleted to make room.
  • when the original DVR recording is deleted, it’s deleted from nomad™ as well.


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Posted 16 May 2012 - 10:57 PM

As long as you have them on your device, you have 30 days to watch them even if they are gone from your DVR and nomad.

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 08:33 PM

Ok, I'm confused about Nomad. You hook it up to the home network, then it transcodes (un-encrypts?) the shows you select and then it does indeed download it to the device? Not something like putting it "on the cloud"?

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 08:40 PM

Ok, I'm confused about Nomad. You hook it up to the home network, then it transcodes (un-encrypts?) the shows you select and then it does indeed download it to the device? Not something like putting it "on the cloud"?


Nomad lists everything on your Directv HD DVR's. You select what you want, it transcodes it (i.e. converts it to a smaller file) and then you copy it to your device (computer, ipad, iphone). So you can watch what was on your DVR when you have no internet connection.

My favorite place to watch my Nomad content is around 35K feet while others on the plane are spending $6.99 or more for 20 channels of TV for a 2 hour flight. Once you have Nomad its free to copy the content to your device of choice.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 04:02 AM

Nomad lists everything on your Directv HD DVR's. You select what you want, it transcodes it (i.e. converts it to a smaller file) and then you copy it to your device (computer, ipad, iphone). So you can watch what was on your DVR when you have no internet connection.

My favorite place to watch my Nomad content is around 35K feet while others on the plane are spending $6.99 or more for 20 channels of TV for a 2 hour flight. Once you have Nomad its free to copy the content to your device of choice.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 05:00 AM

Ok, I'm confused about Nomad. You hook it up to the home network, then it transcodes (un-encrypts?) the shows you select and then it does indeed download it to the device? Not something like putting it "on the cloud"?


Not "in the cloud". The content resides on your device, much like music on an iPod. You don't need Internet connection to watch the shows once they are on your PC/Tablet/Smartphone

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 07:05 AM

If you travel, it is definitely worth it. Hotel Internet can be spotty, and as others mentioned, it's great on the plane.

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 12:32 PM

If you travel, it is definitely worth it. Hotel Internet can be spotty, and as others mentioned, it's great on the plane.


And in the car, on the bus, on the train, etc. Nice to be able to watch stuff without relying on WiFi or especially 3G/4G service where you can eat up your data package pretty quick.
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 07:37 AM

So I am confused. The DirecTV website states that nomad for iPad isn't yet available. However, several of you in this thread and other threads seem to be already using nomad to download shows to their iPads. Is this something I can begin using now to record shows to my iPad, or do I have to wait?

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 07:51 AM

So I am confused. The DirecTV website states that nomad for iPad isn't yet available. However, several of you in this thread and other threads seem to be already using nomad to download shows to their iPads. Is this something I can begin using now to record shows to my iPad, or do I have to wait?

The iPhone client works find on the iPad. Just use it in 2x mode. It's just the GUI that's up-sized. Video is full-screen, and wouldn't look any better, even if there was a dedicated iPad client.
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 10:20 AM

Adding to Steve's post, Nomad on the iPad gave me about 6 hours of watching on the iPad last night when we lost power for about 16 hours. Not normally what we would have watched program wise, but we were able to watch a movie and concert with no power in the house.

Otherwise, it's amazingly quiet in the house when the power is off!

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 12:47 PM

The iPhone client works find on the iPad. Just use it in 2x mode. It's just the GUI that's up-sized. Video is full-screen, and wouldn't look any better, even if there was a dedicated iPad client.

It would be nice to have the GUI in landscape. My iPad is usually in its Logitech Keyboard and I get a sore neck bending it to the left.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 01:21 PM

It would be nice to have the GUI in landscape. My iPad is usually in its Logitech Keyboard and I get a sore neck bending it to the left.

I know what you mean. Even without a keyboard attached to my iPad, I often find myself (lazily) just using the GUI sideways. :P
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 02:15 PM

Even using the iPad in bed propped up with a pillow, I use it sideways. I don't spend a lot of time in the playlist and don't sweat the small stuff.

I'd suspect it'll eventually be integrated into the DAFI app with all the bells and whistles but it's very usable on the iPad now.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 10:39 PM

There will be an ipad specific nomad app out latter this year. It won't be built into he ipad app we have now, unless something changes dramatically between about two weeks ago and when it launches...

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 06:36 PM

There will be an ipad specific nomad app out latter this year. It won't be built into he ipad app we have now, unless something changes dramatically between about two weeks ago and when it launches...


Awesome. Although that is sarcastic for the fact that the DFIA won't have nomad functionality built in. It would be nice to be able to go to one app for all my DirecTV viewing on the iPad.

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 06:51 PM

Awesome. Although that is sarcastic for the fact that the DFIA won't have nomad functionality built in. It would be nice to be able to go to one app for all my DirecTV viewing on the iPad.

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I agree,but for some reason they seem to want to keep the separate. I think its because one is for taking content with you, the other for everything else? Bt if we ever get streaming from the nomad of our recordings, then talk about convoluted....

I hope I just misunderstood how they said it myself, but I don't think I did.

I'm still surprised we cant access and mess with our accounts n the apps yet either.

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 06:12 AM

I posted an issue a few weeks ago in the Nomad software release thread regarding a few particular "shows" that I can't seem to get to prepare properly but never got a response as to whether anyone had seen similar situations with their nomad/apps/client.

What is happening is I'm trying to get one particular show to finish "preparing" and then be available to download to my phone/touch/netbook.

The show is "Training Camp Daily" and it is/was on CSN Mid-Atlantic (642). The app/client shows all episodes where I can select them to prepare/download---I then go to set them to "prepare" (either manually or via the auto download)....and the first one will start preparing----the progress bar will get down to 30 minutes/29/28/27 (i.e. showing "progress"....all the way down to 1 minute left to prepare----and then it will say "calculating" and then start preparing again...never being available to download to my iphone/ipod touch/netbook.

This happens whether I try and do just one episode manually, ALL manually or auto download.

I called tech support, they gave me a pin #/case # to call back about...but the issue is I went away on vacation the next day so I never called. And now that I'm back in town it's still now preparing/downloading so I'll have to call again to re-open the case. And when I did talk to the tech he said he'd never personally heard of a situation like this...and there was nothing in his system to compare it to ?!?!

So: Has anyone else had a show/series that will not prepare/download...although it's available to do so?
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Posted 31 August 2012 - 08:37 AM

Never happened to me.

It could be that it's mis-tagged, and hence being treated as if it were a PPV, which are not allowed on nomad.

I'd watch it on TV and delete.
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Posted 31 August 2012 - 08:55 AM

Never happened to me.

It could be that it's mis-tagged, and hence being treated as if it were a PPV, which are not allowed on nomad.

I'd watch it on TV and delete.


So can I use that phrase when I get around to calling Tech Support again---"mistagged" so as to possibly lead them in the right direction as to why it starts to prepare, counts down as if it's going to complete the task...and then restarts ?!?!
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Posted 31 August 2012 - 08:58 AM

It's a possibility.

If it were me, I'd delete it and move on. I call tech support once every 15th blue moon.
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