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DIRECTV Nomad Software: Spring 2012 Issues/Discussion


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#1 OFFLINE   Stuart Sweet

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 08:36 PM

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#2 OFFLINE   Laxguy

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 12:25 AM

I have no registered iDevices right now, as I've upgraded to:

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 11:45 AM

Just to be clear this thread a catch all for all Nomad software, meaning PC, MacOS, iOS, Android (when available), etc.?

What about the actual Nomad firmware? Are we even able to see what firmware the Nomad is running, I haven't tried?

Anyway I guess I should go ahead and post my setup.

I have:
1 homebuilt PC running the PC app.
2 Verizon iPhone 4
1 1st Gen 64GB WiFi iPad (soon to be upgraded to a 3rd Gen 64GB WiFi version for my wife on mother's day, nobody spill the beans :) )
1 3rd Gen 64GB Verizon iPad

So far I haven't noticed any major issues with the latest software versions except the well noted issue with the iOS app where you have to delete it and re-install it for the new version to work. I just installed the latest PC update last night and haven't messed with it much yet but I didn't notice any immediate issues.

I am still hoping for a setting somewhere, either in one of the portable or computer apps that would allow us to set up the Nomad to automatically transcode everything we record. I have a Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 320 GB USB 2.0 Ultra-Portable External Hard Drive hooked up to my Nomad so I have plenty of storage space to keep it all. Right now I have done a workaround by setting up all my series links to automatically transcode and transfer to my PC, but I'd rather not have to do that. It puts unnecessary wear and tear and is a waste of space on my PC hard drive since I never use the Nomad app on it to do anything else. If I want to watch a recording on the PC I just use the DirecTV2PC app so I can see the recordings in HiDef. I really only use the Nomad for my portable devices (the iPhones and iPads).
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Posted 11 May 2012 - 12:51 PM

When I updated to V2.0 in my iPad, it first complained about an invalid password a few times. Next it said there was a problem with my activation and gave me the option to reactivate. When I tried that, it said something about not meeting system requirements or something to that effect. This left me no choice but to uninstall and reinstall the app. That of course caused a loss of shows on the iPad.

Still not happy that there is no native iPad screen resolution support for the UI.

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 02:58 PM

Are we even able to see what firmware the Nomad is running...


Yes. From the iPad, use the "?" icon, then select System Info. The Client version (2.0.0) and Firmware version (1.2.p14-46159S) are listed. You can also see the Storage used on your nomad.

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 10:59 AM

I bought NOMAD, but haven't used it very much due to:
1)slowness and unreliability of recordings
2)lack of promised native iPad app
Hoping Directv makes this a more useful product in the near future...

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 01:01 PM

I bought NOMAD, but haven't used it very much due to:
1)slowness and unreliability of recordings
2)lack of promised native iPad app
Hoping Directv makes this a more useful product in the near future...


Have you tried the latest update? It works much quicker for most functions including initial startup. The only thing that didn't really change is transcode time, and I don't know if that will ever change much. Transfer time once transcoded was improved significantly though.

I still don't get how so many people are so upset about not having a native iPad app. Have you even tried the iPhone app on the iPad. It works really well, the GUI doesn't have the greatest picture quality when using it, but the programs themselves look very good in my opinion. Sure they're not HD and don't take advantage of my new iPad's great screen resolution, but they look just fine to me. I don't know if we will ever get HD resolution transfers, I think the studios want us to have to buy/rent HD versions if we want them. Even the digital copies included with Blu-Rays are still standard def.
Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn’t drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, "It is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver."
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Posted 17 May 2012 - 03:22 PM

I still don't get how so many people are so upset about not having a native iPad app. Have you even tried the iPhone app on the iPad. It works really well, the GUI doesn't have the greatest picture quality when using it, but the programs themselves look very good in my opinion.


The GUI is my issue. My eyesight is not that great, and that is one of the reasons I have an iPad and not a Touch. Blowing things up to fill the screen and be readable looks like crap. As I stated earlier, it boggles my mind that they have not updated the UI yet. We aren't talking about a re-write of the whole app, just update the graphics.

I personally feel that the Nomad is not selling like they thought and we will never see a native iPad app (or android), and this will end up like Media Share, TV apps and the dodo. I say this because there have been practically no posts in this 'new' thread, which tells me either people are not buying them any more, or have just given up on it.

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 03:44 PM

I guess that's where we differ. I don't really care if the gui isn't all that pretty, it could be all text in big blocky letters for all I care as long as I can easily find my shows, and the shows themselves look good. That is the case with using the app in my opinion.

I think that eventually Nomad functionality will be built into the exiting DirecTV for iPad app. It's just taking a while since that app has so many other functions they are trying to get working/ironed out first, and they know that the iPhone Nomad app works fine for now.

As far as it not being popular because not many people are posting in this thread I don't know that is a fair judgement either. There are around 10 threads on the Nomad in this forum right on the first page that people are posting in, just because they aren't all in here doesn't mean much. Not to mention that I highly doubt every Nomad owner is a member of this site, or bothers to post in these threads all the time.
Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn’t drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, "It is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver."
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Posted 17 May 2012 - 04:19 PM

Anybody have any idea how it's selling overall?

I think it's great for the traveler. And we love it as casual travelers. From the deck to the Carribean.

Spending to stimulate the economy as fast as the credit cards will allow!

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 05:38 PM

Anybody have any idea how it's selling overall?

I think it's great for the traveler. And we love it as casual travelers. From the deck to the Carribean.

Agree Dennis.

I've used it alot on planes, in hotels, on long car trips, on a cruise, and other mobile locations without any need of Internet connectivity. The freedom to take recordings anywhere and view them is indeed a nice thing.
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Posted 30 May 2012 - 06:06 PM

Just got the 2.0.1 update. . . . again, not really an update.

It looked like it updated, but wouldn't find DVRs and didn't retain previous content.

I had to delete the app and re-install. Content gone of course.

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 06:18 PM

Just got the 2.0.1 update. . . . again, not really an update.

It looked like it updated, but wouldn't find DVRs and didn't retain previous content.

I had to delete the app and re-install. Content gone of course.


I just posted the same in the other discussion thread re iPad, but find the same pertains to the iPhone. The reinstall worked as dennis describes.
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Posted 31 May 2012 - 07:06 AM

Just got the 2.0.1 update. . . . again, not really an update.

It looked like it updated, but wouldn't find DVRs and didn't retain previous content.

I had to delete the app and re-install. Content gone of course.


Same here. Second time I've had to uninstall and reinstall due to a Nomad client update. Directv needs to fix their upgrade process.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 10:32 AM

Will DirecTV offer an Android version?

Interestingly there is simply no comparison watching an HD movie on my One X, than on my wife's iPhone 4.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 10:40 AM

Will DirecTV offer an Android version?

Interestingly there is simply no comparison watching an HD movie on my One X, than on my wife's iPhone 4.


Pretty sure the Android will get an app.

What do you mean by the last statement? I know you said there's no comparison, but if there were, what would it be? Which do you like better and why?
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Posted 01 June 2012 - 10:44 AM

Will DirecTV offer an Android version?

The DirecTV website screen regarding nomad is shown below.

[But that screen has been there a while]

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 01:02 PM

The DirecTV website screen regarding nomad is shown below.

[But that screen has been there a while]


Thanks. I have come to accept Nomad as a Sling alternative, but will not accept an iPhone-only solution. The small screen is just not made for watching movies.

I can wait a few more months but not beyond that.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 02:21 PM

Just got the 2.0.1 update. . . . again, not really an update.

It looked like it updated, but wouldn't find DVRs and didn't retain previous content.

I had to delete the app and re-install. Content gone of course.


Yep, same here. I don't know why they just don't tell you that you have to delete and reinstall (and that your content will go poof). None of the updates have worked without a reinstall yet. :nono2:

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 02:30 PM

Thanks. I have come to accept Nomad as a Sling alternative, but will not accept an iPhone-only solution. The small screen is just not made for watching movies.


You're right; an iPad or laptop is my preferred size. But some movies play very well on phone if they have good dialog and boring sets.
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