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DIRECTV Nomad Software: Spring 2012 Issues/Discussion


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#21 OFFLINE   dennisj00

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 02:59 PM

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:


Un-installing and losing content isn't a terribly big deal for me. Most of the content I have on Nomad / iPad is movies, documentaries, concerts instead of weekly series / sitcoms that might have been deleted from my DVRs and lost.

But the app does need to upgrade without losing content.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 03:06 PM

Un-installing and losing content isn't a terribly big deal for me. Most of the content I have on Nomad / iPad is movies, documentaries, concerts instead of weekly series / sitcoms that might have been deleted from my DVRs and lost.

But the app does need to upgrade without losing content.

Good point.

In addition, if one loses the mobile device content, the transcode is still on nomad itself...and the 2nd step download process (even doing it again) goes quite fast.
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Posted 01 June 2012 - 04:56 PM

Un-installing and losing content isn't a terribly big deal for me. Most of the content I have on Nomad / iPad is movies, documentaries, concerts instead of weekly series / sitcoms that might have been deleted from my DVRs and lost.

But the app does need to upgrade without losing content.


Agree on both points, one of which I made earlier. I guess many of us have "lost content" several dozen times, no biggie at all, but for a release version to the general public, I'd expect a large hue and cry, phone lines lit up across DIRECTV land. Although, on re-thinking a moment, perhaps the existing core of nomad owners are early adaptors, tech savvy and able to weather a few inconveniences....
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Posted 01 June 2012 - 06:13 PM

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.


Good point there.:)

My HTC has a big enough screen size as a compromise. Bringing an iPad along on roundtrips isn't always feasible.

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 08:33 PM

In addition, if one loses the mobile device content, the transcode is still on nomad itself...and the 2nd step download process (even doing it again) goes quite fast.


Not if it's been already been deleted from the DVR.

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 07:10 AM

My Internet has been down for a few days (posting from my iPad). When starting up the Nomad app (connected to the LAN), the app sits there for like 10 minutes, first trying to sign in, then trying to " verify iPad", and then checking for updates until it finally times out. I don't see why it has to do all of that every time you start the app, especially the signing in and verifying iPad part. It needs to time out sooner if the Internet is down, and not keep trying to do other things like checking for updates when it already knows there is no Internet connection.

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 11:44 AM

Not if it's been already been deleted from the DVR.

It would seem pretty logical in 99% of the cases that if you went through the process to delete it from the DVR...that you'd most likely also want it removed on nomad.
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Posted 19 June 2012 - 07:23 PM

It would seem pretty logical in 99% of the cases that if you went through the process to delete it from the DVR...that you'd most likely also want it removed on nomad.


Maybe I like to load up the iPad with shows and delete them from the DRV. Why do I need them sitting on the DVR clogging up the playlist when I planned to watch them on the road in the first place? Just because YOU may do something a certain way does not make it any more or less logical for someone to want to do it another way. Just like youtube and pandora. IMO they are 100% useless and illogical on a DVR. I have a computer for that stuff. But some people like to listen to music on their TV and watch crappy youtube videos blown up to 65".

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 02:33 PM

Maybe I like to load up the iPad with shows and delete them from the DRV. Why do I need them sitting on the DVR clogging up the playlist when I planned to watch them on the road in the first place? Just because YOU may do something a certain way does not make it any more or less logical for someone to want to do it another way. Just like youtube and pandora. IMO they are 100% useless and illogical on a DVR. I have a computer for that stuff. But some people like to listen to music on their TV and watch crappy youtube videos blown up to 65".


That works fine as long as you watch the shows within 30 days of transferring them to your ipad. When the show get's deleted off your DVR it deletes it off your Nomad device, but it does not delete it from your iPad, iPhone, computer, or any other device you transferred it to. It will stay on there until you delete it, or once it reaches 30 days from when it was first transferred it will delete iteself.

If you leave the recording on your DVR it will stay on your Nomad device as long as there is room (I believe when you run out of room it starts deleting the oldest recordings first). If it is still on your Nomad you can transfer it again to any device if it got deleted off that device because it was on there longer than 30 days.

Most of us here think the 30 day limit has been a condition the channels have required. They don't want people recording shows and then transferring them to their computers to hold on to forever. Doing so would kill DVD/Blu-Ray/download sales and rentals.
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Posted 20 June 2012 - 04:01 PM

I can see if you have 1 or 2 dvrs and travel a lot that you could load up the iPad /iPhone weekly before you leave and delete the programs for the upcoming week.

We travel mostly weekends and take movies / concerts/ documentaries that I don't delete from the dvrs, so they're mostly in the nomad to re-download.

I can see lots of scenarios but the bottom line, if you travel and have a mobile device, you'll love nomad.

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 09:31 AM

I can see lots of scenarios but the bottom line, if you travel and have a mobile device, you'll love nomad.


Unfortunately I will still bet nomad becomes abandon-ware before we ever see a native iPad app. Yes, not everyone writes a review, but when there are only 252 reviews of the app after all of this time, and 149 gave it one star, it's pretty obvious these are not flying off the shelf, and people are not happy with it (for whatever reason).

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 11:00 AM

I'm not sure why everyone is clamoring for a native iPad app. The picture quality on the iPad matches any other video app on the iPad or iPhone. And the same app works on both.

As to the reviews, just like here, not many make a positive review - I don't think I have for only a small percentage of the apps I have on both the iPhone and iPad.

I think a lot of it has to do with the mis / mosh of home networks. I helped a friend that couldn't print the other day and his laptop was on his neighbor's wireless!

It's a niche product. What percentage of subs have their DVR on their home network (outside of the posters here)?

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 11:05 AM

I'm not sure why everyone is clamoring for a native iPad app.


I'd like one just so I don't have to look at the nomad menus in portrait and then have to rotate it to landscape to view programming.

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 11:14 AM

I'd like one just so I don't have to look at the nomad menus in portrait and then have to rotate it to landscape to view programming.


While that's a minor irritation to me, the fonts look terrible.
And it'd be sweet to have a resolution to match that of the new 'Pad.
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Posted 26 June 2012 - 01:52 PM

I'd like one just so I don't have to look at the nomad menus in portrait and then have to rotate it to landscape to view programming.


While that's a minor irritation to me, the fonts look terrible.


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Posted 26 June 2012 - 03:52 PM

I want both of those and a couple of other improvements, but neither improve what I really use nomad for -- watching programs.

Maybe a 30skip on the controls?

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 07:00 PM

I know most of the ratings are from fans or folks with issues. I'll bet most of the folks that love it never rated it. I see lots of complaints about the reinstall, jailbrake, and the price.

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 10:41 PM

I want both of those and a couple of other improvements, but neither improve what I really use nomad for -- watching programs.

Maybe a 30skip on the controls?


A big +1 on 30 sec skip. Keeping the FF button held is pretty difficult when using an elliptical trainer! I cuss that thing every time my finger slips off. :lol:

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 08:26 PM

I have 2 issues with the Nomad as it currently stands. One, it will often not see one or both of my DVRs. This typically requires me to reboot the DVR itself to make them re-appear. Two, I would really like to be able to save client files on an external drive. My laptop has a very small internal hard drive and I usually travel with a portable USB drive to store media which would be perfect for Nomad files and would allow for much more storage.

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 09:14 PM

I have 2 issues with the Nomad as it currently stands. One, it will often not see one or both of my DVRs. This typically requires me to reboot the DVR itself to make them re-appear. Two, I would really like to be able to save client files on an external drive. My laptop has a very small internal hard drive and I usually travel with a portable USB drive to store media which would be perfect for Nomad files and would allow for much more storage.


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