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#1 OFFLINE   Stuart Sweet

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:02 AM

Nomad is back with new features and new software. If you haven't taken a look at your Nomad in a while, you're missing out on new stuff!

New features:
  • Full screen app on all iPhones (including iPhone 5)
  • In-home streaming: Any program on your DVR playlist can be streamed live with only a short transcoding delay
  • Closed Captioning
  • 30-second skip forward and back while playing

Current versions:
PC version 1.4
iPhone version 2.1

Coming soon:
Mac and Android

See below for screen captures from the iPhone version.

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#2 OFFLINE   Stuart Sweet

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:07 AM

If you haven't powered your nomad up in a while, connect it to your network and THEN power it up. You should see the left side light turn bright yellow and the nomad will begin to update. Within 15 minutes you should have three solid blue lights, indicating the device is ready to use.

If you are a current nomad user, you should have received this update during the week and there should be no need to take further action.

When you look at the System Info on your client, it should show firmware 1.4p38-63447S.

Edited by Stuart Sweet, 29 January 2013 - 09:27 AM.

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:08 AM

I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of drama with this version. When you tap "Watch Now," there is a short delay - no more than 5 seconds - and the program starts.

However, trickplay is still a little difficult to use. It's a lot easier now that there is a 30 second skip forward but some people are reporting that it cannot be stacked; in other words you can't press it quickly 6 times to skip forward 3 minutes. The time to recover is still an issue; it was about 8 seconds after I skipped forward before the program started playing. That's still a net gain of 22 seconds but it feels like it takes a lot longer.

Streaming is enabled in the home, and does not work outside the home.

Transcoding is still in real time, meaning that it takes 30 minutes to transcode a 30-minute program in order to put in on your device. However, you can start it the night before and walk away, or use the auto-download feature for commonly watched programs so they are ready to download onto the device.

There is still no native iPad version, but the video will play in full screen on an iPad as it has before.

Edited by Stuart Sweet, 29 January 2013 - 11:56 AM.

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:10 AM

PC version 1.4 is now available. The install process is fast and it does include Watch Now functionality as well. It's very responsive, but at full screen sizes, the limitations of the SD transcode are somewhat obvious. Still, I'm equally impressed by the lack of drama here... it just works.

Edited by Stuart Sweet, 29 January 2013 - 10:27 AM.

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:12 AM

Folks, it's tough not to seem like the mod who cried wolf, but our friends at DIRECTV have said that they really mean it... there will be updated Mac clients and finally an Android client in the near future. Both will support in-home streaming.
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:31 AM

It's a lot easier now that there is a 30 second skip forward but it cannot be stacked; in other words you can't press it quickly 6 times to skip forward 3 minutes.


I beg to differ. The 30-second skip forward can be stacked. I'm having no issues doing this.

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 10:16 AM

I'm glad to hear that it works for you.

Edited by Stuart Sweet, 29 January 2013 - 11:56 AM.

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:13 PM

I updated mine.. and it now crashes immediately on startup...

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 01:00 PM

I just noticed an update badge on the App Store app and about fainted when I saw it was for Nomad. I have been wondering since the beginning if they would offer streaming and I'm glad to see they have. Hopefully they change it someday to allow streaming over the internet and I can dump my Slingbox.

I don't have any content on my iPhone 5 right now. I quit using Nomad since getting the 5. The app not being optimized for the 5 really annoyed me.

Thank you DirecTV for the update. Please keep them coming.

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 01:04 PM

In home streaming to iPhone (iPad, too, I imagine?) starts making the nomad more attactive to our household since my wife has iPhone 5 and iPad 2.

I'm an Android guy, though. The minute I see Android support I'll be pulling the trigger.
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 01:06 PM

I've tested a few recordings and found:

- The preparing time is still 1:1 but the download portion seems faster
- A 31 minute recording (previously prepared) downloaded in < 1 minute 40 seconds - VERY FAST
- A 60 minute recording (previously prepared) downloaded in < 3 minutes 15 seconds - ALSO VERY FAST

As users desginate a group of recordings to transcode...this should make the overall process a bit quicker.
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 01:27 PM

Does anyone know if this fixes the endless "waiting to prepare" problem?

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 01:29 PM

Does anyone know if this fixes the endless "waiting to prepare" problem?

I have not seen this with the new update.

So far...I'm now up to 5 recordings prepared without any noticable delay in the preparing process using the new PC client.
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:43 PM

iPad - Upgrade appears to have worked without any issues
iPhone - Upgrade appears to have worked without any issues
PC client - Upgrade appears to have worked without any issues. Had to completely log off Windows 7 and come back before Nomad found my DVRs.

Edited by Mike_TV, 29 January 2013 - 02:49 PM.


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Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:48 PM

I- The preparing time is still 1:1 but the download portion seems faster.

Any chance the speedier downloads are due to smaller files?

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:58 PM

Any chance the speedier downloads are due to smaller files?

Nope. That wasn't changed.
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 03:29 PM

Are you comparing the speedy downloads to recent downloads? I know when I went from the iPhone 4S to 5, the downloads got faster. This was because the 5 added 5GHz 802.11n, which is faster than 2.4 GHz 802.11n.

If it is even faster with the new update, that will be even better. :)

Unfortunately I can't play with the app. I don't have any video loaded to my iPhone. At least the app doesn't crash when I load it and it fills my iPhone 5's screen finally. :D

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 03:38 PM

Are you comparing the speedy downloads to recent downloads? I know when I went from the iPhone 4S to 5, the downloads got faster. This was because the 5 added 5GHz 802.11n, which is faster than 2.4 GHz 802.11n.

If it is even faster with the new update, that will be even better. :)

Unfortunately I can't play with the app. I don't have any video loaded to my iPhone. At least the app doesn't crash when I load it and it fills my iPhone 5's screen finally. :D

The PC client itself appears to be simply perform the donwload step quicker, when compared to any previous client version. The prepare step remains the same.
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 04:00 PM

This is great news and thanks to DTV for not forgetting about the nomad. I use it frequently when traveling. It makes my friends and travel-mates envious as I watch fully encoded versions of sporting events and hard-to-find movies on my iPad while fully disconnected. Now the native iPad version would be the ultimate!!

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 04:15 PM

Does anyone know if this fixes the endless "waiting to prepare" problem?


I had 15 programs that were stuck in "Waiting to prepare..." for about a month now and after the Nomad PC client upgrade the first one started to prepare. All signs point to "Yes" :lol: but it'll take some time to see if it completes the backlog that I have.

I'll come back and post a reply if they all finish. Playing with the streaming now and that appears to be a great feature!




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