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#241 OFFLINE   phat_b

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 01:14 PM

As I've been doing something similar to nomad with an analog capture card and a couple shell scripts (severe linux bigot here) since 2008, I nearly jumped out of my skin when on a lark I searched for "nomad" and discovered what it claims to do. I would never have known about it had I not recently added HD to my package and noticed the option to add "nomad" to my account...

You read that right - up until yesterday I didn't have HD. I simply wanted to give my guests a better experience for our Walking D... season finale party, and will probably drop it after I determine if I can live without it or not.

At any rate, as happy thoughts of no longer having one of my DVRs slaved to my MythTV box, and streaming content directly to an Android HDMI TV stick flooded my brain, I thought it wise to check my optimism and look for some real-world opinion of the product. So I visited dbstalk for the first time in several years. It seems as though I've had a nasty April Fool's joke played on me.

Many a DIRECTV subscribing Android user has long been wondering if a nomad client version is forthcoming.


Add me to your ranks. Now that I see how far they've come with place shifting DVR content while appeasing the DRM overlords, I'm thinking maybe I give them four or five more years before I truly commit to HD. I'd venture a guess that they spent more money on the recent website facelift than the entire nomad development project. :nono:

Now, while I'm not optimistic of seeing an Android client for nomad in my lifetime, in the event the planets align and such a thing does come to fruition, I do have a few questions that I haven't seen posed in this thread.

1) has anyone considered the impact this will have on the longevity of their device's flash?

2) does the nomad box have local storage?

3) is there a web interface to the nomad device, or is one forced to use the client application? I'd sure hate to have to use a windows PC to configure the thing.

EDIT: Forgot one question

4) anyone have any ideas how much power the device draws?

EDIT: found the answer to #2 in the manual

Edited by phat_b, 01 April 2013 - 03:45 PM.

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#242 ONLINE   Steve

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 02:04 PM

For those that may have missed it, the Nomad first look is here: http://www.dbstalk.c...ad.php?t=197046

and FAQs are here: http://www.dbstalk.c...ad.php?t=199051
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Posted 01 April 2013 - 03:24 PM

There's *soon*...

There's SOON....

...and there's Soon.

I thought everybody knew those. :grin:

The last one applies now.


You forget "really soon", "quite soon" and "super double dog soon." :)

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 08:00 AM

Can you show me an ad from Dish that doesn't have them?

They're all over the website. The difference is that many of the DIRECTV ones explain that it probably isn't true but it could be under an extraordinary set of circumstances.

DISH's big footnote probably has to do with the ignoring of Verizon FIOS in the ACSI ratings.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 08:03 AM

Seems things are yet again way off topic...

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 08:05 AM

The naming discussion is not only miniscule in relevance, but off topic here in this thread.

At first you say that putting a lot of stock in a name is "incredibly silly" and then when DIRECTV is found thrice guilty of converting all of their newest STBs to a Genie designation, it becomes irrelevant and off-topic.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 08:17 AM

At first you say that putting a lot of stock in a name is "incredibly silly" and then when DIRECTV is found thrice guilty of converting all of their newest STBs to a Genie designation, it becomes irrelevant and off-topic.

You specifically raised the whole naming issue - which is off topic.
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Posted 02 April 2013 - 11:43 AM

Seems things are yet again way off topic...

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OK. Is the Android client out yet?

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 08:09 AM

You specifically raised the whole naming issue - which is off topic.

Please review post #234 where the observation was originally made.

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 08:13 AM

Please review post #234 where the observation was originally made.

Please move on...the dog's getting dizzy going in circles...

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 05:11 PM

Tick Tock.

Soon?



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Posted 19 May 2013 - 12:02 PM

The way I see it there are three possibilities.

 

1. They say nothing. They've already removed it as coming soon so hopefully 'soon' we all forget about it.

2. They admit they have been lying to us for over a year and say that they really aren't going to release the software for Android.

3. They triumphantly release the software, it works perfectly, and I get to eat crow.

 

Any bets?

 

 



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Posted 19 May 2013 - 01:54 PM

The way I see it there are three possibilities.

 

1. They say nothing. They've already removed it as coming soon so hopefully 'soon' we all forget about it.

2. They admit they have been lying to us for over a year and say that they really aren't going to release the software for Android.

3. They triumphantly release the software, it works perfectly, and I get to eat crow.

 

Any bets?

 

Or they removed the "coming soon" because they need more time, either for technical reasons or for engineering priority reasons, and we'll see it when we see it. :shrug:

 

FWIW, I find it interesting the comparable TiVo "Stream" device also only supports iOS and not Android. Pure speculation on my part, but this fact makes me wonder if there might not be some content protection issues with Android that are preventing both companies from releasing a client that might violate a pre-existing agreement with content providers. Ya, I know the SlingPlayer supports Android, but Dish has shown in the past they are less sensitive to content providers' desires. Just sayin'.


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Posted 20 May 2013 - 07:47 AM

FWIW, I find it interesting the comparable TiVo "Stream" device also only supports iOS and not Android. Pure speculation on my part, but this fact makes me wonder if there might not be some content protection issues with Android that are preventing both companies from releasing a client that might violate a pre-existing agreement with content providers.

I suspect that DIRECTV is contracting with the same software source as TiVo in trying to get a client out the door.

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 08:50 PM

I suspect that DIRECTV is contracting with the same software source as TiVo in trying to get a client out the door.


And that software source is?

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 08:20 AM

And that software source is?

I'm not sure how you jumped from suspecting that something might be taking place to specific knowledge of who is doing it.

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 09:44 AM

I'm not sure how you jumped from suspecting that something might be taking place to specific knowledge of who is doing it.

 

You stated that you suspect the same software source that is working on the Tivo app is also working on the DirecTV app. I was wondering who that developer would be since you seem to know.

 

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 08:09 AM

I was wondering who that developer would be since you seem to know.

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 06:04 PM

Well, you're so knowledgeable about DirecTV, I figured you had some inside information.

 

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 06:21 PM

We all know Harsh only implies he knows a lot about DirecTV.



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