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DBSTalk Exclusive First Look: nomad™

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by Stuart Sweet, Sep 20, 2011.

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  1. Oct 6, 2011 #181 of 388
    Stuart Sweet

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    Guys,

    I've deleted several posts that were nothing more than a conversation between two members.

    Let's keep it on topic and polite. The next step is thread bans and I don't want to go that way.
     
  2. Oct 6, 2011 #182 of 388
    Stuart Sweet

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    I'm saddened to tell you that Pace was not involved at all in the development of nomad.
     
  3. Oct 6, 2011 #183 of 388
    Alan Gordon

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    My thanks go out to the Field Trial team for a great/informative "First Look."

    As I have stated before, while I think this device is cool and all, I don't travel (the last time I was out of state, or didn't sleep in my own bed was 1995), so I can't justify the $149 cost simply to play with it. Perhaps in a couple of years, I'll be able to pick one up on EBay cheap...

    I'm not crazy about a few aspects of the device, but I still think it's a great device for those it's targeting.

    Again, great "First Look.". :)

    ~Alan
     
  4. Oct 6, 2011 #184 of 388
    TBoneit

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    I wonder how the Nomad will handle a dead DVR. My best guess is that if the DVR the content is from dies the Nomad will delete it from storage.

    I also wonder how it will handle a DVR dropping out due to needing a reboot.

    It most likely has a dedicated encoding chip just like the stand alone Tivos have. That means you can use a really cheap CPU and not need tons of memory thereby keeping costs down.

    For sure the HR series do not have enough horsepower in them to do any encoding.
     
  5. Oct 6, 2011 #185 of 388
    Stuart Sweet

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    I think if the DVR is no longer on the network, nomad will delete the content. Probably not instantly but after a short time. I know rebooting is not a problem.
     
  6. Oct 6, 2011 #186 of 388
    hdtvfan0001

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    I really like your one sentence explanation David. :)
     
  7. Oct 6, 2011 #187 of 388
    Laxguy

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    Love it!
     
  8. Oct 6, 2011 #188 of 388
    denpri

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    Wow! Just saw the First Look, went to the DirecTV site and placed an Order. My Confirmation shows the "DirecTV nomad Mobile DVR service" is "included" in my existing Services & Fees.
     
  9. Oct 6, 2011 #189 of 388
    denpri

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    Maybe it was just my connection but the nomad page link said "Coming Soon" when I clicked on the thread link about 5 minutes ago and now (2:30PM Central) it's "live" with a full description and Order Link!
     
  10. Oct 6, 2011 #190 of 388
    Laxguy

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    Excellent! Thanks for the update, and please tell us how you love/hate its various features.
     
  11. Oct 6, 2011 #191 of 388
    Hoffer

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    I put in an order earlier. Can't wait to give this little guy a try.

    I have read that you can set the Nomad to automatically transcode new episodes of selected shows. Is there an option to have it just transcode everything your DVR records by default?

    I think I'll plug a 16 GB flash drive into the Nomad. I think it would be nice if the Nomad just mirrored everything I have on my DVR at all times. It would be a waste, as I'd probably only watch a small percentage of the shows. Just think it would be nice to always have everything available.

    Also, can the syncing to a PC or iPhone be setup automatically? So, you wake up in the morning and everything the Nomad transcoded the night before is on your iPhone. I know this would be harder on an iOS device as that would mean the app would have to be running at all times.
     
  12. Oct 6, 2011 #192 of 388
    mattgwyther

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    In the client interface (iOS or PC), you can set an existing program to automatically transfer... Kind of like a series link on the DVR except it is limited to only programs on your DVR or WHDVRs and not the guide. If it is set to automatically transfer a typical scenario it to let it transcode overnight and the show will be on your mobile device in the morning
     
  13. Oct 6, 2011 #193 of 388
    Steve

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    No, but you can point to a folder on your DVR playlist and tell Nomad to "Auto-Download" that show from now on. So eventually, you can get all your SL's to transcode automatically, assuming there are enough idle hours in the day. Remember, Nomad can't transcode a file from a DVR that is serving MRV content to another display.

    What you can't set up are automatic transcodes of "one-shot" (non-SL) recordings. You'll have to wait until they appear on your DVR playlist before you can tell Nomad to transcode them.

    If you initiate the transcodes on either the PC or iOS client and leave the client running, yes, they will automatically copy to that client when they're finished.

    If you want files to automatically copy to more than one client, you'll need to set up duplicate "auto-downloads" on each device you want that to happen (and those clients must be running). This is by design, because if you have "his and her" clients, e.g., you may not want all shows on all devices.
     
  14. Oct 6, 2011 #194 of 388
    KenW

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    Has anyone tried starting nomad on a program and then checking if they can watch the same program with MRV? I know my wife gets cranky when she can't watch what she wants when she wants to watch it.
     
  15. Oct 6, 2011 #195 of 388
    Jeremy W

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    Each DVR can only serve one stream at a time, whether it's MRV or Nomad is irrelevant. MRV takes precedence, but that stops the transfer process to Nomad.
     
  16. Oct 6, 2011 #196 of 388
    mattgwyther

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    NOMAD takes a lower priority to MRV. If the DVR is not serving a program to a MRV client NOMAD will start to transcode. When an MRV requests a program from that DVR, the transcoding stops until that DVR is no longer serving a program
     
  17. Oct 6, 2011 #197 of 388
    tgewin

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    I think that's the behavior almost everyone would want, so that's good. Two questions about it though:

    1) If the Nomad is in the middle of transcoding when an MRV client starts using the DVR, does Nomad start the transcode from scratch or does it seem to resume where it left off?

    2) Is the Nomad clever enough to move on to a different, available DVR if there are programs in the Nomad transcode queue?

    And then two unrelated questions, one already asked earlier by someone else:

    1) Will the video play on an external monitor connected to an iPad or iPhone via HDMI?

    2) Will the video play on an Apple TV through Airplay? I don't have an Apple TV right now, but some of the newer Airplay features are making one look more and more appealing.

    Thanks for all the previously-provided info from everybody! It's great stuff. This plus the HR34 could make DirecTV a VERY simple and powerful platform for a lot of users.
     
  18. Oct 6, 2011 #198 of 388
    denpri

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    Wondering how the nomad will "interface" with the upcoming HR34 and the "RVU interface"?
     
  19. Oct 6, 2011 #199 of 388
    NR4P

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    The interface is via Ethernet to the home router. The HR34 question may be answered someday when they become available.
     
  20. Oct 6, 2011 #200 of 388
    mattgwyther

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    I don't know the answer


    I believe it does auto only through AirPlay.

    It does support video out via a cable
     
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