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Nomad - Is it worth it?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by lgb0250, May 6, 2012.

  1. KenW

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    If you travel, it is definitely worth it. Hotel Internet can be spotty, and as others mentioned, it's great on the plane.
     
  2. Beerstalker

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    And in the car, on the bus, on the train, etc. Nice to be able to watch stuff without relying on WiFi or especially 3G/4G service where you can eat up your data package pretty quick.
     
  3. realfan

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    So I am confused. The DirecTV website states that nomad for iPad isn't yet available. However, several of you in this thread and other threads seem to be already using nomad to download shows to their iPads. Is this something I can begin using now to record shows to my iPad, or do I have to wait?
     
  4. Steve

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    The iPhone client works find on the iPad. Just use it in 2x mode. It's just the GUI that's up-sized. Video is full-screen, and wouldn't look any better, even if there was a dedicated iPad client.
     
  5. dennisj00

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    Adding to Steve's post, Nomad on the iPad gave me about 6 hours of watching on the iPad last night when we lost power for about 16 hours. Not normally what we would have watched program wise, but we were able to watch a movie and concert with no power in the house.

    Otherwise, it's amazingly quiet in the house when the power is off!
     
  6. billcoff

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    It would be nice to have the GUI in landscape. My iPad is usually in its Logitech Keyboard and I get a sore neck bending it to the left.
     
  7. Steve

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    I know what you mean. Even without a keyboard attached to my iPad, I often find myself (lazily) just using the GUI sideways. :p
     
  8. dennisj00

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    Even using the iPad in bed propped up with a pillow, I use it sideways. I don't spend a lot of time in the playlist and don't sweat the small stuff.

    I'd suspect it'll eventually be integrated into the DAFI app with all the bells and whistles but it's very usable on the iPad now.
     
  9. inkahauts

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    There will be an ipad specific nomad app out latter this year. It won't be built into he ipad app we have now, unless something changes dramatically between about two weeks ago and when it launches...
     
  10. The Merg

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    Awesome. Although that is sarcastic for the fact that the DFIA won't have nomad functionality built in. It would be nice to be able to go to one app for all my DirecTV viewing on the iPad.

    - Merg
     
  11. inkahauts

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    I agree,but for some reason they seem to want to keep the separate. I think its because one is for taking content with you, the other for everything else? Bt if we ever get streaming from the nomad of our recordings, then talk about convoluted....

    I hope I just misunderstood how they said it myself, but I don't think I did.

    I'm still surprised we cant access and mess with our accounts n the apps yet either.
     
  12. JAYPB

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    I posted an issue a few weeks ago in the Nomad software release thread regarding a few particular "shows" that I can't seem to get to prepare properly but never got a response as to whether anyone had seen similar situations with their nomad/apps/client.

    What is happening is I'm trying to get one particular show to finish "preparing" and then be available to download to my phone/touch/netbook.

    The show is "Training Camp Daily" and it is/was on CSN Mid-Atlantic (642). The app/client shows all episodes where I can select them to prepare/download---I then go to set them to "prepare" (either manually or via the auto download)....and the first one will start preparing----the progress bar will get down to 30 minutes/29/28/27 (i.e. showing "progress"....all the way down to 1 minute left to prepare----and then it will say "calculating" and then start preparing again...never being available to download to my iphone/ipod touch/netbook.

    This happens whether I try and do just one episode manually, ALL manually or auto download.

    I called tech support, they gave me a pin #/case # to call back about...but the issue is I went away on vacation the next day so I never called. And now that I'm back in town it's still now preparing/downloading so I'll have to call again to re-open the case. And when I did talk to the tech he said he'd never personally heard of a situation like this...and there was nothing in his system to compare it to ?!?!

    So: Has anyone else had a show/series that will not prepare/download...although it's available to do so?
     
  13. Laxguy

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    Never happened to me.

    It could be that it's mis-tagged, and hence being treated as if it were a PPV, which are not allowed on nomad.

    I'd watch it on TV and delete.
     
  14. JAYPB

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    So can I use that phrase when I get around to calling Tech Support again---"mistagged" so as to possibly lead them in the right direction as to why it starts to prepare, counts down as if it's going to complete the task...and then restarts ?!?!
     
  15. Laxguy

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    It's a possibility.

    If it were me, I'd delete it and move on. I call tech support once every 15th blue moon.
     
  16. billcoff

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    The Nomad is supposed to receive an update today. Maybe that will fix your problem. I say "supposed" because the update was supposed to be last week, but Customer Service told me it was delayed and I would get it today.
     
  17. Beerstalker

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    I'm curious though who you are hearing this from. If it's a regular CSR on the phone I wouldn't count on them being right. If it's someone on here who might actually know then it would be more reliable (but if that was the case I would think they would have told you not to be talking about it).
     
  18. inkahauts

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    Stuart invited me to a conference call with some DIRECTV people, which is where I found out about all this. It was mainly about the new iPad app, but they also mention a little about the nomad. Definetly not a csr type, but people who would actually know.
     
  19. Beerstalker

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    In that case, yes it does seem a lot more credible. It still seems really strange to me that it has taken so long to get an iPad Nomad app though if it was going to be a seperate app. I always figured the delay was because it was going to be built into the DirecTV App For iPad (DAFI).

    Since it is going to be a seperate app, I hope they at least just take the iPhone app and make it a universal app that is designed to work on both the iPhone and iPad, rather than having a seperate iPhone app, iPad app, iPhone Nomad app, and iPad Nomad app. It would be much nicer to have just to apps. Make the DAFI app universal for both the iPhone and iPad, and make the iPad app universal for both so it's just two apps instead of 4.
     
  20. dueport

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    I never knew you could do this - very helpful! Thank you!
     

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