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DirecTV's Nomad box shares recordings with mobile devices

updated 07:15 pm EDT, Tue October 11, 2011

Nomad costs $150, carries no monthly fees

DirecTV has introduced the Nomad device, which will let users send DVR recordings to mobile devices as well as PCs. Doing so requires a special app for desktop PCs or iPhone (free, App Store), with iPad, Mac and Android apps due out soon. The device can store as many as 20 hours of DVR content and connect to external hard drives for more.

It cannot stream live TV, however, and isn't compatible with iPhone 3G, 2G or unlocked or jailbroken iPhones. Users need to have a DirecTV Plus HD DVR or DirecTV Plus DVR model connected to the web, a wireless router with a free Ethernet port and the Nomad. The device can be set to automatically sync episodes of a new series with compatible devices.

The 16GB Nomad has one Ethernet port and two USB ports and will soon be available for $150. [via LightReading]










by MacNN Staff

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  1. msteffer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Ridiculous

    I love directv, but their equipment requirements are ridiculous. The article doesn't mention that your directv HD DVR also has to be connected to your network - another $79 device that your have to purchase to connect it. Then you have to buy the nomad to get the shows to your computer? So why do I have to send my shows from my DVR to another device to get it to my computer/iPhone/etc? It's just plain stupid. This would cost me $229 in order to transfer shows off my DVR. Directv, just make a DVR that has wifi built-in and give me an app or program to get the shows off of it. It doesn't have to be this complicated.

  1. robban

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    comment title

    I'm streaming both recorded and live TV from my sat dish to my iPad and iPhone 3G (not even GS and OS 3.0.0) and I do not need any special app. I even do it over the 3G network after making a L2TP/VPN connection to my home. The video quality is better than you'd expect (better than YouTube). I can also read the EPG, make schedules to record or just zap between channels. Well, I can also send messages to the TV that Dr Phil is a bad choice...

  1. Connan

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Not Worthy

    DISH Network version of TV everywhere is a lot better for lots of reasons. For one it allows users to watch live TV that your not restricted on for programming their is no monthly fee with the adapter and you can watch more the 20 hours of recording programming. Their is now downloading so no time wasted and with DISH Networks free app called Dish Remote Access I can schedule my recordings and mange my DVR conflicts. Working for DISH Network I would also like to add that the Sling adapter is $50 less then the Nomad and for new DISH customers it’s offered free

  1. Connan

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Not Worthy

    DISH Network version of TV everywhere is a lot better for lots of reasons. For one it allows users to watch live TV that your not restricted on for programming their is no monthly fee with the adapter and you can watch more the 20 hours of recording programming. Their is now downloading so no time wasted and with DISH Networks free app called Dish Remote Access I can schedule my recordings and mange my DVR conflicts. Working for DISH Network I would also like to add that the Sling adapter is $50 less then the Nomad and for new DISH customers it’s offered free

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