DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV)'s expanded TV Everywhere ambitions lead off today's cable news roundup.
DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV) has unleashed Nomad, a device that lets customers port movies and TV shows recorded on a DVR onto a range of mobile devices, including PCs, smartphones and tablets. A DirecTV official confirmed that the device sells for US$149, with no monthly service fees. DirecTV has created Nomad apps for PCs, iPhones and iPod Touch devices, and expects to offer support for iPads and Android-powered devices "soon." According to the Nomad Web page, the device can hold up to 20 hours of recorded programming and can connect to external storage devices. Unlike a Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)'s upcoming AnyPlay device, though, Nomad does not stream live TV. (See Comcast AnyPlay to Stream Live TV to Tablets and Moto, Comcast Team on In-Home TV Streamer .)
Megacable Comunicaciones , Mexico's largest cable MSO with 1.7 million customers, has hired Emerson Sampaio as chief technology officer. Sampaio is late of CableLabs , where he served as senior enterprise architect, and Liberty Global Inc. (Nasdaq: LBTY), where he was CTO for the company's operations in Brazil and Puerto Rico.
Employees of cable installation contract firm Tucker Communications Inc., which does work for Charter Communications Inc. , is suing the company in a Georgia court for allegedly failing to pay them overtime compensation. The suit seeks unpaid overtime wages, interest and costs, according to Law 360.