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DirecTV Unveils Content 'Nomad'

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 .)

  • Yahoo Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) has dropped out of the bidding for Hulu LLC , leaving Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH), Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) and Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) among the remaining potential suitors of the Web video hub, reports The Wall Street Journal.

  • 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.

  • Harmonic Inc. (Nasdaq: HLIT) and Kit Digital have forged a strategic partnership to develop multi-screen broadband video systems for pay-TV operators. The deal matches the KIT Cosmos video asset management platform and Harmonic's video processing and storage gear. Kit was rumored to have eyes for thePlatform Inc. , a media publishing firm owned by Comcast. (See thePlatform Squelches Buyout Rumor.)

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

  • msilbey 12/5/2012 | 4:51:30 PM
    re: DirecTV Unveils Content 'Nomad'

    I can't decide how I feel about the Nomad tech. On the one hand it sort of restores the portability of the DVD era. (We're past that now, right? ;) On the other hand, there's so much content you can stream or download, it seems like the use case would be limited. The biggest potential benefit i can see is being able to record stuff for my kid and then take it with us in the car. But even there, we've got plenty of other options. Nice product. I wonder how many people will care enough to buy. 

    larryw408 12/5/2012 | 4:51:28 PM
    re: DirecTV Unveils Content 'Nomad'

    $150 for a device that lets me download any recorded content to my device and watch it anywhere (regardless of network coverage, like on a plane, train, park, hotel, or SF) sounds like a no-brainer to me.  Last night's ball games aren't streaming, but they're on my DVR and I'd love to be able to watch them in my down time.  One time cost with no monthly fees sweetens the deal.


    TechieV 12/5/2012 | 4:51:28 PM
    re: DirecTV Unveils Content 'Nomad'

    Should be a 'feature' of being a Directv subscriber...at best.

    Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 4:51:28 PM
    re: DirecTV Unveils Content 'Nomad'

    I'd like to see them combine the DVR porting stuff they do now with a place-shifting streaming component like Slingbox or the Comcast Televation/AnyPlay device, even if the latter example  limits streaming to the home. $150 seems kinda steep for the Nomad's primary function.  But perhaps this version is just the start of a lineup of Nomads with different types of features and functions that could make it attractive to a wider set of DirecTV subs. JB

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