DirecTV is selling a $149 device, Nomad, that will let subscribers side-load DVR content to up to five mobile devices or computers for viewing on the go.
Nomad lets customers view previously recorded programs from their connected HD DVR on a computer or mobile device, but doesn't allow live TV streaming. Aside from the $149 equipment charge, there are no monthly service fees.
"We are currently in the soft-launch period for this product as we continue to evaluate Nomad before its official rollout later this year," DirecTV spokeswoman Jade Ekstedt said.
DirecTV Nomad currently works with PCs, iPhones and iPod touch devices. The device in the future will be compatible with Mac computers, iPad tablets and Android mobile devices. Customers must be connected via their home network through Wi-Fi to sync the HD DVR with a mobile device.
Nomad is manufactured by Morega Systems Inc. DirecTV noted that "certain programming may not be compatible" with the device, including pay-per-view programming, video-on-demand and 3D programs.
Customers must have a DirecTV Plus HD DVR (model HR20 or later) or a Plus DVR (model R22) connected to the Internet. In addition, they must have a wireless router with an available Ethernet port for connecting the Nomad device.
More info on the Nomad device is available at www.directv.com/nomad.