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Moxi DVR Gets Mate

4 Aug, 2009 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Digeo Inc. Aug. 4 introduced the Moxi Mate digital media player that allows owners of the Moxi high-definition digital video recorder to view recorded HD content on a networked HDTV in multiple rooms in the home.

Based in Kirkland, Wash., the set-top box manufacturer backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen also unveiled a grid guide that allows users to view upcoming programming across multiple channels.

The Moxi Mate retails for $399. Digeo, which unveiled the $800 Moxi HD DVR at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, is offering the two devices for a combined $999. The combo is also available for $49.95 per month for 20 months.

The Moxi HD DVR features a 500GB hard drive capable of storing up to 75 hours of high-definition programming and 300 hours of standard-definition content.

By comparison the $600 TiVo HD XL can store 150 hours of HD programming and 1,360 hours of standard-definition programming. Monthly subscriptions run from $12.95. A generic cable DVR typically accommodates a 160GB hard drive and costs about $10 per month.

Unlike TiVo and cable set-top digital recorders, Moxi doesn’t charge a monthly subscription fee. It incorporates a single user interface for Internet, PC and TV functions, and the menus are specifically designed for HD and large HDTV screens.

In addition to streaming videos from YouTube, Netflix and Hulu, storing photos on Flickr and keeping music downloads from Rhapsody through the PlayOn media server, the Moxi HD DVR can link to a user’s PC to access additional content.

The PlayOn software, in addition to a 30-day Rhapsody trial, is available to current Moxi owners as a free upgrade.

The Moxi HD DVR is also compatible with the LaCie 4big Quadra six terabyte hard drive ($1,399) that can record up to 1,000 hours of HD content.

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