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Digeo has added broadband video capabilities to its high-priced Moxi HD DVR, allowing users to access the likes of YouTube, Hulu and Netflix on their big screens through the device. The cable-ready set-top box uses the PlayOn digital media server software to access the popular web […]

Digeo has added broadband video capabilities to its high-priced Moxi HD DVR, allowing users to access the likes of YouTube, Hulu and Netflix on their big screens through the device.

The cable-ready set-top box uses the PlayOn digital media server software to access the popular web video hubs. Typically, the PlayOn software costs $39.99, but the service is available to Moxi users for no extra charge. Which is good, since the device already comes with the steep price tag of $799. Digeo justifies the high cost by saying that there is no subscription fee associated with Moxi (unlike TiVo, which carries a monthly service charge).

Digeo also added the MoxiNet web browser, home automation controls, Flickr integration and DLNA certification to the HD DVR.

By including the likes of Hulu et al., Moxi is looking to make a one-stop viewing shop for all your content needs, combining cable, PC and web video into one box. But does it add enough value to justify the steep price? You can access Netflix and YouTube on a host of other, far less expensive devices, and the allure of Hulu on your TV is to save money by not paying for cable. But such quibbles over price most likely don’t concern the premium market Moxi is going for. Digeo only sees its market for the Moxi as 12-15 million cable subs.

Last year, Digeo laid off half its staff, changed CEOs and dropped some of its product offerings to refocus on the Moxi HD DVR.

  1. When will these DVR companies get serious about online program guides? The grid guide is useless for a DVR.

    It’s easy to create a Netflix-style interface, have the user set up Queues, but then instead of sending DVDs, just have the DVR automatically scheduled based on the Queue! Check out movies2record.com

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  2. Hi movies2record, Have you seen the Moxi UI and Programming guide?!?!?!?!?! It’s very impressive and easy. This is NOT your cablecompany-dvr or a tivo. Please go to http://www.moxi.com and see the Features. Some good video clips of the UI and programming guide.

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  3. This is NOT your cablecompany-dvr or tivo. The Moxi programming guide is INCREDIBLE.
    i found that their website http://www.moxi.com and checked out the ‘features’ link. you get some video clips of the user interface and programming guide in action.

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  4. [...] you want to watch Internet-based content, you’ll need to download the PlayOn media server app (a license is included) to a computer on [...]

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  5. [...] sites like Hulu or Netflix directly from the box, though Syabas says it may work if you have the PlayOn digital media server app running on your computer. But PlayOn costs $39.99 after a two-week free [...]

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