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Moxi HD DVR: Interface and media features (photos)

With support for Internet media, digital streaming, and multiroom viewing, the Moxi DVR offers an alternative to TiVo.

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The Moxi interface

Unlike the grid-style electronic programming guide (EPG) found on most DVRs, Moxi uses a more vertical, split-screen format: channels on the left side, current and upcoming programs on the right. Unlike TiVo Series 3, the interface is in HD, and it takes up the whole wide screen.
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The grid guide

Proof that people hate change: Despite the fact that Moxi's default interface won an Emmy, the company added the option to toggle to the more traditional grid guide as well.
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What do you want to watch today?

As one would expect on a modern DVR, programs are fully searchable by title and genre.
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Your recordings, ready to watch

Recorded programs are organized alphabetically, with multiple episodes of shows grouped together.
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PlayOn opens the door to online media

Using the PlayOn software (which needs to run on a networked PC), the Moxi can access a variety of online video sources, including Hulu (free), Netflix (subscription), and Amazon (pay-per-view).
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Netflix, via PlayOn

You can access your Netflix queue through PlayOn.
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Flickr

Accessing online Flickr photo albums is also supported.
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Play some tunes

The Moxi doubles as a music streamer. It can access Rhapsody (subscription required), stream music files from a DLNA-compliant server (such as a PC or Mac), and play free streaming Internet audio via the built-in FineTune app.
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Media Link

Moxi's Media Link feature allows you to access digital audio, video, and photo files residing on any PC or Mac running DLNA-compliant media server software.
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SDV compatible

Anyone whose cable system uses switched digital video (SDV) service should be able to use the Moxi (with an SDV-tuning adapter provided by the cable company).
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Multiroom viewing

Invest in a Moxi Mate streamer and you can access live and recorded TV from the main Moxi DVR in other rooms of the house via a wired home network--no additional cable boxes (or monthly fees) required.
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