CNET First Look
Moxi HD DVRIf you can get past the high price of entry, the Moxi HD DVR's bevy of network and Internet-enhanced features makes it a potentially worthwhile TiVo competitor.
>> I'm John Falcone from CNET, and I'm taking a look at the Moxi HD DVR from ARRIS. This is the dualtuner version, which currently retails for $500. But Moxi also makes a 3tuner model that costs only $100 more. Unlike TiVo, which requires a monthly, yearly or lifetime subscription fee above and beyond its purchase price, the Moxi requires no additional cost. Unlike TiVo, however, the Moxi can't record over the air antenna signals. It only works with cable systems. You'll need your cable provider to provide a multituner cable card, which fits in the unit's backside. The Moxi interface is somewhat unique. It's got a split vertical design so you can see what's coming up on individual channels. However, if you prefer the more common horizontal grid view, that's available as well. Moxi does a good job of handling all the standard features you'd expect from a highdef DVR, recording multiple TV channels simultaneously, pausing and rewinding live TV, and series management. However, the Moxi also has several notable internet and network features as well, including access to Flickr photostreams and Rhapsody's music service, as well as standard internet radio. Moxi can also access online video from Netflix, Hulu and YouTube. But there's a catch. You need to run the PlayOn software on your PC to access those services. Moxi includes the software key for free, but it's Windowsonly. And it means you'll need to run your PC whenever you want to access those services. On the other hand, the Moxi can stream digital photos, music and video from computers running any standard DLNAcompatible software. The other big feature of the Moxi is its multiroom viewing capability. You'll need to invest in an accessory called the Moxi Mate, which retails for about $300. But it will allow you to watch live and recorded TV programming in other rooms of your house via the home network without paying the cable company any additional fees. We didn't like that some of the network features tended to make the Moxi a bit unstable, which occasionally required a reboot. Also, the remote control isn't nearly as intuitive and welldesigned as the one found on the TiVo. On the other hand, the Moxi's lack of additional fees, its multiroom capabilities, and the availability of a 3tuner model offers some worthwhile distinctions from TiVo's current lineup of DVRs. I'm John Falcone for CNET, and this is the Moxi HD DVR.