Digeo adds SDV, multi-room to DVR playlist

Wed, 08/05/2009 - 8:35am
Mike Robuck

Digeo has added new features to its Moxi HD DVR, including support for switched digital video and the addition of “Moxi Mate” to its lineup.

Moxi Mate is a small set-top box that connects to the Moxi HD DVR over a home network. It allows users to play back or browse recorded content from the HD DVR on the Moxi Mate in other rooms. The Moxi Mate can also play media files that are available from the home network or the Internet on a TV in any room in the house.

Digeo, which is backed by Paul Allen, said the Moxi Mate was designed for use in offices, dens, bedrooms and other areas where secondary TVs reside.

“Our mission is to continue making the world’s best DVR even better. We are working hard to rapidly deliver innovations and additions to the Moxi HD DVR for the most discriminating customers,” said Greg Gudorf, CEO of Digeo. “With the introduction of Moxi Mate, we’re expanding the Moxi experience to the whole home in a simple, compact and economical solution.”

The Moxi Mate sells for $399, while the HD DVR comes with a price tag of $799, but Digeo is offering both for a limited time for $999. Eligible, existing Moxi HD DVR customers will also be able to purchase the Moxi Mate separately at the discounted price of $199.

Digeo also announced software updates at no additional cost for existing and new Moxi HD DVRs, including the support for SDV. Moxi now supports the SDV protocol in use by select digital cable providers in certain geographic markets with an SDV tuning adapter from the cable operator.

Additional new features unveiled today include:

  • Compatibility with the LaCie 4big Quadra 6 terabyte hard drive that lets consumers record up to 1,000 hours of HD programming.
  • Grid guide – Option to view upcoming programming through a “grid guide,” which presents multiple channels and timeslots simultaneously, in addition to the traditional Moxi menu program guide.
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