updated 10:45 am EST, Tue November 10, 2009
Moxi DVRs get lower prices, new models, functions
ARRIS, the recent owner of Digeo and its Moxi-branded DVRs, announced on Monday it has overhauled the Moxi line and given it new features. This includes adding a three-tuner version of the Moxi HD DVR and introducing a new Moxi multi-room package that includes the new three-tuner Moxi. At the same time, ARRIS has dropped the price of its existing dual-tuner Moxi HD DVR. The new three-tuner Moxi HD DVR lets users record up to three channels at the same time and watch a program already recorded.
Also, for the first time, users will be able to watch live TV on the Moxi Mate delivered through the Moxi thanks to an automatic software update. The DVRs can record programs in HD or standard definition on their 500GB hard drive, which can be expanded by 6TB with external eSATA drives.
Users can browse the Internet through MoxiNet, or view weather, sports scores and news in a Superticker along the bottom of their screen when watching regular TV programs. There is also access to Rhapsody, Flickr, Netflix, Hulu and YouTube when users have DLNA server software installed on their PCs. One such program, PlayOn, is free to download and use.
Moxi does not have any service fees associated with it, nor are there any ads in its menu. It also allows users to set recordings while away from home thanks to a browser-based interface.
The three-tuner Moxi HD DVR ships with a Moxi Mate bundle and costs $799. The dual-tuner version drops by $300 to $499, while the three-room bundle that includes a three-tuner Moxi HD DVR and two Moxi Mates costs $999. Individual Moxi Mates now cost $299, a reduction of $399.