On Monday, Digeo announced that in Q4 they’ll offer MSOs a new Moxi HD set-top box with CableCARD support allowing them to comply with the FCC’s separable security mandate. They hope to sell these to cable-cos (i.e. Charter) at 1/3 the price of their current boxes. Some features:
- Moxi 4.1 software improvements including faster rendering time, time forward feature and hard drive storage meter
- Remote web-based scheduling
- Built-in support for Multi-stream CableCARD (M-Card) with two-way capability
- The ability to record two simultaneous HD video streams: up to 16 hours of HD MPEG2 video, and up to 160 hours of standard-definition video on the 160GB hard drive
- External hard drive support, allowing provisioned subscribers to increase their storage to 1 terabyte
- Interoperability with both Motorola and Scientific-Atlanta-based cable plants
Additionally, an OCAP software port of Moxi will also be made available at this time which could obviously be tweaked to run on a variety of hardware platforms.
Not to be forgotten in this announcement, Digeo still intends to release two DVRs into retail later this year… which may be related to a current interface usability study. Speaking of which, I quizzed my Digeo PR contact on the request for help and he responded:
As any company with a strong customer focus does, Digeo is very interested in listening to its customers in order to improve future versions of its products. The company plans to integrate the feedback it receives into future product planning and development efforts. Digeo continues to be on track to deliver both the retail and cable- industry versions of Moxi that it has announced in recent months,
during the latter part of 2007.