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Digeo’s Big Q4?

Dave Zatz —  May 9, 2007

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.

Digital Media Bytes

Dave Zatz —  April 25, 2007

A periodic roundup of relevant news… from our other blogs.

Digital Media Bytes

Dave Zatz —  April 18, 2007

A periodic roundup of relevant news… from our other blogs.

Digital Media Bytes

Dave Zatz —  April 11, 2007

A periodic roundup of relevant news… from our other blogs.

Digital Media Bytes

Dave Zatz —  March 30, 2007

A periodic roundup of relevant news… from our other blogs.

The DTV Transition

Mari Silbey —  March 29, 2007

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Are you aware of the 2009 deadline for transitioning everyone over to digital television? Of course you are. Which means you can now feel superior to more than 60% of Americans according to a study cited by John Lawson, President and CEO of the Association of Public Television Stations (APTS).

The Digital TV panel at the CEA Washington Forum brought together some unlikely fellows working toward a common goal of getting consumers educated about the DTV transition. While the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA) are on opposite sides of the fence on some issues (like, say, CableCARD), their CEOs, Gary Shapiro and Kyle McSlarrow, certainly agreed that DTV requires significant cooperation over the next couple of years. Shapiro went so far as to compare the transition to the move from horse and buggy to automobile. (Yeah, not sure I agree with that, but maybe true in the long term.)

Lawson meanwhile emphasized the benefits coming out of DTV, including specifically the availability of new content. Apparently public television is doing a lot more with multicasting than I knew, including adding three new 24/7 channels – a Spanish channel, a “How-To” channel and a public affairs channel.

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CableCARD PCs Cometh

Dave Zatz —  March 15, 2007

cablecard-pc.jpgLooks like we’re getting close now…

PC Mag got their hands on a pre-release Dell coupled with two of those ATI CableCARD decoders I spotted at CES (and a Blu-ray drive). Though the article is extensive (we’re talking screens and screens), I didn’t see much on how CableCARD content is protected. The author was able to view HD content streamed to his Xbox 360, but no word if/how we can access the raw recordings. I’ll go out on a limb here (ha!) and say they’re locked down.

There was no mention of price, though it can’t be cheap – which brings me to…

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Niveus’ imminent $1500 dual CableCARD decoder. While it’s certainly sleeker than the ATI solution (x2), I have to agree that it’s “insanely expensive” – realizing one still must buy a paired PC. Ouch. Maybe that $800 (MSRP) TiVo Series3 isn’t as expensive as we thought?

(Thanks Glenn and Kevin!)

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Since Engadget and PVRWire mentioned the new Motorola box (DCH-3416) this weekend, I thought I’d chime in with a bit more info. This HD DVR was announced at CES, and in fact Moto had quite a few on display (pic above).

First, it looks much sharper, more modern than the 6412 (and others). Second, the reason this is on the way to a cableco (or telco) near you is the FCC’s 7/07 seperable security requirement: This box supports CableCARD, both M-Card and CC 1.0. Mari tells me it contains a 160GB hard drive and is OCAP-capable.

But is it TiVo capable? TiVo believes their Java-based software can easily port to other platforms. While it’s not indicative of anything, I did observe TiVo briefing a group of Moto folks in Vegas. Hmm… or was Moto briefing TiVo.
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