Wow, looks like Diego is shifting gears… They produce the highly regarded Moxi DVR software, yet have found limited distribution via cable deals. Unlike TiVo which started out retail then moved to sat and cable deals, Moxi has announced plans to finally enter the retail market next fall with a $1,000 dual-tuning multistream CableCARD HD DVR. With the death of ReplayTV’s set-top box, and the stagnation of Sony’s and LG’s MS DVR product lines I’m looking forward to a little competition in the marketplace. Given Diego’s executive staff pedigrees, I wouldn’t be surprised if we ultimately end up seeing a “Sony DVR with Moxi.”
TWICE writes: Former Sony A/V marketing executives Mike Fidler, now Digeo’s CEO, and Greg Gudorf, now Digeo’s COO, said they will showcase at International CES in January a multi-tuner HD cable box with built-in DVR to be priced at around $1,000. Plans are to begin selling the product through consumer electronics retail partners by fall 2007, they said. Still an �open issue� is whether the box would be sold under the Moxi brand or under the brand of another CE trademark. Gudorf said the Moxi retail set-top will incorporate a multi-stream CableCARD slot enabling purchasers to access most cable TV services including video-on-demand and other interactive services using a CableCARD supplied by the local system operator. The multi-steam card would allow using a single card for multi-tuner viewing and recording, unlike the recently announced TiVo Series3 devices which include dual uni-directional CableCARD slots to access two channels at one time.