While I predicted significant Moxi HD DVR price cuts after Arris’ acquisition of Digeo, I expected to see them come as the new parent company retreated from retail. However… Not only isn’t Arris giving up on direct consumer sales, versus exclusively pitching hardware to the MSOs, they’re pushing forward with the introduction of a new Moxi HD DVR model containing three tuners. Additionally, the Moxi Mate extenders will overcome their biggest limitation later this fall when they’ll begin receiving streamed live television (on top of the existing DVR recordings). Here’s a breakdown of the updated pricing from the conference call:
Ben Drawbaugh (EngadgetHD) and I agree that Arris still needs to tighten up the Moxi UI and we’d both like to see ATSC OTA tuning, but $1000 (no monthly fees) for three rooms of ad-free Moxi-controlled digital cable is a reasonable deal. Especially in light of TiVo multi-room viewing being dead to me – given their current technical implementation. It’s more economical and less disruptive to replace my DVR than it is to replace my home. Perhaps TiVo’s upcoming access point will ease my pain, but if improvement isn’t seen in the next few months we’re moving on to a Windows Media Center (with Ceton?) or Moxi whole-home DVR solution.
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