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October 22, 2004

Digeo Moxi

After reading this article, there is yet another company to keep Tivo nervous at night is a company called Digeo, that is funded by Paul Allen. It's currently rolling out a new product called the Moxi Broadband Media Center that acts as an HDTV PVR, HDTV receiver, set top box, and interactive television. In Laurence, they are partnering with cable operator, Sunflower Broadband. At $795 and a $7.95 monthly subscription fee, it's a pretty good deal for those Kansans that can get it, and it has some really interesting features.

This intrigued me:

"This is really an SUV, a powerhouse," Knorr said. "It does everything."

It will have some features not offered by TiVo, such as a scrolling ticker at the bottom of a screen. Knorr explained that users would be able to personalize the ticker by putting running sports scores, or stock market quotes or even news feeds on the ticker. Clicking on the ticker with your remote brings up more information.

"Customers with a Moxi box can control that on any channel they want," Knorr said. "It's kind of a hybrid between the Internet and TV."

The boxes also will integrate into other services, such as pay-per-view and video-on-demand.

The ticker sounds pretty useful if your wife is watching "must see" TV and you want to keep track of the ball game.


There's more. Digeo sells a $79 Moxi Mate (PDF link), which sounds like a feminine hygiene product, but is really an extender kit which allows you to control and watch shows from another television. It also sells something that has been needed on Tivo for years; a user an expansion bay called Moxi Plus (PDF Link) that makes it possible for users to easily add additional hard drive space, media readers like flash, or even a DVD recorder.

There is no telling how well the product all works from a web page, but from what I've seen so far, it sounds like a winner.

Posted on October 22, 2004

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Moxi has definitely had some cool stuff baking for a while, but since they are mainly (if not only) carried by Charter (another Allen company) it's unlikely we'll see these on other systems.

In case you did not know Moxi was started by Steve Perlman, the guy who invented WebTV.

Posted by: Jonathan Greene at October 22, 2004 08:05 AM

That's starting to rattle my brain cells a little. I think when it started, didn't it originally have some funky industrial title (e.g. "foundry", "factory, "appliance", or something). I'll have to drink a triple espresso and see if I get those neurons firing properly again to try and remember it.

Posted by: Will at October 24, 2004 07:09 PM

Moxi is currently in deployment with Adelphia, Charter, Sunflower Broadband, BendBroadband, and will soon be available on some Comcast sytems. There are other deployment agreements in the works.

Jonathan: you are thinking, perhaps, of Rearden Steel, a name that Steve Perlman borrowed from a fictional steel company founded by the character Hank Rearden in Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged.

Posted by: MoxiGuy at November 21, 2004 08:23 PM

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