Can I please vent and share my research here, since trying to explain to my husband is useless? (he's "technologically challenged")
We're planning to move from DirecTV to FIOS. I'm researching my DVR options because I have the following issues with Verizon's available hardware:
1) Multiroom viewing- You can view recorded shows from any TV, but you can only manage recordings and RW/FF live TV on the main DVR. I am used to being able to RW/FF live TV on at least 2 of my 3 TVs, so I know this will annoy me.
2) DVR Space- Only holds 20 hrs of HD recordings. My husband is a cyclist fanatic. Each daily Tour de France show is 4 hours! That means my shows would be deleted almost instantly. Not acceptable.
3) Cost- In order to have a similar configuration as I have now I would have to pay about $40/month in equipment alone. And I won't even own the equipment! (I own my 2 DirecTV DVRs).
I started looking at TIVO, but was put off by the massive initial cost to just have 2 boxes for a semi-multiroom setup (compromising on a standard STB for the 3rd TV in order to keep costs down). At least $860 if I go with the smallest premiere boxes and only a year subscription, $1,300 with lifetime subscription. Plus I'd still have to pay 2 monthly fees ( 1 cablecard for each), which would be another $8/month, and the $6-9 a month for a non-DVR Verizon-owned box for the 3rd TV.
Reading the TIVO forums I saw the Moxi being mentioned, so I googled it and found this thread. I've been reading for the past 4 days, and I'm almost convinced that this is the perfect setup for us. For $999 we'll have no DVR subscription fees, HD DVR access and the ability to RW/FF Live TV on all 3 of our TVs, enough space for all our programs (with option to expand), and we'd only have to pay ONE extra monthly fee of $3.99 (1 cablecard). Am I correct in this assumption?
I have a couple of questions/scenarios (assuming I have the 3-tuner/2 MoxiMates bundle):
1)Let's say we're watching recorded shows on both MoxiMates. Can I record 3 other shows in the main Moxi at the same time? Or is each MoxiMate always using one tuner, even if it is viewing a recorded show?
2)If a MoxiMate is watching the same live channel as the Main Moxi, are they using only one tuner? Does that mean I have the other 2 tuners available to record 2 other shows?
Sorry for the long post and thanks for all the help! I'm very excited about Moxi!