Originally Posted by acaoacao
Unfortunately, it seems like this is the main Moxi discussion on the internet. You can ask about Moxi on TivoCommunity but you will be quickly chased out of there. You can ask any question here, you will not get ridiculed or harassed here.
ReplayTV is a great implementation for multiple rooms. Moxi will allow you to replace some of the functionality. However, with 5 Replay TV, you most likely have one tuner on each ReplayTv. With the 3 room moxi, you will have 3 tuners that is shareable between the Moxi and Moxi mate. If you add two more Moxi Mates, you are still at 3 Tuners. The key to figure out is how many TVs will be watched at a time.
Next with your replayTV, you did not have cable cards, so you will need a cable card for the Main moxi or do QAM.
Furthermore, you have ethernet cable to each Moxi right? Then connectiviity should be fine.
LOL -- I really don't know how many tuners we actually have. So, we've got 5 ReplayTVs, three cable boxes, and four TVs. On all of the TVs, we have the ability to watch "lower" channels (2-66 or something like that) if the RTV & cable box are occupied recording something else and we want to watch live TV for some reason, which doesn't happen very often, because I split the signal.
If I'm correctly understanding, QAM isn't an option for us because we have the premium channels like HBO, Showtime, etc. So, we'd have to go the CableCARD route -- yes? Plus, we live in a more rural area where cable or a dish is required to get anything other than PBS. I've looked at satellite options, but the first time I asked my dh to go outside to sweep snow out of a dish or we lost service due to weather would probably spell divorce, particularly if a sporting event was lost. So, we've stuck with cable.
I'm really unclear on the whole CableCARD & Moxi thing. Would one CableCARD allow three separate premium channels to be recorded at one time? In looking at the technical specs, it looks like the Moxi only holds one CableCARD, but I'm not sure about that.
I love the idea of getting rid of all the cable boxes, but the reality is that we'd probably have to keep one or maybe two of them for OnDemand use, and also to preserve the ability to offload some shows to burn to DVD, which is something I do a fair amount of. If I'm correctly understanding, that's not a capability of the Moxi, although by utilizing external drives, storage space can be dramatically increased. Still, I expect I'll still want to burn some programming (my quilting shows, for instance) to DVD to be able to refer back to. Plus, unless/until we have a Moxi or Mate in each of the four rooms, we'll still need to have a way to stream recorded stuff that's quickly watched & deleted, so I don't anticipate being able to get rid of all the RTVs in the near future.
Also, if Switched Digital Video isn't in this area, would I need a tuning adapter, and would all three tuners in a 3-tuner Moxi work? Also, is the dongle I've read about here but don't understand required if one is using a CableCARD?
And, between the three RTVs hooked to cable boxes and the two that just get the lower channels, it's not rare that four of the five are busy recording at the same time. So, I'm still trying to figure out what would be the best situation for us. My dream would be to go with two of the 3-tuner Moxis and add Mates as needed, but a more realistic option might be somethign different.
We've got Time Warner Cable, and in reading through the posts, it sounded like that would be a problem for the 3-tuner Moxi. However, this is a former Adelphia area, and we've got Motorola equipement, and a previous post by VisionOn (#2134) got me wondering. Since I had to call TW tonight (it seems we always have a "date" Sunday nights) to report yet another problem, I took the opportunity to ask about Switched Digital Video, and it's not here and there's no anticipated implementation for this market. Maybe for once, I should be happy I live in a small market
Can anyone tell me how Moxi with a CableCARD works with Closed Captioning? I don't understand the technology or whatever, but we currently have two ReplayTVs hooked up without cable boxes to maintain maximum Closed Caption flexibility. For whatever technological reason, once we moved to the HD Motorola TW cable boxes, we can't turn Closed Captioning on & off on the fly (it requires physically going to the cable box to enable or disable closed captioning), and once something is recorded with Closed Captioning turned on or off at the cable box, there's no way to shut it off or turn it on in recorded material, even when it's blocking important stuff. This wasn't a problem with the older non-HD TW cable boxes, and it's not a problem for the lower channel shows we can record to the RTVs without the cable boxes -- in both instances, we are/were able to enable/disable Closed Captioning on live TV and recorded material. It's . . . surprising how much conflict that has caused in this household. I often watch recorded stuff after my dh has gone to sleep, so I need the closed captioning on to keep from disturbing him. He, OTOH, often watches recorded sports and gets annoyed when the closed captioning blocks important stuff. So, any improvement in the Closed Captioning situation would be way cool.
Connectivity: yes, I have Ethernet in all the rooms, and my network also has a WAP that works well. I can run additional Ethernet for a Moxi & Mate, or two Moxis, as needed -- I learned to crimp network cable to keep my dh from stroking out over more or bigger holes
Somewhere in this thread, I read about using a bridge for wireless connectivity, I think, so that might also be an option -- yes? I clearly have more reading to do about this . . .
Whew -- so that's a start for my questions. Thanks to anyone who has waded through & can shed some light either by answering specific questions or pointing me to previous answers. I have read through this thread over the past few months, but much of it has been a bit over my head . . .