Thanks to all who responded earlier.
"Media servers are drives designed to do nothing but hold media (music/video/images) and send it to whatever device requests it. It sits on it's own on the network waiting to be called into action. It can be as simple as a hard drive or as complex as having it's own file sharing OS.
If a Moxi isn't plugged in to a live TV feed, there is little point in having it.
From my perspective there would still be several points to going this route (assuming it worked).
For one thing, I want to limit power consumption in my HT. A DVR pre-filled with content seemed to me to provide a relatively inexpensive one-box solution. I was hoping to use it in place of , say, the region free dvd player in my chain. One outlet, one HDMI and audio coax out, and that's it.
Why disconnect it from the coax to begin with? Why not just leave it plugged in and throw a Mate in your other location?
I'm not the one that has the cable sub, and I'm trying to avoid getting it installed for just the few movies I want (but badly) on one or two cable channels.
I'm not a "TV" watcher/channel surfer So I'm trying to avoid cable/sat altogether. If even the most basic form of DVR use necessitates having to get a cable subscription, then I will have to investigate another alternative.
I like the Mac Mini, and have thought since I got one last year that it seems to be an ok desktop computer but a kick ass (though modest) media server (at least for basic dvd files, mp3's etc). However this would need to be integrated into someone elses chain, someone who is only plug and play. I'll look into it, but it seems like this solution would involve more hardware/software- meaning potential , compatibility issues- as well as being a pita to the person I'm infringing upon.
the Moxi + Mate is the perfect fit for you.
using it as a portable media player is, uhhhhhh, not the greatest idea I've heard....
My intention was to make this only semi-portable. If necessary, I would wait until the capacity was entirely full before I removed it from the one chain and put in more or less permanently in another. My intention was to fill it up with content (Movies) that I would want to own as library titles. Not watched once or twice and then deleted.
hang on, are you referring to an HT system that's in a different geographic location? As in, a different residence?
yes. That's why the Moxie + mate won't be necessary.
I don't even know if this will fly at all- or if it is even worth the trouble of finding out. I did a test recording of a movie yesterday and then brought the unit over and hooked it up to my pj and receiver. This was the cable company issued SA 3800HD. Upon booting up, it said advanced menu function was unavailable at this time- I'm assuming because there was no cable service coming into the unit- so it sat there with a black screen an I was unable to access the recording. If they all work this way (no function whatsoever unless a signal is incoming) then I'm SOL.
If the TiVo can still provide access to the recorded content with just a phone line connection, then I may be able to still use that as a solution.
The question then becomes- is this all worth it. When I returned the unit back to the owner, I watched a bit of what was recorded. Network bug plastered in the corner, and a pop-up advertising something else all within the first few minutes. I hear HDNET Movies is better (this was MGM HD), but the service here doesn't provide it. I'm a movie buff, and there are quite a few titles on MGM HD that would not only be great to get in HD (even lower bandwith HD), but haven't even been offered on DVD or were only available in laserdisc era transfers. Certainly enough content to stimulate this idea in the first place. But I may just be trading one form of frustration (watching a non anamorphic transer) for another (an HD one riddled with network bugs and compression artifacts).
Six of one, half dozen of another I suppose.