Edit - sorry for the long quote
Originally posted by efmw113
Some sort of messaging feature would be nice. The front panel has a message light near the red recording light, so perhaps Charter just isn't using it yet. But seeing as there are quite a few software upgrades coming, it would be nice if major software updates come with a message telling the users of the new features that came with the update.
*Agree - I haven't seen any messages in the ~3 month period I have had my box. With my old boxes, I would get at least one per month.
Some of the show titles don't fit in guide and the names are truncated. That is fine, but even if I hit the Info button or click the program to get more detail, the program title doesn't display in the additional information display. So, there is no way to see the full program title. When you hit the info button, show the full program name somewhere!
*Agree - Just realized/noticed this the other night.
When I am watching TV and I hit the up or down arrow to start scrolling through the channels to see what else is on, there is no way to jump to a specific channel. My old digital cable box had this feature. The fast scroll feature is getting me by for now, but I really miss being able to jump to a specific channel in the guide - especially when you have so many channels to scroll through.
Haven't even noticed this - but agree
In the basic guide that you get when scrolling while watching TV, if you arrow over to what is on a specific channel, there is no way to jump days. Again, my digital cable box had a Day+ and Day- buttons to jump a day in the guide.
Would be useful I think, but not that much. I personally never used the +day on the old boxes, and the speed-scan goes by a day pretty quickly.
It would be nice to be able to hide certain main category options in the main Moxi guide. I don't need to see the Intro to Moxi demo again. Also, I don't need the Ticker option there because it is easier to just hit the Ticker button on the remote.
Agree a bunch. Better yet, I would like access to delete that intro-to-moxi movie, and free up the few minutes of space
(But would understand if this would cause issues for re-initilizing the boxes at the warehouse)
How do I find out how much hard drive space I have left? Would be nice to know how much space is left so that I know if I should start deleting old recorded programs.
You can see in the diagnostics screen, but I too would like an easily accessable % remaining as well. One would have to wonder, however, if the masses (read : technologically impared folks whom probably shouldn't stop using the VCR) would have a bazillion questions and trouble calls on why some shows eat up so much more space....
IMO I don't think the digital music channels (and probably the PPV channels as well) should show up when I am scrolling through the guide to see what is currently on. If I want to go to one of the digital music channels, I will go to the Moxi guide, then to the music category then select the appropriate music channel. If others don't agree with me, then it would be nice to hide certain channels from some guides, but keep them accessible from other navigation points.
Really agree. I don't listen to the music that often, but once in a blue moon. I would like to see a seperate music choice category, and all of the 900's taken out of all of the other categories. (Or trim up the "music" category, or simply delete channels based on category)
As the Moxi software evolves, I am sure that there will be more and more features added. Along with many of the upcoming features, I am sure there will be more and more settings and options available to the user to tweak Moxi. If, for whatever reason, I need to get a new Moxi box from my cable company (upgrade to a newer model, my current one is having problems, etc.), it would be a useful feature to allow a user to save the settings somewhere (temporarily upload them to a Charter server, or download them to a USB flash drive or USB hard drive) so that I can restore my settings on the new box.
Would be nice, but not really practical. The moxi units are provisioned at 384k down, 128k up. Even at a blistering 1M upload (think CBN accounts) it would take roughly 7 days to upload 80gig.
USB hard drive is a better choice, and looks like it will be *eventually* coming. I know that this is going to be one of the rough points as a tech - not all customers realize that boxes may go bad, and will be less apt to swap out a problmatic box if the problem isn't that bad to them... And I think an 80g flash would be a *bit* too pricey nowadays.
It would be nice if I could indicate to the box that I am currently not watching TV so that I can go into a low power mode more frequently (other then when it needs to record a show) to save electricity and so that it can cool down.
Nice idea, but I'm guessing not feasable. In low power mode, the box probably can't access the hard drive to see what times to record things. Something like this may need different hardware (possibly a meg of nonvolitle flash would do the trick, but I'm guessing there would be alot of work to do)
If the grid guides are still a while off on the development pipeline, then it could we scroll ahead in time, then start scrolling through the guide? Example, if it is 7:45pm, I want to quickly scroll through the shows that will start at 8:00pm.
One of my pet peeves - agree.
It seems like everyone is interested in a larger hard drive. If enabling the USB drives for external hard drives is way off, then how about allowing the user to make better use of the current drive? For example, I prefer recording shows from the major networks in HD when possible since the analog channels look so bad. But, since the HD content takes up so much space, I try to delete the shows as soon as possible so that I don't run out of space. What about letting the user control some recording quality settings to save a little space? Maybe I don't need the audio in 5.1 for a particular HD show - stereo would be fine. If this would make it too complicated, then we could have some pre-set quality settings (ex: full, high, medium, low) similar to changing the recording speed on a VCR.
Would work for the analog stations, but not for digital. You see, when recording the digital channels, there is no "quality" setting - it simply records that particular stream of info. It is already compressed as far as it should be. (think of zipping up a bunch of jpegs or mp3 or mpeg... you cannot really compress it any more).
What if I just want to record a small video clip - not the entire show? Maybe I want to record a small segment on the local news or a music video. Click record to start, and then stop to end the recording. Then let me enter in a label for the video segment I just recorded.
I think this was touched upon earlier, and is being considered for a future release - but I agree whole-hertedly.
I like being able to get the local weather information in the ticker. It would be nice if the local cable companies could broadcast weather alerts, then Moxi could add a option where users could indicate if they want to get weather alerts - useful if you are watching a non-local channel - that way you could still get the alerts and that you can change the channel to a local station for more information. Same thing for Breaking News type stories.
For what it's worth, Charter-madison has done this in the past. (Kind of annoying sometimes when it's like an amber alert for milwaukee, but useful if you happen to be that kid's family). Basically a ticker on the bottom that says something to the effect of "go to channel 23 for more info".
I think that the logistics of putting out a specific stream for moxi is very possible, but would require specific equipment at the headend, and also software implementation in the box as well... in other words, don't count on it soon
Would be very nice however... I think it would be kind of cool to have something like integrated IM/text-phone messages with the box... or something like extensions/extra programs... basically it is a linux box with an always-on internet connection.
Granted, this would open up a can of worms, but would be interesting nontheless. Would be more applicable if boxes are ever sold on the open market (such as with a cablecard access slot)