Originally Posted by avnstf
The Moxi website doesn't even say what KIND of tuners it has....wonder why that is...no ATSC?? But that's what I BOUGHT my Sony for!?!
The Moxi has two QAM tuners. It has no functional ATSC or analog tuners. If you need analog support, Moxi will send you this Hauppauge USB tuner
to connect to the DVR's USB port; with this tuner connected, the box can record one analog channel and two QAM channels simultaneously. In the future, Moxi could potentially use the Hauppauge USB tuner
to add a single ATSC tuner, but they have not said anything about that.
If teeitup were talking about OTA, he'd probably have mentioned TiVo. Since he mentioned Moxi, I would guess he has basic cable, because QAM remapping is one of Moxi's key advantages over TiVo. This also happens to be the Sony's primary advantage over the TiVo.
On the Moxi, QAM channel remapping isn't done through the box, but through their web site, which then pushes those lineup changes to the box. QAM channels can only be mapped with the information available on analog channels in the user's lineup. Hence, if an analog version of the QAM doesn't exist (for say, unencrypted Discovery Theater), then you can't map the information to that channel. Channel mapping on TVGOS doesn't exhibit the same limitation, although to be fair, very few people have "clear QAM" channels that lack analog counterparts.
Moxi's primary advantages over TiVo are:
- 16:9 HD interface with high resolution graphics (as opposed to 4:3 UI on a 16:9 background)
- can display small guide at bottom of screen
- plug-and-play support for any external drive, not just the WD My Expander
- much larger liveTV buffer
- on-screen widgets for weather, sports scores, etc
- manual channel remapping so program information is displayed on QAM channels (basic cable) without the need for a CableCard
Some disadvantages to Moxi:
- can't record two analog channels at the same time
- no dual buffers
- can't download recordings to computer
- no MRV
- no wishlists or comparable functionality (can't record based on search)
- no overlap protection
- doesn't keep record of recorded programs to eliminate duplicates
Moxi uses Tribune guide data. They license the Tribune guide data (just like TiVo) and deliver it to each box using their Internet servers (just like TiVo). Moxi doesn't allow downloads over a phone line, nor do they offer a wireless adapter, so you need to run an ethernet cable and/or buy an ethernet -> wireless bridge for the box to download guide data.
I posted a Youtube HD video of the TiVo in action
and hope to do the same for Moxi in a few weeks.