Moxi HD DVR Gets 6TB Drive Support, Spawns "Moxi Mate" Media Extender

The Moxi HD, everyone's favourite not-TiVo, has been joined by a media extender box, alongside a fresh software update, which among other things allows the Moxi to offload video to Lacie's 6TB drive banks. That's over 1000 hours of HDTV.

But first, the extender: The Moxi Mate is a small $US399 ($199 for now) extender box that plays back recordings from your Moxi HD from afar, over your home networked. It's not all that feature-rich—no wi-fi built in, no scheduling of recordings, no support for more than one Moxi Mate at a time—but if your goal is to stream your Moxi library around the house, at least you now have a way to do it.

Anyway, about that library. Although the hardware on the main box hasn't changed, Moxi's software update, which should seed tonight, gives your box the gumption it needs to take onboard much larger drives via the e-SATA port, as well as a new optional browsing interface called Grid Guide, which gives users a more familiar, cable-guide-like experience than Moxi's novel—but good—regular UI. Another, smaller update is Switched Digital Video support by way of an adaptor, if your cable company's into that kind of thing.

At any rate, the core offering hasn't changed, it's just grown an extender: the whole system has the same strengths—a strong interface, good performance, and clear superiority over cableco boxes—as well as the same weaknesses—dependency on PlayOn for online streaming, the learning curve— so unless Moxi Mate tips the scales for you, or you've got $US1000+ to drop on storage to build an absurdly large video bank, your current impressions probably still stand.

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