Color us skeptical--if only because we've been hearing that Moxi will be the savior of TV viewing for almost half a decade now. Digeo has owned the Moxi technology since the companies merged in 2002, just months after Moxi's much-hyped debut at the Consumer Electronics Show. But the Digeo/Moxi products have remained a niche technology, largely because they've never been available to the public. Instead, they're available only to a comparatively small number of Charter, BendBroadband, and Sunflower cable operators scattered throughout the country. (That's the same reason that CNET's never done a hands-on review of the Digeo/Moxi hardware.)
What's different now is CableCard technology. As TiVo has demonstrated with its new Series3 Digital Media Recorder, it is possible to nationally market a cable box replacement to the consumer. And, unlike the TiVo, the Digeo product is said to accept the next-generation multistream/two-way CableCards, which should also enable access to video-on-demand, pay-per-view, and other two-way services that are unavailable on the TiVo.
To be sure, there looks to be a lot to like about the Moxi system (demos and videos are available on the company's Web site.) But with CableCard set-top boxes such as the TiVo Series3 still the rare exception rather than the rule, we'll believe Digeo's a serious option when we see it on the shelf at the local Best Buy. That's not expected until fall 2007, when it will cost you a cool $1,000. In the meantime, don't be surprised if your local cable company begins offering set-top boxes from more established competitors such as Scientific Atlanta and Motorola that boast similar multiroom features and DVD options.