A digital video recorder , sometimes referred to by the merchandising term personal video recorder , is a consumer electronics device or application software that records video in a digital format to a disk drive, USB flash drive, SD memory card, SSD or other local or networked mass storage device. The term includes set-top boxes with direct to disk recording facility, portable media players with recording, recorders as camcorders that record onto Secure Digital memory cards and software for personal computers which enables video capture and playback to and from a hard disk drive. A television set with built-in digital video-recording facilities was introduced by LG in 2007, followed by other manufacturers. Wikipedia.
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IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques | Year: 2011
A millimeter-wave rotary-wave oscillator (RWO) is presented that hybridizes standing- and traveling-wave behavior. This paper presents an analysis of the phase noise of this RWO. The multiphase voltage-controlled RWO is implemented in a 0.12-μm SiGe BiCMOS process using only nMOS devices for the oscillator core. The measured frequency of operation is 45 GHz with 6.5% tuning range and has a phase noise of -91 dBc/Hz at 1 MHz and -112 dBc/Hz at 10 MHz. The power consumption of the oscillator core is 13.8 mW from a supply voltage of 1.2 V. © 2011 IEEE.
News Article | April 9, 2009
Digeo has added broadband video capabilities to its high-priced Moxi HD DVR, allowing users to access the likes of YouTube, Hulu and Netflix on their big screens through the device. The cable-ready set-top box uses the PlayOn digital media server software to access the popular web video hubs. Typically, the PlayOn software costs $39.99, but the service is available to Moxi users for no extra charge. Which is good, since the device already comes with the steep price tag of $799. Digeo justifies the high cost by saying that there is no subscription fee associated with Moxi (unlike TiVo, which carries a monthly service charge). Digeo also added the MoxiNet web browser, home automation controls, Flickr integration and DLNA certification to the HD DVR. By including the likes of Hulu et al., Moxi is looking to make a one-stop viewing shop for all your content needs, combining cable, PC and web video into one box. But does it add enough value to justify the steep price? You can access Netflix and YouTube on a host of other, far less expensive devices, and the allure of Hulu on your TV is to save money by not paying for cable. But such quibbles over price most likely don’t concern the premium market Moxi is going for. Digeo only sees its market for the Moxi as 12-15 million cable subs. Last year, Digeo laid off half its staff, changed CEOs and dropped some of its product offerings to refocus on the Moxi HD DVR.
News Article | May 14, 2009
Calling Digeo‘s Moxi HD DVR a DVR is sort of disingenuous. Sure, it can record and play back TV, but it can do so much more than that. The fact that the Moxi can do so much, however, is both its greatest strength and its greatest weakness. The Moxi’s many features include a dual-tuner DVR (multistream cableCARD required) with 500GB of storage. You also get the ability to view Flickr photos, movies from Netflix, and content from online video sources including Hulu.com, CBS.com and Amazon Video on Demand . In addition, you can connect the Moxi to your home network to play video content stored locally. You also can listen to music from Rhapsody, play games and browse select web sites. Still, the Moxi is, at heart, a DVR. And this is, sadly, where the device underwhelmed me. You can record two shows at once, schedule recordings online, and pause and rewind live TV — all the things a DVR should do. It does them capably, but accessing the DVR features can be a hassle, because of the Moxi interface. Some people love the interface (it won an Emmy), but it didn’t wow me. All of the menu options are laid out in a horizontal bar. When you select an item, its options are then shown vertically. When you want more options, those are shown horizontally. Once you get used to the layout, finding what you want is easy. Backtracking, however, is not. I repeatedly found myself trying to exit menus to no avail. And if you want to get to the DVR functions, you often have to scroll through several menu items just to do so. I wish there was a dedicated button on the remote that would take you right to the DVR features. And about that remote: It has two sets of directional buttons. One for fast-forwarding and rewinding content, another for navigating menus. Why not just have one set of buttons that handle both features? If you want to watch Internet-based content, you’ll need to download the PlayOn media server app (a license is included) to a computer on the same network as the Moxi. Once the PlayOn app is running, you can watch titles from your Netflix Instant Watch queue. In my tests, movies started immediately and looked very good. Hulu and YouTube clips — even in HD — also looked great. But navigating through the content in the Moxi’s vertical/horizontal/vertical menu structure can be a challenge, especially when accessing content from a site — like Hulu — that doesn’t use that same format difficult. The Moxi also plays content stored locally on your network, in theory, anyway. The Moxi found files stored on my network, but wouldn’t play any of them back due to file incompatibilities. The folks at Moxi admit that format support is limited (it supports MPEG-2 and WMV files, as well as MPEG-4 and H.264 files that have been transcoded), and say they plan to beef it up in the future. If you or your friends have photos on Flickr, you can view them from the Moxi. And you can do so while playing music from the Rhapsody music service (with a $12.99-per-month subscription) in the background. I really liked the Rhapsody integration; it’s a great way to listen to music in the living room. In addition, you can browse through MoxiNet, a pre-packaged set of web news stories. You can also use the Moxi to visit other sites by adding them to your account; you do so by visiting Moxi.com on your computer. Moxi says web browsing is handled this way so users can make a conscious decision about which sites they’d like to view on their TV screen — and which ones they can navigate without a keyboard. As you might expect, all of this functionality comes with a price: $799. That may seem like a lot — and it is, especially when you consider that you can get an HD DVR from your cable company for anywhere from $10 to $20 a month. But when you compare the Moxi HD DVR to its closest rival, the TiVo HD XL, the price is competitive. A TiVo HD XL goes for $599, but doesn’t include service; lifetime service is $399. The Moxi comes with the service included. If all you want is a basic DVR, you’d be better served by renting one from your cable company. But if your entertainment needs go beyond recording TV, Moxi has you covered. If they could beef up the file format support and make the DVR a little easier to access, I’d be sold.
News Article | September 22, 2009
Arris announced today that it will acquire the assets of Digeo, Inc. for roughly $20 million in cash. Kirkland, Wash.-based Digeo, which was founded by Paul Allen in 1999, was originally set up to deliver stock and sports information through set-top boxes. In 2002, the company received $110 million, part of which it used to purchase Moxi Digital, a move that pushed the company into the high-end DVR market. Digeo hit a rough patch in January of 2008 when it laid off half its staff, changed its exec team and trimmed its product line. According to the Seattle Times, fewer than 10 of Digeo’s 75 employees will be laid off as a result of the Arris deal. More details will be made available during a conference call tomorrow morning.
News Article | November 7, 2012
A new iPad app called Fayve, making its debut on Thursday, will join a crowded field of digital tools that help people discover movies and television shows. But this one is different — having started out not as a product but as a way for Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen to navigate his own giant collection of films and shows. Yes, that’s right — when you’re a billionaire tech mogul, you’re not limited by off-the-shelf apps. Allen has a staff of people coming up with technologies and tools to help manage his stuff and address his challenges. And sometimes the things they come up with turn out to have broader appeal. That’s the case with Fayve, which indexes content from Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, and other online video services. It recommends content based on ratings by the user, their social activity (such as Facebook likes), their wishlist items, Netflix queue, and also the preferences of the user’s Facebook friends, among other inputs. “Paul has probably one of the world’s largest private digital collections of movies, music and TV shows. He wants to watch and listen to these things at his fingertips,” said Chris Purcell, the vice president of technology for Allen’s Vulcan Inc., via phone today. “We built Fayve to sit on top of his collection, to give him exactly that experience.” Although the core of Fayve was originally developed for Allen’s personal use, his technology team went through extensive development and design work to get it ready for public use as an iPad app. The app is free, but this is a business venture, making money through revenue sharing from the different video services to which Fayve directs users. Fayve uses a carousel approach that sorts movies and shows based on filters, such as genres, recommended items, actor or actress, new arrivals and other variables. Fayve can also be used to look up show times and buy movie tickets at theaters. Apart from a reference to “favorites,” the name of the app is an homage to Allen’s mom, Faye, who passed away earlier this year. It’s far from the first foray into Hollywood-oriented businesses for Allen, who also was an investor in DreamWorks and the backer of set-top box maker Digeo, among many other investments and ventures. The iPad app is set to go live on Thursday in the App Store. Update: The app is now available for download here. Allen’s team is also planning versions for Windows 8 and Android. Here’s an FAQ on the Fayve site, and more screenshots from the app. (Click any image for a gallery.)