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The Results Are In: Boxee Users Are Ecstatic with their MoCA Experiences

Boxee paired up with Entropic Communications, the leading vendor of MoCA (Multimedia over Coax) chips to offer its users the opportunity to leverage existing coaxial cable in their homes to network their Boxee device/computer and router for an enhanced connection for streaming HD video, high speed content downloads, and multiple, simultaneous devices on the network.

The call for Boxee participants went out on Twitter and on the Boxee Forum, “Cable in your wall but Boxee in areas where net is problematic? Signup for @boxee moca trial and test a solution for free!” and 50 lucky Boxee users were given free Ethernet-to-Coax bridges to install and critique… and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

With 92% of trial users viewing Boxee on their TV – the importance for a strong viewing quality of experience was high – especially when 60% of trial users experienced connectivity issues when using the Boxee service. The trial showed MoCA’s ability to deliver a high-speed, reliable, robust in-home network to support Boxee’s over-the-top services, and also proved MoCA as a strong complement to extending in-home Wi-Fi networks; even when wireless connectivity was blocked by cinderblock home construction or one user’s wife’s insatiable need to stream and download multiple types of content from different sources at the same time.

We’ve listed some quick stats below – if you have specific comments, let us know.

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Boxee-MoCA Summary:

How easy were the MoCA Dongles to install?
Very easy     68%
Easy     29%
Average     3%
Hard     0%

How long did it take for you to set up the MoCA kit?
Less than 15 minutes     62%
Less than 30 minutes     23%
Longer than 30 minutes     15%
Never got it working     0%

Before using MoCA, did you try to use other technologies to connect your BOXEE to the internet?
No, I never tried wired or wireless connections     0%
I tried wireless, but it didn’t work     47%
I tried wireless, and it worked well     23%
I tried Powerline adaptors, but it didn’t work well     6%
I tried Powerline adaptors, and it worked well     9%
I tried other wired connections, but it didn’t work well     6%
I tried other wired connections, and it worked well     9%

Did MoCA improve your viewing experience compared to WiFi?
MoCA was better than WiFi     85%
MoCA was worse than WiFi     6%
MoCA was no different than WiFi     6%
I did not try WiFi     3%


What BOXEE features, if any, improved with MoCA?
HD streaming from the Internet     27%
HD streaming from a PC/NAS located in your home     32%
More responsive user interface and navigation     12%
Faster downloads and updates     20%
No improvements noticed     8%
Other     1%

Would you recommend MoCA to other BOXEE users?
Yes     85%
No     6%
Maybe     9%

What other applications would you see MoCA networking being valuable?
Online gaming     62%
PC networking     74%
Networking other consumer electronics     88%
Extending my WiFi to areas with weak signals     62%
Other     6%

September 22, 2010 at 1:55 am 2 comments

MoCA joins CEDIA

MoCA recently announced its membership in CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association).  With support of CEDIA, MoCA’s is extending it’s reach into the home via a recognized and professional organization of installers and integrators who are deploying systems that move high definition content around the home.  The MoCA Alliance will also be exhibiting at the CEDIA EXPO 9/22-26 in Atlanta, GA.

To read the article click here

September 16, 2010 at 2:19 pm Leave a comment

Update: Tivo Has Joined MoCA (Really)

TiVo made an announcement that it has joined the Multimedia over Coax Alliance.  The one mild surprise is that they have joined as an associate member and not the contributor status as previously seen on the MoCA website.  Either way, it’s another step for MoCA into consumer’s new digital entertainment systems.

To read the article click here

September 16, 2010 at 2:17 pm Leave a comment

The New Apple TV – A Can of Worms?

After months of rumors, Apple finally released the next version of their Apple TV, but may have opened another can of worms.  The new $99 Apple TV is 80% smaller than the previous generation and doesn’t include a hard drive. Everything you want to watch — Netflix movies, TV shows, photos, and more — now streams to the device instead of downloading like before. HD movie and TV show rentals play over the Internet to your widescreen TV at 720p max resolution, while music and photos stream from your iTunes.

With a $99 price point, Apple isn’t going to set any new sales records like they’ve done with the premium priced iPhone and iPad lines.  So it must be the service revenue – but how many $4.99 movies and $0.99 TV shows will actually be sold (and making nothing on Netflix)?  So if it’s not to sell hardware and not for the services why even do it?  One thought is that the new Apple TV is really more of an accessory to the iPad and iPhone, allowing mobile content to be displayed on the big screen (via the AirPlay feature).  Another thought is that Apple had to do SOMETHING on the TV lest Google TV just takes over the market.

Either way, more connected devices like Apple TV should be good for MoCA.  The new Apple TV has both Ethernet and WiFi included, but the new reliance on streaming puts even more a premium on having a solid wired network connection like MoCA.

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September 9, 2010 at 1:52 pm Leave a comment

Brand New Blu-ray Players, Same Old WiFi Problems

Toshiba has came out with two new Blu-ray players, the BDX2500 (WiFi ready) and BDX2700 (WiFi-enabled), and they are also coming out with the new 3D model BDX3000 later this year. The players are equipped to stream videos from Netflix, CinemaNow, and VUDU.  However, the reviewer found a glaring weakness with WiFi:

My network and the player could not connect reliably over a 50-foot to 60-foot stretch even in a one-story apartment. Then I moved the player into the same room as the wireless router—an instant fix. Netflix and Pandora streamed sans glitches… be sure you place the player within range of your network, or your entire experience with the BDX2700 will be marred by glitchy performance and, ultimately, frustration.

WiFi can be unreliable for audio/video streaming for a number of reasons:  solid walls and floors, interference from other routers, or too many WiFi devices in the area.  Most people aren’t going to be able to use their Blu-ray players in the same room as their wireless routers so they’ll need another way to connect.  MoCA is filling that need for a solid wired connection from the TV to the router and supporting your Blu-ray, Internet TV, Game Console, and more.

To read the article click here.

August 25, 2010 at 11:54 am 1 comment

Streaming Movies vs Blu-Ray: Who’s Winning?

Streaming movies from services like Netflix, Amazon, Blockbuster and others are becoming more popular every day. The Retrevo Pulse Report on consumer electronics trends shows that people are becoming more interested in connecting their TV to the internet and the demand for connected TVs are becoming stronger. About 23% of the household have their TV connected to the Internet, another 26% would like to be.  In addition, over 45% of households either stream movies now or would like to stream movies on their connected TVs or Blu-Ray Players. The study also may indicate that Blu-Ray Player sales will slow as consumers use their TVs to connect directly to the Internet for movie and TV streaming.  Either way, more and more Internet TVs and Blu-Ray Players will be connected through MoCA Home Networks for the most reliable video streaming quality available.

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August 17, 2010 at 8:56 am Leave a comment

Cincinnati Bell Launches Whole-Home DVR with MoCA

Motorola just announced that Cincinnati Bell has deployed its multi-room DVR platform to its subscribers. Motorola’s whole-home DVR platform uses a media software application running on a combination of up to eight DVR and non-DVR DCX all-digital high-definition set-top boxes. MoCA home networking allows viewing of TV content on any DVR from any room in the house, including bookmarking features which enable users to stop a show in one room and resume watching from the same point in another room.

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July 31, 2010 at 8:13 am Leave a comment

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