"you'll need a wired network or a workaround"
It's a small nit to pick, but I wanted to mention it. I won't argue with the score of 74 because it seems like most of the discussion of the Mini on the web has concluded it's more like a 37. Like many products, I think it depends on the user's specific needs, and for me, the Mini is more like a 90-95 :)
If you don't have Fios, I was observing that for about $120 (actually, it's probably half that because that's usually the price for two MoCA adapters) you could enable your entire home for this sort of thing. Then you can put a Tivo Mini anywhere there's a cable outlet.
It's too bad that MoCA never took off. I think people have gone a little WiFi crazy, and use it in places that wired makes more sense for reliability reasons. If anything, it looks like MoCA is regressing. Netgear made the adapter kit that was the best value going, but they discontinued that at least 8 months ago :(
Instead, it's being used by the providers to make those things you're talking about possible. While that's great, it would also be nice if people realized that they could use MoCA for their regular computers and game systems as well. If they did, we'd be seeing more adapters for sale, but instead all I can see are Actiontec models. While that's fine, I tend to dislike Actiontec because of the awful interface on my Fios router :)
I agree that I wish more people made MoCA adapter, was disappointed to see Netgear discontinue theirs, but I wouldn't blame Actiontec for the FiOS router UI. Based on the fact that the VZ Westel has the same UI, I'd assume that is a Verizon thing.
The real problem for MoCA going more mainstream is that it is an in-between technology. WiFi is more flexible and CAT5 is faster. MoCA is great if you need the reliability of a wired connection, have coax run already and don't need Gig speeds. So basically, to stream a ~19Mbps MPEG2 video.
That's really not analogous. The fact that they don't know what the difference between a/b/n is nothing like not knowing an entire technology exists. They know that WiFi exists and what it can do for them. They have no idea what MoCA is or what it can do for them, they just know that their Comcast DVR is letting them watch recorded programs on all their TVs.
"The real problem for MoCA going more mainstream is that it is an in-between technology. WiFi is more flexible and CAT5 is faster."
I definitely agree with that, but I also think that it's going to take an extremely long time before a majority of homes have ethernet throughout, and WiFi will probably never really improve in the areas it's lacking. MoCA adapters should have a pretty big niche to fill, but people just don't understand it.
Probably a bigger hit to MoCA is the decline of the desktop. With everyone moving to laptops/tablets/phones, people don't want wired solutions anymore. I'd love to see a WiFi range extender with MoCA built in, so you don't have to have two devices to accomplish that sort of thing.
The Mini only works with 4 tuner TiVos, which all include MoCA. So as long as your four tuner TiVo is connected to the internet and you have coax where you want the second TV (and the main TV), there is nothing else to buy. The Mini will connect to the Premiere via coax and the internet via it as well.