2014 Holiday Specials TV Schedule

2014 Christmas Programs Broadcast Over the Air

‘Twas the week before Christmas and on the TV, lots of holiday favorites, fun for our eyes to see!


It’s a Wonderful Life when you can watch so many great seasonal TV programs for free using a Mohu Leaf digital, over air antenna.


Here are a few of the holiday shows I’m looking forward to watching with my Curve 50 Indoor HDTV Antenna on the days leading up to Christmas.


Broadcasting Christmas Cheer

The Great Christmas Light Fight

New for 2014, this program airs Monday, December 15th and again on Monday the 22nd, on ABC.


The iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2014

It’s aired before, but I’ll be watching it again because it’s that good! It will be broadcast on Thursday, December 18th and again on the 22nd on the CW network.


Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol

On Friday, December 19th the CW will be showing this cartoon feature based upon Charles DickensA Christmas Carol.


The National Christmas Tree Lighting 2014  and Christmas in Norway with the St. Olaf Choir are two PBS holiday programs broadcast in high definition on Saturday, December 20th. ION Television will be broadcasting My Santa, and ABC I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown, while NBC will have The Sound of Music Live! on air.


How the Grinch Stole Christmas

You can enjoy this Dr. Seuss classic twice on Christmas Day starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. First, catch the 1966 animated classic immediately followed by the Jim Carrey live-action rendition. He’s a mean one, Mr. Grinch, but being able to watch for free sure is nice!


Programming availability and times will vary depending upon your time zone. Be sure to refer to the programming guides below to get current information on these and other programs available over-the-air during the days before Christmas.


TV Guides to Help You Find More Christmas Specials

You can go to individual network websites and look at their programming schedules, or you can find TV programming guides that suit your needs. Some of them have iOS and Android apps available for your mobile devices too. Making it very easy for a cord cutter to add a free app, and use their smartphone or tablet to check what’s on TV.


These are my 3 favorite easy to use interactive TV guides. All of them have free apps and provide users with a quick reference to over-the-air programming available in a specific geographic area.


BuddyTV is an online programming guide that’s available as an app for iOS and Android devices. I like using this iOS app because I can set-up reminders for holiday shows I want to watch and then receive notifications on iPad when the shows are about to start.


TitanTV is another TV guide source, which gives you the option to customize and then print the guide if you wish.


TVGuide has probably the simplest user interface to look at both online and in mobile form for iOS and Android devices.


Andrea Polk hails from Oregon and is a wife, mother, writer, Amazon Top 50 Reviewer, and more. She’s also the author of the Simple Guide to Over-the-Air Free TV as well as the avid deal-seeker behind SavvySleuth.com, where she scours the web for the best online deals.

2014 Mohu Gift Guide

2014 Holiday Gift Guide for the Last-Minute Shopper

If you’re like us, you’ve been chomping at the bit to get your hands on the latest gizmos and gadgets on the marketplace. If you were late to the Black Friday and Cyber Monday parties, don’t fret, there’s still time to get in some last-minute holiday shopping before the big day(s) arrives.



For the Gamer (Sorry, Nintendo!):

Xbox One

Microsoft’s Xbox (All-In) One continues getting better. Microsoft recently added some meat to One’s bones by releasing the Master Chief Collection, which chronicles the Halo journey from introduction to present day. Careful with going too accessories-happy — an extra controller will set you back around $60. You’ve still got time to run out and grab the special Xbox One Assassin’s Creed bundle and get a little extra bang for your buck.

Console: $349



Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Bundle


Playstation 4

Weighing in against the One is Sony’s Playstation 4, which has been on a tear since release last year. The system still boasts higher sales than Microsoft’s offering, and promises a huge 2015. You might still be able to find some deals — Sony’s got a few bundles roaming around the ‘net with some game and movie pack-ins.

Console: $399


PlayStation®4 - Entertainment Apps

PlayStation®4 – Entertainment Apps


In addition to amazing graphics and gaming capabilities, these two devices are also perfect for cordcutters, too. Either one can double as a streaming device so you can enjoy Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, and more!



For the Gadget-lover (of any age!):

Go Pro4 (Black or Silver edition)

“Handy” doesn’t really describe this little wonder-camera. It has been taken to space, dropped from an airplane, and even mounted in the Mohu offices to capture some warehouse basketball. It’s not cheap, but it’s the best on the market, hands-down.


Camera (Silver edition): $399


Camera (Black edition):  $499


We’ve got a slew of other great gift ideas for the gadget and tech enthusiast but we wanted to throw the GoPro’s hat in the ring as well.



For the non-gadget lover:

So you’re not a consumerist that thrives off the latest gadgetry? No worries. Here are a few websites where you can find custom gifts for anyone on your list.


Etsy - Handmade goods, jewelry, clothing and more. Admittedly, it may be too late to hop on the Etsy gift train by Christmas, but a gift this thoughtful can be worth the wait.


ShapeWays - 3D printed paradise


Personal creations – We aren’t really sure what they sell. Probably not personal creations.



For the everyday citizen who is tired of paying for TV:

Hmm, if only there was a company that turned something pricey into something free … Wait! We know of one that does just that, and we know ‘em well. Give the gift of free television this holiday season with Mohu — we make more than just awesome HDTV antennas; these antennas are also a ticket to more financial freedom! Save $50 or $100 every month by dropping cable and still get access to 97 of the top 100 TV shows running today.


Each of these paper-thin antennas comes with $200 in bonus coupons! It’s easy to figure out which one is best for whoever is the lucky recipient – just plug in their zip code in our handy zip code tool to see which channels each of our antennas will pull in and go from there!


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Shop Mohu Indoor & Outdoor HDTV Antennas

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And if you’re needing to pull in channels from a little farther away, we’ve got you covered there too:

Mohu Sky 60 (60-mile range) - $149.99

Mohu Sky 60 Outdoor HDTV Antenna

Mohu Sky 60 Outdoor HDTV Antenna


Stay tuned to gomohu.com, our blog, Facebook, and Twitter for some potential last-minute savings as well!

Setting up Kodi media center (formerly XBMC)

How to Set Up Kodi Media Center: Step-by-Step Visual Guide

In this age of digitization, almost everything is available; movies, music, you name it. If you want it, you can download it. The only downside to this digital world is the fact that many media companies don’t want you using “their” media on someone else’s device. So if you download a movie on your Mac, it’s not always guaranteed to play your Android phone or your friend’s PC, etc., etc.


If you’re like me, you don’t like to be pigeonholed to one device or one media company; you like to watch your movies and shows where you want and when you want. That’s why I like using open source media centers. What’s an open source media center? Basically, it acts like a central hub from which you can watch all your movies, music, and television shows from one location; regardless of which device it’s on.


One of the best open source media centers around right now is the Kodi Media Center. Formerly known as XBMC (Xbox Media Center), Kodi is the grandfather of open source media players; and many of its competitors are actually based off of older versions of Kodi.


Now, Kodi is one of simplest media centers out there to set up, but if you’re not a tech savvy person, it can still seem like a hassle. Today I’m going to walk you through the Kodi setup process, and by the end of it you will no longer be tied down by restrictive software or media companies. Here’s a step-by-step vidual guide for how to set up Kodi Media Center!


Step 1: Installation

After you have downloaded Kodi (we’ve previously shared the initial download steps), the first thing you want to do is double click on the Kodi Setup icon on your desktop.

Kodi Setup Step 1
Next you’ll see the Setup Wizard pop up. Click Next:

Kodi Setup Step 2

After that you’ll see the Terms and Conditions. Click I agree (easy so far right?):

Kodi Setup Step 3

At this point Kodi is going to ask you if you want to install some additional programs like DirectX and some audio encoders. Unlike most programs where they try to install junk, these programs will actually improve your Kodi experience; so I would recommend keeping them. If you don’t want them, just click the little box next to their name. Once you are done click Next:

Kodi Setup Step 4


Then it’s going to ask you where you want to install Kodi. The default location is usually C:\ Program Files\ Kodi. You can change it if you like, but I prefer keeping things simple so for this guide, we’ll leave it at the default location. Click Next when you’re done.

Kodi Setup Step 5


Next it’s going to ask you what you want the start menu folder to be named. Leave it as Kodi and click Install.

Kodi Setup Step 6
Now we wait…
Kodi Setup Step 7


When the installation gets to the end, it will stay on this screen for a few minutes. Don’t worry, it hasn’t frozen.
Kodi Setup Step 8


Success! Kodi has been installed. At this point you have the option of running Kodi or just closing out the screen. The choice is yours. Either way, click Finish when you’re ready.
Kodi Setup Step 9


Step 2: Setup

Once Kodi is installed, the next part is the setup process. Because Kodi is open-source and meant to be tinkered with, there are many different ways to configure Kodi. I’m going to walk you through how to set up Kodi in the simplest way I know how.
For the purposes of this guide, I’m going to add the movie Guardians of the Galaxy to my Kodi Library. Bear in mind that what I am about to show you will work for Music as well as Images.

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2014 Holiday Gift Guide for Savvy Shoppers

Savvy Shopper Gift Guide

Can’t think of what to get that special someone on your list? Here is a gift guide with a few inexpensive gift ideas, and tips on how to save while shopping online.

Savvy Shopper Gift Guide


Gifts for the Tech-Minded


I admit it, I fall into this category. I’m on my computer, smartphone, or tablet  90% of my waking hours. If you know someone like me, these budget gift ideas are sure to please.


Headphones: In-Ear, Over-Ear and Bluetooth, in all kinds of colors and styles, with prices starting around $5. Add an iTunes gift card for a gift that’s music to their ears!


Portable Battery Packs: Used to charge smartphones, tablets and digital cameras, these handy gadgets can be snagged for as low as $6.


Amazon Fire TV Stick: Only $39! Highly portable and easy to use, perfect for college students and cord cutters.


Leaf Metro Indoor HDTV Antenna: Small, powerful, money-saving tool for cord cutters, this low profile digital over-the-air TV antenna is less than $25.



Gifts for Cooks Who Like to Entertain


Delightful deals that are sure to bring a smile to the face of your favorite host or hostess.


Cookbooks and Recipe Card Boxes: Found both online and in local discount stores, you can make a theme gift such as a BBQ cookbook, paired with an inexpensive jar of spice rub. A simple, yet thoughtful gift that can be put together for $5-10.


Glassware: Full set of 12 champagne glasses for less than $25 shipped is an awesome deal that still leaves you enough cash to buy a bottle or two of bubbly to ring in the New Year!


Assorted Flavors of Keurig Cup Beverages: Make sure you know which Keurig brewer they have before you buy. Alternatively you can get a Keurig Reusable Filter and give it with a bag of your favorite coffee beans. Either way, it’s about $12.


Gourmet Gift Basket: Choose an interesting container and fill it with items for a themed dinner. For example, a colander filled with dry pasta, pasta sauce and a bottle of chianti. Costs will vary, but it is possible to put one together for as little as $10.



Gift Cards Plus One


Sometimes gift cards are the only way to go.  To perk up your present of a gift card, consider doing one of these things.


Put it in a reusable container. Something like a Starbucks gift card in acrylic tumbler with a lid and straw. You can get them at your local Dollar Store and they come in lots of different designs.


Add candy. It’s simple, easy and for about $1 you can get a movie-sized candy bar or a bag of hard candy to add to your gift. Perfect with a Netflix gift card!


Tuck it in a book. Put the gift card in a book you already own and want to pass on, or pick up a new one for a few bucks.


If you want to save on the purchase of your gift cards, look for holiday discounted offers both online and in your local paper. Gift card deals tend to take a percentage off a purchase, but sometimes a buy one, get one free offer comes up too.


I have found that I can add coupons via my local grocery store’s website, and sometimes gift card deals are offered, and taken off my bill at checkout if I’ve added them prior to shopping in my local store.


If you don’t mind partially used gift cards, which theoretically could be used to buy new gift cards, check out this discount gift card site.



Savvy Saving Tips for Online Shoppers


1. If you shop on Amazon, Newegg, or Best Buy, use the Chrome browser, Firefox or Safari and get the Camelizer extension to check pricing trends on items you want to buy.


2. Sign up for Ebates and go through it to get cash back on your online purchases.


3. Frequent deal site forums like Fatwallet’s Hot Deals, for the heads up from other online shoppers.


4. Sign up to receive emails from  daily deal sites like Zullily, Groupon, and Living Social. (Get a web-based email on Yahoo or similar just to be used for this purpose, to avoid mucking up your regular email inbox with too much of a good thing.)


5. Always look for coupons and promo codes for free shipping and additional savings.


Andrea Polk hails from Oregon and is a wife, mother, writer, Amazon Top 50 Reviewer, and more. She’s also the author of the Simple Guide to Over-the-Air Free TV as well as the avid deal-seeker behind SavvySleuth.com, where she scours the web for the best online deals.

Holiday Gift Guide for the Tech Enthusiast

Holiday Gift Guide for the Tech Enthusiast

The holiday season has officially begun and now millions of Americans are struggling to decide on what to get their loved ones for Christmas. Sometimes it’s easy because a gift just jumps out at you or because your loved one explicitly mentioned what they wanted.


Unfortunately many people lack the enthusiasm for Christmas that they had as children and consequently will usually say something like “I don’t care” when you ask what they want.


If you’re buying a gift for the techie in your life it can be even harder; especially if you’re not technologically inclined. There are so many gadgets and gizmos out there that it can be hard to know where to look, much less know what’s good or not.


To help you out this holiday season, here are some awesome websites to check out while you’re doing your shopping as well as some amazing gift ideas that are bound to thrill the technophile in your life. Let’s get started…



Within the heart of tech lover is an appreciation for all things nerdy. If you’re looking for a fun, quirky, and inexpensive gift for the techie in your life, it’s hard to do better than ThinkGeek.com.


Looking to invoke a little nostalgia? How about a Boba Fett Bath Robe topped off with some Doctor Who Slippers? Looking for a project to occupy the DIY junky in your life? Try out the Build Your Own Gramophone or 3D Printing Pen!

ThinkGeek Premium DIY Gramophone Kit

Premium DIY Gramophone Kit


If you want to spend under $100 and want to impress the tech fiend in the family, Think Geek is the place to go. There’s a little something for everyone; and who knows, you might wind up getting something for yourself!


Scientifics Online

Science and Technology go together like peanut butter and jelly. Scientifics Online is a great online resource for purchasing DIY (do-it-yourself) science kits; there’s a Robotics Kit, Levitating Lamps, and even a USB Powered Polygraph Kit!


One of the coolest things on there is the littleBits Open Source Electronics Module Kit. For as little as $99, you can start building small electronics or start integrating them into household objects like your shoes! If your loved ones enjoys electronics and DIY projects, this gift is perfect for them.

littleBits Open Source Base Kit

littleBits Open Source Base Kit


The price range for most Scientifics Online projects usually hovers over $100, so if you’re on a budget this might not be the place for you; but if you’re looking for some amazing and fun projects for the techie / serial DIYer in your life, Scientifics Online is perfect for your needs!


Roku Streaming Device

If you asked a tech enthusiast who the most despicable people in the world are, they would overwhelmingly respond with Comcast Executive; ranked slightly above ISIS militants.  The fact of the matter is if you follow technology, you know how severely limited we are by the giant cable companies and media conglomerates.


If your tech fiend family member hasn’t already, they probably have at least talked about getting rid of cable and “cutting the cord.” Why not be the hero of the holidays and help free your family from the tyranny of cable with a Roku streaming box?

Roku 3 Streaming Box

Roku 3 Streaming Device


With Roku, you can stream Netflix, Hulu, HBO GO, Amazon Prime, and much more! Not only does Roku give you access to some of the latest and greatest television and film, but Roku also comes with thousands of niche web channels with millions of hours of content.


The best part is that Roku starts off as cheap as $50, so if you’re on a budget it won’t break the bank! Proceed with caution, however, if you’re not careful you might wind up buying a Roku for yourself instead!


Kano Computer Kit

The Kano Computer Kit is probably one of the coolest things on the market right now. Plenty of people talk about wanting to build a computer, but few ever do because it seems too complicated or expensive. The Kano computer kit solves both of these problems.


The Kano computer kit is a simple, easy to build, DIY computer that comes with simple and intuitive instructions. With little effort your tech-inclined loved one will be constructing a small and adaptable Raspberry Pi computer; and at $150 it’s not ridiculously expensive. If you’re looking for the perfect DIY Christmas gift, you just found it.

Kano Computer Kit

Kano Computer Kit


Finding the perfect Christmas gift for the technophile in your life isn’t as hard as it seems. All you need to do is know what to look for. Is it clever? Electronic? Can you build something with it? If you said yes to any of those, odds are they will love it. Remember, the most important kind of gift is one that comes from the heart. It doesn’t matter how much you spend on them, as long as it shows that you love them.


Dave Kennedy is a long time cordcutter who became increasingly frustrated with the high cost of Cable TV and decided to make a stance. In 2011 he launched KilltheCableBill.com, a site dedicated to helping people save money through providing simple, cost-effective cable TV alternatives. Since then, David has helped 1,000s of people cancel their cable subscription while keeping the shows they love.

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It’s your opportunity to be the first to find out about our latest promotions as well as exclusive first access to product news and announcements. Plus, you can get access to cordcutting and money-saving tips and info. Best of all? We’ll only email you when we’ve got something great to share, so don’t worry about us clogging your inbox.


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Holiday Shopping Over-the-Air with QVC and HSN

Holiday Shopping Cord Cutter Style

Why battle the crowds to find deals on holiday gifts? You can shop from the comfort of your home watching HSN and QVC, available for free over air with your Mohu antenna!


I love holiday shopping, but I loathe having to go out in the cold, locate a parking space, and brave crowds in a store, only to learn that they have sold out of a sale item I had hoped to purchase.


To eliminate this cause of holiday stress, I simultaneously watch QVC and HSN over the air using my Curve 50 Indoor Amplified HDTV Antenna and my laptop.  I watch one channel via my over-the-air antenna, and the other I watch via their website.  (I call it constructive multi-tasking and my family calls it crazy. It’s probably a little bit of both!)


The desire to score deals on top name brand items is the main reason viewers watch QVC and HSN , but both networks also offer cord cutters free over-the-air entertainment throughout the year in the form of product demonstrations and tutorials.


QVC Makes Holiday Shopping Fun & Easy


Broadcasting in six countries via cable, satellite and over-the-air, QVC programming is wildly popular for its informative and entertaining product presentations. Special bundles, gift wrap options and holiday pricing make holiday shopping from home a breeze!


What I like most about QVC is the ability to see products being used before I buy them. The hosts make the demos fun and interesting, and sometimes just too tempting to pass up! Radio controlled toys, electronics, fitness equipment and crafting items are some of my favorite products shown on QVC, as well as kitchen gadgets and holiday food items.


The QVC Program Guide is an easy way to track a QVC host’s activity and check what’s coming up on the programming schedule at a glance by date, time zone and channel.  You can adjust the guide to view one day or the whole week. You can also set reminders to be sent to you via email so you won’t miss your favorite host or product lines.

QVC Program Guide


Two of my favorite QVC hosts are David Venable and Jill Bauer.


I’m particularly fond of ‘In the Kitchen with David’ segments. David provides viewers with great recipes , kitchen how-to tips, and the heads up on quality cooking products.


‘You’re Home with Jill’ segments are wonderful for learning  new things related to cooking, decorating and entertaining.



QVC isn’t available over-the-air in all areas of the US, but it can be found in high definition (1080i) on subchannels in select markets including the following:



If you can’t get QVC over air, but you have internet service, you can go to the QVC site and click ‘Watch Live TV’ on the left hand side of the homepage.  QVC broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with the exception of Christmas Day when it airs a pre-recorded holiday show.


Holidays Happen at HSN



Another free over-the-air shopping channel in high definition is HSN.  Dedicated to offering quality products at great prices to at-home shoppers, HSN showcases well known brands right along side ‘As Seen On TV’ products.  The highly diverse product offerings on HSN make it a great place to shop for everyone on your holiday gift list!


To discover if HSN is available over air in your area, use the HSN Channel Finder.


If HSN isn’t available, all is not lost!  A free alternative to over air HSN broadcasts can be found online. Go to the HSN website to view the live stream via the WATCH link on the top of the page. Alternatively you can download the HSN app to view content on your iOS or Android devices.


Both HSN and QVC offer cord cutters awesome over-the-air free TV entertainment, as well as a fabulous way to shop stress-free for great gifts to give this holiday season.


Andrea Polk hails from Oregon and is a wife, mother, writer, Amazon Top 50 Reviewer, and more. She’s also the author of the Simple Guide to Over-the-Air Free TV as well as the avid deal-seeker behind SavvySleuth.com, where she scours the web for the best online deals.

Watch NFL football without cable

How to Watch NFL Without Cable: Over-the-Air & Streaming

Watch NFL Football Without CableIt’s hard to believe the NFL season is already two-thirds through. It shouldn’t come as a surprise as games are actually running a bit faster despite seeing an increase in penalties. We were skeptical of so many extra flags being thrown to start the year (an extra two per game, to be accurate), but the changes are beginning to sink in.


So you’re trying to map out the rest of your season — where to be come Sunday, what to cook for the pregame, and which piece of Cam Newton memorabilia to auction off — sorry, Panthers fans. We get it, and that’s why we’re proud to provide an armchair quarterback’s guide to watching the NFL without the burden of cable TV. HIKE!


1) Watch your favorite games on over-the-air broadcasts

The simplest solution is to catch games on CBS, FOX, ABC and NBC. You can grab a TV schedule here (or on NFL.com, of course). These broadcasts are in crystal-clear 1080 HD — a better broadcast than you’d get with cable. All you’ll need is a Mohu HDTV antenna and enough couch room to house you and your envious friends. Face paint not included.


2) Step up your game with NFL Sunday Ticket

Oh, so you’re frothing at the mouth for more gridiron goodness? Sure thing. While it used to require one of those unnecessary DirecTV subscriptions, this is no longer true. NFL Sunday Ticket is now available for anyone, whether you’re a pay-TV subscriber or not. Check it out. $99 will get you the NFL Sunday Ticket “To Go” package, which nets the following benefits:


  • Watch out-of-market games you wouldn’t otherwise see
  • Streaming on computer, tablet or phone


If you want a bit more out of NFL Sunday Ticket, their paid packages scale up to accommodate streaming on other types of devices, namely gaming consoles. Additionally, the “To-Go” package doesn’t include fantasy football, but there are a multitude of options for that elsewhere on the web — and for free, too.


3) Take the snap with apps

Before opening your wallet for NFL Sunday Ticket, have you considered the wealth of options for your smartphone or tablet? If you don’t believe us, head over to the NFL.com Mobile area and see for yourself. The following apps are available for download on iOS, Android, Windows and other mobile devices:


NFL Game Rewind
Catch full games after airing, and watch them on your schedule throughout the season. There’s a free trial available if you want to try before you buy. A full season pass is $30.


NFL Mobile
Breaking news, in-game highlights, live game scores, custom team news, follow your Fantasy Football Team, watch Fantasy Live and more.


A highlight hub that features rich video. A must for the sports fan on the go, or someone who can’t catch the games on Sunday.


4) Round out your game with the best NFL news websites

Perhaps you’re a multitasker or just don’t want to interrupt the latest Walking Dead episodes on Sunday night. Okay, then take a QB sneak and hit up some of the best football sites the net has to offer. You’ll find all the familiar huddle talk here: who’s hot in fantasy football, who won big, and who dropped the ball. Each site has its own commentary, video, stat trackers, team hubs and community portals. If you’re not watching the game, the next best thing is to read about it or peep the highlights.



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