2015 Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby Special: Mohu Channels & Sky 60 $149 ($300 value)



The 2015 Kentucky Derby is right around the corner. Lucky for cord cutters, it will be broadcast over-the-air on NBC, so anyone can enjoy the action. Here’s the TV schedule so you can plan accordingly:

 

When: Saturday, May 2

Time: 4 p.m. ET

Where: NBC

 

The Derby is a major social event for many folks in the US, hosting gatherings with friends and family, serving up refreshing Mint Juleps, donning wide-brim hats, and so on. With all the effort and planning that goes into hosting a Kentucky Derby party, the last thing you want to have happen is for your cable or satellite to go out just as they’re rounding the first turn.

 

To help prevent that nightmare from coming true for folks who still subscribe to cable or satellite and to bring the best viewing experience possible to folks who have cut the cord, we want to offer you an exclusive deal: get Mohu Channels and our longest-range HDTV antenna, Sky 60, for just $149. No monthly bills attached and no excuses for missing the fastest 2 minutes in sports!

 

Buy Now: Mohu Channels & Sky 60 Bundle

2015 Kentucky Derby on NBC

Shop Now: Get Mohu Channels & Sky 60 HDTV Antenna for $149 (a $300 value)

 

Not only can you enjoy the Derby like you’ve never seen it (in uncompressed, better-than-cable video quality), but even after the race ends and the parties are over, you can still enjoy 96 of the top 100 TV shows along with your favorite streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. So, if you’re still subscribing to pay TV, this is the perfect way to test the cord cutting waters or bring endless entertainment to a secondary room in your home. It’s a bet where the only possible outcome is a win-win for you. We guarantee it.



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3 Free Awesome Apps for Cord Cutters



In addition to getting all your local broadcast channels free over air with your Mohu antenna, cord cutters can use free streaming media apps and and services for even more quality alternatives to traditional subscription TV.

 

Three of my favorite free streaming media services are: Crackle, PlutoTV, and Red Bull TV.

 

Available across multiple platforms, free apps for these services provide great free content for viewers on various home and mobile devices. There are no subscription fees associated with Crackle, Pluto TV or Red Bull TV, as is the case with some others including Amazon, Sling TV, Netflix and Hulu Plus.

 

These three free awesome apps are available for use on tablets, smartphones, gaming systems, smart TVs, Blu-ray players, and other streaming devices, making them extremely valuable to millennials, cord cutters and travelers.

 

I enjoy using all of these apps on a variety of the streaming devices I own. What makes these some of my favorites (besides the fact that they are free) is their availability across multiple platforms (iOS, Android, Windows, etc…), simple user interface, and continued commitment to updating their services with high quality programming.

 

Crackle app logo

 

 

Crackle

 

Crackle offers a wide variety of on-demand TV, movies and original programming – all for free!

 

From your first use of the service it’s easy to see what the attraction is to it. Crackle content is available for instant viewing, has very good content that isn’t so obscure that it will turn off the masses, apps on various devices are stable and glitch-free, making its playback smooth and enjoyable to watch.

 

You do have to endure some ads with Crackle programming, but since you’re getting so much for free, who cares? (Even Hulu Plus has ads, and you pay for that service!)

 

I recently discovered Crackle’s original series: Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee featuring Jerry Seinfeld. (I love this show!) A Crackle original that offers viewers a casual visit with Jerry and a comedian friend. In each episode Jerry picks up a comedian friend in a unique old car. You get the history of the car and then it’s all about the two comedians, on the road and eventually in a coffee shop, just hangin’ out and enjoying the day. Immersive and fun, the show is improptu Seinfeld for free.

 

You can browse Crackle content by Genre, Category, alphabetically or by the year of release. Mainstream movies like The Blues Brothers, and television series like News Radio are what you can find in addition to original content.

 

To learn more about Crackle, check out the supported devices and get the Crackle app to enjoy this gem!

 

Pluto TV app

 

 

Pluto TV

 

The wonders of Pluto TV have yet to be discovered by many, but those who have experienced this mighty streaming service are enjoying a treasure trove of free streaming entertainment for the whole family.

 

There are over 100 channels available on Pluto TV, which makes it highly unlikely that you won’t be able to find something to watch should you tune in at any hour of the day. Music videos, News, Comedy, Adventure, DIY, Health, Fitness, Kids programming, Home & Garden and much more is available on this free service. If you register, you can set favorite channels and reminders for upcoming programs.

 

I have the PlutoTV app on my iPad, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Roku 3 and on my Windows PC. Pluto TV plays beautifully on all these platforms and the user interface is very similar to an on-screen channel guide that most cable and satellite TV users are used to using.

 

My favorite Pluto TV channels have trending videos, stand-up comedy, travel shows, gadget reviews, current world news, and late night show recaps. Much of the programming is in HD and all of it is free.

 

Red Bull TV

 

 

Red Bull TV

 

Red Bull TV is geared towards a specific audience. Its programming is immersive and action oriented, and likely to appeal to viewers with an active lifestyle who enjoy participating in adventure sports.

 

The Red Bull TV app brings together both live and recorded Sports, Music and Lifestyle programming. The programming is updated frequently and always about ‘the ride’. Youthful adrenaline seekers, sports junkies, and those with GoPro cams strapped to their helmets, will love this free content.

 

I like Red Bull TV because the video quality is generally excellent, videos are entertaining, and viewing Red Bull TV always gets me pumped for outdoor fun. The app’s navigation is fairly intuitive and users can look at Featured Shows, Recently Added, Past Live Events, or scout out their own programming by category.

 

Red Bull TV, Pluto TV and Crackle apps are all excellent options for cordcutters who want to enjoy even more entertainment without paying for it.

 

 

To unearth even more awesome apps for cord cutters, check out the Google Play Store via the new Mohu Channels.

 

 

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 and the Simple Guide to Sling TV as well as the avid deal-seeker behind SavvySleuth.com, where she scours the web for the best online deals.



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How to Watch MLB Games as a Cord Cutter



Spring is in the air, the Madness has subsided, and now it’s time for that great American pastime known as baseball. Up until a few months ago, cord cutting baseball fans were left somewhat high and dry by Major League Baseball, as many of the broadcasted games aired on cable.

 

However, recent changes in the cord cutting community have paved the way for sports fans to watch every bit of this upcoming baseball season. Today we’re going to take a look at how to watch MLB games without cable!

 

how to watch MLB games without cable

 

What equipment do you need?

 

So first let’s talk about what you’re going to need. You will need an over-the-air antenna (like the Mohu Leaf), a streaming device (like a Roku), and an internet connection. Major League Baseball airs on six networks: ESPN, ESPN2, Fox, Fox Sports 1, TBS, and MLB Network.

 

 

Where and how can you watch?

 

View the broadcast schedule for this year’s upcoming season.

 

Use Sling TV for Games on ESPN, ESPN2, and TBS

To get access to the MLB games on ESPN, ESPN2, and TBS; what you’re going to need is Sling TV. For $20 a month, you get streaming access to over 20 live television channels; TBS, ESPN, and ESPN2 included.  For an extra $5 a month, you can purchase the Sports Extra and get access to college baseball as well.

 

To watch Sling TV, you can use most phones or tablets, a Roku streaming device, Amazon Fire, or Xbox One.

 

Use an OTA Antenna for Games on FOX

Now, if you want the games that air on FOX, you’re going to need an OTA antenna. An OTA antenna picks up the signal transmitted by the broadcast networks; which Fox just so happens to be. An OTA antenna will usually cost between $30 and $60, depending on your needs.

 

Typically the games that air on Fox are “local” games, but MLB’s blackout areas are a little weird so don’t expect it to make 100 percent sense.

 

Use MLB.TV for Games on Fox Sports 1 and MLB Network

Unfortunately, there isn’t a way to get Fox Sports 1 or MLB Network without getting a cable subscription. You can, however, get around that by subscribing to MLB.TV; which is a streaming service that allows you to watch any out of market baseball game for $20-$24 a month, depending on your streaming choices.

 

 

Workaround for MLB.TV in-market blackouts

 

The worst part about MLB.TV is that it blacks out “in-market” games. For example, if you live in Atlanta and you wanted to watch the Braves play the Giants at home; you wouldn’t be able to. This can be very frustrating, but fortunately there is a way around it. What you need is a Virtual Private Network (VPN). A VPN reroutes your internet traffic through different countries and that tricks servers into  think that you’re surfing the internet from a location of your choosing. With a VPN, you can trick MLB.TV into letting you watch any baseball game you want.

 

If you’re looking for a decent free VPN, I would recommend Hola. Free VPNs don’t always work so you may also want to consider paying for a  VPN service. For a paid VPN service, I would recommend the premium version of Hot Spot Shield; it’s only $30 a year and it works great.

 

 

Despite what cable companies would lead you to believe, you can watch baseball without spending hundreds of dollars on a costly cable subscription. With a combination of Sling TV, OTA, and MLB.TV, you can have all your bases covered when it comes to this upcoming season of Major League Baseball.

 

 

Dave Kennedy is a long time cord cutter 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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Environmental Impact of Mohu Packaging – Earth Day 2015



You’re probably already aware that here at Mohu, we’re big fans of the color green. From the walls in our office to the “green” you save when you cut the cord. The color green is also a prominent fixture on the packaging of our antennas. We love that pop of color and think it makes our Leaf antennas stand out.

 

But there’s some extra meaning behind all that green—it’s that we take our environmental impact seriously! So to celebrate Earth Day 2015, we’d like to share some (in our opinion) pretty astounding stats when it comes to the environmental impact of the materials we use in our packaging. We’re proud to partner with the folks at Pratt Industries, a leader in sustainable and eco-friendly packaging.

 

Just what is the environmental impact of our packaging? Take a look at the stats from the last 12 months.

 

 

93% of cardboard used was made from 100% recycled materials

 

As momentum for cord cutting grows, so has the demand for our products, which means more packaging. We’re proud to say that of the 157 tons of cardboard we’ve used in the past year, 146 tons were 100% recycled corrugated packaging.

 

These 146 tons of recycled packaging translate to serious environmental benefits:

 

  • 2,482 trees saved

 

  • 1,022,000 gallons of water saved

 

  • 482 cubic yards of landfill space saved

 

  • 584,000 Kilowatt hours of energy saved

 

Mohu Celebrates Earth Day 2015

Along with our packaging partner, Pratt Industries, we take sustainability seriously.

 

In addition to using recycled materials in our packaging, we also strive to reduce as much waste as possible. In the same 12-month timespan, we’ve recycled more than 100 bales of corrugated packaging or the equivalent of approximately 50 tons of cardboard and paper materials.

 

Here’s what just one of those 1,000 lbs bales looks like (along with the baler – a.k.a. the machine that we use to compress hundreds of boxes into these nice brick-like bales).

 

Earth Day 2015 - Mohu Cardboard Bale and Baler

Each bale consists of about 1,000 lbs of corrugated materials that we recycle.

 

We’re really proud of the efforts we’ve made so far to minimize waste, but there’s always room for improvement. From design to operations, we’re continually looking for ways to make our products and our packaging as efficient & cost-effective as possible while generating a minimal environmental footprint.

 

Happy Earth Day!

 

-The Mohu Team



Households Likely to Cancel Pay TV Service

Not sure if cutting the cord is a good idea? 7 facts that may help.



Not sure if cutting the cord is a good idea? Look at the latest statistics:

 

1) 8 of the top 11 most anticipated shows of the 2015 midseason are available without cable.

 

You no longer need cable to watch 8 of the 11 best new shows this spring and summer. All you need is an antenna and subscription to a service like Netflix or HBO Now.  If you want to see the other 3 top shows you can buy them on services like Amazon Instant for less than it would cost you for the typical cable subscription.

 

2) Half of all TV is now streamed online; broadcast TV made up 51% of all TV consumed in the 3rd quarter of 2014.

 

It was not too long ago that broadcast TV was the vast majority of all content watched online, but that is no longer true! Traditional pay-TV is steadily losing ground to less expensive options provided through cord cutting. As most of the best content is already free over the air on networks like Fox, CBC, ABC, and NBC, why pay over $100 a month when most of your content can be received for free (or significantly less)?

 

3) 1.4 million US homes canceled cable in 2013.

 

You are not alone! The cord cutting movement is growing quickly and we bet several people you know have already done it. Some analysts expect over a 1,000,000 cable subscribers will cancel cable in just one quarter by the end of 2016.

 

4) The average age of people who stream content online is 35-44 years old.

 

If you thought cord cutting was something just “millennials” did, think again! A recent survey showed the average age for cord cutters was 35-44 year olds.

 

5) More 45-54 year olds, by percentage, subscribe to an OTT service like Netflix than do 18-24 year olds.

 

If you want even more proof that cord cutting is not something only done by 20 and 30 somethings, here it is: more 45-54 year olds have cut cable than have 35-44 year olds. People have long misunderstood cord cutting to be a difficult process only for the young and tech savvy. Truth is, it’s easier than ever.

 

6) Since Sling TV came out, Mohu antenna sales have doubled at places like Walmart.

 

To see evidence that the cord cutting movement is picking up speed, just look at Mohu sales numbers to see the proof. Since Sling TV came out earlier this year sales of their Mohu antennas in major stores like Walmart have doubled.

 

7) About 80% of people canceled cable due to the cost. Cost a major factor for prospective cord cutters, too.

 

Don’t think you are crazy because you don’t want to pay $100 or more every month for TV content. Cord cutting can be considerably cheaper, especially with an antenna that allows you to receive most of the top rated shows free over the air.

 

 

Conclusion:

 

Cord cutting is bigger, and easier, than you may think. When 8 of the top 11 shows this summer are free over the air, or available with a subscription to a service like Netflix, doesn’t it just make sense to cut the cord?

 

Luke Bouma is the owner of CordCutterNews.com and is a dedicated cord cutter. Cord Cutter News gives you some of the best reviews and news about cutting the cord. You can find them on Twitter @CordCuttersNews or on their Facebook Page.  



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Cord Cutting: 3 Biggest Lessons Learned – KillTheCableBill.com



In many ways, cord cutting has been, for me, a personal journey through the digital age and the birth of a new entertainment zeitgeist that will forever change the way we consume media. Okay, I know that sounds a little too profound for streaming season 4 of Dexter on Netflix; but the point is that you learn a lot of things when you kill the cable bill and seek out better cable TV alternatives.

 

Cord cutting is not just a way to watch television, but it’s also a lifestyle. To cut the cord is to embrace freedom and the power of the informed consumer. Today, I would like to share with you the three lessons I have learned from cord cutting.

 

 

1. Getting what you want means knowing where to look.

When I first cut the cord, I thought I was going to have to make at least a few sacrifices. Surely, I thought to myself,  I’ll have to give up one or two shows if I want to be rid of cable forever. However, when I actually got rid of cable, nothing really changed except for my monthly bills. I was surprised to find out that most of the shows I watch, like The Daily Show, were available online through one service or another. If Netflix didn’t have it, Hulu did; when neither one of them had what I was looking for, I could usually buy it off of Amazon or iTunes. It may not be as easy as just turning on the TV, but legally getting content without cable is still pretty easy and in more cases than not still much less expensive.

 

 

2. Don’t spend more money than you have to.

ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, CW. If you have cable, you definitely have these channels; but if all you ever had is cable, you might not realize that you can get these channels for free if you have an over-the-air antenna. I know I certainly didn’t know. When I found out that a simple antenna could give me free television in HD, I immediately went online, bought an antenna, and by the end of the week my antenna was set up and ready to go. Much to my surprise, I found that most of my evenings consisted of watching Network Television instead of cable and that most of my favorites shows were on there.

 

The Simpsons, Parks and Recreation, Arrow, Modern Family; almost everything I watched could be picked up with an antenna. I’m astounded that I used to spend hundreds of dollars a months to essentially get something that I could have gotten from a $40 antenna.

 

 

3. Easy doesn’t always mean better.

While cable companies may offer you an expensive and bloated service that offers limited choices, they do excel at making that terrible service easy to use. I mean, plopping down and clicking on the television is pretty much the easiest thing to do in the world, right?

 

Sure, cable is easy, but at what price? Cord cutting may not be as simple as cable, but it’s a far better way to watch television. With cable, I have to pay extra for HD; as a cord cutter, HD comes standard. With cable, I get channels I don’t care about; like MTV 7 and the Bread Channel.  As a cord cutter, I can tailor my entertainment experience to my tastes for my price range. So yeah, I might have to connect a few cords and buy a couple devices; but in the long run I’m happier with cord cutting that I am with the “easy” option.

 

All in all I would say that cord cutting has definitely been a positive experience. Not only do I save hundreds of dollars every year, but I’m also much more satisfied with my entertainment options and I’m definitely never bored.

 

What about you? Are you satisfied with cable, or are you like millions of Americans who are fed up with high prices and low satisfaction? If you are, then stop waiting and kill the cable bill!

 

Dave Kennedy is a long time cord cutter 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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Savvy Sleuth’s Cord Cutter Setup: Equipment and Services



I’m a forty-something who still remembers the thrill I felt watching The Flintstones via KATU in San Francisco for the first time in the mid-’70s. Cable TV had just come to my little town and it offered cheap entertainment for the whole family. Ironically, over 40 years later I’ve reversed the process because it became too expensive.

 

I cut the cord with traditional cable TV service about two years ago, and now save $100 a month enjoying over the air free TV and streaming media. I have more entertainment options than ever before and I’m happier with the no-contract choices I have at the right price.

 

This is a breakdown of my cord cutter setup. It consists of equipment and services that I find work for me at my location. Your setup will vary depending upon where you live, your budget, and available internet speeds and OTA channels.

No matter what equipment and services you use, just remember the ‘best’ cordcutter setup is the one that gives you what you want in terms of price, performance and programming.

 

Cord Cutting Equipment

 

All of my equipment I’ve either purchased over time or been given to review. When gathering your own equipment, set a budget. It shouldn’t cost you a lot to cut the cord, and you can always upgrade over time if desired.

The network powers an entire household’s wired and wireless internet needs. A stable, strong network is key to happily streaming media to TVs, PCs, tablets, smartphones and streaming media devices, so this is where I suggest no cord cutter skimps on quality equipment if they plan on using services like Netflix and Sling TV.

Home Network: Wired and Wireless

 

TP-LINK Archer C9 AC1900 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router, 2.4GHz 600Mbps+5Ghz 1300Mbps, 1 USB 2.0 Port & 1 USB 3.0 Port, IPv6, Guest Network

TP-Link Archer C9 Wireless Router

TP-Link Archer C9 Dual Band Wi-Fi Router

 

TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit

 

TP-Link Powerline Adapter

TP-Link Nano Powerline Adapter

 

Cisco Router: Provided by Charter Cable as part of 60 Mbps high speed internet service) connected to a gigabit network switch is in my home office, which allows me to have a wired connection for my PC and printer, freeing up some bandwidth for wireless devices.

 

Living Room

XBMC Living Room

XBMC (Kodi) Media Center on my living room TV via HDMI from my laptop.

Mohu Curve 50 HDTV Antenna - Used to obtain all of my local over air broadcast channels in both standard and high definition. I hide the coaxial cable from the antenna to the TV over a doorway using the Legrand Cord Mate II Kit.

 

60″ Sharp Aquos Q Smart TV  (*WiFi in this one is less than stellar, so I use a wired connection via a TP-Link Powerline adapter. See my review on Amazon for this product to read more.)

If you have a smart TV you may not need to buy other streaming devices. Check what apps are on your smart TV and how they perform before you spend more money on streaming devices.

Amazon Fire TV Stick - Used for Amazon Prime, Hulu, Netflix, Sling, and games. The Amazon Fire Game Controller pairs well with it and allows my family to enjoy a bit of simple gaming for added entertainment.

 

Apple TV 2nd Gen with current firmware updates.

I use the Apple TV primarily for streaming my iTunes library, iTunes Radio, Hulu and Netflix. If you have a lot of media in the Apple ecosystem, it’s really worth having an Apple TV.

Roku 3 (*Newer model available; also called Roku 3.) – Before getting the Fire TV Stick, I used this to watch Amazon Prime content. I like it now for apps like Livestream which allows me to access news broadcasts around the nation in real time.

 

Laptop with XBMC (Kodi) connected via HDMI can also allow me to use my HDTV as a huge monitor!

Kodi Media Center is fantastic, but you’ve got to have some tech-confidence to use it effectively. Check YouTube for lots of ‘how to’ videos to help you get started.

Logitech K400 Wireless Keyboard: Used to control the laptop from the couch.

 

Home Office

Mohu Leaf 50 HDTV Antenna: Connected to a PC monitor with Mohu Channels for a digital tuner.

Mohu Channels OTA scan

Mohu Channels OTA scan complete.

Mohu Channels: New product that offers a great way for cord cutters to have access to all their favorite OTA channels, apps and websites via an onscreen menu.

 

You’ll notice I don’t have an OTA DVR like a Tablo or TiVo Roamio, but if I want to, I can connect my Mohu antenna to my PC which has a TV tuner in it and use Windows Media Center to record programs. There are other options, but this works well for me.

 

 

Cord Cutting Services

OTA in HD and streaming media are so much better than cable! It’s cheaper, and I never run out of stuff to watch. I love that I can cancel or modify services at anytime without fear of penalties.

High Speed Internet: $59 a month via Charter Cable averages 60-90 Mbps, and more than enough to power up to 20 streaming devices with my equipment.

Fire TV Apps

Streaming Services on the Fire TV Stick

Amazon Prime: $99 a year well spent. I love its original programming including Bosch, Transparent and Alpha House, in addition to the TV, movies and documentaries. The Prime Music library that streams via the Amazon Fire TV Stick is awesome too! Plus, there’s the added benefit of free 2-day Prime shipping on thousands of items from Amazon.com.

 

Netflix: $8 a month for movies, TV, documentaries and general variety. Great original series like Orange Is The New Black and House of Cards are outstanding.

 

Hulu Plus: $8 a month for current TV series and original programming. I use it to catch up on The Following and Black-ish.

 

Sling TV: $20 per month with add-ons if desired. Sling TV provides cord cutters with popular cable channels like ESPN and HGTV but without the high price tag and contracts associated with traditional pay TV.

 

XBMC now Kodi Open Source Media Player: $0 per month for access to live TV streams from worldwide sources.

With a Mohu antenna and a stable home network, I believe it’s possible for even the most diehard cable TV subscriber to find happiness cutting the cord for good!

 

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 and the Simple Guide to Sling TV as well as the avid deal-seeker behind SavvySleuth.com, where she scours the web for the best online deals.



10 cord cutting myths debunked

Guest Post: Top 10 Cord Cutting Myths Debunked



The cable companies are losing subscribers in droves. Why? Consumers are fed up with the high prices, terrible customer service, long-term contracts, hundreds of useless channels, and all of the other headaches and hassles that come with a cable TV subscription.

 

But not everyone is cutting the cord just yet. Some people are still hesitant to ditch cable thanks to some common cord cutting myths. Today, we debunk those myths once and for all!

 

Myths about cutting the cord debunked

 

Myth #1: You have to be a tech geek to know how to cut the cord.

 

False. A lot of people mistakenly believe that being a cord cutter requires high-tech equipment that’s difficult to setup and impossible to use. Heck, I used to think that too several years ago before seeing the light. The truth is that cutting the cord is extremely easy. All you really need is an affordable HD over-the-air (OTA) antenna to get dozens of free channels in high definition. And with the new Mohu Channels, you can easily stream Netflix, Hulu, Sling TV, and other popular streaming services on your TV right alongside all of your favorite local channels. It’s super easy!

 

 

Myth #2: Cutting the cord doesn’t save you that much money.

Save money by cutting cable TV

False. The cable companies try to scare would-be cord cutters by telling them that it requires expensive equipment and costly monthly subscriptions. Here’s the truth. The average cable bill is expected to reach $123 by the end of the year. AT&T U-verse was charging me even more than that — $135.60 a month! – before I canceled my cable. Now, I’m saving almost $100 a month, and I still get all the free HD OTA TV I want, Netflix ($7.99/month), Amazon Prime ($8.25/month), BallStreams ($8.25/month) for watching live NBA games, and I’m about to add HBO Now when it comes out. There are some setup costs, but they are minimal (e.g. the Mohu Leaf 30 Indoor HDTV Antenna costs $39.99) and pay for themselves in no time.

 

 

Myth #3: You won’t be able to watch your shows live as they air.

 

False. With an OTA antenna, Sling TV live TV package, various live sports packages, and other upcoming streaming services, there are many options for watching live TV over the air or streaming online. No more getting ruined by spoilers because you’re months behind on the most popular TV shows!

 

 

Myth #4: You can’t watch live sports without cable.

 

False. For a long time, this was the case. In part, that’s why I was a prisoner to cable for so long, but the times, they are a changin’! Now, there are so many easy ways you can watch sports without cable. For one, Sling TV now carries ESPN, ESPN 2, TNT, TBS, and truTV, which all play live sports events at various times. Your Mohu Leaf will also get you access to plenty of sports on the major networks, like NBC, CBS, ABC, and Fox. But there are still tons of other options for streaming live sports, including:

 

  • NBA League Pass
  • MLB TV
  • MLS Live
  • College Sports Live
  • BallStreams
  • And so many more…

 

 

Myth #5: You won’t be able to watch local news and other local programming.

Mohu Leaf

False. Your over-the-air (OTA) antenna can get you access to all of your local TV stations (including many digital stations you probably didn’t even know existed), so you can always keep up with the news and your favorite network TV shows. To see all of the channels you can get in your area, enter your address on TVFool.com for a detailed report. 

 

 

Myth #6: You can’t use a DVR if you’re a cord cutter.

 

False. Just because you’re a cord cutter doesn’t mean you can’t pause live TV, fast forward through commercials, or record your favorite shows. There are some excellent products out there that offer the DVR features you’re looking for, such as Tablo. And don’t forget – Mohu Channels has the ability to store up to 30 minutes of content, and allows you to pause, fast forward, or rewind OTA TV with its Timeshift feature.

 

 

Myth #7: You can’t “channel surf” if you don’t have cable.

 

False. Look, I get it. Sometimes, you just want to flip on the TV, zone out, and do some channel surfing instead of looking for something to watch on Netflix. You can still do that without cable. Your antenna will give you access to dozens of stations offering excellent programming that you can flip through. Sling TV also offers a number of live channels, like ESPN, ESPN 2, AMC, CNN, and many more. And now with Mohu Channels, you can have all of your OTA and streaming content in one place, so you can easily switch back and forth between everything seamlessly without having to switch inputs on your TV.

 

 

Myth #8: There’s nothing worth watching on the streaming apps.

 

False. I’m going to be blunt here – get with the times! Yes, when Netflix first launched its streaming service, it was littered with a bunch of junk. But now? There are original shows like House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Arrested Development, plus a ton of top TV shows from other networks, award-winning movies, standup comedy specials, kids shows, and more. And that’s just on Netflix. Amazon Prime has its own remarkable selection of shows (I just binged on The Americans), and when HBO Now comes out…look out!

 

 

Myth #9: Cord cutters are pirates who stream and download things illegally.

 

False. Do some cord cutters resort to illegal means to download and stream content? Sure, but 99% of cord cutters are normal, law-abiding citizens who take advantage of all of the great legal options available for cord cutting, such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime Instant Video, Sling TV, OTA channels, iTunes, and the list goes on and on. You won’t be breaking any laws by cutting the cord, so no need to worry about getting shot up like Seinfeld when he got busted by the FBI for pirating cable.

 

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Myth #10: Cord cutting is just a myth. People aren’t really doing it.

 

False. This is another lie the cable companies like to tell their customers (and their shareholders). The truth is millions of people have already cut the cord, and according to a recent survey, another 1.5 million Americans are currently planning to ditch their cable. It’s time you join them!

 

 

Steve Belk is on a mission – to show people just how easy it is to cut the cord and get rid of cable. His website, Cut Cable Today, offers an easy-to-understand, step-by-step guide for getting rid of cable once and for all. You can follow Steve on Twitter @CutCableToday