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What Would You Do With $100? Enter to win!


What Would You Do With $100? Enter to win!

With the arrival of fall, we want to celebrate all the things you could do with the money you save (or would save) by cutting cable. Especially with the holiday season right around the corner, a little extra cash in everyone’s pockets isn’t a bad thing. Starting today, September 24, 2014, at 11 a.m. ET and lasting through Thursday, October 9 at 11 a.m. ET, we’re hosting the What Would You Do With $100 sweepstakes. We’ve got all the details on the sweepstakes page, but here is a quick overview so you can know what to expect.

Enter Mohu Sweepstakes

Click the image to enter.

What It Is:

Your chance to tell us what you’d do with an extra $100 (a.k.a. the estimated amount of money you could save each month without that hefty cable bill). We’ll randomly select one lucky person who will win the chance for us to make it a reality with $100.


When It Is:

Starts Wednesday, September 24 at 11 a.m. ET and ends Thursday, October 9 at 11 a.m. ET. That means you have a solid two weeks to enter. You can only enter once, so telling your friends and family to enter, too, won’t hurt your odds too much.


Basic Requirements:

Make sure you like us on Facebook if you haven’t already, confirm you’re over 18 years old and that you’re a resident of the US, and complete the rest of the (hopefully short and simple) entry form.


We can’t wait to see all the creative ideas all you Mohuligans have for what you’d do with an extra $100! If you haven’t cut the cord yet, we can help you enjoy free TV in stunning HD with one of our antennas that would best suit your viewing needs.

Watch College Football for Free, Week 3 (and NFL Week 2)

Daylight is fading earlier already, temperatures are (kind of) dropping, and football season is underway. Last week, we let you in on how you can catch most of the NFL regular season action for free with your HDTV antenna. This week, we’re here to let you in on another football find: you can watch college football for free, too. While a number of college games air on ESPN or other non-broadcast stations, you can still watch plenty of action, including big games that are aired on broadcast networks nationwide as well as regional games that may air on local broadcast affiliates or regional stations.


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Here’s a look at some of the college games that are being broadcast on networks nationwide this weekend:


Who: Kent State at Ohio State — OR — Boise State at Connecticut

When: Saturday, Sept. 13 at Noon ET

Where: ABC/ESPN2


Who: Arkansas at Texas Tech

When: Saturday, Sept. 13 at 3:30 p.m. ET

Where: ABC


Who: Georgia at South Carolina

When: Saturday, Sept. 13 at 3:30 p.m. ET

Where: CBS


Who: Illinois at Washington

When: Saturday, Sept. 13 at 4 p.m. ET

Where: FOX


Who: Perdue vs. Notre Dame (in Indianapolis)

When: Saturday, Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m. ET

Where: NBC

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DirecTV and Raycom Media Dispute: How to Avoid Blackouts

In light of the DirecTV and Raycom Media dispute that caused thousands of DirecTV’s paying customers to miss the NFL season opener last night, we thought we’d share just how simple (and affordable) it is to make sure you aren’t left in the dark due to any cable/satellite blackouts.


Image Credit: USA Today

Image Credit: USA Today

How to Avoid Blackouts


For starters, a huge chunk of all of the NFL games are being broadcast on network stations, including last night’s Seahawks vs. Packers opening game. We’ve already shared where and how you can catch that and the rest of this week’s games for free with an over-the-air HDTV antenna. You can continue to enjoy pure 1080 high definition broadcasts of many of the games this season (in addition to almost all of the top 100 shows on TV, and fall TV premieres are right around the corner).


All you have to do is plug in your zip code to see about how many channels you could receive for free over-the-air, and then pick out the HDTV antenna that best suits your needs based on your location without the hassle of monthly subscriptions or potential blackouts like this one so many were dealt this week.

Where to Watch NFL Games for Free – Week 1 Schedule

Many are sighing in relief now that regular season NFL football is back in action.NFL Football Week 1 If you’re one of those many, we want to let you in on a little secret: you can catch most of this week’s (and the full season’s) games for free with an HDTV over-the-air antenna. To be fair, the games you’ll be able to watch will depend on your viewing area, but they’re free, so it’s hard to beat that. Keep scrolling to find out where and how to watch NFL games for free.


Week 1 Schedule


Who: Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks

When: Thursday, September 4 at 8:30 p.m. ET

Where: NBC


Who: Buffalo Bills at Chicago Bears

When: Sunday, September 7 at 1 p.m. ET

Where: FOX


Who: Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens

When: Sunday, September 7 at 1 p.m. ET

Where: CBS


Who: Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers

When: Sunday, September 7 at 1 p.m. ET

Where: CBS


Who: Washington Redskins at Houston Texans

When: Sunday, September 7 at 1 p.m. ET

Where: FOX

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What’s New at Mohu: Dan Was Here

A few weeks ago, Dan from our Quality Control team left Mohu to pursue a great new opportunity. Dan will be a hard one to forget — but that was probably all part of his plan.


You see, ever since Dan left, we’ve been finding little reminders of him everywhere. Under the coffee pot. In a stack of papers. Even in the Ladies Room. Like he was a creating his own secret Easter Egg hunt competition, Dan planted “DAN WAS HERE” cards all over the office. It has been awesome.


We would like to think he was inspired by the “Where will you hide your Mohu Leaf” question we ask customers. But the truth is, Dan’s game has inspired us to leave a lasting impression as well.


So we’re launching a new campaign in honor of Dan’s creativity. All around Mohu, right now, hidden in the cracks and crevices, are little green cards with our new slogan “Be Set Free”. If Mohuligans find a blue version of the card around the office, they win a prize.


It’s a fun little office game, yeah, but why “Be Set Free”?

Because we want to inspire people to throw off the chains of satellite contracts, the tyranny of cable monopolies, and the emptiness of overpriced content, and instead spend their money on the things they really value.


Simply put, we want everyone here at Mohu focused on helping set customers free. And because we want our customers to help spread the word too, if you buy an Indoor HDTV Antenna from Mohu, you might find a “Be Set Free” card in your box as well. (And who knows, you might find DAN WAS HERE card in there too…we have no idea where the next one will turn up.)


So Dan, if you’re out there reading this: thanks for the hard work, your time at Mohu, but most of all, for opening our eyes to the idea.


Be Set Free!

-The Mohuligans

Custom Home Theater Featuring a Mohu Indoor HDTV Antenna

Ikea Home Theater Center

In our experience, cord cutters are an industrious and tech-savvy crew. Definitely more DIY, than “whatever you say”.


That’s why when we see a cool home entertainment project — that happens to feature our very own Mohu Leaf Indoor HDTV Antenna — we gotta share it with you!


The fine folks over at IKEAHackers.net transformed IKEA furniture into a unique and modern looking home theater center. While the setup appears to be wireless at first glance, under further investigation, they’ve definitely cut the cord from cable.


For about $700, they created a fully functional (and great looking!) media center made from parts of IKEA furniture, plus some creativity, and a Mohu Leaf.


Check out the images below and click here for the full rundown on how to do-it-yourself!

Green TV? Cutting the Cord From Cable Box Energy Consumption

Social movements have symbols to rally around. Hippies had peace signs, Breast Cancer Awareness has pink ribbons and The Pirates of the Caribbean have the skull and crossbones (that’s real, right?).


So what’s the symbol for the ever growing cord-cutting movement? Let’s start with the color: green.


cut your tv's energy consumptionYes, green for all the cash you save without a cable bill, but also green for more environmentally friendly. You see, bulky cable DVR boxes suck up A LOT of energy.


How much? Possibly more than any appliance in your house! One HD DVR cable boxes uses an average of 446 kilowatt hours a year, more than a new energy-efficient refrigerator!


The problem is that these boxes basically run at fult-tilt 24/7. Even when they’re ‘off’, they’re on, because of the phantom power (aka vampire power) they’re constantly using when plugged in.


In fact, the Natural Resources Defense Council reports set-top boxes in the United States consumed approximately 27 Billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2010.


To put that into perspective, 27 Billion kilowatt-hours is roughly the annual energy output of NINE coal power-plants combined. Or the yearly household energy consumption of the entire state of Maryland! And it’s also $3 Billion in electricity bills.


That doesn’t even factor in the armies of technician trucks cable companies have on the road, or space junk that satellite companies have in the sky. (Ok, I guess we just factored that in).


In comparison, the amplified Mohu Leaf 50 HDTV Antenna has a tiny carbon footprint. It only consumes about 3.5 kilowatt-hours per year in stand-by mode, which will cost you about 44 cents a year at the average current energy rate. Since you can easily set it up yourself, there’s no need for that convoy of technician trucks. And the Leaf 30 Antenna? Zero kWh in stand-by mode.


Leaf seems like an even more appropriate name now, doesn’t it?


So what do you think the symbol of cord-cutting should be? Green scissors? A Leaf? A Green TV? If you have ideas, let us know.


World Cup TV For Free: Partidos en Vivo

Worried that cutting the cord will make you miss World Cup moments like USA’s thrilling victory over Ghana on Monday?




Although ABC is broadcasting most matches on ESPN, you can still catch every minute of every remaining match without cable. That’s because Univision is broadcasting every game “En Vivo” —that means “Live” for those who don’t speak Spanglish— for free, over-the-air.


Even if you don’t habla español, here are three reasons why you’ll really enjoy watching the Univision broadcasts.


1 – Goals have never been more exciting in any language.


2 – Great for Multi-tasking: If you’re working or cleaning around the house, you’ll know exactly when to look up or come running back to the TV. The volume and intensity of the announcers voice rises exponentially as teams work the ball (“pelota”) into scoring position. Meanwhile, no English announcers to distract you!


3 – ¡Todo es gratis! World Cup TV for Free!


So soak in the passion for futbol (or put the games on mute) and make some new World Cup memories without a cable bill.  And who knows, by July you might find yourself fluent in Spanglish.


And for those craving English commentary, here is the schedule for remaining matches on ABC, including the biggest match of all, the World Cup Final on July 13.

Sunday – 6/22 – Group Stage

12pm: Belgium v Russia

3pm: South Korea v Algeria



Saturday – 6/28 – Round of 16

12pm: Group A winner v Group B runner up

3pm: Group C winner v Group D runner up



Saturday – 7/5

12pm: Quarterfinal #3



Saturday – 7/13

3pm: World Cup Final


Channels brings Khan Academy to Television

Screen Shot 2014-04-04 at 11.41.07 AMKhan Academy was founded in 2006 by Salman Khan who started tutoring a cousin remotely using Yahoo! Doodle. After creating a few videos he decided to move them to YouTube. Today, Khan Academy’s mission is to “provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. All of our resources are completely free forever, regardless of whether you’re a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology.”

So why is this so important? The videos are hosted on YouTube and are free to anyone, anywhere, who has a computer or tablet and an internet connection. Most of the courses are pre-college and allow learners to take ownership of their education. Khan Academy is designed for computers and tablets, but with Mohu’s Channels, the lessons can be streamed directly to a TV, turning the TV into a vehicle for learning and the living room into a lecture hall.

The premise is simple. Khan Academy hosts, via YouTube, hundreds of mini-lectures on math, history, finance, Screen Shot 2014-04-04 at 11.46.10 AMeconomics, physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy and computer science. One of the simple, but most innovative features of many of the videos is that they abandon a traditional “lecture” format and instead the instructor walks the student through the  problem solving process using just a dark screen, colored “markers” and a voice-over. Listening and watching the instructor demonstrate his thought process (and make mistakes in real time) is less daunting to the viewer and the colored markers make the lectures more engaging.

Khan Academy also includes test prep for several standardized tests including the SAT. The latest development for Khan Academy is its partnership with the College Board to create free online test-prep materials for the redesigned SAT which debuts in 2016. With parents paying up to $900 for test preparation classes this next step could help close the income gap  among students often seen in standardized tests.

In future blogs Mohu will feature the weird and wonderful content available on YouTube. And with Channels coming out soon all this content can be streamed directly to your TV.

Networks Announce New OTA Shows

Over the weekend, the major networks announced what OTA shows will be renewed for the fall and which ones will get the ax. Most of Nielsen’s Top Ten such as NCIS, Big Bang Theory, Sixty Minutes, The Voice, and Blue Bloods have all been renewed. Rumors of Law & Order: SVU’s demise were premature, as it too was renewed, making it one of the longest running dramas on TV.

All of these shows, and more that will be introduced later, can be watched free, over the air with a Mohu antenna. And remember that the Mohu Metro is a great gift for college grads and even for dad’s “man cave.”

Newcomers such as Crisis, Surviving Jack, Believe, and The Carrie Diaries were all cancelled to make room for new shows that the networks will pick up in the fall.
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