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Cut the Cord and Save Money (It’s a No-Brainer)



A couple of weeks ago a friend was over at my house and he said to me ,“I get the idea that cable is kind of crappy, but why go through all that hassle just to save a couple of dollars?” I couldn’t believe my ears.

 

Just a few dollars? Are you kidding me? You can cut the cord and save money – way more than just few dollars – by ditching cable and satellite. It was this common misconception that inspired me to write today’s post, where I’m going to break it down for you, dollar for dollar, how much cheaper and effective it is to cut the cord. Let’s get started.

 

Cable vs. Cord-Cutting

For the sake of this argument I’m going to use Comcast as the baseline for most cable companies. Comcast is everywhere, and it’s often the only option many Americans have. Now the cheapest cable package you can get from Comcast is the Digital Starter Package, which runs for about $45 for the first year; and jumps up to between $55-$70 depending on your area and their petty whims.

 

For 12 months with their basic package, you will spend $540 for the first year and anywhere between $660 and $849 for the second year. Let me just remind you that that is only for 80 channels. We’re not talking premium channels or sports packages. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s less than ideal. Now let’s see how much the alternative is.

 

Over-the-Air Antenna + Streaming = All You Need

First let’s get to the free stuff. You will be surprised by how many of your favorite shows come on Network television. Anything that’s on ABC, NBC, CBS, CW, or FOX can be accessed completely for free by using an Over the Air antenna. (If you don’t know what that is, it’s basically the rabbit ears of the 21st century. The Mohu Leaf 30 Indoor HDTV Antenna is one of the most popular and the best-rated antennas on the market and will cost you $39.99.)

 

Next, let’s assume you have no streaming devices except your computer and maybe your phone and that you want to watch stuff on your TV. So you go and buy a Roku streaming device. For simplicity’s sake let’s say you bought the cheapest one, the Roku 1; which will cost about $50-$55 depending on where you get it. So right now our total cost is around $86.

 

After you purchase your streaming device, you run home and sign up for all the wonderful streaming programs available. Netflix winds up costing you $8.99 a month / $107.88 a year; then you sign up for Amazon Prime and pay $8.25 a month / $99 a year. I would include Hulu Plus into the mix, but since there is not much you can get off of Hulu that you can’t get off of the other two, it’s a bit redundant. If you’re interested, though, Hulu Plus costs $7.99 a month / $95.98 a year. Our total price is now approximately $292.87.

 

How to Access Shows Not Broadcast Over the Air

Most, if not all, of your favorite shows can be found through Over the Air broadcasts, Netflix, or Amazon Prime. There are some shows that slip through the cracks on these plans, but they are not lost to you! For example, The Walking Dead is one of my most favorite shows. Sadly I can’t stream new episodes. Luckily with Amazon Prime, I can catch the new season the day after for $2 an episode OR I can purchase the whole season for $26.99 in standard definition or $41 for high definition. Since we’re going with the cheapest option, we’ll go standard definition. That brings our total to $320. You could actually buy eight more seasons until you caught up with the price of the most basic cable package.
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5 Better Ways to Spend Your Money (Hint: Not on Cable)



5 Better Ways to Spend Your Money Than on Cable | MohuEver have one of those nightmares where you’re hanging on the ledge of a building and your grip gives out like Tony Romo in the playoffs? Most of us have. But here’s the scary part: the nightmare is very real for anyone with an ironclad cable contract. That slippery grip in your dreams, you see, is akin to the oily residue of a cable salesman’s handshake. No matter how secure you feel, you’re always one step from falling off the ledge into a trap.

 

Yes, there are promises of bundled goodies you’ll probably never watch, net speeds you might not actually get (and still overpay for), and landline phone services you don’t necessarily care about. And with your signature in blood, you’ve essentially offered yourself to the cable gods for tribute. Cable-sponsored ceremonial daggers will usually bleed you for about $80 a month ad infinitum. Ouch.

 

We at Mohu believe there are better ways to spend your money, especially since our magical HDTV antennas offer crystal-clear programming at a sterling price of $0 per month (plus no commitments — for realsies).

 

1) Invest in a project

I’m a semi-professional basket weaver who doubles as a dingo trainer for carnivals. I wasn’t born with these talents (only charmingly good looks, sadly) — I learned them on YouTube. There are tons of craft, DIY, how-to sites on the Web, so get your creativity on. Learn how to make a DSLR camera slider, bake delicious pierogis or pick up a new instrument.

 

2) Invest in a cause

With all that extra cash laying around, you have a chance to help organizations by giving money, time or other resources to something you believe in. Small donations can help nonprofits survive and flourish. For us, we believe in giving the public freedom from overzealous cable providers. As such, we’re fighting to become the Triangle’s “Favorite Cable and Internet Service Provider.” Fight the power, we say!

 

3) Save up for new tech

Part of being a Mohuligan entails being a technophile. We love gadgets large and small. So we go HAM when new products get announced or released — gaming systems, cell phones, accessories, you name it. If you’re saving upwards of $100 a month by ditching cable, you’ll have the cash to grab the latest toys. Who wouldn’t mind having an extra gizmo every few months?

 

4) Road Trip

Stop Google-Earthing and go live a little! Cutting cable could mean a few tanks of gas to the destination of your dreams, especially with winter approaching. Camping is free on national forest grounds, so grab a tent and go! Not into the outdoors? No worries, there are lots of ways to travel on the cheap — just requires a bit of extra planning. You could  visit us in Raleigh, NC if you feel so inclined. Our eCommerce director will even treat you to lunch.*

*totally not guaranteed.

 

5) Stay in and spoil yourself

Mohu provides the best ways to watch the hottest fall TV shows. You’re already riding fancy with free HDTV, but take it to the next level with a Netflix subscription ($9/month) and your favorite sports package ($25 total for remainder of post-season). For a price much lower than what you’re already paying, you’d be watching not only the hottest TV shows, but you’ve got your movies and sports covered too. With prices like this, does cable TV really make sense?

Don’t take our word for it. Just read a few of cable TV’s rave reviews:

“Why do I keep coming back? Because I’m an idiot!!”

“Anyone who actually knows the Fraud department phone number for Comcast in Atlanta?”

Check out Consumer Affairs for more self-deprecating cable humor.

 

If you’re already a cord-cutter, what do you do with the money you save? If you aren’t yet free of those monthly bills, what would you like to do with those potential savings?







Join the Mohu Affiliate Program & Help Others Cut the Cord



Mohu Affiliate Program

Click here to sign up.

Since introducing our paper-thin Leaf Antenna in 2011, we’ve helped hundreds of thousands of people save more than $220 million by reducing or eliminating their monthly cable and satellite bills.

 

To help us spread the money-saving message of cutting the cord, we’ve launched the official Mohu affiliate program with our friends at ShareASale. If you have a website or blog and you’d like to earn money while helping others save money, you’ve come to the right place. We’re looking for technology, electronics, personal finance, and gift blogs/websites as well as other sites appealing to folks who want to save money and live smarter.

 

Program Highlights

As a valued partner, you’d enjoy generous commission-earning opportunities. Benefits include:

  • 10% commission on sales on GoMohu.com
  • 30-day cookie: earn commission on sales generated within 30 days of a customer’s click
  • Average order size of $65+
  • Monthly newsletters with promotions, contests, and other special offers designed to help you earn higher commissions

 

How to Join

Since we’ve teamed up with ShareASale, the sign-up process is quick and painless. Just visit gomohu.com/affiliate to get started.

 

If you have any questions along the way, feel free to reach our Mohu Affiliate team by email at affiliates@gomohu.com.

 







Mohu for “Favorite Cable Provider” – TBJ Battle of the Brands



TBJ Battle of the Brands

Click here to nominate Mohu!

Many of you are likely familiar with the fact that here at Mohu, we take great pride in offering leading cord-cutting solutions that let you save money and still watch your favorite TV shows over the air, sans the costly monthly bill.

 

What you may not know, though, is that we are based in the midst of the Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina, specifically in the capital city Raleigh. We’re proud to be part of a community filled with some of the world’s leading tech companies as well as tons of fantastic local eateries, art galleries, breweries, and more.

 

So, in the spirit of the Triangle, we wanted to share the Triangle Business Journal’s “Battle of the Brands” competition with all of our loyal Mohuligans. One of the categories is “Favorite Cable and Internet Service Provider.” Since we understand that more often than not, folks don’t have a “favorite,” they just have an “available” cable/satellite provider, we thought that with your help, we could disrupt the status quo by showing that there’s a better alternative to cable with free TV.

 

If you have a few minutes to spare, we’d love for you to cast your vote for Mohu under “What is your favorite cable and Internet service provider?” If you’re curious, it’s question #17 and you don’t have to fill out the rest of the survey (unless of course you want to show some love for your other favorite businesses in the area, and there are plenty of great ones to choose from).

 

Nominations end Tuesday, October 7 at 11:59 p.m. ET (rules). Once they tally all the nominations, the most nominated brands will be pitted against each other in a bracket-style vote-off. How awesome would it be to show everyone that there IS an alternative and have the chance to pull off the ultimate upset as the David vs. Goliath of TV?

 

Let’s shake things up!

 

Much appreciation,

The Mohu Team







Broadcast Networks Sub-Channels: More Free OTA TV



This week, the International Bluegrass Music Association’s annual World of Bluegrass is taking over Raleigh, NC. That means tons of amazing musicians are taking the numerous stages while thousands of bluegrass fans head to the city to take it all in. Here at Mohu, we’re huge fans of great music, so we’re excited to have this event right here in our backyard.

 

What’s even more exciting though is that our friends at WNCN, the Triangle’s NBC affiliate, are broadcasting tonight’s 25th Annual IBMA Awards Show LIVE for folks in the area to tune in and enjoy if they can’t make the festivities in person.  The awards show will air at 7:30 p.m. tonight on WNCN channel 17-2. If you’re thinking that channel looks funky because of the “-2,” that’s because it’s the WNCN digital sub-channel.

 

Like tonight’s IBMA Awards Show, digital sub-channels offer a lot of entertaining, unique content that you can enjoy in addition to the main broadcasts. The catch? Well, if you’re a satellite subscriber, unfortunately you won’t be able to watch these sub-channels. Since satellite providers are limited to how many local stations they can carry, they focus on the primary channels for as many local networks as they can. And if you’re a cable subscriber, chances are the sub-channels are buried deep in your channel guide and hard to find.

 

Fortunately, it’s incredibly easy to pick up your local broadcast networks sub-channels with an HDTV antenna, so even if you aren’t a cord-cutter, you can still take advantage of these free, over-the-air broadcasts using an antenna in addition to your cable or satellite subscription. The antenna can also serve as a back-up in case you experience blackouts or satellite signal disruptions.

 

Curious what kind of sub-channels you can get in your area? Check out this listing to find your local broadcast market. You’ll be able to see the OTA channels available, and you can click each to see if and what sub-channels are also available through that network.

 

 







When and Where to Watch the Hottest Fall TV Shows



I know I’ve said it before, but I can’t help but say it again: Fall is the most wonderful time of the year. The leaves change, people put pumpkin in everything, and best of all our favorite programs come back on; not to mention all the new shows that premiere! This is also usually the time of the year when people regrettably sign up for a cable package; because no matter how much they hate their cable provider, they love their favorite shows just as much.

 

I’m here to tell you today there is another way! It is possible to watch your favorite shows this fall and not have to give in to the corporate cable companies. In this article I’m going walk you through the hottest shows this Fall and how you can access them.  The first thing you need to know is that there are two kinds of television channels: network and cable.

 

Network vs. Cable Channels

Network television channels are the channels you can access for free over the air with a modern television antenna. The Network broadcasting channels are ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and CW.

Cable television channels, on the other hand, is where the cable companies make their money; although there are many ways to watch your favorite cable shows without forking out a fortune to Comcast or any other provider. Let’s take a look at some of the fall lineup shows available on network television first; all of which are accessible via a Mohu antenna.

 

 

Network Television

Shows on ABC

  • Scandal –Thursday, September 25, 9pm (EST) / 8 pm (CST): Based on the life of former George W. Bush press aided, Judy Smith, Kerry Washington stars as Olivia Pope; a woman who runs her own DC crisis management firm Olivia Pope & Associates. If you haven’t seen the hit series yet, not to worry, you can catch seasons 1-3 on Netflix; and if you miss any episodes this season you catch them again on Hulu Plus and ABC.com.
  • How To Get Away With Murder – Thursday, September 25 10pm (EST) / 9PM (CST): The much anticipated “How To Get Away With Murder” stars the indomitable Viola Davis as a Philadelphia law professor who gets her class caught up with a murder plot. This show has got a lot of buzz, and if you like scandal, stick around for this. If you miss an episode you can catch up on ABC.com or Hulu Plus.
  • Selfie – Tuesday, September 30, 8pm (EST) / 7pm (CST): Former Doctor Who companion, Karen Gillan, makes her American television debut as a self-absorbed woman how hires a social media/PR rep to help her make friends. As with the others, if you miss an episode you can catch up on ABC.com or Hulu Plus.

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Fall TV 2014: New Shows You Can Watch for Free



It’s that brownish-golden time of year when seedling shows sprout from relative obscurity into homes (and, if they’re a hit, water coolers) around the country. Winners bask in the glow of trending hashtags whereas losers are destined to become unpopular internet memes and message board fodder.

 

It’s this kind of frenzy that keeps people watching and talking. Luckily, our space-age HDTV antenna technology has you covered to peep these shows in full hi-def, minus the HD pricetag of course.

 

Here’s a rundown of some shows you should check out.

 

The Flash (CW)

Stars: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Rick Cosnett

Why you should care:
October is quickly approaching, and if the (p)reviews so far are anything to be believed, it should be a hot start for the CW. The Flash premieres Oct. 7, but whether it sets social media on fire or becomes a cough flash in the pan is still up for debate. DC Comics fans can at least cautiously rejoice as the outlook is good so far. And who doesn’t love a good superhero story? Grant Gustin stars as scientist Barry Allen in this spin-off from Arrow.
The Flash on CW

 

Madam Secretary (CBS)

Stars: Tea Leoni, Geoffrey Arend, Marin Hinkle, Michael Simon Hall

Why you should care:
Not only is it highly acclaimed from viewers, it also features the return of Tea Leoni to the small screen. Madam Secretary balances between political groundbreakers and family matters (sans Urkel, of course). Couple topical government affairs with hard-hitting questions on gender equality and it could be a breakout hit. On a side note, Morgan Freeman serves as executive producer and has hinted at a cameo at some point.
Madam Secretary on CBS

 

Red Band Society (FOX)

Stars: Octavia Spencer, Dave Annable, Astro

Why you should care:
It’s a dramedy about kids in a hospital. Before you go thinking this is The Breakfast Club in Post-Op, let’s walk through it. Red Band is based upon a Spanish drama series and is developed by Boardwalk Empire writer Margaret Nagle. Given the subject matter, the quirky characters could be pushing daises at any turn, so emotional investment is optional and could expose a fundamental flaw in the concept. Ratings were a bit lower than expected for the premiere, but Red Band Society should have a heartbeat for at least a few seasons.
Red Band Society on Fox
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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.

 

Mohu Curve HDTV Indoor Antenna

 

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.







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