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What’s New at Mohu: Dan Was Here

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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


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