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When and Where to Watch the Hottest Fall TV Shows

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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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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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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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Mohu Antennas Love May Madness



May is a great month for watching OTA TV with a Mohu antenna (and be sure to check out our new Leaf Metro). May is “sweeps” month where the broadcast networks show the season finales of their “regular” season shows. But viewers won’t be stuck with a summer full of re-runs because the networks are also introducing new content in May.

crossbones-s1-keyart-xl1NBC is banking on some serious star power. John Malkovich stars as the pirate Blackbeard in Crossbones–The new legend of Blackbeard (Friday, May 30, 10/9c). Set in the Bahamas in 1715, Blackbeard tries to steal a chronometer from an English ship which has the potential to change seafaring and commerce. But the English aren’t giving in so easily and it’s up to the viewer to determine who the villain is–Blackbeard or the English. John Malkovich is outstanding as the villain in this YouTube trailer.

NBC_Rosemarys_Baby_miniseries_posterIn addition,  Zoe Saldana stars in NBC’s two part miniseries Rosemary’s Baby (May 11). In a new twist on Ira Levin’s 1967 thriller, Zoe Saldana and her husband Guy (Patrick J. Adams) leave New York City for a new life in Paris. At first, their arrival in Paris seems surrounded by good fortune. But when Rosemary becomes pregnant, she starts to believe that things are not what they seem and their new neighbors may have dark motives for her baby. Agnieszka Holland (Europa Europa, The Wire, Treme) directs this two-part psychological thriller. Click here to see the trailer on YouTube.

These shows and other great content are available free, over the air with a Mohu Leaf, Curve or Sky antenna. Broadcasters are producing great content for every night of the week and there’s no need to spend $70-$100 a month for cable. Join the growing numbers of cord-cutters and ditch your cable!







Cord Cutters Should Have an Antenna



wralweather1Cord cutters who rely solely on streaming content should strongly consider adding an HDTV antenna to their homes. The recent outbreak of severe weather across the Midwest and Southeast United States led to flooding, tornadoes and the deaths of more than 30 people. Fortunately, improved radar systems and early warnings allow people enough time to find shelter. The early warnings are often broadcast over local networks’ news channels and without a TV antenna such as a Leaf or Curve, viewers may not get the warnings about nearby storms.

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Storm clouds near Mohu

Fortunately, the severe weather mostly bypassed Raleigh (the home of Mohu) but for two days our local stations broadcast the locations of heavy rain, hail, thunderstorms, flooding and  tornadoes. We were definitely aware of what was going on, and had a tornado or flood come, we would have had time to prepare. Two nights ago, while watching OTA TV, the screen had a ticker running along the bottom updating viewers of where the storms were and their severity. Other stations broadcast the weather alerts directly from the National Weather Service.

The bottom line is streaming content is a great way to cut the cord. But Netflix, Hulu+, Amazon Prime and the rest cannot replace broadcast TV especially in times of emergencies and bad weather. It’s also possible to get warnings on a smart phone, but they are often not as detailed as a real-time weather forecast.

On a happier note, an antenna is great to watch TV content in real time, especially broadcasts like the Super Bowl, the Oscars, and season finales (coming soon in May) and not have to wait to stream it from the network’s website or another streaming provider.







Am I a Cord-Cutter?



Cord-cutting is a growing trend as cable bills continue to rise. Many consumers don’t know if they are good candidates for cord-cutting and Mohu is here to help sort that out.

shutterstock_cord_cutting1. Can you get good over-the-air (OTA) reception at your home?

Use our TV for Free tool to determine what stations you can get with a Mohu antenna. Keep in mind that metal can block signals so make sure you aren’t surrounded by skyscrapers, aluminum siding, or even the metal mesh that holds stucco together.

2. Does your TV have a digital tuner?

Most TVs made after 2009 have one. If you aren’t sure, check the manual. If you have an older TV, you can buy a digital converter at Best Buy or another electronics store. It will cost about $60-$80 but will convert your OTA digital signal to an analog signal so the TV can get reception.

money3. Do you feel like you are paying too much for cable?

It’s sort of an obvious question because we all feel like cable costs too much, it’s just that we’ve gotten used to paying for it and thinking of  it as a “necessity.” Well, time for a shift in thinking because cable is not a necessity. Consider how many channels you REALLY watch and whether you can get them OTA or their content via a streaming service such as Netflix or Hulu+. The average American only watches 8 channels and over 90% of the top rated TV shows are OTA. So the chances of you getting what you want to watch via a combination of OTA and a streaming service is pretty good.
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ABC vs. Aereo



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The Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday in ABC vs. Aereo. There are two main issues that the Court will need to address. The first issue is whether or not the re-transmission of OTA content constitute a “public” or “private” performance. The second issue is murkier, and concerns the future of “the cloud” where data and entertainment content is moving.

Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. came down hard when he told Aereo’s lawyer: “Your technological model is based solely on circumventing legal prohibitions that you don’t want to comply with.” In summary, copyright law allows for the private use of the broadcaster’s airwaves. For example, it’s completely legal to hook up a Mohu antenna to a television, or even a Sky to four televisions in one home because that use of the airwaves constitutes a “private” performance (even if you have friends come over to watch the Super Bowl). However, the cable companies pay approximately $3 billion a year in retransmission fees to the networks because their capture of broadcasts and sending them to million of customers is a “public performance.” Aereo claims its performances are “private” because each customer (who pays between $8-$12/month) is assigned a tiny antenna to digitally capture an OTA broadcast and store it in the cloud. The “owner” of that antenna then has the content streamed to a tablet, smartphone or computer.

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OTA Show Update, Part 2



Mohu’s antennas–from the tiny Metro to the rooftop Sky–bring cord-cutters great over the air television for free. Here are updates on two new action-packed mid-season dramas.

nbc-crisisCrisis (NBC, Sunday, 10:00 ET ) looks promising. Clearly, something big is happening when a busload of children, including the president’s son, are taken hostage while on a high school field trip. Washington DC is a rich backdrop to fame, money and power. And who doesn’t like bashing rich parents?  The LA Times review, written after two episodes and several plot twists, says, “In the first two episodes, the plot turns and turns again, and the motivation for what is clearly a very elaborate crime becomes murky to the point of nonsensical. Fortunately, the motivating force (and the show’s tag line) — How far would you go to protect your children? — is easily understood.”

Some of the high schoolers are typecast–the vulnerable alpha girl, the scholarship kid. And there are some unexplained plot elements–how did the FBI know about the kidnapping when the bus was in a part of West Virginia with no cell phone reception? Suspend your disbelief but pay attention to the plot twists and turns. With Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) and Dermot Mulroney (August: Osage County, Jobs) NBC has added some star power to this mid-season drama.
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Mohu Goes Metro



leaf metroWelcome to the Mohu Leaf Metro!  The Leaf Metro is the smallest size possible for delivering high quality TV reception. Borrowing from the same advanced U.S. Military technology built into the Leaf family of antennas, the Leaf Metro reaches out in a 25-mile radius to capture the most popular TV shows, news and sports, on both network and local television in full 1080 HD, enabling consumers to watch their favorite broadcast TV without a cable subscription.

“We believe in designing high-quality products tailored to the needs of those who are using them. The Leaf Metro is an ideal option for our urban customers, many of whom are young, on a budget, and have limited space,” said Mark Buff, president and co-founder of Mohu. “We’re bringing them a product that’s even smaller, snazzier and more affordable than our top-rated and especially popular Leaf 30 and Leaf 50 HDTV antennas, while delivering the excellent performance that is Mohu’s standard.”
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