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Five reasons people still pay for cable (but shouldn’t)

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Five reasons people still pay for cable (but shouldn’t)



Do you or someone you know suffer from “spending too much money on TV services you don’t actually need”?

 

This may not be recognized in the DSM-5, but the question remains nonetheless. Too often we hear horror stories of people who are spending far too much cash on paid TV (satellite, cable or even both). Sometimes they don’t realize there are alternatives, and sometimes people are wary of change.

 

Here are some common reasons we hear (and our responses) regarding why someone hasn’t dropped pay TV.

 

1) “There aren’t any other options out there.”

 

Paying for TV is one of those quintessential American pastimes, much like baseball or the West Virginia Roadkill Cookoff. But like many things, it has become antiquated and replaced by better options. As you’re aware, you can watch nearly every top TV show for free with Mohu HDTV antennas. But education is key, and cable companies don’t want anyone knowing there are superior substitutes.

 

Pay TV survives because it is the lowest common denominator for entertainment — it has a solid infrastructure spanning the country. It has a large content selection, filled with programming you may or may not be interested in. Lots of people like watching TV. It makes sense, right?

 

Wrong. Price hikes are outpacing inflation. As for that infrastructure? It’s not exactly popular or properly maintained. Regarding content, why would anyone want to pay for something you can get for free?

 

2) “I can’t get my favorite show over the air!”

Luckily for you, there are tons of various streaming services that complement OTA HDTV. Couple a service like Netflix, Hulu or Crackle with web content and your Mohu antenna, and you’ve got access to more content than any cable service can offer — for less than what you’re paying now.

 

3) “I can’t get my sports fix without it.”

In addition to having games broadcast in 1080i HD over the air, there are countless apps and streaming services that fill the gaps for every armchair quarterback. Services include:

 

 

4) “I’m not techie enough to get an HDTV antenna. Cable is simple — just plug it in and go.”

 

HDTV antennas are one of the most practical investments you can make, both functionally and financially. Installing an HDTV antenna is easier than any satellite box, and on par with the “plug it in and go” mentality from some cable providers. Installing an HDTV antenna boils down to this:

 

  1. Find out which HDTV antenna works best for you
  2. Purchase the HDTV antenna
  3. Plug your HDTV antenna into your television
  4. Scan for channels
  5. Enjoy free TV

 

The most complicated portion of your experience will likely be determining where to place your antenna. We’ve considered that as well. Mohu Leaf antennas are built to be paper-thin and easily hidden. Mohu Curve antennas offer the same quality and range, but are aesthetically pleasing for public display.

 

5) “Paying for TV is awesome.”

 

Wait. No one in the history of ever has said this with sincerity. The average cable bill is upwards of $80 a month, and we can think of several ways you could better spend that money than to pay for cable.







Simple Cord Cutting: “Can I REALLY Get Free TV?”



“Yes you can, and it’s super easy to do!”

 

You don’t have to lose out on great entertainment just because you cut the cord. Cord cutting gives you the opportunity to grab over-the-air free TV and save money without losing out on today’s best entertainment, sports or news programming.

 

Over-the-air TV has been around for a long time, but recent advancements in antenna technology have truly made cord cutting a viable option to expensive cable or satellite TV for a broader demographic of people.

 

It’s no longer a complicated process to setup and use an over air antenna. New digital over air technology makes it a simple and inexpensive process to easily access over-the-air TV and eliminate a costly monthly expense .

 

My Mohu Leaf 50 HDTV Antenna has allowed me to cut the cord and save $100 a month.  I watch local and national news in HD from ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX, in addition to the latest sitcoms, dramas and major sporting events. NFL football on my 60” LED HDTV is amazing!

 

Anyone Can Do It

 

Even non-tech savvy consumers who are willing to let go of their fears and try something new can find happiness cutting the cord.

 

In just a few steps and with very little effort, online tools like the one at AntennaWeb can show you what TV broadcast towers are in your area and what channels are being broadcast.

 

Towers are shown on a map, giving you directional guidance to help set up your over air antenna. The distance of these towers from your location is called the range, and it’s what helps you to determine the best over-the-air antenna for you.

 

If you live in an urban location with TV towers close to you, the Leaf Metro Indoor HDTV antenna is a good choice. It pulls in TV signals from as far away as 25 miles and it’s very small so that it can be discretely placed to blend easily into your decor.

 

Cost to Begin Cord Cutting

 

Depending upon the current TV you own and what antenna you choose to secure your over-the-air signal, your initial equipment costs can be less than the price of one month of cable or satellite TV.

 

Older televisions which are lacking digital tuners will need digital converter boxes to translate digital over air TV signals.

 

By contrast, contemporary flat TVs with digital tuners built in don’t need converter boxes and can simply be hooked up to a digital antenna to obtain free TV within minutes of installation.

 

Ultimately the only ongoing cost related to receiving free over-the-air TV is the electricity you use to power your television.

 

Exceptionally Exciting Savings

 

In addition to potentially saving you hundreds of dollars each year, cord cutting allows you to regain the freedom to choose how you want to spend your entertainment dollars. HDTV antennas provide you with the ability to enjoy free TV, without hidden fees or costly subscriptions.

 

You still end up getting the latest network programming, much of it in uncompressed high definition, which is actually sharper than the compressed HD programming you get from your cable provider.

 

Over-the-air programming is of excellent quality and clarity, and the best part, you’re not paying for it!

 

Free TV is for real and available to almost everyone. Dialing in a bunch of free TV channels in HD feels like you’ve won the lottery.  It’s about a $1200 a year jackpot in cord cutting savings that’s well worth the minimal cost of the ticket.

 

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 as well as the avid deal-seeker behind SavvySleuth.com, where she scours the web for the best online deals.







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?







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.







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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Mohu Channels Rocks Kickstarter!



Mohu ChannelsThe cat is out of the bag! Mohu Channels is officially available to the public via Kickstarter. Our press release went live at 8 am yesterday and at 9 am the same day we had 36 backers and had raised $3261–nearly 10% of our $35,000 goal. At noon today  we had 294 backers and $27,534 dollars! It’s a great first day and we invite our social media followers to get in on the action soon.

We have many different ways you can back Mohu Channels on Kickstarter and two of those packages are designed for our existing HDTV antenna customers. Channels was built to hook up to a Mohu Leaf, but a Mohu Curve  or Sky will work just fine too. The $79 package is the Channels box and the remote, available in limited quantities. The $89 is the same package, with larger quantities. Both those packages were created for our current customers If you have a Mohu Leaf , Curve or Sky and want to add Channels to that antenna, go for it and sign up on Kickstarter today. If you aren’t ready to make a big pledge, you can go ahead and pledge even $1. Every dollar counts towards our goal and we’d love to have you join the cord-cutting movement.

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Top Ten Reasons to be Cord-Cutter



1. Be smart and don’t waste money on cable  The average cable bill is $84/month. Multiply that by 12 months/year and you just saved $1000. Whoo-hooo!

2. Your cable bill will never  go up because…you don’t have cable. TV is free. The way it was meant to be.

3. OTA (over the air) shows are excellent–there’s fine viewing out there–sitcoms, dramas, crime shows, kids’ programming, local and national news and the venerable 60 Minutes is still ticking.

NFL on TV, NFL Broadcast TV, OTA NFL4. The Super Bowl, the World Series, the Oscars, the Olympics and the Grammys are all OTA.

5. The Mohu Leaf hanging in your window is a great conversation starter. Surprise and amaze your friends with free TV.
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Why We Love Broadcast (Over-The-Air) TV



indoor hdtv antenna, ota, antennaYou may not know it, but rabbit ears on your TV are cool again. And our 21st century Mohu antennas are not your father’s rabbit ears. Our HDTV antennas are slick and stylish. The Mohu Leaf can be painted to match your décor, hang quietly on a wall or hide behind a picture. And while it’s “hanging out” it is bringing you top-notch 1080p HDTV. As Wirecutter said in a recent review of several antennas, “But there was one antenna that actually looked good when it was in plain view. The one that really nailed the whole aesthetics/performance combination is the Mohu Curve 50, an amped antenna that looks like a little sail or a curved, blank picture frame.”

So that’s the antenna part of OTA TV. What about what’s on TV? According to TV Guide, 18 of the top 20 2012-2013 season were all OTA. And even more recently, the 2014 Super Bowl (Seahawks vs Broncos) was the most watched Super Bowl in history. And it was available over-the-air. Free on Fox to anyone with an antenna.
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Most Popular Indoor OTA Antenna – Lifehacker



We here at Mohu are really proud of our Leaf HDTV antenna. It’s small but mighty and definitely gets the job done at bringing cord cutting consumers fabulous 1080p HDTV right into their living rooms, for free. So while we’ve always known it’s a great product, we’ve been working hard at getting the word out to consumers. You can find out the latest and greatest about Mohu and our products on our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter.

Best Indoor AntennaBut, back to the Mohu Leaf. While we were busy here making the Leaf in our Raleigh, NC production facility, the folks at Lifehacker.com were taking nominations from their readers and putting a poll out to the public to get the consumer’s view on the best HDTV indoor antenna.

The Mohu Leaf CRUSHED the competition. 53% of poll respondents named the Leaf the best HDTV antenna. The Clearstream 2 got 15% of the vote followed by the Terk HDTVa with 14% of the votes. Do a little math and you can see that Mohu’s two closest competitors COMBINED received 29% of the votes, way behind Mohu’s 53%.
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Cord-cutting cable – Understanding the hype



Cutting the cord on cable, satellite and telco services has become a legitimately popular topic on the Internet. It’s somewhat niche, but also mainstream thanks to devices from big players like Apple, Roku and Western Digital. It’s these internet-streaming devices that have made cord-cutting a thing. Television antennas are getting more notice thanks to media coverage about the CBS/Time Warner blackout, or unorthodox startups like Aereo. But the Internet is where the cord-cutting conversation is happening, and thus retains the focus.

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So why do internet-streaming devices give cord-cutting appeal? We would argue it’s because the Internet is the frontier, the future, the place of innovation for America. With hardware magnates like Steve Jobs gone, you can continue to expect interesting small-time projects—like the Roku and Boxee—but when a large company enters the fray, watch the digital articles fly. That’s why there was so much euphoria when Google released their $35 one-off dongle. It’s not that impressive—not even Google believed so, as evidenced by their price. What they’re really interested in, and putting their heart and soul into, is Glass. But that product’s problem is that it feels more like early Steve Jobs, before he returned to Apple: it’s very innovative and artistic, but lacks the immediate place in consumers’ lives that an iPod or iPhone so naturally filled. More →







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