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DirecTV and Raycom Media Dispute: How to Avoid Blackouts

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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.

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 →

TV Blog Writer Cuts Cord

If the intersection of television and technology is among your interests, you might be familiar with general TV blogs like TVtechnology, The Tech Beat, and the oh-so originally named Television + Technology Blog.

One television blog out of Colorado, however, is doing its reporting on the local level in America.

TV Tech News is written by Andrew Dodson, technology editor for NewsCheckMedia. As you can tell by my pithy summaries below of recent topics covered, the content offered is highly attuned:

• A Springfield, Missouri TV-affiliate’s use of Single-Frequency Networks
• Netflix gains a better tool for video transcoding
• A Denver, Colorado’s TV-affiliate’s use of GoPro cameras for live broadcast
• A Montana TV-affiliate gets a High-Definition news set
• Young Broadcasting Co.’s new user-friendly production system

What first brought TTN to our attention is Dodson’s recent post about cutting the cord on his satellite TV service, and the financial analysis that led him to that decision. Some of his reasons for doing so— “tired of paying a high bill,” “HD looks better over-the-air,” and “never watch a majority of the digital channels,”—sounded a lot like many of our customers. More →

Why cable TV companies can’t sleep at night

A recent piece by the New York Times noted that people are increasing cancelling their subscriptions to cable—the shocking part to me was the numbers involved: about one million subscribers every year saying, “Thanks, but no thanks,” for the past five years in a row, according to a study, with 2013 likely to lose a million more. What really makes that number pop is knowing the total number of subscribers: 90 million, says Nielsen.

High Cable Bills

Knowing that Time Warner makes $870 from a basic cable subscription (thank you, LA Times), you can imagine the conversations in the boardroom’s at Comcast and Time Warner More →

Live Sports – Can you cut the cord without cutting it?

As the growing trend of cord cutting continues to escalate, many sports fans find themselves in quite a dilemma. Sports fans want to save thousands of dollars a year just like everyone else, but they aren’t willing to give up their live sports either.

Great news, sports junkies: You can still watch live sports without paying a ridiculous cable bill every month!

Watch Live sports on a Mohu Leaf HDTV Indoor Antenna

Live Sports

Although it’s easy to find websites online where you can stream live sports / games, it’s illegal. Even if you were able to find a decent streaming website, they are monitored so heavily that it would likely get shut down during the game.

“If you are cutting the cable bill and streaming content…we have discovered probably the best thing you will ever plug into your HDTV. It’s the paper-thin HDTV antenna from Mohu.”

-HDTV Magazine

Most of your favorite live sports events can be watched free over-the-air with a Mohu Leaf Antenna!

Check out the OTA(Over-the-air) TV Guide to see which networks and games are available in your area More →

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