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How Much You Overpay for Cable vs. Mohu (INFOGRAPHIC)

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How Much You Overpay for Cable vs. Mohu (INFOGRAPHIC)



We all know that cable is overpriced and that cutting the cord can save you hundreds of dollars. But just how much more does that cable subscription cost you?

 

Costs of Cable vs. Mohu Antenna

The average low-tier cable package costs you about $65 per month, or nearly $775 per year, and gets you 189 channels, of which you likely only watch about 17. That means that you’re paying about $0.40 per channel. But when you really do the math, you’re paying per month upwards of $3.68 per channel you actually watch!

 

In comparison, with your Mohu Leaf® 30 antenna, you can pull in an average of 53 channels at a total one-time price of $39.99 (a.k.a. no monthly bills attached). That means that you’re looking at a mere $0.06 cents per channel over a one-year span, and the cost continues to diminish over time since you only have the one-time cost of buying the antenna! To offer a fair comparison though, let’s assume you’re still only watching 17 of those channels – the math is still significantly below the cost of cable at $0.19 cents per channel watched.

 

Even if you chalk up a little extra cash for the Mohu Leaf® 50 HDTV antenna, you’re still looking at significant savings compared to cable. At an average of 56 channels with the Leaf 50, you’re looking at just $0.09 cents per channel and $0.29 cents per channel watched.

 

Here’s a visual breakdown of how much you overpay for cable, just how many channels you realistically watch, and how much each of those channels are costing you.

 

Cable vs. Leaf 30

Costs of Cable versus Mohu Leaf 30 Antenna

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Cable vs. Leaf 50

Cost of Cable versus Mohu Leaf 50 Antenna

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TL;DR

With cable, you’re paying nearly $775 a year for 189 channels and yet you’re only watching 9% of them. Why keep overpaying for channels you don’t watch? Find out how much free TV you can enjoy with an indoor HDTV antenna and start saving.







Simple Cord Cutting: “How Do You Cut the Cord with Mohu?”



“Cord cutting requires you to decide you want to save money, to commit to making a lifestyle change and to be willing to try something new.”

 

Cord cutting isn’t complicated, however some people are afraid to try to cut the cord because of the false assumption that you need to be technically savvy to get the job done (among other reasons).  The truth is, if you can read simple directions and aren’t afraid to make a small effort to dial in the channels at your location, practically anyone can get free TV using an HDTV antenna.

 

It’s not expensive or difficult to cut the cord. Any initial costs associated with purchasing an over-the-air antenna are quickly recouped in the first month of savings earned after the first month free from cable or satellite TV.

Simple Cord Cutting: How Over Air TV Works

How Over Air TV Works

 

Digital Drives the Signal

 

To grab free over-the-air TV signals and view television broadcasts on your TV, you need the right equipment.  This doesn’t mean you have to rush out and buy hundreds of dollars worth of new stuff, but it does mean that what you use must be able to capture and descramble digital over air TV signals.

 

Cord cutting requires that you have a TV that’s digital-ready. The TV you use to view over-the-air TV broadcasts needs to have a digital tuner inside or attached to it. Digital tuners are what decipher digital over-the-air TV broadcasts.  If you have a newer, flat TV, it most likely has a digital tuner already built into it. However if you view TV programming on an older box-type set, you’ll need a digital converter box.

 

Digital converter boxes are cheap, starting at about $30, and act as an external digital tuner for older TVs. They allow you to view digital TV signals on your older TV without having to buy a new LED, LCD or Plasma TV with the digital tuner inside.

 

 

Over-The-Air HDTV Antennas

 

Digital HDTV over-the-air antennas can be indoor or outdoor, as long as the range of the antenna you are using is adequate for your location.

 

Select one indoor HDTV antenna for each TV in your household you want to receive over air TV.  Make sure the TV broadcast towers in your area are within range of your chosen antenna.

 

For example, if the  local TV towers are all within 30 miles of your location, you would be able to purchase an antenna with a range of 30 miles to receive the TV signals broadcast over air in your area. The Leaf 30 HDTV Indoor Antenna is ideal.

 

I use two Mohu Leaf 50 antennas to cut the cord because the furthest TV towers broadcasting in my area are over 40 miles away.  One Mohu 50 antenna is connected to my smart TV in the living room, and the other is connected to a 24” LED monitor that’s connected to my PC.  The monitor has a built-in digital tuner, so when I’m not using the monitor for work I can watch TV via a connected Mohu antenna.

 

Alternatively you may use a splitter to share a single over air antenna’s signal with other TVs in your home.  This is a bit more complicated as it means more cables and an antenna that’s best installed in the attic or on your roof.

 

The Jolt 4-Way Antenna Amplifier by Mohu allows up to four televisions to share the over air signals from a single Mohu Sky 60 HDTV Attic / Outdoor Antenna. It’s a great option for large households on a budget to enjoy free over-the-air TV.

 

Cut the Cord

 

I love Mohu antennas for their ease of use and performance. When using a Mohu antenna to cut the cord, remember these tips for easy installation and use of your HDTV antenna.

1.  Easy step-by-step directions are included with each antenna. Read them prior to setup and use.

 

2. Placement of the antenna is key to successful over air reception. Try several locations. Higher is usually better.

 

3.  Scan for channels using your TV’s remote and make sure the input is set to ‘Air’ to pick up over-the-air TV broadcasts.

 

4.  If you have questions, remember you can always check out the Mohu FAQs, their Forum or contact Mohu Support.

 

Over-the-air TV gives you all the latest network programming in HD and it’s easy to obtain with the right Mohu HDTV antenna. Cut the cord with Mohu and start saving money today!

 

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.







Mohu Graduates From College



college-graduationCollege graduation season is here and a Mohu antenna can help new grads save money.  A Mohu antenna provides free over the air (OTA) TV for budget conscious college grads. An estimated 1.6 million students are expected to be part of the class of 2014 and they are saddled with the double whammy of high student loans and a tough job market.

According to CNN, the average student loan is $29,000. This class is going to have to spend and save wisely in order to keep their finances in order. Many of these new grads are what the TV industry calls “cord-nevers.” They use cell phones instead of landlines and watch TV content on computers or tablets. The last time they saw cable TV may have been at their parents’ home or at a bar or restaurant.
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Cutting the Cord–One Month Later



Mohu has a guest blogger today. Last month, Michelle–a friend of Sarah’s–wrote her experience about cutting the cord. She’s back with an update.

cutting-the-cord-cord-cutting-mI was a little nervous when we started our cord-cutting experience and there have been a few glitches with the cable company, but overall I’m really happy with our experience. I found out, very painfully, that the cable service didn’t terminate the day I called to cancel, though they did cut the signal immediately. The date of termination happened when I returned my boxes and remotes to their over-crowded office. I waited for over an hour to return them and saved the receipt and they STILL sent me a bill for $90+ that includes some sort of late fee. I haven’t paid the bill and called them to inform them that I am no longer a customer so we’ll see what happens.
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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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It's a Bird, It's a Plane…It's a Sky



SkyMohu makes great antennas to bring free OTA TV to your home. The Mohu Leaf was our first product and still one of our best-sellers. But our designers and engineers realized there was also a need for a whole-house antenna that could be mounted outside or in an attic. The Mohu Sky is the answer to that.  Like all of Mohu’s antennas, it’s a great looking answer to the  metal “lobster cage” design that is prevalent in the industry. In addition, because it is mounted higher it has better “line of sight” and can bring in better reception if your home is located in an area with terrain issues or between 50 and 60 miles from local television towers.

In addition, the Mohu Sky is multidirectional, meaning it does not need to be pointed in a specific direction to get reception. This allows the antenna to get reception from multiple TV towers. This is a huge benefit in the real world because in most areas different broadcasters use different towers. The Sky can also be connected to up to four TVs in one home without a loss of signal strength. Mohu’s 4-way Jolt acts as the “splitter” to split the signal and send it to different TVs. If your home had satellite or Dish TV in the past it’s possible that the coaxial cable used for that service is still in your house and then it’s simply a matter of mounting the Sky on your roof or attic and tying it into the existing coax line.

Leaf on wallIf that sounds too complicated, most regions have TV installers that will charge a fee but will get your Sky up and running. The Mohu website has the manual available for download prior to purchasing the Sky so you can see what’s involved. If you’re not ready to purchase a Sky, start small. Check out our TV For Free tool, which was recently updated with terrain data, and hook up a Leaf or Leaf Ultimate to your HDTV. Fall in love with the beautiful picture and when you’re ready for the Sky, we’ll have one waiting for you.







Families That Changed TV



By its broad reach into America’s living rooms, TV has the power to change our perceptions of the world. And in some cases, TV changed our world, either by Kennedy’s telegenic appearance in the 1960 presidential debates affecting the outcome of that election, or by watching Neil ArmstrongLucy-and-ricky take his first steps on the moon.

In a more light-hearted way the portrayal of TV families has changed over time. Leave it to Beaver was squeaky-clean in its portrayal of a “typical” American family where mom stayed home taking care of kids and the house and dad went off to work. Even I Love Lucy was edgy for its time, as Ricky Ricardo was Cuban and neither the Ricardos nor Fred and Ethel (their neighbors) had children. After the tumultous changes of the 1960s, TV branched out into showing different types of families, such as black families, single parent families, and even gay families.

Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 10.51.02 AMAll in the Family, a sitcom about a family was a perfect foil for the political tensions of the early 1970s. Archie Bunker, a blue collar, conservative workingman, cannot understand the changing world, especially the ultra-liberal beliefs and politics of his hippie-ish daughter and son-in-law who are living with him. That scenario was flipped in the 1980s with Family Ties. Michael J. Fox played Alex Keaton, the conservative Reagan supporting teenager who baffles his ex-hippie, free-loving parents.

The LA Times has put together a fun photo montage of 11 families that changed TV. All but two were on broadcast TV–and some still are–free to anyone with a Mohu HDTV antenna.

 







Choosing the Best HDTV Antenna



mohu_curveAt Mohu, we know we sell the best HDTV antennas on the market. The Mohu Leaf was first paper thin antenna and  is still one of the best selling HDTV antennas on Amazon. It comes in two versions, the Mohu Leaf and the Mohu Leaf Ultimate which has with an amplifier (more on that later). For a more stylish look, we recently developed the Mohu Curve 30, and Mohu Curve 50 which have the same great features as the Mohu Leaf, but have a more stylish look and feel.

Before you buy an antenna,check out our TV for Free tool. Simply input your address and zip code and the tool will help you determine the best antenna for your location.

Getting Quality Reception

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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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Mohu Introduces "Channels"–a New Way of Watching TV



Channels OTAMohu, creator of the world’s first paper-thin HDTV antenna, has just started a Kickstarter campaign designed to help bring its new Mohu Channels Personal TV viewing device to market in June 2014. Mohu Channels allows anyone to easily create their own personalized TV channel guide mash-up of their favorite over-the-air (OTA) content, streaming apps such as Netflix and Hulu+ and websites together in a single viewing experience

One of the biggest hurdles consumers face in the morphing world of television content is finding a way to easily access the TV content they want – whether it’s free OTA broadcast programming, content from Netflix or Hulu+, or their favorite web-only shows and websites. Today, consumers have to hop through a jumble of inputs – from cable and  satellite TV boxes and OTT boxes like Roku or Apple TV to new devices like Chromecast. Mohu Channels changes all that by allowing consumers to access their favorite TV content with a single, unified and personalized channel line-up without ever switching sources. More →







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