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Am I a Cord-Cutter?

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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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Can a thermostat be cool? Profile of design company Nest

nest2We like to recognize companies that share our values of 1) gorgeous design, 2) saving people money, and 3) ease of use. The company we’re profiling today doesn’t have anything to do with hdtv antennas, but we’re so glad that they exist, and we think that more people should know about them.

Nest is a company founded by two engineers—Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers—who played key roles at Apple in the development of the iPod and iPhone. Many people weren’t surprised when the two tremendously gifted engineers left to start their own company.

What did surprise people was what the two men decided to make: a thermostat, that tacky plastic accessory everyone has in their home which inspires climate-change wars and ends unequally cooled relationships.

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Breaking Bad-creator’s new show available via HDTV antenna

antenna, breaking bad, otaHas any show dominated television discussion in 2013 as much as AMC’s Breaking Bad? Sure, Downton Abbey had its prim-and-proper moment, and Netflix’s exclusive seasons of House of Cards and Arrested Development caused much fan-noise. The online mania for Breaking Bad’s final season has been so impressive, however, that CBS—which you can get with a tv antenna—has decided that it too wants a golden egg from the goose that is show-creator Vince Gilligan.

Battle Creek is the series that CBS has signed, ordered, promised to pay for, and guaranteed to air in its 2014 primetime fall schedule. Typically a network will order an entire season’s worth of episodes only after seeing, and approving, a test episode called a pilot (you remember Samuel L. Jackson’s monologue from Pulp Fiction, right?) That’s not the way it works when you’re Vince Gilligan, however. Vince Gilligan got CBS to commit to buying an entire season of the show before filming a single second of the pilot.

That’s how much of a money-maker CBS thinks it will be. The New York Times antenna channels that the network will pay something between $35 million and $45 million to make the show. It’s easier to see now why CBS was trying to increase its fee from Time Warner Cable this summer, even when it caused TWC to drop the network in several crucial markets. When you have multi-million dollar, un-produced television series to order, who can worry about little things like distribution deals? More →

Why isn’t an HDTV antenna built into every TV?

If you think about it, a TV is like a giant smartphone.

It has a large glass screen, lots of hidden electronics and a back made out of plastic.

HDTV antenna, HD Antennas, Indoor antennaSmartphones have their antennas on the inside—that’s how they receive calls—but for a TV, the hdtv antenna has to be hooked up on the outside.

Why is that? If a mobile phone can use an internal antenna, then surely a TV ought to as well, particularly since they’re stationary.

A bit of research yielded the following: placing antennas inside the mobile phone is a horrible, horrible, horrible idea. But it happened because of consumer preference.

Once upon a time mobile phone antennas protruded outside the phone body. They stuck out like a sore thumb. And the reason for that was good engineering: all the metal and electrical guts inside the phone interfere with reception.

You might recognize an early design like this: [photo of a 1980s cell phone]

As designs changed, external antennas became considered ugly. Cell phone makers banished the antenna to deep inside the phone, never to be seen again, and suddenly consumers began to complain about poor reception and lots of dropped calls.
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