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Networks Announce New OTA Shows

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Networks Announce New OTA Shows



Over the weekend, the major networks announced what OTA shows will be renewed for the fall and which ones will get the ax. Most of Nielsen’s Top Ten such as NCIS, Big Bang Theory, Sixty Minutes, The Voice, and Blue Bloods have all been renewed. Rumors of Law & Order: SVU’s demise were premature, as it too was renewed, making it one of the longest running dramas on TV.

All of these shows, and more that will be introduced later, can be watched free, over the air with a Mohu antenna. And remember that the Mohu Metro is a great gift for college grads and even for dad’s “man cave.”

Newcomers such as Crisis, Surviving Jack, Believe, and The Carrie Diaries were all cancelled to make room for new shows that the networks will pick up in the fall.
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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.







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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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.







Changes in OTA and Cable



Two big news items going on in the world of television are the impending Comcast purchase of Time Warner Cable and Aereo’s court battles.

no-comcast-twc-merger-300x300Comcast is planning to purchase Time Warner Cable for $45 billion pending regulatory approval. The purchase will give the combined company (yet to be named) about a 30% share of the cable TV market and 40% of the broadband market. In a letter to Time Warner consumers, the CEO assures current customers that, “The combined company will innovate faster and deploy even better products and features, including a superior video guide, faster Broadband Internet speeds and even more WiFi access points so you can access the Internet wherever you go.”

On the other hand, many in the media think otherwise. The Washington Post shares several concerns such as the merged company having the power to demand higher retransmission fees from broadcasters which could leave markets with network blackouts. Comcast/TWC will also have the power to raise rates since there is no competition in their markets. At some point, they may increase the number of cord-cutters as monthly rates increase.

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Why Kickstarter for Channels?



HDTV antenna, Indoor Antenna, antennaWe are so glad to see that the Mohu Channels Kickstarter campaign has surpassed its goal and a big THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed. Every dollar goes to making Mohu Channels a success. On Friday morning we are at $46,000 which is 132% of our goal!

Several folks have asked us, “Why use Kickstarter to launch Mohu Channels?” That is a totally fair question and one we’d like to answer. First of all, crowd funding is a new and cutting edge way to source funding for a new project. Crowdfunding is used for anything from fashion design, to high tech, to movie making. We wanted to be part of that because it allows new and established cord-cutters to help make Mohu Channels a reality. We’ve received great questions and feedback on Kickstarter and Facebook and love being able to interact one-on-one with customers.

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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 →







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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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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