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2014 Mohu Gift Guide

2014 Holiday Gift Guide for the Last-Minute Shopper



If you’re like us, you’ve been chomping at the bit to get your hands on the latest gizmos and gadgets on the marketplace. If you were late to the Black Friday and Cyber Monday parties, don’t fret, there’s still time to get in some last-minute holiday shopping before the big day(s) arrives.

 

 

For the Gamer (Sorry, Nintendo!):

Xbox One

Microsoft’s Xbox (All-In) One continues getting better. Microsoft recently added some meat to One’s bones by releasing the Master Chief Collection, which chronicles the Halo journey from introduction to present day. Careful with going too accessories-happy — an extra controller will set you back around $60. You’ve still got time to run out and grab the special Xbox One Assassin’s Creed bundle and get a little extra bang for your buck.

Console: $349

 

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Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Bundle

 

Playstation 4

Weighing in against the One is Sony’s Playstation 4, which has been on a tear since release last year. The system still boasts higher sales than Microsoft’s offering, and promises a huge 2015. You might still be able to find some deals — Sony’s got a few bundles roaming around the ‘net with some game and movie pack-ins.

Console: $399

 

PlayStation®4 - Entertainment Apps

PlayStation®4 – Entertainment Apps

 

In addition to amazing graphics and gaming capabilities, these two devices are also perfect for cordcutters, too. Either one can double as a streaming device so you can enjoy Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, and more!

 

 

For the Gadget-lover (of any age!):

Go Pro4 (Black or Silver edition)

“Handy” doesn’t really describe this little wonder-camera. It has been taken to space, dropped from an airplane, and even mounted in the Mohu offices to capture some warehouse basketball. It’s not cheap, but it’s the best on the market, hands-down.

 

Camera (Silver edition): $399

 

Camera (Black edition):  $499

 

We’ve got a slew of other great gift ideas for the gadget and tech enthusiast but we wanted to throw the GoPro’s hat in the ring as well.

 

 

For the non-gadget lover:

So you’re not a consumerist that thrives off the latest gadgetry? No worries. Here are a few websites where you can find custom gifts for anyone on your list.

 

Etsy - Handmade goods, jewelry, clothing and more. Admittedly, it may be too late to hop on the Etsy gift train by Christmas, but a gift this thoughtful can be worth the wait.

 

ShapeWays - 3D printed paradise

 

Personal creations – We aren’t really sure what they sell. Probably not personal creations.

 

 

For the everyday citizen who is tired of paying for TV:

Hmm, if only there was a company that turned something pricey into something free … Wait! We know of one that does just that, and we know ‘em well. Give the gift of free television this holiday season with Mohu — we make more than just awesome HDTV antennas; these antennas are also a ticket to more financial freedom! Save $50 or $100 every month by dropping cable and still get access to 97 of the top 100 TV shows running today.

 

Each of these paper-thin antennas comes with $200 in bonus coupons! It’s easy to figure out which one is best for whoever is the lucky recipient – just plug in their zip code in our handy zip code tool to see which channels each of our antennas will pull in and go from there!

 

Mohu Leaf 30 (30-mile range) - $39.99

 

Mohu Leaf 50 (50-mile range) - $69.99

 

Mohu Leaf Metro (25-mile range) - $24.99

Shop Mohu Indoor & Outdoor HDTV Antennas

Shop Mohu Indoor & Outdoor HDTV Antennas

 

And if you’re needing to pull in channels from a little farther away, we’ve got you covered there too:

Mohu Sky 60 (60-mile range) - $149.99

Mohu Sky 60 Outdoor HDTV Antenna

Mohu Sky 60 Outdoor HDTV Antenna

 

Stay tuned to gomohu.com, our blog, Facebook, and Twitter for some potential last-minute savings as well!



15 Dollar Gift Card off of 50 Dollar Purchase

Cordcutting Savings: Get Your $15 Gift Card



Did you sleep through Black Friday? Too busy catching up at work on Cyber Monday? Looking for another round of savings with the holidays fast-approaching? Rest easy. We want to give you a $15 gift card you can use on gomohu.com for any purchase of $50 or more.

 

Click below to claim your gift card and get shopping!



Quick tip: you’ll need to wait to input your Gift Card code once you’re in the checkout process prior to putting in your credit/debit card info (as opposed to putting it in the Promotional Codes box on your shopping cart). Here’s what you’ll look for when checking out:

Mohu Gift Card at Checkout

 

Enjoy these cordcutting savings through December 7, whether you’re ditching cable, looking for a plan B in case of outages, or wanting to give the gift of free TV to someone else this holiday season!



ION Television

Keep Your Eye On ION Television



 Over 100 million households in the US currently enjoy ION Television programming as part of their paid cable or satellite subscription. But you can get get ION Television programming for FREE over-the-air with a digital HDTV antenna!

 

Originally known as Pax TV when it launched in 1998, ION Television is a great network for those who enjoy watching their favorite programs for extended periods of time.  For example, ION Television broadcasts Criminal Minds  all day long, one episode after another. It’s perfect for playing catch-up with a show, or simply rediscovering favorite episodes.

 

The network’s programming changes daily, showcasing 1 to 5 series per day on a schedule that’s readily available via their website and their apps for Android and iOS devices.

 

Current series programming is focused on law enforcement dramas, but ION Television has also produced some made for TV movies and broadcasts Hollywood blockbuster films too. On Thanksgiving Day 2014, ION’s programming has a western theme and includes the films: Wyatt Earp (1994), Unforgiven (1992), Maverick (1994),  and Pale Rider (1985).

 

TV Series Selections

 

As of this writing there are 11 shows  populating  ION Television’s programming schedule.  Most of the series are cop dramas, but programming changes in cycles, so keep checking your TV schedule to see what’s new.

 

  • Criminal Minds – This team gets things done! A solid 9 seasons following FBI profilers solving complex cases.

 

  • Rookie Blue -  Part soap opera and part drama, 5 seasons following the personal and professional lives of  five rookie cops negotiating life, love and the job.

 

  • Flashpoint - An edgy 5 seasons with the unique law enforcement team trained to diffuse high-risk situations.

 

  • The Listener – Approximately 50 episodes with this telepathic sleuth mind reading his way to solving crimes.

 

  • Cold Case  - A smart, driven female detective strives through 7 seasons to solve old, forgotten murder cases in Philadelphia.

 

  • Blue Bloods –  Family in more ways than one, 4 seasons of this cop drama brings together several generations of NYPD cops on and off the street.

 

  • NUMB3RS –  This is why you study Algebra.  Check out 6 seasons with the FBI and a mathematical genius, solving crimes in LA.

 

  • Leverage – Action, drama with a hint of comedy thrown in, watch 5 seasons of this eclectic team focusing on correcting corporate and governmental injustices; led by a former insurance investigator, turned thief.

 

  • psych – A lighthearted approach to solving crimes is sometimes best. Wrap your head around 7 seasons with a PI who is both quick witted and possessing keen powers of observation.

 

  • Married With Children –  Put your feet up and stick your hands down your pants as you settle in to watch 11 seasons of Bundy family comedic dysfunction.

 

  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent -  Immerse yourself in dramatic television excellence with 10 seasons of cases solved by the Major Case Squad in NYC.

 

 

And if that’s not enough, even more ION Television programming exists on subchannels, available in some areas.  Most notably the Qubo Channel (children’s programming), Ion Life (health and lifestyle channel), QVC Over the Air, and the Home Shopping Network.

 

ION Television Availability

 

If you have questions about the availability of ION Television programming in your area, you can use their online zip code tool or you can contact them with questions.  ION  TV is not available everywhere, but by contacting the network and voicing your desire to enjoy their programming, you’re giving ION Television the heads up on a potential fan base for their over-the-air TV channel – which they love!

 

For those who are lucky enough to already have access to free, over air ION Television broadcasts, the Mohu Leaf HDTV antennas are the best HDTV digital antennas I’ve found to tune in the signals.  Simple to setup and use, the Curve 30 Indoor HDTV Antenna is the one I recommend to viewers who want to cut the cord with cable or satellite TV, and live within 30 miles of their local broadcast towers.

 

In addition to your HDTV antenna by Mohu, be sure to pick up the FREE Android app and ION Television app for iOS . Both apps allow viewers to check the ION Television schedule in their area and much more!

 

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.



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? Continue reading



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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