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Watch NFL football without cable

How to Watch NFL Without Cable: Over-the-Air & Streaming



Watch NFL Football Without CableIt’s hard to believe the NFL season is already two-thirds through. It shouldn’t come as a surprise as games are actually running a bit faster despite seeing an increase in penalties. We were skeptical of so many extra flags being thrown to start the year (an extra two per game, to be accurate), but the changes are beginning to sink in.

 

So you’re trying to map out the rest of your season — where to be come Sunday, what to cook for the pregame, and which piece of Cam Newton memorabilia to auction off — sorry, Panthers fans. We get it, and that’s why we’re proud to provide an armchair quarterback’s guide to watching the NFL without the burden of cable TV. HIKE!

 

1) Watch your favorite games on over-the-air broadcasts

The simplest solution is to catch games on CBS, FOX, ABC and NBC. You can grab a TV schedule here (or on NFL.com, of course). These broadcasts are in crystal-clear 1080 HD — a better broadcast than you’d get with cable. All you’ll need is a Mohu HDTV antenna and enough couch room to house you and your envious friends. Face paint not included.

 

2) Step up your game with NFL Sunday Ticket

Oh, so you’re frothing at the mouth for more gridiron goodness? Sure thing. While it used to require one of those unnecessary DirecTV subscriptions, this is no longer true. NFL Sunday Ticket is now available for anyone, whether you’re a pay-TV subscriber or not. Check it out. $99 will get you the NFL Sunday Ticket “To Go” package, which nets the following benefits:

 

  • Watch out-of-market games you wouldn’t otherwise see
  • Streaming on computer, tablet or phone

 

If you want a bit more out of NFL Sunday Ticket, their paid packages scale up to accommodate streaming on other types of devices, namely gaming consoles. Additionally, the “To-Go” package doesn’t include fantasy football, but there are a multitude of options for that elsewhere on the web — and for free, too.

 

3) Take the snap with apps

Before opening your wallet for NFL Sunday Ticket, have you considered the wealth of options for your smartphone or tablet? If you don’t believe us, head over to the NFL.com Mobile area and see for yourself. The following apps are available for download on iOS, Android, Windows and other mobile devices:

 

NFL Game Rewind
Catch full games after airing, and watch them on your schedule throughout the season. There’s a free trial available if you want to try before you buy. A full season pass is $30.

 

NFL Mobile
Breaking news, in-game highlights, live game scores, custom team news, follow your Fantasy Football Team, watch Fantasy Live and more.

 

NFL Now
A highlight hub that features rich video. A must for the sports fan on the go, or someone who can’t catch the games on Sunday.

 

4) Round out your game with the best NFL news websites

Perhaps you’re a multitasker or just don’t want to interrupt the latest Walking Dead episodes on Sunday night. Okay, then take a QB sneak and hit up some of the best football sites the net has to offer. You’ll find all the familiar huddle talk here: who’s hot in fantasy football, who won big, and who dropped the ball. Each site has its own commentary, video, stat trackers, team hubs and community portals. If you’re not watching the game, the next best thing is to read about it or peep the highlights.

 

 

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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!



Channels brings Khan Academy to Television



Screen Shot 2014-04-04 at 11.41.07 AMKhan Academy was founded in 2006 by Salman Khan who started tutoring a cousin remotely using Yahoo! Doodle. After creating a few videos he decided to move them to YouTube. Today, Khan Academy’s mission is to “provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. All of our resources are completely free forever, regardless of whether you’re a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology.”

So why is this so important? The videos are hosted on YouTube and are free to anyone, anywhere, who has a computer or tablet and an internet connection. Most of the courses are pre-college and allow learners to take ownership of their education. Khan Academy is designed for computers and tablets, but with Mohu’s Channels, the lessons can be streamed directly to a TV, turning the TV into a vehicle for learning and the living room into a lecture hall.

The premise is simple. Khan Academy hosts, via YouTube, hundreds of mini-lectures on math, history, finance, Screen Shot 2014-04-04 at 11.46.10 AMeconomics, physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy and computer science. One of the simple, but most innovative features of many of the videos is that they abandon a traditional “lecture” format and instead the instructor walks the student through the  problem solving process using just a dark screen, colored “markers” and a voice-over. Listening and watching the instructor demonstrate his thought process (and make mistakes in real time) is less daunting to the viewer and the colored markers make the lectures more engaging.

Khan Academy also includes test prep for several standardized tests including the SAT. The latest development for Khan Academy is its partnership with the College Board to create free online test-prep materials for the redesigned SAT which debuts in 2016. With parents paying up to $900 for test preparation classes this next step could help close the income gap  among students often seen in standardized tests.

In future blogs Mohu will feature the weird and wonderful content available on YouTube. And with Channels coming out soon all this content can be streamed directly to your TV.



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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OTA Show Update, Part 2



Mohu’s antennas–from the tiny Metro to the rooftop Sky–bring cord-cutters great over the air television for free. Here are updates on two new action-packed mid-season dramas.

nbc-crisisCrisis (NBC, Sunday, 10:00 ET ) looks promising. Clearly, something big is happening when a busload of children, including the president’s son, are taken hostage while on a high school field trip. Washington DC is a rich backdrop to fame, money and power. And who doesn’t like bashing rich parents?  The LA Times review, written after two episodes and several plot twists, says, “In the first two episodes, the plot turns and turns again, and the motivation for what is clearly a very elaborate crime becomes murky to the point of nonsensical. Fortunately, the motivating force (and the show’s tag line) — How far would you go to protect your children? — is easily understood.”

Some of the high schoolers are typecast–the vulnerable alpha girl, the scholarship kid. And there are some unexplained plot elements–how did the FBI know about the kidnapping when the bus was in a part of West Virginia with no cell phone reception? Suspend your disbelief but pay attention to the plot twists and turns. With Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) and Dermot Mulroney (August: Osage County, Jobs) NBC has added some star power to this mid-season drama.
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What We Love About the Mohu Leaf and Curve



HDTV Antenna, HD TV AntennaMohu makes three great HDTV antennas: the Leaf,  the Curve designer antenna and the Sky attic antenna. The Leaf and the Curve are indoor antennas and the Sky can be used either inside or outside. For now, we’re going to focus on what makes the Leaf and the Curve such great antennas. The Mohu Leaf is Mohu’s first product and remains one of the best selling indoor HDTV antennas on Amazon. The original Mohu Leaf was handmade and had the electronics sandwiched between two laminated sheets of paper and was first sold at a weekend flea market here in Raleigh, NC. The original flexible, paper thin design worked so well that the paper thin design remains one of the Leaf’s key features. As an added bonus, it is still made in America.

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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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What the CBS/ Time Warner blackout misses about antenna users



The CBS/Time Warner Cable blackout is nothing new. 2012 had more blackouts in its first six months than any year prior with 53 markets affected, according to the American Television Alliance.

The unseemly squabbles of these television CEOs stands in marked contrast to another CEO in the news: Jeff Bezos. Rather than twisting the arm of some company that deals with Amazon, Bezos chose to invest in The Washington Post, which has a lot of people excited. Instead of doing something that hurts consumers and deprives them of services, Bezos selected an option that is at the very worst neutral.

The irony is that cable companies badly lack the affection of their customers, which, as the Harvard Business Review recently noted, might be intentional. Editor Justin Fox wrote, “Subscription television services and internet service providers, both dominated in the U.S. by the cable industry, make up two of the three lowest-scoring categories in the American Customer Service Index (the other is airlines).”
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