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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!



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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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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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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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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Channels' Open Ecosystem



Mohu Channels has a truly “open ecosystem” because it is running on Google’s Android operating system. In simplest terms, that means that an app channel guideavailable on Google Play can become a channel on Channels. Amazon’s newly introduced Fire TV will have a much more limited selection of apps because it runs on a modified version of Android.

Two items obvious missing from Fire are HBOGo and Vudu. Most cord-cutters do not have access to HBOGo because they’ve canceled their cable subscriptions, but they may have friends with usernames and passwords to HBOGo, especially if they need to keep up with Game of Thrones. And unlike Netflix or Hulu+ which require monthly subscriptions, Vudu has great content and it runs on a “pay as you go” model, allowing movie rentals and purchases, and individual purchases of TV episodes.

The other advantage to Channels’ open ecosystem is that you can customize your channel lineup via the Google Play store. Pandora or Spotify are commonly used music apps. And then there are the less obvious ones, like Zillow if you are house hunting, or travel apps to help you plan your next vacation.

Because Channels also contains a web browser, it becomes open to everything on the web–that’s an open ecosystem! So you can watch broadcast websites, Vimeo, your Facebook feed, or a school’s snow day announcement on your TV.

Channels OTAAnd finally, there’s the OTA part of Channels. The Leaf antenna that is part of the Channels experience is small but mighty. It brings viewers all the great OTA content that is available for free from your local TV broadcasters.

OTA-OTT-WEB. That is an open (and as free as you want it to be) ecosystem.

Channels is available on Kickstarter until Thursday, April 10.

 



I Cut the Cord and Lived to Tell About It



Modern-FamilytigtlecardToday’s blog is guest written by Michelle, a friend of Sarah’s (Mohu’s usual blogger). Michelle recently cut the cord and is going to tell her story.

We’ve had cable for at least the past ten years. While cleaning out some file cabinets I found some old cable bills. The same service we have today used to cost about $25-$30 less. To put it mildly, I was surprised. I’m currently getting a promotional deal which is $67.75 a month with taxes. Once the deal ends next month, the price for what we have will jump to over $80/month. For television. Ouch.

We definitely watch TV in my house. I’m a big fan of Modern Family because I feel like that’s my life right now and my husband is a big fan of Law and Order: SVU. My kids are pretty limited in their TV viewing and often stream something (approved by me) from Netflix onto a computer or tablet. But $80 a month is $960 a year and I’m pretty sure I could find something else to do with that money.

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New Over-the-Air (OTA) Content Premiering this Weekend



ResurrectionThree new interesting over-the-air (OTA) shows are premiering this weekend.  The broadcast networks often tweak their line-up in March–think of it as OTA “spring cleaning.” Of course all shows will be available free to anyone with a Mohu Leaf, Mohu Curve or Mohu Sky antenna.  A lot of new content is coming out in March, so get ready for some great viewing.

Two shows coming out belong to a science-fiction/supernatural genre though so far there don’t seem to be any aliens, zombies, space travel or vampires, but you never know. The third show is a “sequel” to Carl Sagan’s Cosmos that aired  in 1980.

Resurrection premieres on Sunday, March 9 on ABC at 9 pm ET. ABC has saturated prime time with trailers for it, but in case you missed it, Resurrection is about a small town in Missouri whose deceased residents start to return. The tag line is “What if someone you lost…returned?” The first person to return to his family is a young boy named Jacob who died 32 years ago and wakes up in rural China in the present. Based on the trailers, his family, doctors and clergy struggle to make sense of his sudden reappearance.

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