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2014 Holiday Specials TV Schedule

2014 Christmas Programs Broadcast Over the Air

‘Twas the week before Christmas and on the TV, lots of holiday favorites, fun for our eyes to see!


It’s a Wonderful Life when you can watch so many great seasonal TV programs for free using a Mohu Leaf digital, over air antenna.


Here are a few of the holiday shows I’m looking forward to watching with my Curve 50 Indoor HDTV Antenna on the days leading up to Christmas.


Broadcasting Christmas Cheer

The Great Christmas Light Fight

New for 2014, this program airs Monday, December 15th and again on Monday the 22nd, on ABC.


The iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2014

It’s aired before, but I’ll be watching it again because it’s that good! It will be broadcast on Thursday, December 18th and again on the 22nd on the CW network.


Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol

On Friday, December 19th the CW will be showing this cartoon feature based upon Charles DickensA Christmas Carol.


The National Christmas Tree Lighting 2014  and Christmas in Norway with the St. Olaf Choir are two PBS holiday programs broadcast in high definition on Saturday, December 20th. ION Television will be broadcasting My Santa, and ABC I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown, while NBC will have The Sound of Music Live! on air.


How the Grinch Stole Christmas

You can enjoy this Dr. Seuss classic twice on Christmas Day starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. First, catch the 1966 animated classic immediately followed by the Jim Carrey live-action rendition. He’s a mean one, Mr. Grinch, but being able to watch for free sure is nice!


Programming availability and times will vary depending upon your time zone. Be sure to refer to the programming guides below to get current information on these and other programs available over-the-air during the days before Christmas.


TV Guides to Help You Find More Christmas Specials

You can go to individual network websites and look at their programming schedules, or you can find TV programming guides that suit your needs. Some of them have iOS and Android apps available for your mobile devices too. Making it very easy for a cord cutter to add a free app, and use their smartphone or tablet to check what’s on TV.


These are my 3 favorite easy to use interactive TV guides. All of them have free apps and provide users with a quick reference to over-the-air programming available in a specific geographic area.


BuddyTV is an online programming guide that’s available as an app for iOS and Android devices. I like using this iOS app because I can set-up reminders for holiday shows I want to watch and then receive notifications on iPad when the shows are about to start.


TitanTV is another TV guide source, which gives you the option to customize and then print the guide if you wish.


TVGuide has probably the simplest user interface to look at both online and in mobile form for iOS and Android devices.


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.

Holiday Shopping Over-the-Air with QVC and HSN

Holiday Shopping Cord Cutter Style

Why battle the crowds to find deals on holiday gifts? You can shop from the comfort of your home watching HSN and QVC, available for free over air with your Mohu antenna!


I love holiday shopping, but I loathe having to go out in the cold, locate a parking space, and brave crowds in a store, only to learn that they have sold out of a sale item I had hoped to purchase.


To eliminate this cause of holiday stress, I simultaneously watch QVC and HSN over the air using my Curve 50 Indoor Amplified HDTV Antenna and my laptop.  I watch one channel via my over-the-air antenna, and the other I watch via their website.  (I call it constructive multi-tasking and my family calls it crazy. It’s probably a little bit of both!)


The desire to score deals on top name brand items is the main reason viewers watch QVC and HSN , but both networks also offer cord cutters free over-the-air entertainment throughout the year in the form of product demonstrations and tutorials.


QVC Makes Holiday Shopping Fun & Easy


Broadcasting in six countries via cable, satellite and over-the-air, QVC programming is wildly popular for its informative and entertaining product presentations. Special bundles, gift wrap options and holiday pricing make holiday shopping from home a breeze!


What I like most about QVC is the ability to see products being used before I buy them. The hosts make the demos fun and interesting, and sometimes just too tempting to pass up! Radio controlled toys, electronics, fitness equipment and crafting items are some of my favorite products shown on QVC, as well as kitchen gadgets and holiday food items.


The QVC Program Guide is an easy way to track a QVC host’s activity and check what’s coming up on the programming schedule at a glance by date, time zone and channel.  You can adjust the guide to view one day or the whole week. You can also set reminders to be sent to you via email so you won’t miss your favorite host or product lines.

QVC Program Guide


Two of my favorite QVC hosts are David Venable and Jill Bauer.


I’m particularly fond of ‘In the Kitchen with David’ segments. David provides viewers with great recipes , kitchen how-to tips, and the heads up on quality cooking products.


‘You’re Home with Jill’ segments are wonderful for learning  new things related to cooking, decorating and entertaining.



QVC isn’t available over-the-air in all areas of the US, but it can be found in high definition (1080i) on subchannels in select markets including the following:



If you can’t get QVC over air, but you have internet service, you can go to the QVC site and click ‘Watch Live TV’ on the left hand side of the homepage.  QVC broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with the exception of Christmas Day when it airs a pre-recorded holiday show.


Holidays Happen at HSN



Another free over-the-air shopping channel in high definition is HSN.  Dedicated to offering quality products at great prices to at-home shoppers, HSN showcases well known brands right along side ‘As Seen On TV’ products.  The highly diverse product offerings on HSN make it a great place to shop for everyone on your holiday gift list!


To discover if HSN is available over air in your area, use the HSN Channel Finder.


If HSN isn’t available, all is not lost!  A free alternative to over air HSN broadcasts can be found online. Go to the HSN website to view the live stream via the WATCH link on the top of the page. Alternatively you can download the HSN app to view content on your iOS or Android devices.


Both HSN and QVC offer cord cutters awesome over-the-air free TV entertainment, as well as a fabulous way to shop stress-free for great gifts to give this holiday season.


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.

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.


Digital Subchannels: What They Are & Why They’re Awesome

Before I made the choice to cut the cord, I was oblivious to the world of television outside of cable. When it came to cable and television, I thought it was all or nothing; but in reality there are more options than I ever dreamed of. When all the broadcast networks made the transition from analog to digital signal, one of the coolest things that happened was it allowed for the creation of what are called subchannels.


What are digital subchannels

Subchannels are extra broadcast signals that overlap the main signal. An even easier way to understand subchannels is to think of them as people sharing the same car on the way to work. Just like a car, a signal can carry only so many subchannels. Broadcasters send a signal of 19.39-megabit-per-second (Mbps) and each subchannel, depending on its quality, takes up some part of that 19.39 Mbps.


Whereas regular channels are marked by 1, 2, 3, etc.; subchannels are marked by decimal points. For example, if your local NBC station is on channel 3; its corresponding subchannels will be 3.2, 3.3, and so on. This concept can be a little confusing at first, but give it a little time and it will start to make sense.


How to access subchannels & what’s playing

Subchannels are great because they expand the amount of content available through an Over-the-Air (OTA) antenna. Local stations are under no obligation to have a subchannel and are more or less free to broadcast what they want. Because of this, you will be surprised at the types of programming you can find on local subchannels.


Some stations broadcast their Doppler radar, local high school sports, old television shows and movies; I’ve even seen an elementary school dance recital that took place on a soccer field. This year’s International Bluegrass Music Association even had their World of Bluegrass awards show broadcast on a local subchannel. If you’re a fan of old school and offbeat television, subchannels can provide hours of free entertainment. Check out our detailed write-up of some of the amazing classic TV shows you can enjoy with your antenna thanks to Antenna TV.


Mohu Channels OTA TV Guide
Sample OTA Subchannels TV Guide


Why an antenna over cable or satellite

If you’re wondering why you’re just now hearing about subchannels, that’s because you probably have cable. Cable television providers typically don’t use sub-channels (with the exception of music channels). With cable you will have limited access to sub-channels and typically cable providers make them hard to find by placing them in the upper end of the channel range (channels 500 and higher). Satellite providers are even less likely to carry sub-channels since they try to pack as many different stations onto the satellite and are limited to how many they can carry.


Even if cable had the same selection and ease of access to subchannels, getting your subchannels through cable would be ill-advised. The cheapest cable subscription you’ll find will still run you somewhere around $30-$40 a month. Why pay that every month when you could get an antenna for the same price – and you only pay once?


Simply put, getting an OTA antenna is by far the cheapest and easiest way to access digital subchannels. When most people think of OTA broadcasts and antennas, they think about the rabbit ears of yester-year. Years ago, antennas would be lucky to pick up four channels and even luckier still if you had a clear picture.


Today, that’s all changed. Not only can you get access to most of today’s top TV shows, but you can also catch all the retro and esoteric programming you want on subchannels. It may not be as sleek and sexy as Netflix or Amazon Prime, but it is hard to deny the high amount of quality content found on broadcast networks and their subchannels.


Cable providers want you to think you don’t have a choice. They want you to think it’s all or nothing; but they are wrong. Cutting the cord was one of the best things I did for my wallet; and best of all I didn’t have to give up any of my favorite shows. If you’re tired of being overcharged and mistreated by the big cable companies, then you know what you must do.


Stop struggling, cut the cord, and kill your cable bill today! If you would like to know what the subchannels in your area are, check out this state-by-state list of all the digital subchannels in the US.


Dave Kennedy is a long time cordcutter who became increasingly frustrated with the high cost of Cable TV and decided to make a stance. In 2011 he launched KilltheCableBill.com, a site dedicated to helping people save money through providing simple, cost-effective cable TV alternatives. Sine then, David has helped 1,000s of people cancel their cable subscription while keeping the shows they love.

Watch Classic TV Shows & More with Antenna TV

“Over-the-air television programming that brings the family together, Antenna TV is treasured by cord cutters for its commitment to nostalgic shows that can be enjoyed by everyone.”


Antenna TV showcases classic, family-friendly TV programs and introduces fresh, contemporary programming that educates and entertains.  Launched on January 1, 2011, Antenna TV broadcasts free throughout most of the United States over the air. Take a look at this affiliate map to see if it’s available in your area.

Antenna TV Now Playing


How To Get Antenna TV


Antenna TV is most easily available over the air, so a digital HDTV antenna is the best way for you to enjoy it. If you live in an urban area that’s rich with over-the-air TV signals, give a Leaf Metro a try. It’s got a range of 25 miles, and if you live in an urban area like Chicago, you’ll pick up Antenna TV without a problem.


Antenna TV’s website offers an interactive online schedule.  Its simple interface is easy to understand. I use it to find out when my favorite Antenna TV program, Maude, is going to be on. I have a Mohu Leaf 50 connected to the TV tuner in my PC, and use Windows Media Center to record the program.


Here’s a taste of what Antenna TV has to offer:



What’s On Now


Below you’ll find a list of the current programs. Look for even more in 2015, making Antenna TV an over-the-air TV broadcast channel worth watching!


  • The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (1954-1959) – Fort Apache patrolled by a boy and his dog.



  • All in the Family (1971-1979) – The program that spawned The Jeffersons and Maude, this classic show introduced a never before seen dose of reality into prime time TV.


  • Animal Atlas (2004-2014) – Animal antics around the globe, educating and delighting viewers.  Animal Atlas’ “Wild Cats” is just one example of this great program.


  • Bachelor Father (1957-1960) – Bachelor uncle takes care of his orphaned niece.


  • Barney Miller (1975-1982) – Cops in NY’s Greenwich Village 12th Precinct led by Capt. Barney Miller.


  • Bewitched (1964-1972) –  Marry a witch and see what happens.



  • The Coolest Places On Earth (2013-2014) –  Explore history, cultures and traditions to understand and appreciate our world.


  • Dennis the Menace (1959-1963) – The neighbor can’t get away, and Dennis can’t get into enough mischief!


  • Diff’rent Strokes (1978-1986) – Two orphaned boys from Harlem join a wealthy NYC family, learning life’s lessons along the way.


  • Family Style with Chef Jeff (2013-2014) – Chef Jeff Henderson, inspired by his time in prison, shares recipes for good food and a good life.


  • Father Knows Best (1954-1960) –  A growing family with everyday problems, guided by their patriarch’s wisdom.


  • Flipper (1964-1967) – Two kids and their pet dolphin. What’s not to like?


  • The Flying Nun (1967-1970) – Airborne goodness!


  • Gidget (1965-1966) –  For the love of Moondoggie, in the California sun.


  • Good Times (1974-1979) – Living in the projects of Chicago, the family is poor,  but they have each other.


  • Green Acres (1965-1971) – The simple life found on a farm for a NY lawyer and his socialite wife.



  • I Dream of Jeannie (1965-1970) – Handsome astronaut rescues a beautiful genie, and she’s forever his slave.


  • It Takes a Thief (1968-1970) –  Sophisticated thief works for the government in exchange for his freedom in this adventure drama.


  • The Jack Benny Program (1950-1965) –  Jack’s unique comedy with guest stars stopping by to visit.



  • Maude (1972-1978) – Liberal, outspoken, suburban New Yorker Maude Findlay cuts to the chase.


  • McHale’s Navy (1962-1966) – PT boat commander in WWII and his oddball crew.


  • Mister Ed (1961-1966) – Wilbur hears Mister Ed’s wisdom. Do you?


  • The Monkees (1966-1968) – Silly ’60s fun, with the boys in the band.


  • The Nanny (1993-1999) – A girl from Queens becomes a nanny to three wealthy kids, eventually winning their widowed father’s heart.


  • On the Spot (2011-2014) –  An educational trivia show that leaves you wanting more!


  • The Partridge Family (1970-1974) – Widowed mother and her five kids make up a band and a family rolling through life together.


  • The Patty Duke Show (1963-1966) – Patty Duke plays two identical twin teen cousins.



  • Three’s Company (1977-1984) – Two women need a roommate, and the man passed out in their bathtub looks like the perfect match.


  • Too Close For Comfort (1980-1987) – Meddling cartoonist keeps his friends and family busy.


  • Totally Tooned In – Cartoons from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.


  • WKRP in Cincinnati (1978-1982) – Cincinnati radio station offers the backdrop to quirky characters and off the wall antics.



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.

What is Over-the-Air DVR? Cut Cable, Not Convenience

What is Over-the-Air (OTA) DVR
Sometimes the difference between keeping your cable subscription and cutting the cord comes down to the small things you have grown accustomed to. Some people like the ability to simply watch whatever’s on (channel surfing), while others like the ease with which they can catch their favorite shows, and everyone I know loves their DVR; everyone.


The DVR is like the internet in that we often wonder how we ever got along without it. Although the beauty of cord cutting is that you can stream content whenever you want; many people are hesitant to give up cable because they enjoy using their DVR to record live television specials that would be otherwise unavailable for streaming. For example: you can probably find Season 4 of “Grey’s Anatomy” online, but the odds are slim for the “State of the Union Address” or this year’s “Super Bowl” making it to Netflix anytime soon.


What most people don’t realize is that they don’t have to choose between cutting the cord and recording live programming with their DVR. Well, obviously the cable company won’t let you keep their DVR, but you can most certainly replace it with your own.


Over-the-Air DVR

When it comes to over the air (OTA) DVRs, there are two routes you can take. Most store bought DVRs will plug into your television as easily as a Roku or Apple TV would and can range in price from $50 to $350. However, unlike Roku and Apple TV, you will have to pay a subscription fee in order for your DVR to access a channel guide.


And without a channel guide, your DVR will not know where and when to record your favorite shows. Subscription prices range from $5 to $15 monthly. If you want your DVR experience to be simple and hassle free, the benefits of owning a store bought OTA DVR will outweigh the cost of the subscription.


Build Your Own OTA DVR

If you’re like me and you don’t mind the extra work to save a few dollars, then you might want to build your own DVR. Don’t worry, it isn’t as complicated as it seems. The only thing you need is a PC, an over-the-air antenna, and a TV tuner card. But what is a TV tuner card, you ask?


A TV tuner card is the peripheral device that allows you to record over the air broadcasts from your computer. There are four different types of TV tuner cards you will need to choose from: Internal, External USB, External CardBus slot/ExpressCard slot, and Network Ethernet connection. Once you install your TV tuner card, and you make sure it has a connection with your antenna, your PC can then be used as a DVR. Most tuner cards will be in the $30-$60 range, so they should be pretty affordable for even the tightest of budgets.


Build Your Own OTA DVR

Image credit: KillTheCableBill.com

If you don’t mind doing a little tinkering and research, building your own OTA DVR is definitely worth it. Not only will you have the satisfaction of doing something for yourself, but you’ll also have saved potentially hundreds of dollars in the long run.


Cut Cable Without Cutting Content & Convenience

A lot of people are reluctant to give up their cable subscription because there are a lot of unknowns: how will I watch my favorite shows, what kind of devices will I need, how will I record certain broadcasts, etc…


However, once you take a step back and do a little research, it becomes abundantly clear that cutting the cord is a lot easier than you ever thought. Don’t be stuck unnecessarily paying thousands of dollars to cable companies every year; take the leap and start saving money today!


Dave Kennedy is a long time cordcutter who became increasingly frustrated with the high cost of Cable TV and decided to make a stance. In 2011 he launched KilltheCableBill.com, a site dedicated to helping people save money through providing simple, cost-effective cable TV alternatives. Sine then, David has helped 1,000s of people cancel their cable subscription while keeping the shows they love.

Broadcast Networks Sub-Channels: More Free OTA TV

This week, the International Bluegrass Music Association’s annual World of Bluegrass is taking over Raleigh, NC. That means tons of amazing musicians are taking the numerous stages while thousands of bluegrass fans head to the city to take it all in. Here at Mohu, we’re huge fans of great music, so we’re excited to have this event right here in our backyard.


What’s even more exciting though is that our friends at WNCN, the Triangle’s NBC affiliate, are broadcasting tonight’s 25th Annual IBMA Awards Show LIVE for folks in the area to tune in and enjoy if they can’t make the festivities in person.  The awards show will air at 7:30 p.m. tonight on WNCN channel 17-2. If you’re thinking that channel looks funky because of the “-2,” that’s because it’s the WNCN digital sub-channel.


Like tonight’s IBMA Awards Show, digital sub-channels offer a lot of entertaining, unique content that you can enjoy in addition to the main broadcasts. The catch? Well, if you’re a satellite subscriber, unfortunately you won’t be able to watch these sub-channels. Since satellite providers are limited to how many local stations they can carry, they focus on the primary channels for as many local networks as they can. And if you’re a cable subscriber, chances are the sub-channels are buried deep in your channel guide and hard to find.


Fortunately, it’s incredibly easy to pick up your local broadcast networks sub-channels with an HDTV antenna, so even if you aren’t a cord-cutter, you can still take advantage of these free, over-the-air broadcasts using an antenna in addition to your cable or satellite subscription. The antenna can also serve as a back-up in case you experience blackouts or satellite signal disruptions.


Curious what kind of sub-channels you can get in your area? Check out this listing to find your local broadcast market. You’ll be able to see the OTA channels available, and you can click each to see if and what sub-channels are also available through that network.



DirecTV and Raycom Media Dispute: How to Avoid Blackouts

In light of the DirecTV and Raycom Media dispute that caused thousands of DirecTV’s paying customers to miss the NFL season opener last night, we thought we’d share just how simple (and affordable) it is to make sure you aren’t left in the dark due to any cable/satellite blackouts.


Image Credit: USA Today

Image Credit: USA Today

How to Avoid Blackouts


For starters, a huge chunk of all of the NFL games are being broadcast on network stations, including last night’s Seahawks vs. Packers opening game. We’ve already shared where and how you can catch that and the rest of this week’s games for free with an over-the-air HDTV antenna. You can continue to enjoy pure 1080 high definition broadcasts of many of the games this season (in addition to almost all of the top 100 shows on TV, and fall TV premieres are right around the corner).


All you have to do is plug in your zip code to see about how many channels you could receive for free over-the-air, and then pick out the HDTV antenna that best suits your needs based on your location without the hassle of monthly subscriptions or potential blackouts like this one so many were dealt this week.