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CORD-CUTTING 101: Cut the Cable with a Digital HDTV Antenna

Sick of paying for hundreds of channels you don’t need? Ready to ditch cable and watch HDTV for free?

Great, you’re ready to join the Cord-Cutters movement.

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Welcome to Mohu’s Cord-Cutting HQ. You’ll find everything you need to get started and free yourself from that cable or satellite bill.

What is cord-cutting?

Cord-cutting is the process by which cable or satellite customers, frustrated with escalating prices and subpar customer service, decide to pull the plug on their expensive monthly TV bills in favor of free, reliable, high-definition TV reception.

That’s where Mohu’s Cord-Cutting wizard — Untangle.TV — comes in. Tell Untangle.TV what you want to watch and you’ll get a custom cord-cutting solution tailored to you. It'll also tell you how much you’ll save compared to your current cable or satellite bill.

Depending on what’s broadcast in your area, you’ll be able to watch popular national TV networks and local TV shows at no cost. With Mohu’s line of HDTV antennas, you no longer have to pay high monthly cable or satellite bills to enjoy your favorite shows and live sports.

Even if you’re already streaming content over the Internet, a Mohu TV antenna will complete your cord-cutting experience. Streaming content doesn’t cover live TV events, but Mohu antennas can pull in all of your local news, weather, sitcoms, kids shows, and sports programming, including the Super Bowl, the Olympics, the NBA Finals, and the World Cup - with NO monthly contract or bills.

What channels are available over-the-air (OTA) in my area?

Use our TV For Free tool to see the HD Channels available OTA in your area.

After the Digital TV (DTV) transition was finalized on June 12, 2009, television stations converted to an all-digital broadcast that offers some of the best picture quality available anywhere. OTA (Over-the-Air) television now provides high-definition broadcasts, HD sub-channels, digital resilience, and no static.

What Mohu television antenna is right for me?

Did you know the Mohu Leaf® is the #1 selling indoor antenna on the market?

The Leaf® 30 HDTV Antenna is recommended for customers who live within approximately a 30-mile range of the broadcasting towers. The Leaf® 50 HDTV Antenna is recommended for customers who live within approximately a 50-mile range of the broadcasting towers.

In a city where OTA signals are readily available, but space isn't? Check out the Leaf® Metro HDTV Antenna. All three Leaf® antennas are paper-thin and can be easily hidden or painted without compromising signal strength!

Care about clean, modern design? The Arc and Arc PRO indoor HDTV antennas are designer versions of our award-winning antennas that look as amazing as they work. No need to hide these!

Ready to go outdoors and supercharge your cord-cutting? The Sail’s 75-mile range with an integrated amplifier could be the answer.

How does OTA TV work?

The broadcasting station transmits programming from their studio to the high-power broadcasting towers generally located near most major urban areas. These towers then rebroadcast the signal to the homes and houses nearby where the signal can be picked up by the TV antenna in your home.

At Mohu, we work on improving the TV antenna in your home to allow you to receive stations more clearly and from further away.

Digital TV is actually capable of a higher resolution than cable or satellite, but some broadcasters choose to use a lower resolution which allows them to transmit multiple programs (or streams) in the same bandwidth, which is called multicasting. As a result, you may be able to receive multiple channels from NBC or FOX, for example.

For more technical information or if you need help choosing your new Mohu TV antenna, contact our experts, available 7 days a week.