By Mike Thayer
Let's face it, cable TV just costs too much money, there's no ifs, ands or buts about it!
I'm a football junkie, both college and pro and I must admit, that after going through a spring and summer without cable TV last year, I was pining for football in September. Despite loving my Roku streamer and all the entertainment it provides, it lacks football. So I called the cable company and added TV to my internet package. I was fine with that, not really liking the price but loving the football, until Cox Cable sent me my latest bill jacking my cable TV price up $19 a month. It's a rate increase that crossed a line for me, pushing my total cable tv/internet bill to $161 a month!
I tried to do the online Chat on the Cox Cable website to talk about the rate hike, but I was blown off by their Chat Representative, who stated she couldn't discuss rate increases and gave me a 1-800 number to call. Already having spent roughly 10 minutes in the chat... Waiting; "Hi, thanks for using Chat, how can I help you?"; verifying my ID; waiting; the rep asking for my patience while she pulls up my account information which for some odd reason takes forever; waiting; then I restate that I wish to discuss the rate increase and she responds with, "Oh, I can't talk about rate increases".... Sigh.... You couldn't have just told me that when I opened up the Chat window leading with that very question??!!! Frustrated by the run-around and not having the patience to call a 1-800 number for more of the same, I then wrote a snail mail letter to Cox Cable to see if they would drop me back down to the rate I was paying prior to the increase, you would think they would want to keep a good customer right? I got no response. So last Friday, I disconnected my Contour TV receiver (a box Cox forces you to rent for about $8+ tax a month), traveled to the nearest Cox Cable "Solutions" Store, turned in the TV equipment and reverted back to my internet only package.
So what am I going to do to avoid football withdrawals? After all, the College Football Playoff, bowl games and the NFL playoffs are right around the corner..... And heck, I'm hosting a Super Bowl Party! I can't have a Super Bowl Party and NOT have the game on!
Enter, the Mohu Leaf mini Indoor HDTV Antenna
With a range of 30 miles, this multi-directional antenna picks up all the network affiliates in town and then some! I'm getting ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS and a number of other channels (31 in fact). Now about 10 of those are a mix of Spanish speaking, church going and shopping network so I won't watch any of those, but to remember - I WANT FOOTBALL! I'll get plenty of football on the major networks. This is free broadcast TV, the antenna cost me $18 at Walmart. The only outlet I won't have for football watching is ESPN. I can live with that. The antenna is mine, there's no equipment to rent, no subscription required. All the channels come in crystal clear, in many cases of better picture quality than what cable provided. The only issue I have is the local ABC affiliate sometimes does that querky digital pattern distortion thing, but I have yet to optimize the antenna for the absolute best placement, so that issue may yet be resolved.
All the local network affiliates are within 20 miles of where I live and that's why I went with the 30 mile range antenna. Mohu also offers other indoor antennas with 50 and 60 mile ranges in the $50 price range which if you think about is still an excellent deal given it's a one-time purchase. I may have even picked up a few more stations with the increased range, but I figured I was getting what I wanted with the Mohu mini. If you're in a more rural setting, then the 50/60 mile range models are what you'd need.
The antenna itself is paper thin, you can easily attach it to your wall or cabinet with push pins or velcro (provided), it's reversible (white or black) and paintable! This purchase is a winner-winner-football-watching-dinner!
The Mohu Leaf 30 Indoor Antenna is Bachelor on the Cheap friendly at only $18 and delivers as advertised. If you're thinking about disabling your cable, this is a great way to do it! Now if you'll excuse me, the Chiefs are on Fox and the Patriots are on CBS.....
The Mohu Leaf gets five out of five Bachelor on the Cheap Stars!