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What is Mohu AirWave? Review, Cost, Performance, and More

For the uninitiated, Mohu is a brand that is very familiar to cord cutters. Mohu pioneered the thin, flat and affordable antenna that has ushered in the modern antenna revolution. And now the Mohu AirWave (review below) takes their antenna technology to the next level.

Many who have opted to get rid of cable use these sleek, unobtrusive antennas to pull in local over-the-air (OTA) broadcasts, all in glorious high definition for the low, low price of nothing.

A quality antenna, like the ones offered by Mohu, combined with Internet streaming services, have enabled many people to say goodbye to pricey monthly cable bills.

While the arrival of high-quality antennas and streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime was a welcome one, there is one minor, but annoying, elephant in the room. The biggest downside to this entertainment set up is the fact that users have to manually switch inputs in order to access all of their content. This can really detract from the feeling of channel surfing that comes with a more traditional television set up. Unfortunately, this can prevent many people from cutting the cord.

However, Mohu hopes to change all that with their newest product: the Mohu AirWave.

Read on for our full Mohu AirWave review.

 

What is the Mohu AirWave?

Before we talk about how this antenna performs in our Mohu AirWave review, let’s go over the basics.

The Mohu AirWave was released in 2017 to the delight of many cord cutters. The device collects all of the available OTA broadcasts (channels like NBC, CBS, FOX, ABC, PBS, etc.) and slots them into the streaming device you’re already using, whether that be a Roku, Apple TV, Fire Stick, or whatever else.

This works sending the OTA broadcasts to the Mohu TV app, where it lives alongside other streaming video apps like Netflix and Hulu. The ability to integrate OTA channels into your streaming device eliminates the need to switch inputs on your TV, creating a more streamlined viewing experience.

 

How Does the Mohu AirWave Work?

The Mohu AirWave is an antenna that can be placed anywhere in your home so long as it is in range of your Wi-Fi network. Alternatively, the Mohu AirWave has an Ethernet port so you can hard wire the antenna to your router if you like.

The AirWave then scans the airwaves for OTA broadcasts in your area. It then pipes the channels you’re able to pick up with this antenna to a companion app on your streaming device called the Mohu TV App.

The AirWave works with Roku, AppleTV, Amazon Fire TV, Android, iOS and standard web browsers, tablets, and smart phones, so you shouldn’t have any difficulty watching OTA channels on your device of choice.

 

Advantages of the Mohu Airwave

As we mentioned earlier, the Mohu AirWave integrates OTA channels into your streaming device alongside the likes of Netflix and others. While this convenience alone is worth the price of admission, the AirWave has other additional benefits.

The Mohu AirWave app has a full-featured electronic programming guide (EPG) for all of the OTA channels it picks up. The EPG gives users information about the programming on each channel, including things like how long the episode is and brief plot synopsis. It’s a welcome feature that doesn’t cost the end user anything.

Furthermore, the Mohu AirWave compresses all of the OTA broadcasts itself before sending them to your streaming devices. This means that low-end devices shouldn’t have any trouble with playback. In addition, the AirWave also employs something Mohu has dubbed “ClearPix” technology. This improves the video quality by automatically adjusting the internal configuration of your antenna based on your location and the strength of the OTA signals in your area.

Finally, the AirWave is able to transmit the OTA broadcasts over Wi-Fi to multiple clients simultaneously. This means that multiple users can be tuned in to the same channel at the same time. No additional antennas or pesky splitters needed.

 

Drawbacks of the Mohu AirWave

While there is a lot to like about the Mohu AirWave, there is room for growth. Unfortunately, at this point in time, the Mohu AirWave does not yet include a DVR function. It is possible that the AirWave might have the ability to record shows in the future, however the absence of USB ports suggests that recordings would have to be stored in the cloud as opposed to a user supplied hard drive.

 

2nd Generation AirWave

Earlier this year Mohu unveiled an updated version of the AirWave. The big draw of the AirWave is the fact that it can transmit OTA broadcasts to different devices over Wi-Fi.

The updated version still boasts the same functionality but instead of being a standalone antenna, this time around the Wi-Fi transmission system is its own dedicated box.

The advantage of this is that you can now use any Mohu antenna in conjunction with the 2nd gen AirWave to stream OTA broadcasts.

 

How Much Does the Mohu AirWave Cost?

With a starting price of $179.99, the Mohu AirWave is more expensive than the company’s other basic antennas, like the popular Mohu Leaf, but that’s for good reason. This wireless antenna has features regular antennas don’t have, most notably the ability to stream your local channels to your streaming devices for an improved viewing experience.

 

Where Can You Buy the Mohu AirWave?

The AirWave is available at Best Buy, Fry’s, and other retail stores, but your best bet is to buy directly through the Mohu website so you can get guaranteed product availability, the best price, and the best support directly from the company throughout the process.

 

Mohu Review Conclusion

In short, the Mohu AirWave is a unique antenna that is ideal for those who want to be able to watch their local channels directly on their device of choice, without having to switch inputs on the TV back and forth. It’s a groundbreaking product in the antenna space for sure, but if you’re just looking for a basic antenna at a low price without the bells and whistles, the Mohu Leaf might be a better value.

What is AirTV? Review & FAQ

The bloated TV packages peddled by the cable companies are so expensive, it seems like you need to take out a second mortgage on your house just to pay your cable bill. It comes as no surprise that many people are interested in cutting their cable bill. But how?

The good news is there are easy ways to get rid of cable TV.

One of the most popular ways to ditch the ballooning cable bill is to subscribe to various streaming services. One such service, Sling TV has proven to be particularly popular, due to its wide live channel offering. Sling TV is a live streaming service that lets you access many of the most popular pay TV channels (think ESPN, HGTV, AMC, CNN, etc.) at a low price, with no contract (like Netflix), and best of all, without cable. Check out our Sling TV review for the full rundown on this service.

While the flexibility of choosing different channels and pricing tiers with Sling TV is impressive, there is one huge gap that could give you pause; limited selection of local channels.

Fortunately, Sling TV has a solution: AirTV.

What is AirTV? It’s a device that picks up over-the-air television broadcasts from your antenna and streams them to your streaming devices via the Internet, fully integrated into the Sling TV interface.

Read on for our full AirTV review!

 

How Does AirTV Work?

AirTV is a small rectangular box that works with your existing over-the-air (OTA) antenna, like the Mohu Leaf or any other antenna of your choosing. The channels you pick up with your antenna are then integrated into your Sling TV interface, allowing you to watch them anywhere you can watch Sling TV (e.g. Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, iPhone, iPad, Android devices, computers, smart TVs, etc.)

Setting up the AirTV is very easy — users simply connect their antenna’s coaxial cable into the back of the box and that’s pretty much it.

If you’re already using an OTA antenna to watch your local channels, you might be wondering why the AirTV is necessary. AirTV adds two functions that, once you start using them, you’ll find yourself wondering how you ever watched TV without them.

 

AirTV and Wireless OTA Transmission

In most cases, folks who watch their local TV broadcasts do so via an antenna. Popular OTA antennas like the Mohu Leaf are unobtrusive and super affordable, making them an easy way to watch local broadcasts from channels like ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, PBS and more. The downside to OTA TV is the fact that you can only watch that content on whichever TV your antenna is hooked up to.

In the past, the only way to get around this would be to buy an antenna for each TV in your house or split the antenna cable to the various TVs in your house. Buying multiple antennas is costly and splitting your antenna signal can result in poorer resolution, not to mention the hassle of running coaxial cable all over your house.

Fortunately, AirTV solves this problem. AirTV uses your existing Wi-Fi to transmit your antenna’s OTA signal to other devices like your mobile phone or tablet. With AirTV users can stream OTA channels to two different devices at once. In addition, AirTV allows users to stream OTA content to their devices even when they’re out of the house. This means that you can use a mobile Internet connection to watch all of your local stations anytime, anywhere.

 

AirTV and Sling TV Integration

AirTV can be used as a standalone device, however where it really shines is through integration with Sling TV. Both Sling TV and AirTV are subsidiaries of the Dish Network, so it makes sense that these two products are designed to complement each other. AirTV picks up your local OTA television broadcasts and adds them into your Sling TV channel subscriptions. This makes all of your content available in the same spot, as opposed to flicking back and forth between Sling TV and the antenna input of your TV.

Getting this set-up is very straightforward. Download the AirTV app on your iOS or Android device and connect your AirTV unit to your Wi-Fi. Then, sync it with your account in the Sling TV app. The AirTV device will then scan for available OTA channels. How many channels it picks up will vary, as there are a number of factors that contribute to channel availability, including where you are located and antenna placement. Once AirTV identifies all of the available channels, it then automatically adds them to your Sling TV channel list.

 

AirTV Limitations

One of the biggest downsides you’ll see mentioned in  AirTV reviews is the lack of built-in storage for recording shows.

While AirTV does have a DVR function, it requires users to provide their own hard drive for storage. If you don’t already have a hard drive, this can add to the overall cost to your home entertainment setup. Furthermore, the addition to yet another small box with another cable can be less than appealing from an aesthetic standpoint.

In a somewhat nitpicky complaint, the Sling TV app does not allow you to reorder how your channels appear in your channel list. This means that all of the channels added by AirTV will appear at the end of your channel lineup. In a more traditional television set-up, local channels would appear first. It’s a small complaint, and most users would probably get used to this fairly quickly, but it’s worth noting.

 

How Much Does AirTV Cost?

Sling TV is not charging you extra for the ability to stream live OTA television through their app, but you do have to pay for the actual AirTV device. Thankfully, Sling TV has some special offers available that really sweeten the deal.

The best way to buy AirTV is through Sling TV’s website because they have an offer going right now where you can get the device for just $50 when you prepay for 3 months of Sling TV service. If you paid for the two separately, that would run you close to $200, so you’ll save a good amount. This is a great way to save a little cash when getting this device, while also taking care of a few months of Sling TV’s streaming service.

 

Conclusion

AirTV is designed to work seamlessly with the Sling TV app, and it does. Set-up is simple and easy, allowing users to pull their OTA channels into the Sling TV app to create a comprehensive channel list. This makes for a viewing experience very similar to that of traditional cable. All of your channels in one place, without having to flick between various apps.

In addition, AirTV allows you to stream OTA content to other devices via Wi-Fi. This even allows you to access your local television programming on the go. The biggest omission on the AirTV is the lack of built-in storage for the DVR function. However, with the addition of a hard drive, you won’t have to rush home to catch the big game or sit through commercials.

Overall, AirTV is a great addition for those with a Sling TV subscription. The integration of live local channels into the Sling TV app makes TV watching much more convenient. It’s safe to say that Sling TV combined with AirTV is one of the best options available for those who want to cut the cord and say goodbye to the high cost of cable.

 

Sling TV new “Multi-Stream” Package

Streaming to multiple devices is no longer an issue with Sling TV’s Multi-Stream package

Sling TV Multi-Stream

One of my favorite online streaming services has to be Sling TV (click here for a free trial).  If you are new to the service, make sure you read our Sling TV review.

As a cord cutting sports fan, I have really appreciated being able to live stream ESPN and sporting events like March Madness without cable. But one thing about Sling TV that’s always bothered me has been the fact that I could only stream it on one device as a time; but that’s about to change.

Earlier this month, Sling TV unveiled a brand new streaming “default” package, appropriately named “Multi-Stream”. There are a few key differences between the Multi and Single stream packages, so let’s do a quick rundown on the changes

*** To learn about last month’s changes to Sling TV’s offering, check out “Whats New With Sling TV“.

First, let’s start with what you’ll get. Continue reading Sling TV new “Multi-Stream” Package