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Get Rid of the High Price of TV Service

Updated on April 15, 2018
MOHU Leaf Antenna
MOHU Leaf Antenna

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It was nearly two years ago that I open up my cable bill and saw that they were going to raise the bill up to nearly $85. a month. The cable company bragged that we were getting nearly 350 channels. Many of those channels were repeats, like channel 120, might be the same as 20, then going to 220, it would be the same again. That was noticed many times by me. In other words, the cable company was trying to pull a fast one.

My wife and I both live on Social Security so saving money is a major issue. I started to check around for other options on what to do to save money. I looked into satellite packages which saved some money, but more channels than we needed. One evening I just happened to pull up the website for one of our local TV stations. It had an article about a company located right here in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The company was MOHU and they manufactured indoor TV antennas. Naturally, my mind flew back to when I was young and remember the rabbit ear TV antennas that left a lot to be desired. I pulled up the website of this company and read about, cutting the cord, as they say. They were saying that you can do away with those monthly cable or satellite TV bills. You could enter your zip code to see how many stations you could receive in your area. It listed around 25 stations and I thought to myself that we have been paying a fortune for cable TV when we could now possibly see TV for free.

Well, it did seem to good to be true. We bought one of the MOHU 30 mile range Leaf Antennas just to give it a try. I figured for about $40. How could we go wrong? If we lost just a few bucks for something that saves us money, why not give it a try. We hooked up the antenna to our TV in the living room. It was so easy to hook up and did a channel search. We got around 25 channels.

We got all of the main stations, ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX. We also got some local channels that were great to watch. A couple showed reruns of shows from years ago. My wife and I looked at each other and knew we made the right choice. Why would we continue to pay for 350 channels when we only ever looked at about 15? We got the cable box and the controller and returned it to the cable company the next day. TV was now free, no more cable bills. It would be saving us nearly $1,000. a year. Big savings for two senior citizens.

We liked it so much that we immediately bought one for our TV in the bedroom. In setting up, we moved the antenna to different locations to get the best reception. MOHU has antennas for a 30-mile range, a 50-mile range, and now a 65-mile range. If you live close to a major city like we do this is just the right thing.

There are other manufacturers of similar TV antennas. Check them all out and make the choice that is best for you. Many people do not know that they can do away with the high prices of TV service. Yes, the mileage is a factor, but if you live close to a large city, check it out. We are so pleased that we went with the MOHU antenna. The MOHU antenna about the size of an 8 ½ x 11 sheet of paper. It is white on one side and black on the other. It can be placed behind photos to hide it from view.

On the MOHU website it says that 94 of the top 100 watched shows are available over-the-air in stunning 1080 high definition and are absolutely free when you receive them with a MOHU antenna.

The website for the MOHU antenna is:


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    • Larry Fish profile imageAUTHOR

      Larry W Fish 

      10 months ago from Raleigh

      Thanks for your comment, Margie. To bad you are to far away. We are very close to Raleigh, NC. We get ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and 25 other local channels. We also use NetFlix to look at a lot of movies.

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      Margie's Southern Kitchen 

      10 months ago from the USA

      Larry, we are too far away from a major city to use this, I wish we could. We have dropped cable, like you we are on a fixed income. We just have Netflix and Amazon Prime. We are not able to get any news channels, maybe someday! Thanks for your article!

    • Larry Fish profile imageAUTHOR

      Larry W Fish 

      11 months ago from Raleigh

      Thank you for your comment, Kelley. If you live reasonably close to a city it may well be worthwhile to save some money. I get ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and about 25 local channels.

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      Kelley Marks 

      11 months ago from California

      Thanks for the tip about the MOHU antenna. Maybe I'll check it out; I may need to cut my cable bill at some point in the near future - unless I sell a novel. Ho-ho-ho!...Later!

    • Larry Fish profile imageAUTHOR

      Larry W Fish 

      11 months ago from Raleigh

      I also get Cozi and MeTV on my antenna. I love looking at the old shows. I love the black and white shows from the 1950s, Leave it to Beaver, The Andy Griffith Show, Rawhide, The Rifleman, etc.

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      Gregory DeVictor 

      11 months ago

      Hello Larry. Enrico, the guy who has been cutting my hair for years, told me just last Wednesday that he and his wife gave up cable about a year ago. He told me that he bought his indoor antenna at Walmart and said that it works just fine. By the way, Enrico lives over in Westmorland County and gets KDKA and WTAE news, as wells as some cable-related networks like Cozi.

      I also found a website called where I can watch all kinds of television reruns on my Chromebook. OK, I’m a big fan of “Mama’s Family” and found around 60 past episodes of that series alone.

    • Larry Fish profile imageAUTHOR

      Larry W Fish 

      11 months ago from Raleigh

      Well Gregory, I get ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and about 25 other channels. I also have NetFlix to watch movies when we want. Sometimes, the channels get a little crinkly when the weather is bad but nothing we can't deal with. When Time Warner Cable went up to $1,000 a year it was time to ditch them. MOHU antennas are made right here in Raleigh. The have a 30 mile and a 50 mile range antenna. Most of the time the channels come in crystal clear. I think In Pittsburgh it would work for you.

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      Gregory DeVictor 

      11 months ago from Squirrel Hill, PA

      Larry, thanks for a great and informative article. I have always wondered whether those indoor antennas really work. Based on your experience, they do. I have basic cable with Comcast and pay just over $20 every month. The selection of stations is limited but does offer plenty of shopping channels. Well, I live in the City of Pittsburgh and that would not be a problem. I could still watch KDKA news, which has always been my favorite news station.

    • Larry Fish profile imageAUTHOR

      Larry W Fish 

      16 months ago from Raleigh

      I agree with you, Larry. I can get everything I need with an antenna. I don't need or want 300+ channels.

    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 

      16 months ago from Oklahoma

      I'm all about antenna TV. Cable is ok if it's like $15 bucks a month, but more often it's $100+. The heck with it!

    • Larry Fish profile imageAUTHOR

      Larry W Fish 

      16 months ago from Raleigh

      So many people are doing just what we did, Linda. It gets to the point where enough is enough. Why are so many people obsessed with getting those 200 or 300 channels I will never know. Glad to hear you made the decision to, cut the cord, as they say.

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      Linda Crampton 

      16 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I've done exactly the same as you, Larry. Cable was just too expensive. I miss getting a couple of the channels that I like via cable, but in general the ones that I get with the antenna more than satisfy me.

    • Larry Fish profile imageAUTHOR

      Larry W Fish 

      16 months ago from Raleigh

      Thank you for your comment, F/A. That $1,000 a year that I am saving is well spent on things that I need. I missed CNN, The History Channel, and ESPN for a little while, but I can do without those. Actually I much prefer getting my news on PBS now.

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      16 months ago from USA

      My addiction is CNN but I’m rapidly not needing that or MSNBC. I hate paying for cable. Good for you that you found an alternative that works for you!

    • Larry Fish profile imageAUTHOR

      Larry W Fish 

      16 months ago from Raleigh

      Thanks for the comment, Eric. People are just getting overwhelmed with the price of everything going up. I will never understand why people need 350 or so channels. No one looks at that many.

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      Eric Dierker 

      16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Great article Larry. The bill pissed me off. So I dropped off the edge of live and cable. I do stuff like listen to news and commentary on the radio in my car. I do not need to drive much.

      But I have my snitches out there that ring me or email if something is big in the news.

      I have one of those doohickies for live TV. I use it about every two weeks for amusement.

    • Larry Fish profile imageAUTHOR

      Larry W Fish 

      16 months ago from Raleigh

      Thanks for your comment, Heidi. I have read that the cable companies are loosing business by the droves. I also have NetFlix which gives us many movies to watch and also TV shows.

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      Heidi Thorne 

      16 months ago from Chicago Area

      Did the same thing about a year ago. Love my antenna! And, yes, they're way different than we all remember from back in the day. Plus, we have Amazon Prime to get even more content when we want it... plus the free shipping deal.


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