Published on January 11th, 2017 | by Brad Gibson


CES: Mohu wireless AirWave antenna has big OTA potential

The most interesting thing to come to TV antennas at CES is from Mohu, the company that invented the Leaf flat antenna. Mohu’s new AirWave over-the-air (OTA) antenna includes its own TV tuner, and instead of having a physical connection to the TV, it broadcast local channels wirelessly via WiFi to an Apple TV app.

Mohu says it combines live, local channels with streaming video in a visual grid program guide, complete with program descriptions, 14-day forward listings, and favorite channels capabilities. There are no subscriptions or fees to worry about. Sweet.

One major advantage of the AirWave wireless antenna is that it gives the user greater flexibility to put the antenna is an optimum window location for the best reception. With ClearPix, a proprietary pixilation reduction technology, Mohu says the AirWave automatically adjusts to improve image reception of OTA broadcasts.

Mohu has yet to answer questions regarding a DVR option, lag time of watching wirelessly via Wi-Fi, and whether you could watch content streaming from a remote location other than from home. The former and the latter would be great additions, now or later.

Mohu expects to launch the AirWave this Spring for $150 and will begin selling the product exclusively through Best Buy. If the app works as advertised, this could be a significant solution for easier, cheaper cord cutting.

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Brad is co-founder and editor-in-chief of BESTAppleTV.com. He has been a technology reporter since the late 1980s having previously worked for MacUser, MacFormat, and iCreate magazines, as well as MacNN.com, MacObserver.com, MacCentral.com, MacMinute.com, and Macworld.com. He hosted and produced the MacFormat This Week podcast for three years. He was also a reporter, editor, and producer for the AOL, the BBC, Associated Press, and United Press International.

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