Enjoy Free Over-The-Air TV Shows in HD with Mohu Leaf [Giveaway]

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The Mohu Leaf is a paper-thin TV antenna you can hang on your wall to get HD-quality television, for free. Cable is quaint. Web-savvy consumers ditched that overpaid service a long time ago: it’s simply cheaper to stream shows online or purchase them later, especially if you only watch a few.

But ditching cable doesn’t mean you need to ditch live TV altogether: all the major networks and an occasionally surprising amount of other channels are available to you free of charge over-the-air, if you have an antenna. This means you can watch many of the most popular shows, along with many major sporting events, in high definition for free.

We’re giving away one Mohu Leaf Plus and two regular Mohu Leaf antennas valued at $150. Read on to find out more about the Mohu Leaf antennas and how to win them!

The Mohu Leaf isn’t magic: it’s just a TV antenna which you plug into your television, similar in many ways to the ugly rabbit ears you might remember from older televisions. It’s certainly less of an eyesore than those rabbit ears, however, and generally doesn’t need to be adjusted once it’s set up. Hundreds of reviewers on Amazon love this antenna; you might too.

Using The Leaf

There are two models of the Mohu Leaf (which retails for $37.99): the Leaf and the Mohu Leaf Plus (RRP $74.99), the latter of which uses USB for extra power. Both models look the same; the only difference is performance.

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This antenna looks like little more than a piece of laminated paper, with a wire coming out of it. Here it is next to my favorite coffee mug, for context:

As you can see, it’s not huge. It’s two sided – one side is white, one side is black. Which way it faces makes no difference whatsoever in terms of reception: the colors are there to make it easier to match the antenna with your decor.

If you grew up without cable (I did) you probably remember adjusting an antenna, struggling to get a decent picture. The picture rarely looked perfect: there was inevitably a certain amount of “snow”.

Put those thoughts out of your mind. Terrestrial broadcasts today are digital, high-definition and crystal clear. This is great, but also means there is less wiggle room than before. With digital television there is no fuzzy picture: it’s all or nothing. This means you need a good antenna to consistently see your shows.

Putting The Mohu Leaf To The Test

Mohu suggests that customers who live within a 30 mile radius of their neighbourhood broadcasting tower to go for the Leaf antenna, whereas those who live 10 miles further should ideally use the Leaf Plus instead. I just happen to live in one of the hardest towns in America to get television reception – Boulder, Colorado. I have a cheap antenna from Radio Shack, and I can get most channels but it’s inconsistent: some stations work well, others are a hassle. This can get annoying: I had to stand in certain places to maintain reception throughout the Stanley Cup Finals this year.

In this environment, the regular Mohu Leaf simply won’t work well, so I decided to put the Mohu Leaf Plus to the test. The Mohu Leaf Plus, unlike the Mohu Leaf, requires a USB port to be powered.

You can plug this into your TV, if your TV has a USB port, or the USB port on your game console or media computer. If there are no USB ports near your TV, don’t worry: an adapter you can plug into the wall comes with the Leaf Plus.

Back to the test. How many channels did I manage to get? Here’s a chart comparing the Mohu Leaf Plus to my old antenna, channel-for-channel:

The list includes every channel I could hypothetically get in this area, though I doubt any antenna could pick most of them up. As you can see, I managed to receive channels I didn’t before. Sure, most of those channels are in Spanish, but still: new channels!

Even better, and this doesn’t come across in the spreadsheet, I can get the channels I like without the need to constantly tweak the antenna. Every channel worked once I set the Leaf Plus up, although for PBS I do need to move it occasionally.

I’m seriously impressed with this antenna. Sure, I need to use the Plus and its USB power source, but that’s only because I live in one of the worst reception areas in America. If you live away from the mountains the Mohu Leaf will probably work for you.

Interested in which channels it’s possible to get where you live? This reception map can help if you live in the USA.

What do you think? Eager to try out the Mohu Lead? We have one Leaf Plus and two Leaf antennas up for grabs in our giveaway. Join below and be in the running to win!

How do I win a Mohu Leaf antenna?

Step 1: Fill in the giveaway form

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The giveaway is over. Here are the winners:
  • Donavyn Elliott
  • Christian Caldwell
  • Patricia Alsup

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Comments (131)
  • Jim

    I have been using a xxx powered antenna to get signals from transmitters located at 10,000 feet and about 30 miles away line of sight. Most come in of, but some break up digitally at times. Being an indoor antenna hanging in my window, I am at a loss as to improving it, short of a new external antenna or finding a way to protect this one & locate it outside.
    Do you think the leaf might work better or have similar issues?
    I also just bought a Roku2 XS and put it on my cable internet. What a great way to save money. One month on cable tv is more than I paid for free movies on the Roku. The $8 for Netflix is way cheaper than my video rental bill per month.
    So getting local stations and news off air is what I want to improve.

  • Ayan Panja

    Does this work well in India?

  • Steve Joy

    Thanks for the link for fcc.gov for finding US broadcast stations. I’ve been off air and streaming only for years and actually prefer tvfool.com. It provides more information on station broadcast locations and relative signal strengths, including compass direction to the transmitter and related stations and land features that can impact reception. It can also help one determine “how much” antenna is required based on local conditions/distance. Here in the SF Bay area, I get over 70 channels off-air with a large rooftop antenna pointed halfway between my two nearest transmitter sites.

  • achyut reddy

    hope i win

  • Yang Yang Li

    Wireless broadcasts in HD stream at 19.3 Mb/s. Unless the Leaf has USB 3.0, there is no way it can stream HD to a computer without lag.
    Despite not being able to achieve true HD, a USB TV tuner for the computer is nice.

    • Justin Pot

      It’s not a TV tuner: it’s an antenna. The USB is only on the Leaf Pro, and it’s only used as a power source.

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