One of the biggest issues that cord cutters who rely on over-the-air (OTA) TV run into is the lack of options for easily switching between OTA channels and streaming services. In order to switch from a stream to OTA channels, you have to switch inputs, which can be cumbersome and get old quickly. Being able to seamlessly switch from streams to your local news channels would go a long way toward emulating the typical TV experience and make cord cutting a more viable option for older, less technically inclined individuals.
The Mohu Airwave aims to be the solution to this problem, and could potentially become a staple for cord cutters everywhere. We previously covered the Mohu Leaf, a similar but less impressive offering. Let’s take a look at what we know about the upcoming device that could change the way that we use our TVs.
What is the Mohu Airwave?
The Mohu Airwave is a new, innovative OTA antenna that will be available in September 2017. The physical look of the device is not unlike any of the other OTA antennas on the market today. It’s a large, square, curved surface that acts as an antenna, with other features as well. The Mohu Airwave will allow you to watch all of your favorite network television shows in 1080i HD, completely for free.
The Mohu Airwave stands out from other OTA devices in that it is completely wireless. That means that the device does not need to be hooked up to your TV like traditional OTA antennas. The antenna then streams broadcasts directly into a streaming device through the device’s app, Mohu TV. This makes it easy to ensure that the Airwave is placed in the best position for OTA reception, which can sometimes be difficult when it is hooked up to your TV.
Mohu Airwave Release Date
The Airwave is scheduled to be released during labor day weekend, starting on September 2nd, 2017. The company has not yet given the official Mohu Airwave release date.
Mohu Airwave Supported Devices
One of the best features of the Mohu Airwave antenna is that it allows you to stream your broadcasts to any device that offers the Mohu TV app. That means that you can stream it to any TV, mobile phone, tablet, or WiFi connected device that has the Mohu TV app available. That is a feature that the Airwave has in common with the Tablo TV DVR system. You can watch broadcast TV on your tablet while laying in bed! Additionally, the Mohu Airwave will reportedly allow for multiple streams on different devices, although there is no official word on how many streams will be allowed. This, combined with the fact that you can now easily access your OTA channels from your devices without having to change the input on the TV make the Mohu Airwave a very interesting product.
The Mohu Airwave not only makes OTA channels available through the app on any device, but they also will be curating a number of streaming channels alongside them. They have not yet announced the type of streaming channels that will be available, but it will be interesting to see what kind of content they will offer. To be clear, the Mohu Airwave is not going to be integrating third-party streaming services directly into the Mohu TV app. You won’t have a channel that constantly streams Netflix comedy shows or anything like that. We will have to wait and see what kind of streaming content they will make available.
The Mohu Airwave has not yet released a finalized version of supported devices, but in the current list, all of the usual suspects are there. What is missing, however, is the inclusion of gaming consoles. There is no word on whether those will be supported in the future. The current list of supported devices includes:
- Apple TV
- Amazon FireTV
One worry is that since the Mohu Airwave is wireless, that the video streaming quality will suffer. Mohu attempts to address this by using what they have dubbed as “ClearPix” technology. ClearPix works by selecting the best settings for your antenna, based on the location of the antenna and the reception of the OTA channels. It remains to be seen what kind of quality the Airwave will deliver, but early previews from tech outlets have stated that video playback is clear and smooth. For those with serious worries, the Mohu Airwave also offers an Ethernet port for those that want to forego the wireless options.
The Mohu Airwave is an interesting device that should make OTA channel surfing more accessible to cord cutters. Although we will have to wait for release to give a final verdict on the device, the early information about the device has been promising.