Mohu aerials go hybrid

The US company best known for its Mohu Leaf TV antenna is introducing a new device that combines over-the-air TV with online video services. The company will launch a Kickstarter campaign for its new Mohu Channels product next week, offering early adopters a chance to get the device for as little as $79.

Mohu Channels is a small, 4.8-inch long and 2.6-inch wide adapter that connects to a Leaf or any other TV antenna and plugs into a TV through an HDMI cable. The device is based on a 1.5GHz ARM Dual Core Cortex A-9 processor, according to specs that appeared on Google this week . It has 802.11 a/b/g/n Wifi on board, but also features an Ethernet port – ideal for those that don’t have good Wi-Fi reception near their TV.

The Channels comes with a mini-sized backlit QWERTY keyboard as a remote control that features integrated RF and IR capabilities to use it as a regular TV remote control as well. The remote also offers motion control, so users are able to use it as a gesture/pointer device to select and launch apps and channels.
Full remote controls don’t necessarily make for the most user-friendly remotes, but Mohu seems like it’s justified going into that direction because it integrated a full web browser into the device, capable of viewing videos on a variety of websites.

The device also offers access to a number of apps from online video services, including Netflix and Hulu Plus — but unlike other streaming devices, it doesn’t present these in an app grid, but instead integrates them with a live channel guide, allowing users to switch from live TV straight to Netflix and back. It’s an interesting approach, and one that’s clearly geared towards a more mainstream audience used to cable boxes and their TV guides, as opposed to advanced cord cutters that only watch online video anyway.

Posted by on Feb 21 2014. Filed under Articles, Broadcast, IPTV.

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