Cord cutting test drive: We tried Mohu antenna for free TV channels

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The Mohu TV antenna has impressed USA TODAY’s Jefferson Graham with its picture quality. Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY, USA TODAY

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. – We’d tried other over-the-air antennas before, and the results were dismal. A fuzzy picture, at best.

Hence, we continued paying the $110 monthly for internet service and hundreds of cable channels, the majority of which we rarely, if ever, watch.

So I was eager to review the Mohu Glide, which a friend recommended as having the first, really reliable indoor reception. It sells for $90 and promises access to 160 channels.

The good news: The picture looks fantastic, better than we’re getting with cable. That’s in an urban setting, of course, my house here in the suburbs of Los Angeles. I didn’t get the chance to try it out in a rural community.

With the Mohu antennas, you don’t have to jump on top of the house to install anything or go up there again to fiddle with its direction. You just connect the supplied coaxial cable into the back of the antenna and TV, then plug in the supplied digital receiver into a wall outlet.

Then you need to tune your flat-panel TV, asking the unit to search for available digital channels. This could take some time. For me, it was about 20 minutes. To do this, go into the settings on the TV menu, and look for “add channels.”

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