A few weeks ago one of our products was written about by a Baltimore landscape architect named Benjamin Boyd. Landscape architecture and over-the-air (OTA) television are not topics that I typically see being discussed in the same sentence, so I thought it was a great example of different topics converging. I also thought it showed quite nicely how people—even people featured on Lifehacker!—watch television OTA.
The forum was Boyd’s site, where he talked about the tools and products that he uses for work and leisure. Our product, the Leaf Ultimate, was Boyd’s answer to, “Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can’t you live without?” I was quite flattered to see the Mohu Leaf Ultimate as his answer, even in direct competition with the Microsoft XBOX and Sony Playstation 3 gaming systems.
Boyd’s reason for liking our OTA antenna was sports, specifically NFL football, which is funny because a frequent reason people give for not cutting cable yet is worrying about missing out on sports. As writer Matt Brownell noted recently, however, options for watching football over-the-air are quite good:
“Unlike baseball, which is typically carried by regional cable sports networks, most football games are carried on the networks: CBS or Fox for the Sunday games during the day, and NBC for the Sunday Night Game. That means you can get them over the air with a digital antenna that can get an HD signal, most of which will run you in the $35 to $60 range. That comes to about $10 per month of football, though the actual per-use cost is much lower if you’re going to use it for subsequent seasons (and for watching non-football network television).”
Boyd also is a fan of CBS Sunday Morning, which is of course available OTA along with all the best political and news talk shows on the major networks.
More than football and politics, I was interested in the concept of landscape architecture, and the sensibility to design—something we value at Mohu—that such a profession implies. A cursory look through Wikipedia shows many beautiful spaces in the U.S. that we have this industry to thank for.
As much as Boyd was pleased by the Leaf Ultimate, we hope he likes the Curve 50, as well. There’s nothing that says you can’t use an OTA antenna outdoors—if anything it would benefit from the lack of obstructions—and we can easily see the Curve standing amidst beautiful surroundings.
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