Mohu, developers of innovative TV antennas, introduced this week the Mohu Leaf Glide, an indoor HDTV antenna claimed to be capable of receiving over-the-air broadcast television signals from a 65-mile reception range.

The Mohu Leaf Glide, which provides the range of a large outdoor antenna in a compact indoor configuration, carries an $89.95 retail price and is available now through Amazon.

Mohu said the Leaf Glide uses its new “SignaLift” technology to achieve the up to 65-mile omni-directional indoor capability.

The antenna potentially opens the availability of free OTA TV broadcast stations to thousands of new consumers who have been unable to mount large bulky outdoor antennas on their roofs or in their yards for any number of reasons.

It therefore provides a potential new tool to make cord-cutting more affordable and practical for suburban residents living outside the reach of the transmission towers of their favorite local stations and national network affiliates. Many OTA broadcasts also carry secondary channels with more localized news, sports and weather information, among other content, that is often stripped out in cable and satellite TV packages.

Read more on the Mohu Leaf Glide after the jump:

Current indoor antenna reception range standards limit the draw of signals to 20-50 miles, which has put free OTA TV reception out of reach of a good portion of the U.S. Many residents are unwilling or unable to purchase large outdoor antennas that require roof-top mounting, tall masts and sometimes antenna rotors to get all of the desired stations from greater distances.

These markets have typically had to rely on cable and satellite TV services to provide reception to those stations for a fee, frequently without secondary channels and often at high digital compression rates that reduce picture quality compared to direct reception of an off-air signal.

“Our mission is to continue evolving and innovating the cord cutting experience for consumers,” said Mark Buff, founder and CEO of Mohu. “As the number of people who cut the cord on Pay TV continues to rise, we know that access to quality channels matters. Through continuous improvements to our existing antenna models, we built Leaf Glide to do just that – give consumers access to the best live TV choices of any other indoor antenna on the market.”

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Mohu said it is adding the Leaf Glide as an addition to the Mohu Leaf antenna family, differentiated by its SignaLift technology and size.

The antenna’s modified design and SignaLift technology is said to be exceptional at receiving VHF channels compared to other indoor antennas.

Despite its large reception radius the Leaf Glide still provides a compact size measuring 21.5 inches by 11.5 inches. That’s just slightly larger than the original Mohu Leaf indoor antenna which measures 11.5 inches by 9 inches.

Mohu said the larger size is necessary for the device to capture lower frequency bands and more signal from fringe channels, which ultimately provides consumers more live TV options. Leaf Glide still incorporates omni-directional architecture, meaning the antenna does not have to be pointed in any one direction to pull in signals.

The Mohu Leaf Glide antenna attaches to a television or outboard DTV tuner via a standard coaxial cable with a threaded connection jack.

 

By Greg Tarr

 

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