Based on a tip from frequent Cord Cutter Guide contributor Len, I am pledging $79 toward Mohu’s Kickstarter campaign. For that I will receive the Mohu Channels product when it ships in June. The Mohu product promises to do something that has been lacking in other STB solutions: integration of over the air and web content into a single channel guide.
One of the main advantages of a Cable subscription is the channel guide. The passive experience of channel surfing is enjoyable when you really aren’t sure what you want. Having to switch between inputs and various menus makes this experience hard to replicate for a cord cutter.
Mohu Channels will let you create a custom guide based on your own preferred “mash up” of channels. The most important new feature here is the integration of OTA and OTT. That in itself should at least eliminate one nuisance – having to switch from “Antenna” to “HDMI” on your TV’s input menu.
The future of Mohu Channels is entirely dependent on how easy that guide is to use. One thing I have some qualms about is the remote control which is a full QWERTY keyboard. One of the design challenges here is that of making the interface easy to use without slowing it down. I agree with Mohu that on-screen keyboards are slow and painful. But will this two hand keyboard be intimidating to consumers? I’ll withhold further judgement until I get one in my hands.
There is one obvious big feature missing here — the DVR. I’m sure techy type cord cutters can assemble various combinations of Simple.TV, Channel Master, Aereo etc, but that kills the idea of having one simple box and interface. Something tells me there is another Mohu kickstarter campaign in our future.