Set-top boxes

Mohu Cuts Cord With Old Set-Top Parts

Oh the irony. Instead of going to that great cable farm in the sky, old set-top boxes are now finding new life in Mohu HDTV antennas. The equipment maker has launched a new product called ReLeaf, which literally uses the plastic from old set-tops as manufacturing material.

The way Mohu tells it, there are three steps to this process:

  • Step 1: Crush cable boxes
  • Step 2: Create MohuGrind (Mohu's name for the ground-up, plastic)
  • Step 3: Free TV

In other words, the death of the set-top (overstated though it may be) can now help fuel the cordcutting movement. It's an entirely new take on "Unlock the Box." (See Wheeler Fights Back in Set-Top Battle.)

According to Mohu, a single pound of plastic recovered from cable set-tops can make parts for 40 Mohu over-the-air TV antennas. The company also uses post-consumer recycled paper in the product. The ReLeaf is currently selling for $42.99.

— Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, Light Reading

kq4ym 6/23/2016 | 4:27:34 PM
Re: How long will OTA broadcast last? As more and more quality content get placed on subscription services it's going to be interesting to see how those antennas for digital reception are going to fare, recyclable or not.
CableCo10 6/16/2016 | 10:21:59 AM
Re: How long will OTA broadcast last? Oh how true Marie, with Broadcasters selling frequency in many markets in up-coming auction, especially shown in the posturing in the Boston NBC affiliates markets, we could see OTA Broadcast reduced substantially in next 5 years.
msilbey 6/15/2016 | 3:56:46 PM
How long will OTA broadcast last? Note that CBS is starting to put new shows only on its premium digital service. I have to wonder how quickly that trend might accelerate. 
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