Monday, January 13, 2014

Where to get 5,000 free TV channels


You might have seen Rabbit TV for sale at Walgreens or Walmart stores. It's a little USB device that for $10 a year promises to deliver "free access to 5,000 TV stations."

Too good to be true? While the rabitteers might be guilty of hyperbolic marketing, they're not actually fibbing.

The device does deliver access to thousands of free movies, TV shows and radio broadcasts. It does it by scouring the Internet to find content available through websites like Hulu, Amazon, Netflix, Crackle, Spike TV, and the major broadcast and cable networks. Then it sorts and organizes everything into a guide.

"Our spider crawls about two million links, most of them in the U.S.," said Kyle Moulder, who was explaining Rabbit TV last week at International CES.

In other words, Rabbit TV does the legwork. It finds what's available online, organizes it around a TV Guide-style interface and collects 10 bucks for its trouble. Not a bad deal for either side.
Want to watch Time Bandits, Supersize Me or A Very Brady Christmas? Rabbit TV will hook you up with a free stream on your computer. It also indexes and links to pay-per-view movies on Amazon and other sites.

Rabbit's news at CES is the company is working with cable systems and other bandwidth providers to package Rabbit TV with their services. The company is also working on a set-top box that will deliver Rabbit TV directly to a to televisions. The box is scheduled to be released later this year.


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