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What Is Rabbit TV - And Does It Offer Live Streaming?
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Washington, D.C. (April 28, 2014) - Editor's Note: TV's Answer Man, aka Swanni, takes your questions regarding how to best use the latest products and services in TV technology. If you have a question about TV technology, ask TV's Answer Man by sending an e-mail to

Q. I keep seeing ads for Rabbit TV and it promises to offer hundreds and hundreds of channels for almost nothing. How does it work and does it offer live streaming? -- Rick, Detroit.

Rick, for starters, Rabbit TV just announced that it's now offering 100 live TV stations over the Internet, including PBS, ION, the CW, Bloomberg, MSNBC and Telemundo.

If you notice, ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox, which are suing Aereo for transmitting their live network signals without paying carriage fees, are not included with Rabbit TV.  The channels that Rabbit TV are now offering via live streaming are already available at the channels' web sites so Rabbit TV doesn't have to worry about getting sued.

Now, what is Rabbit TV?

The Rabbit TV web site says you can access more than 5,000 TV stations for free from the Internet by inserting a USB stick into a laptop or desktop computer. (No Smart TVs yet, the company says on its web site.) You can buy the Rabbit TV USB stick here for $10.

Rabbit TV, which also charges a $10 yearly subscription after the first year, lists such channels as ESPN, ABC, CBS, Cartoon Network, Discovery Channel...well, pretty much every top-rated cable and broadcast network you can think of.

But here's the problem: When you dig into the fine print at, you discover that the service actually offers links to free episodes from those cable and broadcast networks. Yes, the kind of links that are available for free to anyone who would like to list them (just like the free live streaming channels).

The service does not provide live streaming of channels like ESPN, only the link to the ESPN site which might have a certain video available. When you click on the link, the episode appears on your screen.
So If you would like a service that compiles a lot of links to free episodes and now some live streaming -- and provides a convenient one-stop place to watch them -- you would like Rabbit TV, particularly when you consider it's just $10 a year. The company does aggregate a lot of programming in one place.

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