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What Is Rabbit TV? Should I Get It?
By Swanni

Washington, D.C. (March 27, 2013) - 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 swann@tvpredictions.com

Q. I've heard of this new product called Rabbit TV that says you can get thousands of TV stations for free by just putting a USB cord in your computer. Is this for real? -- Tony, Brooklyn, New York.

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.)

Rabbit TV, which charges $10 a year for the service, 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.

Sounds good, huh? Well, here's the problem.

When you dig into the fine print at RabbitTV.com, 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. 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 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.

But you're not going to be able to get rid of your cable or satellite service because Rabbit TV does not offer live streams of your favorite channels.



The San Francisco Chronicle points out that Rabbit TV does offer live streaming of some small local and religious stations, but the newspaper also calls Rabbit TV a "big-time scam" for allegedly suggesting you'll get 5,000 free stations. I won't say that, but the company's site and advertising campaigns may leave the impression with some that you are going to get 5,000 live TV channels. For free.

And you don't.


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