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Rabbit TV - The $10 Dongle


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#1 OFFLINE   SayWhat?

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Posted 03 August 2013 - 12:21 PM

 

One look at an ad for Rabbit TV and one might think that the wheel didn’t quite go through a reinvention, but that it spins better than anything else in its class. This is kind of a nutshell description of what the device purports to be, particularly because it hammers home the notion of “free access to 5,000 TV stations”. Misleading advertising or clever marketing ploy?

 

Rabbit TV is a small USB stick ($10 online or at retailers like Walgreens or Walmart) that has been designed to simplify access to streaming TV shows and movies from existing (and legal) websites. It also throws in 9,000 Internet radio stations, too. To be clear, this isn’t access to some secret site that hosts everything under the sun on the sly. All it does is index the free content available through sites like Hulu, Netflix, Crackle, Spike TV, G4, the major networks and others, and lays it out in one user-friendly interface. The initial $10 cost covers the device and a year of service. It’s a $10 annual subscription thereafter.

 

Is Rabbit TV’s commercial and website shady? We’ll leave that for you to decide, but we do think it could stand to be more transparent in explaining how it actually works to aggregate and deliver the content. Vague advertising is nothing new in business. The Rabbit TV might come off as something of an infomercial but the product seems to be worth the price of admission for those who wouldn’t know how to get to the streaming content that’s already out there, and have no interest in learning.

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The company site:  https://www.rabbittv...9292C057335E894

 

 


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#2 OFFLINE   Rob

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Posted 03 August 2013 - 12:34 PM

$10 annual subscription to access sites already widely available is a ripoff. 


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Posted 03 August 2013 - 12:43 PM

I don't know if it is that shady.  It makes it easier to find video & audio content on the Internet, so it does provide a service (as long as they have people to keep everything up to date and find new content).  The only shady part, is that they should be more explicit that it is a subscription service (even if the price isn't that bad).  It wouldn't be bad for someone wanting to get away from satellite and cable, but doesn't want to spend time finding content on their own.

 

Also, there is no reason that you should need to have a USB stick to do this.  It would be better to authenticate with a username & password.


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