Rabbit TV Review
Rabbit TV is a USB device that connects to any computer (PC or Mac) and loads up the web-based Rabbit TV ‘eMedia’ guide. The Rabbit TV guide essentially makes it easier to find and watch TV shows, movies, and other forms of digital media online by bringing together thousands of sources into one place.
This is my review of my Rabbit TV experience so far:
I picked up the Rabbit TV USB at Walmart about a month ago for $10. The box said ‘5000 FREE Channels’, so I figured for the price it was at least worth a shot. I took the Rabbit TV home and plugged it into my computer’s USB port, and after about 3 minutes of registering the device I was taken to the Rabbit TV site/guide.
First off, let me clarify what Rabbit TV is, for those who have yet to use it – Rabbit TV is a GUIDE, not a PROVIDER, like your cable or satellite company. Instead of hosting the TV shows, movies, live events, etc. on their website, they LINK you to where you can watch full episodes of the shows, free offerings of the movies, etc online. Rabbit TV basically saves you the time you would spend searching for this content by bringing you directly to where you need to go – just search the show (or movie) and click the ‘Watch Now’ button to start watching. It’s also important to know that most of the content available through Rabbit TV is ON-DEMAND, as in not the LIVE broadcast of the show. As with most network websites, the majority of cable and broadcast channel shows are available the next day and remain available for at least several weeks.
For someone who is already pretty adept at finding/downloading/streaming shows and movies, Rabbit TV may not be essential (although they do have a lot of stuff most people would never find on their own). Rabbit TV is going to be most valuable to someone who needs a little help when it comes to finding TV shows and movies online.
Here are my positive and negative comments about Rabbit TV:
Rabbit TV Pros:
- Selection – If nothing else, the Rabbit TV guide is DEEP. You can literally search for almost any TV show and find full episodes of that show. Sometimes they bring you to paid options (where you have to buy episodes or seasons), but most shows are free. The movies section is broken down by genre, and although most of the movies are old or relatively unpopular, the selection is still pretty robust.
- ‘Freshness’ – The Rabbit TV website is updated every day with new episodes, new movies, new live events, as well as new featured content. Basically whatever got put online today will be on Rabbit TV the same day. They present the new content right on the homepage, so you know as soon as you log in what’s new to watch online.
- Easy of use – this is basically why Rabbit TV was made: to make it easier to browse the world of online TV. And that’s what they did. The guide is really intuitive, and it’s mostly visually-based, so just about anyone can learn how to use it. I have to admit it’s not obvious at first how to best use the Rabbit TV guide, but once you get it navigation couldn’t be easier.
- Guides – In addition to giving you the content, Rabbit TV also has a number of ‘cord cutting’ guides, to help the layman do things like connect their computer to their TV, hook up an antenna, and set up a hotspot for access anywhere.
- Price – the fact that this device does anything at all for just $10 is amazing. The ‘yearly subscription’ fee is $10, but the first year is free, so basically Rabbit TV costs $10/year. For all they do, including the time and hassle you save, this is an amazingly low price.
Rabbit TV Cons:
- World and Local Channels – Rabbit TV has two sections called ‘Local US Channels’ and ‘World Channels’, where they link you to ‘channels’ (video sites, sometimes live) from around the world and from most states in the US. Now the concept behind these pages is great, but right now there appear to be a good amount of broken links in these sections. I’d say 1 out of every 10 links either goes to a page with no video or doesn’t load correctly. Granted, there are a couple thousand ‘channels’ in these sections, but I think the guys at Rabbit TV need to focus a bit more on making sure all these links work.
- Not enough Live Channels – Although most content on Rabbit TV is on-demand, they do have a small ‘Live Channel’ selection. While many of these are good (such as news and tech sites), there are only a handful of them total. Also, a number of their live channels are not 24/7, but rather only live a few hours a day, which can be a bit frustrating. I’m not expecting ABC or MTV live, but some better options would be nice.
Overall, Rabbit TV offers a very good selection of TV shows and movies, and since its updated every day you are basically tapped into the world of online TV. For the price, the device is definitely worth it, and although they could use some improvement in a few areas, I’ve already seen a lot of enhancements added to the site in the past month alone, so I’m sure they’ll continue to evolve and create an even better experience for Rabbit TV users.
Links to more info about Rabbit TV:
Rabbit TV Sales Sites
Rabbit TV Info from the Company that Developed it
Review of Rabbit TV Features (by FreeCast)
Rabbit TV Facebook
Rabbit TV Support