Rabbit TV Hops Into View At International CES

Although the Rabbit TV USB has been around for more than a year now, I’d never heard of it until I went to the recent International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). In the CES press bag I received, there was an offer to claim a Rabbit TV to review, but I had no luck get ting in touch with anyone from the company after knocking on the door to their suite several times. I figured I wouldn’t waste my time and moved on.

Fast-forward to now. I didn’t give the product a second thought until I happened to see it last week for 7 bucks. Since it was so cheap, I decided to buy and try it.

Rabbit TV is a tiny USB device that plugs into your computer or phone | Photo courtesy Rabbit TV

Rabbit TV is a tiny USB device that plugs into your computer or phone | Photo courtesy Rabbit TV

When I initially heard of it (and without research), I thought Rabbit TV would be a little box similar to Roku, but it’s actually a tiny USB device that plugs into your computer or Windows 8 phone. It claims to have access to more than 5,000 free TV stations and more than 50,000 radio stations. Rabbit TV works by indexing already existing free content on sites such as ABC, NBC, History, Discovery, Netflix, Hulu, Crackle or G4.

You can view live sports streams from every major sport, and the Rabbit TV Movies section links you to 100-plus movie libraries. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, there’s a “Pay Per View Movies” section, which charges a starting price of $1.99 per rental (depending on the movie). You can choose your genre: Foreign/Independent, Sci-Fi, Horror, Documentaries, Classics, Seasonal, Midnight Movies, etc.

Installation is as simple as plugging it in, registering your unit and creating a login name and password. I would highly recommend having your device plugged in when you plug in Rabbit TV so you don’t drain your battery. If you don’t happen to find the $7 deal that I did at Ross, the retail price is $10, and that includes a one-year subscription to the service. It is an “As Seen on TV” product, and you can find it on rabbittv.com and Amazon.com.

Click Chick’s Mobile App of the Week: Haloo

Kung Hee Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year – it’s only a few days away (Jan. 31), and the Year of the Horse is upon us! With that in mind, you can use the free Haloo app to create and send Chi-nese New Year greeting cards via email or post them directly on Facebook. There is a variety of designs to choose from. Unfortunately, this is available only for your Android device.