A while back I wrote about how I wished there was a simple way for my friends and I to watch TV online together. Well, there is. It’s called Rabb.it: https://rabb.it/.
The site is free to use and sign up is simple. Basically, how it works, is that each user gets their own ‘room’ where they can invite friends to join them to chat via audio, video, or text.
In addition, you can launch a ‘Rabbitcast’, which allows users to share another browser window so that you can watch TV & movies, listen to music, or do basically anything else online with your invited guests.
Take a look, it’s pretty sweet:
Here’s what else you need to know about Rabb.it:
- Rabb.it is currently supported by Chrome, Firefox and Opera. (It also works on Safari, but you’ll need to download a plugin.)
- For iOS devices, click here to download Rabbit.
- Right now Rabb.it is not recommend for Android devices, although if you have Chrome on your Android device you can get there if you request the desktop site.
- Testing on Chrome for Android mobile and tablet devices was completed in June of 2015 so better compatibility certainly seems like something they are working on.
- You can invite up to 15 people to chat.
- It’s easy for friends to join your room. Invite options include sending a link, posting a link to Facebook or Twitter, or sending it via email.
- The launchpad for Rabbitcast offers shortcut links to HBO GO, NBC, Crunchyroll, Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and even a place to drop a link to go to any other website.
- Once you’ve launched your own Rabbitcast, your controls only control your own settings. Your friends have to control their own. These settings include video quality, volume, full screen, etc…
- When the remote control is orange, you control the Rabbitcast. Unclick it to give someone else control or to leave it up for grabs, the icon will be gray if this is the case.
Rabb.it’s web based platform was launched only about a year ago and from what I’ve read about the company, it sounds like this is just the beginning. With the potential for even more features and capabilities to connect with friends while enjoying some online TV why not try it out?
If you do, let me know what you think. So far I’m digging it.