FreeCast’s Select TV bundles live local over-the-air HDTV channels with millions of online entertainment choices starting at $2.99 a month.
Select TV’s recently announced distribution plans are set to begin in over 200 DMAs, in a direct challenge to the already loosening grasp of the traditional cable and satellite pay-TV providers. Beyond the company’s nationwide retail relationships, it will begin Uber-style instant delivery distribution in all 210 DMA TV markets. As cord-cutting accelerates, Select TV offers customers a perfect substitute for the typical cable or satellite subscription, allowing them to enjoy comparable programming, including optional premium and pay-per-view content. While Select TV is powered by the web, the addition of an HDTV antenna gives customers access to all of their live local TV stations, and in turn delivers additional eyeballs to those TV stations that might otherwise lose them as consumers ditch their cable TV subscriptions for web-based alternatives.
William Mobley, CEO of FreeCast Inc, highlighted the impact of this move to consumers and local TV stations alike. “You can plug in a simple $20 HDTV antenna into our Select TV box, and depending on where you live, get 10 to 35+ TV channels absolutely free. Popular channels: CBS, FOX, NBC, ABC, the CW, Univision, and more. But if you’ve got cable or satellite, they charge you $30 or more a month for these local channels alone, and by the time you add the cable channels, you’re over $100 a month! That just doesn’t make a lot of sense when cost is the number one factor driving consumers to cut their TV subscriptions entirely. Select TV makes sure those great local stations aren’t a hassle for consumers to get to, by putting them alongside a vast library of online content comparable to what you’d get with cable TV, at a fraction of the price.
Unlike other web app boxes, streaming sticks, or single-function devices like DVRs, Select TV is a total solution, powered by a library of hundreds of thousands of free and premium TV episodes, movies, radio stations, live events, and streaming channels, and boasting key features like a built-in DVR, screen casting, web browsing and email, a file and app manager, home security and automation, and more. By inputting their ZIP code on a website, antennaweb.org, consumers can find out which local TV stations they will have access to with varying types of antennas, all of which are supported by Select TV’s built-in TV tuner. FreeCast Inc operates both the new Select TV and Rabbit TV Plus, having sold nearly 4 million subscriptions in less than two years in over 35,000 big box retailers such as Walmart, Target, CVS, Office Depot, Bed Bath & Beyond, and many more.
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