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Pirate’s paradise: cCloud TV streams HBO, ESPN and 50 other live channels for free

Updated May 25th, 2015 1:08PM EDT
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If Popcorn Time is the “Netflix for pirates,” a service called cCloud TV is the “Popcorn Time for live TV.”

There is nothing legal about cCloud TV, a service that pirates live television stations and allows users to stream them to a wide range of devices for free. That won’t stop people from from using the young service for as long as it can keep its servers up though, and the team behind it announced on Sunday that users can now stream more than 50 channels of live TV content including HBO, ESPN, AMC, TBS, Showtime and more to the iPhone and iPad.

And best of all, perhaps, is the fact that users do not need to jailbreak their devices or even install any apps, because cCloud TV works right from your web browser.

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It’s the holy grail of piracy: live TV, streaming to any device for free. And now it’s finally here, though it’s impossible to tell how long cCloud TV will manage to keep its service running, considering how proactive broadcast networks have been in pursuing services that could potentially impact their revenue streams.

In the meantime, however, people without a pay TV package now have access to more than 50 channels of live, streaming television.

The cCloud TV service works right from a web browser, and it’s available on a wide range of devices including computers, tablets, Roku boxes and even Nintendo’s Wii U. Now, the people behind the service have announced that cCloud TV also works on the iPhone and iPad.

To access cCloud TV, there are no hacks needed. You don’t even need to install an app — simply navigate to this link on your iPhone or iPad, and choose “smartphone” from the list of devices. You’ll then be presented with a list of all the channels available to stream, and tapping on one will open the video feed.

Here are some of the channels that can be streamed live right now for free:

  • HBO
  • Showtime
  • ESPN
  • AMC
  • CNN
  • TBS
  • MTV
  • TNT
  • Comedy Central
  • FX

The quality of the streams varies and some of them cut out frequently, but the team behind the service says it is working to improve streaming quality and to add additional channels.

Zach Epstein
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