Locast launched back in early 2018 offering access to 15 stations including ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC. Now Locast is available in seven markets with the recent addition of Washington DC. and Baltimore today. Don’t look for Locast to stop there according to the people behind the service they plan to keep expanding into other markets later this year. With Locast you can stream ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC among others for free in Denver, Washington DC., Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, and New York.
Today a reader pointed out that Locast now offers closed captioning for their service. On their website under profile, you will now find an option for closed captioning.
Locast also recently announced the launch of a new Roku, Chromecast, AirPlay, Android, and iOS app making it easier to stream your locals. Locast parent company Sports Fans Coalition is a nonprofit and says they have an exception in the FCC rules that allows them to air locals without paying them for the service. They are hoping to be protected by Title 17, Chapter 1, section 111 a) 5 of the Copyright Act a section that allows non-profits to avoid many of the fees companies would typically pay.
The Sports Fan Coalition New York was created for the purpose of launching Locast and is headed by David Goodfriend. The question now is how will broadcasters react to this new service, but Goodfriend is no stranger to pushing back against broadcasters and the NFL.
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