Update: Locast has confirmed to Cord Cutters News that the Locast outage in Philadelphia is a temporary one. Reportedly the ISP they used in Philadelphia has failed and they are working to get internet back to restore service in Philadelphia.
“To our members and supporters in Philadelphia, I personally apologize for the service interruption that occurred this week. We are looking into the problem but believe it is related to our broadband service provider. No doubt many of you can relate to that! Some day, I hope Locast will have enough contributors to purchase a higher level of service and provide more sophisticated customer support. As a non-profit, we must for now do the best we can with the limited resources we have. Thank you for your continued support of Locast, the non-profit digital translator service that provides your local broadcast TV stations online.” Said David Goodfriend from Locast.
Today the free streaming service Locast that offered a live feed of ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC ended support in Philadelphia. No official statement has been made by Locast but it has been removed from the Locast website and customers who donated in Philadelphia have had their donations canceled.
Locast is a live TV streaming service that launched back in January 2018 in New York City to offer access to 15 stations including ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC. Locast over the last year expanded into a 7th market with the addition of Washington DC. and Baltimore. 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. Now, locast is down to 6 markets with no announced expansion plans.
The Sports Fan Coalition 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.
Cord Cutters News is reaching out to Locast for comment and will update this story as we learn more. Cord Cutters News did check Locust’s social media and they have not posted since February 28th, 2019.
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