Locast, a new live TV streaming service that launched in January in New York City, offers access to 15 stations including ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC. With Locast you can stream ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC among others for free in Denver, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, and New York.
Last month Locast quietly added support for Roku Players, Roku TV, Android, and iOS. And Locast has recently updated their Android app to add Chromecast. Now you can stream your locals for free on Chromecast. (Hopefully, the iOS app gets an update soon.)
Locast parent company Sports Fans Coalition is a nonprofit. They say 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 nonprofits to avoid many of the fees companies typically pay.
The Sports Fans Coalition was created to launch Locast and is headed by David Goodfriend, who is no stranger to pushing back against broadcasters and the NFL. The question remains, how will broadcasters react to this new service?
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