The nonprofit local broadcast TV streaming service Locast announced today that the service will be expanding to Puerto Rico. Locast will bring local news, weather and storm coverage, emergency information, sports, and entertainment programming to internet-connected devices.
“Given that Puerto Rico has recently faced life-shattering earthquakes and hurricanes, we wholeheartedly support serious discussions about how to ensure communication networks are always available, especially for public safety,” said Locast Founder and Chairman David Goodfriend. “Locast can help solve this problem by delivering local TV channels via the internet to phones, tablets, computers, and media players, even when other types of communications infrastructure are damaged. As long as local TV stations are broadcasting, Locast can become a lifeline to the 78 municipalities in Puerto Rico during emergency response and disaster relief efforts.”
Locast is a nonprofit that provides the streaming service in select cities for no cost. However, viewers are asked to donate as little as $5 per month to help cover operating costs. The donation is voluntary and not required to view local TV channels from Locast.
The service is set to launch in Puerto Rico in the coming months. No specific date was announced.
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