Locast is a free streaming service offering live streaming locals in a handful of markets. Locast does this by taking the signal from an antenna and streaming the channels online. Since the service launched, Locast has only offered a handful of channels in each market. Typically, this was the big five like ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and The CW. This weekend though, Locast started to add additional sub-channels like Comet, MeTV, Antenna TV, PBS Kids and more to the lineup.
So far, we have confirmed the addition of new channels in Dallas and Washington, D.C., but other markets may have also added channels. If your local Locast market has added new channels, please leave a comment and let us know what channel was added and in what market.
Don’t know what Locast is? With Locast, you can stream ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC, among others for free in Denver, Atlanta, Phoenix, Washington DC., San Francisco, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, New York, and South Dakota.
Back in July ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC sued to shutdown Locast, saying it did not have the rights to stream local OTA TV. Locast sent Cord Cutters News the following statement about the lawsuit. “Locast is an independent, non-profit organization that provides a public service retransmitting free over-the-air broadcasts. Its activities are expressly permitted under the Copyright Act. The fact that no broadcasters have previously filed suit for more than a year and a half suggests that they recognize this. We look forward to defending the claims—and the public’s right to receive transmissions broadcast over the airwaves—in the litigation.”
For now, it seems that this lawsuit is not slowing Locast down as it added new markets last week and new channels this weekend.
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