Locast is a live TV streaming service that launched in January 2018 in New York City offering access to 15 over-the-air TV stations including ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC. Locast has recently been rolling out to new markets. With Locast, you can stream ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC among others for free in Denver, Atlanta, Phoenix, Washington DC, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, New York, and South Dakota.
This week in emailed ads Locast announced that it now has 1 million registered users. Locast did not say how many of them are donating to Locast but a million users is a good base to start with.
Back in July, ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC sued to shut down 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.”
Locast did add that they plan to be in 20 markets by the end of 2020 but funding could be an issue. “In 2019, we hope to launch Locast.org in many other top-20 markets,” said David Goodfriend. “However, our biggest obstacle is funding. This is why we’re asking users to contribute just five dollars per month.” Goodfriend added, “If everyone gave just five dollars each month, Locast would be fully sustainable and could eventually reach all 210 markets.”
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