Locast.org is a public service to Americans that provides over the Internet the local broadcast signals of select markets. All you have to do is sign up online, provide your name and email address, and certify that you live in, and are logging on from, an available city ("Designated Market Area"). Then, you can select among local broadcasters and stream your favorite local station.
Locast.org is a "digital translator," meaning that Locast.org operates just like a traditional broadcast translator service, except instead of using an over-the-air signal to boost a broadcaster's reach, we stream the signal over the Internet to consumers located within select markets.
Ever since the dawn of TV broadcasting in the mid-20th Century, non-profit organizations have provided "translator" TV stations as a public service. Where a primary broadcaster cannot reach a receiver with a strong enough signal, the translator amplifies that signal with another transmitter, allowing consumers who otherwise could not get the over-the-air signal to receive important programming, including local news, weather and of course, sports. Locast.org provides the same public service, except instead of an over-the-air signal transmitter, we provide the local broadcast signal via online streaming.
You need a broadband Internet connection for optimal performance. Using a laptop, smartphone, or computer connected to the Internet, point your browser to www.Locast.org to sign up. You then can choose which local broadcast station to watch from your Internet-enabled device.
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NOT FREE! Constant interruptions to “Donate”
Free is free +the broadcast airwaves belong to the public in this country, furthermore, it’s my prerogative to donate or not. There’s not even any trial period to test &see how you like the app w/o getting bombarded by begging ads wanting a donation;& they don’t let you choose the amount, only take PayPal contrary to their ad,&expect you to sign up for a monthly debit, thus not even allowing you to try it for 1 month, this is too heavy handed! I donate to PBS monthly EVEN when I DONT have a TV! They create content that contributes to society,& lucky for me I decided to read reviews on this app before donating since I see that they still interrupt what you’re watching no matter how much you,”donate,”& FYI to the developers- free is free that means no cost,none. If you’re going to insist that ppl must pay,don’t try to frame it as a donation. Donations are an individual’s prerogative! You would be likely to receive donations if you’re not shaking ppl down for money and you have to cut the b.s. interruptions every 7 minutes! You’re just as greedy as everyone else out there!
Non-profit, fair donation requested
It seems that people who are rating this down believe that just because these are free over-the-air channels, that the organization should have no right to ask for donations to maintain the digital repeater service. That is simply petty greed. If someone does not want to use the service, they can rig an antenna and purchase a device that itself will then stream the signal to their iOS device, at which point they’re at the mercy of the quality of the OTA reception, and perhaps a subscription to the device’s listing service. In the long run, they’ll be paying more to watch the same channels. And to complain about the availability of channels is silly—it’s not cable, and one can pay for the several live tv streaming services if they are looking to recapture their cable-watching habit (and the associated bill). I have always wanted to be able to simply watch local channels live on my phone and tablet—especially when monitoring public emergencies like wildfires, earthquakes, and coronavirus. It’s simple, it works great, and it’s fine for them to ask for about $5 a month to cover operational costs.
Here’s a compromise—keep the banner ads for donations but only prompt for donations once a day?
So bucoybrown whines that anyone complaining about the donation prompts is greedy. No, it’s the other way around, pal. And there’s that condescending remark that anyone who doesn’t like the app can go buy an antenna and hook it up to the back of the tv. Yeah, that’s true, but this isn’t like the pre-digital days where you could live with a station coming in a little bit snowy. You either get the signal or you don’t, and some people can’t simply afford to get those 60-mile range antennas either. Look, I get Locast needs donations, but they could do it in a less intrusive way—like how about just ONE ad every 24 hours? And no break-ins for donations in the middle of watching a channel? And especially during these times, it is kinda tacky for the app to automatically do donation prompts while you’re watching breaking news.
- Sports Fans Coalition NY, INC
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