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.
I saw reviews complaining about the app constantly complaining about wanting donations. It costs them money to format the platform to work on your phone. It’s not their fault that government and cable investors demanded that everything go digital. Analog may not have been as clear, but it transmitted further and more effective than digital. Since cable convinced government to go digital, and the people didn’t fight it hard enough, this is where we stand. Locast is free. It does interrupt reception about every 30 minutes to an hour to request a donation, but if you close the app and reopen it, you can watch free again. Only a slight inconvenience for free service. They have a wide variety of channels. I only wanted a particular local channel and they have it. I would’ve had to get a cable bundle and pay at least $45 a month for it. Locast requests only $5 a month for service. Try getting that from a cable company. Their requests stopped for us once we started paying. I still have to pay for internet service, but everybody pays for that these days. I believe this app is totally worth it. People will complain about anything.
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