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.
Minor bug fixes.
Ratings and Reviews
Needs more stations
I think it is good that you can watch local stations at a lower price. I do recommend donating $5 per month, because I did that, and I am not interrupted by that contribution every fifteen minutes anymore, which is nice. The main thing is the ABC affiliate in Manchester, NH, is not available on Locast which is one thing I do not agree with since that station is part of the Boston media market. Yes, I do think that Locast should be available in more media markets, and I think MeTV affiliates which in Boston are WCVB DT2 and WMUR DT2 should both be available on Locast as well along with some other TV affiliates that are not yet available on Locast, at least in the nine media markets Locast is already available in. Other than those, I think that as long as you donate $5 a month to Sports Coalition, the parent company of Locast, this should work out for you, at least in Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Baltimore, Denver, Houston, Dallas and Chicago.
This app is interesting. If you live in one of the cities Locast currently serves, you can get some local broadcast channels for streaming at no charge on your mobile device or compatible streaming box or stick.
However, as others have observed, the stations don't run for longer than 15-20 minutes at a time if you make a single donation (like I did). But $5 monthly to continue supporting Locast's parent company is supposed to turn off interruptions, as one person has observed. They should also add more stations and expand to other markets in the future.
Other than that, this is an easy and affordable way to get local broadcast networks for on-the-go mobile viewing purposes.
Finally something I was looking for.
This initiative doesn’t deserve criticism the way few reviewers have done. Its true you have to donate a small sum of $5 to have uninterrupted viewing but thats justified to meet the costs by the people who are running this. No other service out there can give you these many important channels at this price. The airplay locking your device is true but can be lived with for now until they upgrade it. I truly appreciate their effort in bringing this to larger audience who do not get antenna signal and don’t wanna pay huge monthly subscriptions either. The $5 fee is an external payment system through paypal hence its not mentioned in here as in-app purchase. Please appreciate the good in the world rather than finger pointing at everything.
- Sports Fans Coalition NY, INC
- 27.4 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Apple TV.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © Sports Fans Coalition NY, INC
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.