Q. I am one of the many, many people who are sitting here without my favorite local channel, channel 9 here in the Washington DC area, and I need my channel back now on DIRECTV. I read about this free thing called Locast where I could get my local channels. Is it for real? Is it even legal? — Stella, Reston, Virginia.
Stella, I feel your pain. Millions of satellite TV subscribers now are missing their favorite local channels due to separate fee fights involving DIRECTV and Dish. While I believe the DIRECTV dispute could end this week, there’s no guarantee both carriage battles won’t go on for weeks or longer.
Locast is one of several ways you can continue watching a local channel even if your satellite service doesn’t carry it. It’s a free service that delivers local channels over the Internet in 25 markets, which represent roughly 45.6 percent of U.S. The markets include Atlanta, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Detroit, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, West Palm Beach, Sioux Falls, Sioux City, Tampa, Denver, Scranton, Los Angeles, Rapid City, Indianapolis, San Francisco, Miami, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Puerto Rico, Seattle, and Baltimore and Washington, D.C. (Stella, your local channels would be available in the Baltimore or Washington markets.)
You download the Locast app on a computer, tablet or Smart TV device such as Roku, provide a name and e-mail address, and suddenly you are watching all your local channels.
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It’s sounds like a great deal. But for many satellite subscribers who don’t have access to high-speed Internet service, Locast is a no-go. Plus, it’s only available in those 25 markets. For example, if you lived in Milwaukee or Jacksonville or Las Vegas (and so on), you couldn’t get Locast.
Locast also does not always deliver a reliable picture. It’s the Internet, folks. Streaming is still a work in progress. But it’s free so you can’t complain too much, right?
As for Locast’s legality, the our major broadcast networks (CBS, ABC, Fox and NBC) say no. They have filed a lawsuit to declare the service to be illegal. The networks claim that Locast is violating their copyright by transmitting their signals without their permission. In 2014, the networks won a similar lawsuit against Aereo, which sold their signals without authorization.
Locast has filed a counter lawsuit claiming it’s different from Aereo because it’s a non-profit service (it asks users for donations) which should exempt it from the Copyright Act.
The legal battle is still pending, and it’s unclear when it will be resolved. So until then, Locast is legal.
Stella, you might want to check out Locast. And if it doesn’t work to your satisfaction, I would suggest an antenna, or CBS All Access to replace a blacked out local CBS station.
Hope that helps. Happy viewing, and stay safe!
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Who can I call to help me get Locast? Not sure how to do it.
Is this ending soon !what do you suggest for a replacement for direct tv
It’s called hd indoor antenna and scan you tv for local channels it’s free lmfao.. where have all u peps been how do you think we watched tv before cable .. 🙋♀️🙃🤷♀️🙋♀️😳😁😁
OTA (over the air) is not available for everyone. In some markets, like San Diego, few can get free reception with an antenna. Locast is not available either. An alternative is to use a VPN set nearby server (like LA – has 4 or 5) that connects to Locast and use this to receive similar broadcasts. Of course you won’t be able to get the local news or weather.
Won’t work if you don’t have off air channels lowcast is the answer
Locast added the Indianapolis, IN and the Scranton, PA markets in late October 2020.
NO LOCAST IN PORTLAND OREGON
Download an IP address faker that makes them think you’re somewhere else
We may not be able to get outta our contract with Dish BUT We Can Renew when its Time With Xfinity WE WONT FORGET. The Rich get Richer The poor That are struggling to put food on the Table for families get Hurt by this Horrible Miss My Channel 9. All these channels terrible. 2 5 7 9. 32. 26 38. Antenna The Old School way where Every Senior Retiree. Working Families sad greedy very sad.
Locast is in the Interactive menu o ATT Uverse. Easy to use.
not available everywhere
It’s actually NOT free. Unless you sign-up to donate $5 per month, the app resets every 8 minutes… total PITA
If that’s the case I got tripped but still it’s freaking worth it
Live in Houston can’t connect my tv to app requirements very upset that I have not been able to watch channel 11 starting in in morning with my soap operas please hurry up and get channel 11 back.
I have some important News for all of you out there. I was feeling the same. I 📞 direct TV and talk to a Direct TV associate. I love my Direct TV and don’t want to leave your company. She offered me and Antenna power adapter free of charge to pick up local Channels. That was Friday and it came to day, which is Wednesday before I went to my Dr. Appointment. If you would call them and explain how you really feel and ask for a local Channel connector, they will send you one. I tell you all its wonderful. I have All my local Channels and all my Direct Tv channels to. Make that call. Veronica for Macon Ga.