Streaming service Locast ceased operations this week in the middle of an ongoing legal battle with broadcasters. The service argued that since they are a nonprofit, the company was merely providing a service to those who couldn't make use of an antenna. The judge disagreed and said that Locast was using the donations they received to expand into other markets, violating nonprofit rules. Locast could appeal, but Leo says we knew the day would come that they would eventually close their doors. It was inevitable.
Perry wants to know what his alternatives are now that Locast has shut down. Leo says that an antenna is the best free option. Sling and other streaming services do offer other local channels for an extra cost. Here's a list of alternatives. There is a Reddit thread at reddit.com/r/cordcutters which talks about some options.
Citing an ongoing lawsuit by broadcasters against its streaming of their content, Locast has ceased operations effective immediately. The streaming service, which sought to provide cable cutters with streaming of local programming in a city near you, took donations to defray expenses. But broadcasters say that Locast does not have retransmission rights to put their content online. A judge agreed, saying that the streaming service violated copyright when they took donations and sought to expand their service with it.
Patrick wants to cut the cable. How can he cancel cable and stream live TV? Leo says if he has straight access to a line of sight to the tower, then an antenna is the best option out there. What about a DVR? Leo says that there are two OTA DVRs. One is ChannelMaster, and the other is the Silicon Dust HD Home Run. Both will work with an antenna and home network, so he can stream to any TV in the house. Is there a monthly charge? Leo says just for the channel guide, though only for the HD Home Run. Channel Master doesn't charge.
Dave is cutting the cable and wants to look into getting an indoor antenna. Leo says to first check out Locast.org. He can stream live local TV. It'll work on Roku, the computer, and the phone. And if he wants to avoid being nagged for donations, he can pay $5 a month for the service. A lot cheaper than DirecTV's $150 a month. He can also consider YouTubeTV. For $65 a month, he will get live and local channels, plus select cable stations. Roku also has a lot of free channels like PlutoTV. PeacockTV has a free tier.
Yvonne wants to cut the cable and stream. Will the Roku work on her smart TV? Leo says that Roku works great for TVs that aren't smart TVs, but you can use it with a Smart TV. In fact, smart TVs generally aren't that smart, so get the Roku.