The nonprofit broadcast TV service Locast announced today that it has expanded to include the Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach markets in Florida, following the addition of the Tampa market in June. With Locast, viewers in those areas can get local news, hurricane and storm coverage, emergency information, election coverage, sports, and entertainment programming to internet-connected devices. The service offers both English and Spanish language channels and guides.
At a time when coronavirus is rates continue to rise in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach and residents prepare for summer storms, Locast is making it possible to tune into local news on connected TVs and mobile devices for updates on COVID-19 and emergency alerts. Local TV will also be popular for watching election coverage in Florida, a historical battleground state, as well as the start of professional football this fall.
“For the first time, Floridians located within the Miami and West Palm Beach DMAs will be able to watch their local TV stations on their phones, tablets, laptops or streaming media devices,” said Locast Founder and Chairman David Goodfriend. “Local TV news is critical for broadcasting alerts about hurricanes, elections and coronavirus-related restrictions, making Locast an important lifeline for South Florida residents and for those who can’t get local TV channels from an off-air antenna or cannot afford a pay-TV subscription.”
Goodfriend continued, “Especially when dealing with health, safety, or participation in our democracy through voting, Locast performs a critical public service by increasing access to local broadcasting. South Floridians can stay on top of local emergency information, coverage of the upcoming political conventions, and more – on the go, over the Internet – through Locast. We have used our best efforts to make local broadcast more accessible to you.”
Locast delivers more than 40 local TV channels in the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale DMA, including ABC 10, NBC 6, CBS 4, FOX 7, PBS, PBS Kids, Estrella TV, MOVIES!, The CW, CourtTV, Univision, Telemundo and more. Counties served by the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale DMA include Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe, including the Florida Keys.
West Palm Beach viewers will have access to 28 channels including ABC 25, NBC 5, CBS 12, FOX 29, PBS, and PBS Kids, Azteca America, Mystery, ION, Grit, Justice Network and more. Counties served within the West Palm Beach/Ft. Pierce DMA include Martin, St. Lucie, Okeechobee, Palm Beach North and South, and Indian River.
Complete local TV guides are available at www.locast.org.
Locast is now available in 21 markets, covering 134 million viewers or 41% of the US population. Viewers in those markets can watch on www.locast.org, on Dish Hopper/Wally receivers, select DirecTV receivers, TiVo, and at streaming service providers Google Play, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon, and Roku.
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Jess Barnes attended Edinboro University and spent years working in nonprofit before taking up freelance writing in 2012. Jess has been working for Cord Cutters News since 2017.