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Locast Launches in NYC Offering FREE Live Locals Streaming Online

Locast a new live TV streaming service today launched in New York City to offer access to 13 stations including ABC, CBS, FOX, & NBC. The launch is timed to be ready for the big weekend of football that is about to happen this week. The catch is they are not paying anyone for the stations they are airing.

Update: At this time http://locast.org is down likely from a high number of users trying to access the site.

Locast parent company Sports Fans Coalition is a nonprofit and says they have an exception in the FCC rules that allows them to air locals without paying them for the service. They are hoping to be protected by Title 17, Chapter 1, section 111 a) 5 of the Copyright Act a section that allows non-profits to avoid many of the fees companies would typically pay.

The Sports Fan Coalition was created for the purpose of launching Locast and is headed by David Goodfriend. The question now is how will broadcasters react to this new service but Goodfriend is no stranger to pushing back against broadcasters and the NFL.

Goodfriend did try to get backing from Google, Dish, and The Weather Channel, but was unable to find any interest. For now, he is hoping to get donations to help cover the costs of the service.

When asked about what he thought would happen Goodfriend told Multichannel News. Goodfriend went on to say “We’re going to give it a shot and we’re going to get sued.” He is likely right that he will be sued and this case will likely have the attention of many of the largest media owners in the United States.

Source: Multichannel News

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11 Responses to Locast Launches in NYC Offering FREE Live Locals Streaming Online

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    matthewmspace January 11, 2018 at 4:54 pm #

    This sounds a lot like Aereo. So it’ll probably stick around for a few years before being shut down by the Supreme Court again.

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      Me January 11, 2018 at 5:20 pm #

      Aero was charging and trying to make money. If I use a copyrighted picture as my wallpaper on my PC not much the copyright owner can do. If I try using that on my for profit website yes I can be sued.

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        Fred Koot January 11, 2018 at 5:30 pm #

        Non profit doesn’t equal people don’t make money. Also don’t see how this is different than pirate Kodi add-ons.

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          Me January 11, 2018 at 6:36 pm #

          I’m not saying they’ll win their case. they likely will not. Just making the argument. Also is Kodi ONLY showing broadcast channels and are they ONLY showing them locally? Broadcast is different from cable since WE the people own the airwaves the broadcasters paid NOTHING for. And the broadcasters do no require you to pay to receive those channel if you use an antenna.

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          John Smith January 16, 2018 at 8:49 am #

          The organization attempting this is a legally registered non-profit organization, unlike Aereo which was a regular, profit-making corporation.

          There is specific language in the federal law that allows for nonprofits to retransmit under various conditions, including that they’re not making a profit (though they can charge to cover their expenses, under the law).

          Similarly, the people behind various Kodi add-ons and services are NOT legally registered non-profit organizations, so this particular exception in the law wouldn’t apply to them just as it didn’t apply to Aereo.

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            Fred Koot January 16, 2018 at 9:22 am #

            Don’t think that the affiliates and the NFL won’t try to shut this down. They will.

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    Fred Koot January 11, 2018 at 5:08 pm #

    I see a lot of court appearancs

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    jmgnyc January 11, 2018 at 5:38 pm #

    It’s actually locast without the W in the URL. You need a proof reader. 🙂

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    John January 11, 2018 at 7:35 pm #

    You have the URL wrong, it’s https://www.locast.org/ not https://www.lowcast.org/

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    JerYnkFan January 11, 2018 at 10:36 pm #

    I like it! ABC and CW aren’t live yet, but at least it’s a start.

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    Kyle Nolan January 12, 2018 at 7:39 am #

    It’s ridiculous that anyone needs to pay to carry OTA channels—they are getting more eyes on their ads!