Free streaming service for broadcast TV now offers Portland channels
By Mike Rogoway / The Oregonian & OregonLive.com
April 6, 2021
A nonprofit that streams local broadcast TV for free, over the internet, launched in the Portland area last month.
Locast sets up antennas in 31 cities around the country and rebroadcasts local programming online for each of those markets. It’s free, though the organization asks for monthly donations – and will periodically interrupt programming to solicit a donation from those who do not give.
Its Portland lineup features 39 channels, including local ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and PBS affiliates and several other, less prominent channels.
Locast.org, America’s only nonprofit, free, local broadcast TV digital translator live TV streaming service, was founded by Sports Fans Coalition NY (SFCNY), a New York-based nonprofit, fan-advocacy group formed in 2017. Locast launched in 2018 and is available in 33 DMAs. SFCNY is the first local chapter of Sports Fans Coalition, Inc., which led the successful campaign to end the FCC’s Sports Blackout Rule and continues to advocate for fans. In 2020, Locast added more than 1 million users, making it one of the fastest-growing live TV streaming services and was named the 2020 most-improved streaming service by TechHive. As a nonprofit, Locast is supported by user donations and is available at www.locast.org.