Locast, the free over-the-air broadcast TV streaming service said it has added iPad, Apple TV and Android TV to the devices/platforms on which it is now available.
That is in addition to Apple iOS, Android, Roku and Hopper, as well as various browser platforms.
Locast, which launched last year, does not have to get a TV station's permission.
To stream the TV signals without payment or permission, Locast.org (a contraction of “local” and “broadcast”) is relying on Title 17, Chapter 1, section 111 a)5 of the Copyright Act — which, for those without a copy handy, covers exemptions from exclusive rights to broadcast transmissions. It grants that exemption if “the secondary transmission is not made by a cable system, but is made by a governmental body, or other nonprofit organization, without any purpose of direct or indirect commercial advantage, and without charge to the recipients of the secondary transmission other than assessments necessary to defray the actual and reasonable costs of maintaining and operating the secondary transmission service.”
While it must remain nonprofit to continue to be exempt from having to negotiate a copyright license, it also needs money to keep expanding.
“In 2019, we hope to launch Locast.org in many other top-20 markets,” said founder David Goodfriend. “However, our biggest obstacle is funding. This is why we’re asking users to contribute just five dollars per month.” Goodfriend added. “If everyone gave just five dollars each month, Locast would be fully sustainable and could eventually reach all 210 markets.”
The service is currently available in New York, Chicago, Houston. Dallas, Denver, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
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