Wednesday, February 28, 2024

A new Locast, but will it succeed?

I saw a couple of articles yesterday about a new service offering local channels via streaming.

Locast did something like this a couple of years back, but were sued and lost, forcing a shutdown of that service. However, the reason for the ruling was that Locast was practically forcing users to "donate" $5/month for the service, and used it to expand, making them a for-profit business, rather than a not-for-profit business.

Had Locast been declared a not-for-profit business that was following proper rules and regulations, they may have won and still be in operation. But that's not what happened.

Now, a couple of reports are out about a company called LocalTV+ that currently operates in Boston. So far, there have been no legal challenges to the company and its service, according to Cord Cutters News:

... a new service called LocalTV+ has launched to offer free ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC in the Boston area. It is also accepting donations, and now the question is whether it will avoid the same fate as Locast did.

LocalTV+ apparently first quietly launched back in 2022 and is now available in the Boston area.

I thought I also read an article by Tyler the Antenna Man, but I can't find it now. If my memory is correct, he expected them to be challenged and lose.

My Streaming Life involved over the air TV via an antenna I own. However, I could certainly see such a service being useful. But, like some others, I don't have high hopes of them staying in business if they try to expand.

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