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Locast Streaming Service?

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Have any of you used Locast Streaming Service to augment your TV viewing with local news channels? They appear to work on a donation model.

I am considering the add-on to Roku. Any recommendations for using Locast?
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Try an antenna first. Depending on your location relative to the TV broadcast towers you may get extraordinary reception with just a simple indoor antenna. I would try that first. The bandwidth of broadcast TV with an antenna is like a firehose, it is far superior to streaming.
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I have not, as YouTube TV includes local channels as part of their package.
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I use it and appreciate the service.
I have an antennae as well but the weather tends to knock them around and signal quality varies.
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I've used it for seems almost 2 years, on Rokus. I can get most of the same though OTA antenna, but I like the ease of pulling it up on the Roku, and having the TV Guide - worth the $5/mo in my opinion. Picture quality and sound is excellent.

The one challenging part I have found is that sometimes where my ISP puts me based on IP address, Locast thinks I'm outside of the service area for my metro-area based on IP data. Happens maybe 2-3 times per year. A simple email to Locast support has it fixed within the hour. This is an issue specific to Roku and the IP handling of the ISP.
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Barefootgirl wrote: Mon Jun 14, 2021 10:15 am Have any of you used Locast Streaming Service to augment your TV viewing with local news channels? They appear to work on a donation model.
Timely discussion, thanks.

We would like to use it more often but the constant interruptions made it essentially unwatchable - almost as bad as the antenna. By the time we press whatever keystrokes needed to get rid of the popups, its too late already. We are considering spending the $5 but not sure if that would get rid of the popups.

We mostly only watch local PBSs so are also concidering their Passport instead.
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A few things I'd like to emphasize:

Locast is free. I think it's worth trying out and seeing if it works for you. Just create an account and sign in on the app in Roku or any other device.

Paying/donating the $5 a month gets rid of the interruptions found in the free version. This is far cheaper than any other cable/internet tv package.

An antenna/broadcast signal is not always perfect. For me, internet is more reliable than the antenna.
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I use it on firestick.
$5 is well worth it.
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I use it and pay the $5. Glad to have it.
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I've been using it too. Worth the $5, although it's low definition. Have it set up on roku or log in on a laptop. Mainly use it to for the news. I'd prefer to use an antenna but my house isn't currently set up to run one to each TV. I may get around to that.

I have an antenna that I set up if there's a big game on that I want to watch with high def. And we used youtube tv for college basketball season, but don't want to pay for it year-round. I wish they would have stuck closer to their original pricing.
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Hoosier CPA wrote: Mon Jun 14, 2021 1:52 pm I've been using it too. Worth the $5, although it's low definition.
For me, I think the channels that broadcast in HD, stay in HD.
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I’ve used free version occasionally. But now using to Tablo+Antenna (we get decent OTA antenna). Tablo has Good quality OTA receiver, good recording options, and fairly fast response with app as well as switching channels.

(Our lifetime TiVo hard-disk conked - doesn’t even boot now, hence the quest doe alternate options/devices)

On recent sale picked up Tablo device for OTA.

Tablo - DUAL LITE OTA DVR with WiFi - Black
Model: TDNS2B-01-CN. $99 (or can get $79 refurbished unit from Tablo)
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Yes - Tablo got app for Roku, and Amazon Fire. I think we get 1+ day TV guide & plenty recording capacity of 2TB drive we bought.

Make sure change your settings to 1080p 60fps - especially if you are on wired Ethernet and 4K TV !!

One thing many card cutters can benefit from this App model is: you connect Antenna at best possible location in your home/attic ., hook up to Tablo right there (without long cable - which could weaken signal) - you get full clarity signal, and many more channels on multiple devices/ROKU/Fire/TVs. With regular TiVo - you are forced to hook it next to TV, and watch it only on one TV.

One option we likes about Tablo - we can record, pause, rewind/forward etc like TiVo, and all thru the Roku/FireTV app. Multiple TVs can be streamed;

Of course with LoCast - you can stream anywhere (Tablo needs to be on your own local LAN - iirc; if you want to beat it - you can do VPN/tunnel etc to work around this limitation, but you lose the simplicity aspect).
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My municipal cable service is switching to streaming service, but I am grandfathered. In May we had some rearrangement of households and I canceled my cable, but tried to get it back the next day. NO GO!. Municipal streaming only option. Switched to Locast, after paying the $5, the Locast service worked great.
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Try it. No need to pay the $5.
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