Locast Swarms Into Two More Markets


A self-described “non-profit local broadcast TV streaming service” the NAB and the nation’s broadcast television networks would rather see squashed has swarmed in to two more DMAs, bringing the total number of U.S. markets where it’s available to viewers to 16.

Locast is now delivering 16 local TV channels via the internet – for a small monthly donation – to those in the Scranton-Wilkes Barre-Hazleton, Pa., Nielsen-defined marketplace.

“For the first time, more than 1.5 million residents in Wilkes Barre and the surrounding area will be able to watch all of their local TV stations on their phones, tablets, laptops or streaming media devices,” said Locast Founder and Chairman David Goodfriend, who believes Locast “performs a critical public service by increasing access to local broadcast channels. This is especially important during this year’s election in a swing state like Pennsylvania.”

Goodfriend also boasts that Locast is “the only service that retransmits all your local TV channels via the internet.”

Among the stations available are WNEP-16, WBRE-28, WOLF-56 and WYOU-22.

The announcement came a day after Locast revealed it is delivering more than 40 local TV channels via the internet in the Indianapolis TV market. There, Locast delivers 42 TV channels in the Indianapolis designated market area (DMA), including WRTV-6, WISH-8, WTHR-13, WTTV-4, and the local FOX and PBS affiliates. The Indianapolis DMA includes nearby cities such as Bloomington, Kokomo and Muncie and covers 32 counties.