Locast adds Minneapolis-St. Paul to coverage map

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Locast, the live tv streaming service that enables its users to stream their local TV stations, has officially added more coverage to its service.

Today, the service added Minneapolis-St. Paul to its coverage area after previously adding more markets in Florida, such as Miami, West Palm Beach and Tampa Bay earlier this summer.

Due to the new Minneapolis-St. Paul market being added, now viewers in that area can stream their ABC, CBS, CW, FOX, NBC and PBS stations for completely free.

The local channels Minneapolis-St. Paul viewers can expect to get are KSTP ABC 5, KARE NBC 11, WCCO CBS 4, KMSP FOX 9, PBS, PBS Kids, MOVIES!, Antenna TV, The CW, CourtTV, GRIT, Univision, Telemundo and others, according to Global Newswire.

This will come in handy with the NFL season just weeks away. With Locast, users will be able to watch the Minnesota Vikings games for completely free. It could also be good to have with the U.S. election coming up this November too.

David Goodfriend, the founder and chairman of Locast, said he is proud to add this area to the Locast map.

“For the first time, more than 4 million Minnesotans will be able to watch their local TV stations on their phones, tablets, laptops or streaming media devices,” he said. “Local TV news is critical for receiving alerts about the 2020 elections, coronavirus-related safety information as well as staying informed about people in the community voicing their opinions through peaceful protest. This makes Locast an important lifeline for Minnesotans, especially for those who can’t get local TV channels from an off-air antenna or cannot afford a pay-TV subscription. Particularly when dealing with health, safety, or participation in our democracy through voting, Locast performs a critical public service by increasing access to local broadcasting. Minnesotans can stay on top of local emergency information, coverage of major party political conventions and local elections, professional football, and more – on the go, over the Internet – through Locast. We have used our best efforts to make local broadcast more accessible to you.”

The service is free but will have a 15-second ad whenever a user changes the channel and when they have been watching a single channel for 15 minutes straight.

To avoid the 15-second and 15-minute ads, users have the option of making donations to Locast. Locast is a nonprofit, which makes the local TV station-viewing possible.

Locast can be streamed on the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Apple TV and Mac. You can read our review of the service here.