Locast has made this week an expansive one with it adding coverage to the Wilkes Barre and Scranton, Pennsylvania TV markets this morning.
Just yesterday, the company added coverage and support in Indianapolis.
Due to this support in the area, viewers there will now have access to the following local channels for completely free: WNEP (ABC 16), WBRE (NBC 28), WYOU (CBS 22), WOLF (FOX 56), PBS, PBS Kids, Antenna TV, The CW, Bounce, Mystery, LAFF, True Crime and others.
The following counties in Pennslyvania this will be available in are Bradford, Carbon, Clinton, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Lycoming, Monroe, Montour, Northumberland, Schuylkill, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Union, Wayne and Wyoming.
Locast founder and chairman David Goodfriend said it was a good time to add coverage to Wilkes Barre and Scranton, as both of those cities and the state as a whole could be huge, in terms of next week’s general election.
“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,” he said. “When considering health, safety, or participation in our democracy through voting, 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. “We’re the only service that retransmits all your local TV channels via the internet. Through Locast, Pennsylvanians can stay on top of local emergency information or enjoy watching professional football – on the go, over the Internet. We are working diligently to make local broadcast more accessible to you, and especially for those who cannot get local TV channels from an off-air antenna or cannot afford a pay-TV subscription.”
It will also give sports fans a chance to watch sporting events like the Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburg Steelers, Penn State athletics, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburg Pirates, Philadelphia 76ers and Pittsburg Penguins games whenever they are shown on national TV networks like FOX, CBS, NBC and ABC.
Locast has no fee, but does show an ad each time a person changes the channel and every 15 minutes of watching the service.
To avoid that, users have the option to pay $5 a month as a donation to the nonprofit to help it maintain costs. In return, the person will not see Locast ads when they change the channel or when they watch a channel for 15 minutes or more.
Locast is available to stream on the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Apple TV and Mac.