Locast has expanded to a 33rd market, launching
in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina today. The free streaming service is bringing
40 local TV channels to nearly 3 million residents in the area which includes
Fayetteville, Chapel Hill and Rocky Mount.
Locast offers local broadcast TV via the internet for free,
though the service will frequently ask for a $5 donation until that donation is
set up by the user. Locast says that offering the channels is a public service
offering news, weather, sports, entertainment, and emergency information to
viewers via internet connected devices.
“Especially in hilly regions where over-the-air broadcast
reception can be unreliable, Raleigh-Durham residents can use Locast to watch
their local TV channels via the internet on their phones, tablets, laptops or
streaming media devices.”
The 40 local channels available in Raleigh include WRAL NBC
5, WTVD ABC 11, WNCN CBS 17, WRAZ FOX 50, PBS, PBS Kids, as well as DABL,
Univision, Antenna, CourtTV, Mystery, MeTV, TrueCrime, the CW, GetTV, BOUNCE,
Quest, LAFF, COMET, HSN, GRIT, COZI, and more.
Locast is accessible to viewers in 23 counties in the
Raleigh-Durham DMA including Chatham, Cumberland, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin,
Granville, Halifax, Harnett, Hoke, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Nash, Northhampton,
Orange, Person, Sampson, Vance, Wake, Warren, Wayne, and Wilson. The DMA also
covers Mecklenburg, Virginia.