Locast has reportedly reached a settlement with the “Big Four” network broadcasters, CBS, FOX, NBC, and ABC. According to the private agreement, which was obtained by Bloomberg Law, the company owes the network just $700,000 to settle their copyright battle.
According to the agreement, Locast will pay roughly $700,000 in cash and liquidation of computer servers. The cash settlement amount was determined by Locast’s total revenue ($794,159) at the end of 2021. In October, the live TV streaming service initially was ordered to pay $32 million in copyright damages to the broadcast networks involved.
The settlement reads, “Broadcasters… forever and irrevocably release and discharge the additional enjoined parties from… liabilities of every kind and nature, related to the claims, counterclaims, or subject matter of the Locast action.”
Locast launched in 2018 and claimed to operate as a non-profit. Through the streaming service and website, users could tune in to watch the local affiliates of CBS, FOX, NBC, and ABC. Because Locast stated they were a non-profit, they believed they were exempt from retransmission laws.
However, the federal judge said that Locast was not using donations as a “gift to a charitable cause.” Instead, users were prompted to donate money to avoid ads, and the donations were used to expand the service to new markets.
So, in July 2019, Locast’s legal battle with CBS, Fox, NBC, and ABC began. The “Big Four” argued that the streaming service could not stream their local affiliates without a retransmission license. This would not be an issue if Locast was operating as a non-profit, the networks noted.
According to reports, Locast’s battle with the “Big Four” networks has finally come to an end. If you’re looking for a way to stream local channels, we’ve compiled a list of Locast alternatives.
Locast is a live TV streaming service offering access to local TV affiliates in 36 markets. The service has been suspended because of a legal fight with broadcasters. Whether or not it returns, viewers have other options to watch local channels for free.
While the service could be used for free, users who didn’t pay for the membership tier would get a prompt to donate every 15 minutes. After the prompt, users were kicked back to the home screen and booted off the channel they were watching.
Locast could be viewed within Sling TV on select devices.