Local TV Streaming App Locast Suspends Operations After Losing Copyright Lawsuit

The big four broadcasters had been in a legal battle with the service since 2019


TV streaming service Locast suspended its operations Thursday morning after the app lost a courtroom battle with broadcasters CBS, ABC, NBC and Fox.

The nonprofit streaming service provided local TV streams to customers without requiring a cable or satellite subscription. It asked for monthly donations, starting at $5 per month, which would in turn give customers uninterrupted programming.

The big four broadcasters sued Locast in 2019, claiming the app rebroadcast signals without their permission and pushed back on Locast’s claims that it is a free service.

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