Locast is a broadcast TV transmission service that is available as a Roku channel (along with other platforms). It also helps address a request that had come up frequently on the forums asking for being able to connect an antenna to Roku. Previously the response would usually be to either buy a Roku TV or buy a Tablo but Locast provides the tv broadcasts without having to buy something else.
The New York Times recently ran an article about the service titled "Locast, a Free App Streaming Network TV, Would Love to Get Sued" at:
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/31/busi ... rk-tv.html
I feel the title of the article is partly the result of click-bait journalism, I would have preferred they said Locast is *prepared* to be sued rather than claim they would "love" it. However, the rest of the article seems well written.
Locast's also has an interesting FAQ at:
Unlike the NYT article, Locast is more explicit why it is legal for them to do what they do. Specifically, they are able to take advantage of an exemption to copyright law under 17 U.S.C. 111 for performing non-profit re-transmission of public broadcasts. This seems to be one of the few cases were copyright law actually works to the advantage of the masses instead of a select few..
Previously there was a number of articles indicating the NFL was taking advantage of 17 U.S.C. 110 against having Superbowl parties involving a TV larger than 55 inches. Because somehow it is impossible to have a private viewing if the TV is too big?
It is nice to see with Locast that the twisted world of US copyright law still includes provisions for the little guy.