Locast Adds A Grid To Free TV Service

Locast.orgs TV gridLocast.org, the “non-profit digital translator service” that streams 15 New York City over-the-air TV stations, has added a standard programming grid to the main page of its web site. And not to bury the lede, almost a month after its launch, Locast has continued to operate apparently without lawsuits.

In the site’s News section, it has added a story about implementing its “public service mission”. “As part of that effort, Locast.org is including residents of the New York City Public Housing Authority system and other similar institutions without our sphere of outreach and engagement in New York City.”

The story concludes with a quote from Habiba Alcindor, daughter of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and a board member of Sports Fan Coalition NY. “I believe every sports fan, casual viewer and all New Yorkers in between should have access to local broadcasting,” she said. “… I truly believe in the public interest mission of ensuring universal access to local broadcast stations for little to no cost.”

Locast is only available to devices that can prove that they’re in NYC, if you know what I mean. The grid is a very nice improvement. Now if they could add a cloud DVR, it would be just like Nimble TV, except cheaper.