Locast - What does that mean to us?

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  1. slice1900

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    If they are going to support it directly, it would appear on CE first. AFAIK that hasn't happened so it will be a while...
     
  2. JoeTheDragon

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    the NFL may do so killing any hope of free NFL TICKET
     
  3. slice1900

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    I don't think the NFL could stop Locast, unless they could show Locast was knowingly making locals available out of market. The NFL's contract is with the networks, and if OTA reception by a free service that streams it to in-market customers is held to legal in the same way as direct OTA reception is legal the NFL won't have any grounds upon which to sue.

    If Locast was held to be legal in the courts, the NFL would have no choice but to take all their games off broadcast and put them on cable channels like ESPN and FS1 - they'd have to come up with a system to switch in different games for different games but I'm sure ESPN/Fox has the technology.

    It'll either get shot down by the courts or bought and paid for congressmen, it would disrupt too many multi-billion dollar industries to be allowed.
     
  4. Athlon646464

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    On both my Roku and Apple TV the app lists all of the cities Locast has locals for. It will not allow me to choose any city other than Boston, however. My guess is it's tied to either my ISP or my Directv account.

    So no, I don't think I'll be watching out of market NFL games using Locast.
     
  5. dod1450

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    You know there is a way that is known to be available. It is call FREE VPN.
     
  6. Athlon646464

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    I'm aware of that. It won't work if it's tied to my account, however.

    EDIT: I just read a few reports of folks claiming they can indeed spoof the app.
     
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  7. Steveknj

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    Except that AT&T (and I assume others will follow) are ALSO multi-billion dollar corporations as well. So essentially it's a battle between networks and providers.
     
  8. Athlon646464

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    Anyone else seeing Locast in their apps? If so, on what model receiver?
     
  9. James Long

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    I expect the NFL to do what brings them the most money. Locast is an issue facing local broadcasters and their local retransmission rights. Locast does not directly affect the NFL.
     
  10. vinhmen

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    It shows up in my list of apps on the HS17.
    I downloaded the Roku app on a separate TV.
     
  11. mws192

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    If you download via the receiver, I assume you still need to pay the $5 monthly donation to avoid the frequent ads/solicitations?
     
  12. Athlon646464

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    How do you 'download' it via the receiver? The app is either in the list or it's not, correct?
     
  13. Steveknj

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    Was going to ask the same thing. I have an HR54. I have Locast (have had it for awhile) on my Roku.
     
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  15. vinhmen

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    Almost a month later, the Locast app on my HS17 still does not work.
     
  16. Athlon646464

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    I have yet to see it.
     
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  17. TXD16

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    I happen to be in a Locast-enabled area, and I can assure you that you're missing absolutely nothing as this is merely another in an incredibly long line of terribly implemented DIRECTV "apps," few of which, if any, have ever really served any useful purpose, but many of which are an obvious kludge, are hard to use, and which perform poorly or not at all. Quite frankly, whomever is in the lead position of this department should be "retired," and banished from ever again adding "apps" to any DIRECTV firmware.
     
  18. NashGuy

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    The sad state of the app platform on DTV's (and Uverse TV's) boxes is IMO the service's biggest competitive disadvantage, from a UX perspective, vs. the DISH Hopper, Comcast X1, Cox Contour, AlticeOne and even Verizon FiOS TV, which at least supports Netflix now.
     
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  19. Steveknj

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    Agree with this. The only ones I've ever used is iHeart (which works about half the time) and Pandora which works maybe 75% of the time, but with frequent dropouts. I've completely given up on them and use the similar apps on my Roku (and other streaming devices I own).
     

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