How to Get Free Local TV With Locast

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With Locast, you can watch local TV without cable for free on your computer, phone, or streaming device. The service is only available in certain areas, but if you know how to watch Locast with a VPN, you can tune in to broadcasts from all over the country.

Information in this article applies to the web version of Locast, the Locast mobile app, and Locast for Roku.

What Is Locast And Where Is It Available?

Locast converts over-the-air signals to digital ones and broadcasts them online for free. The only requirement is that you be located in the actual range of the signal you're trying to access (or set up a VPN in that area). As of late 2020, Locast is available in the following U.S. cities:

  • New York City
  • Los Angeles
  • Chicago
  • Philadelphia
  • Dallas-Fort Worth
  • San Francisco
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Houston
  • Boston
  • Atlanta
  • Phoenix
  • Tampa Bay
  • Seattle
  • Minneapolis–Saint Paul
  • Miami
  • Denver
  • Baltimore
  • West Palm Beach
  • Sioux Falls
  • Sioux City
  • Rapid City

How to Get Free Local TV With Locast

Before you use Locast, make sure it is available in your area, or set up a VPN in one of the locations where Locast is offered. To start watching free local TV with Locast:

  1. Open a browser and go to the Locast home page.

  2. Select Allow in the pop-up window to allow Locast to know your location. Once Locast finds where you are, you'll see your location appear in the upper-right of the web page.

    Locast home page
  3. Select Live TV Guide at the top of the page.

  4. Locast will take you to a TV guide page where you can select a show to watch. In the upper portion of the screen, you'll see details about the show that is currently selected.

    Locast TV guide
  5.  Select Watch Now to begin the sign-up process.

  6. Select Login With Facebook or select Register now to create your account.

    Locast login
  7. Enter your email address and a password for your Locast account, then select Register.

    Locast registration
  8. You will return to the TV guide page. Select Watch Now again to start your selected show. The show will take a few seconds to load depending on your connection. You can watch through your browser any time now by following the same steps.

    Locast streaming live TV

    To watch in full-screen mode, select the icon that looks like a box with thick corners in the lower-left of the viewing area.

Watch Locast on Roku and Mobile Devices

You can also watch TV with Locast on Android, iOS, and Amazon Fire devices. Just download the free app from your device's app store. The Locast channel is available through the Roku channel store as well, so can you watch live broadcasts on your smart TV. Once you download the app for your platform, you can sign in to the account that you created in your browser and start watching right away.

Because Locast is a non-profit service, you will be prompted to donate every time you launch the app. While this may be annoying, the picture quality and reliability beat most antennas on the market.