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This week we've got a Q&A about alternatives to Locast now that they've shut down, short cuts including deals, and more!
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Q&A > What's the Best Alternative to Locast?
This week's question comes from Fran who asks, "Now that Locast is shut down, what's the best way to watch my local channels? I don't want to have to go back to cable."
It's been quite the rollercoaster week for users of the local broadcast network streaming service Locast. First, it was dealt a huge legal blow then the 'donation' option was removed before the service was suspended yesterday.
The best alternative to Locast is an Over-the-Air TV antenna. If you've tried one before and didn't get great results it's worth taking a bit of time to research, choose a reputable model that doesn't make wild promises, and ensure it's installed in an optimal location for reception.
Unfortunately, for those who are 70+ miles away from local broadcast towers, live in valleys, or are dealing with other obstructions, Locast was the most affordable alternative to watching local channels with an antenna.
While YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, and DirecTV Stream all offer cord cutters access to local channels, you'll pay at least $64.99/month for the privilege. For that kind of cash, it's worth investing in an OTA setup if you're able.
If not, and you just need local news, apps like NewsOn, LocalNow, and VUit can help fill the gap.
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WHAT'S ON > Must-See OTA TV
As usual, there's lots of great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
- Catch the US premiere of Guilt on Masterpiece - September 5th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS
- Tune into the special Women of 9/11: A Special Edition of 20/20 With Robin Roberts - September 8th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC/CHCH
- Canadian can enjoy the new reality show Race Against the Tide - September 9th @ 8:00 p.m. on CBC
- Canadians can also check out the Federal Leaders' Debate - September 9th @ 9:00 p.m. on CBC, Global, CTV, & CHCH
Don't forget to regularly check the TV SHOWS > PREMIERING tab on your Tablo app to find and set new and old favorites to record.
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