Free TV startup Locast sued by networks
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Free TV startup Locast sued by networks

Locast, a streaming service that makes broadcast TV available for free, is being sued by the owners of the major broadcast networks. The owners of the major broadcast networks have filed a lawsuit against Locast, a streaming service that makes broadcast TV available for free, claiming it threatens billions of dollars in copyrighted content. CBS, Disney, Fox and NBCUniversal are each part of the lawsuit, which was filed Wednesday in New York’s Southern District court. The parties say that the service, Locast, is stealing their copyright and has no right to rebroadcast their signal. NBCUniversal is the parent company of NBC News. Locast, a nonprofit organization that launched in early 2018, became popular with cord cutters but contentious for those in the TV business because broadcasters receive billions of dollars of carriage license fees from distributors such as cable companies, satellite firms and telecom providers. The fees that distributors receive from TV networks have gained a renewed focus in recent years as declining subscriber numbers have caused tension between the two sides. When the size of those fees are in dispute, TV networks go dark for many consumers and distributors run the risk of subscriber defections. An example of […]

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