AT&T Adds Locast App to DirecTV, Uverse

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  1. Juan

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    Big difference...the internet
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    Do you have a legal precedent that says Internet streaming is different than direct broadcast under the retransmission rules? Locast is supplying legal translator streams via the Internet per 17 USC 111.
     
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    Aereo...they lost at the supreme court...they did the samething but charged for mandatory DVR service
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    Aereo was for profit, Locast is non profit. Big difference.
     
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    Not enough Markets available on Locast


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    But they are taking donations...someone somewhere is making money
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    Not enough users either
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    Locast is new, it will take them time to add all the markets. Anyway, the question of whether it is legal has nothing to do with how many markets it has available.
     
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    When stations and networks see it as a threat to retransmission fees the fun will begin
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    I'm sure they already see it as a threat, but suing them now would only bring attention to Locast. The Streisand effect is a real danger in today's world of the internet and social media.

    They may be hoping it will simply fail, while working behind the scenes lobbying for changes in the STELA reauth that would make Locast clearly illegal. Then they don't have to fight them in court.
     
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    It wasn't the Internet streaming that sunk Aereo, it was their for profit business plan...
     
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    According to Locast it costs $150,000 to $250,000 to bring a new DMA online, plus the ongoing costs for bandwidth, etc. If they were making money, they wouldn't still be drawing on their initial high interest loan. The only ones that might be making money per se in the form of a salary, are the folks keeping the service online. And it's completely legal for a non-profit to pay salaries and costs, and even to put money aside for future needs.
     
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    Locast translates the locals in 13 cities covering almost a third of the US market. They have an estimated 250,000+ subscribers as of the last figures I read. How big does the threat have to be? The broadcaster went after Aereo before they even launched their service.
     
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    Learn the hardway
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    Don't count Locast out yet. It'll be an interesting battle...
     
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    Locast not added to my receivers in my area in Saint Louis Missouri yet
     
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