No antenna required, a local of Madison brings his Locast TV platform to his hometown | Enterprise information

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The service, which launched January 16 in Madison and does not require an antenna, is free to users. However, Locast is asking for donations of $ 5 to $ 25 per month or $ 60 to $ 100 per year to help cover costs. The service is only available to people who live in a specific market area defined by Nielsen Media Research. For example, those who live in the Indianapolis area can only receive television programming from television networks in Indianapolis, not from other media areas across the country.

The Madison media market, which ranks 81st nationwide, includes more than 343,000 television households in 11 counties in southern Wisconsin, according to Nielsen. Counties of Dodge, Jefferson, and Walworth are part of the Milwaukee area where Locast does not yet exist.

In the Madison region, Locast offers 34 channels, including subsidiaries ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and PBS, as well as their digital channels such as: B. 15.2, 15.3 and 15.4 from WMTV. Sports are not restricted, so viewers can watch the Super Bowl on CBS while shopping at Woodman’s Market or at an ice cream parlor on Lake Mendota. Locast does not broadcast cable stations like ESPN, CNN, HGTV or Discovery. Likewise, Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee Bucks games are missing from Fox Sports Wisconsin in Locast.

The list of some shows available to Locast users in the Madison area.


Other Locast channels in the Madison area include COSI, which features classic TV shows such as Little House on the Prairie, The Munsters, Frasier and Rosanne. There’s Court TV, True Crime Network, and Sonlife Broadcasting Network, an extension of Jimmy Swaggart Ministries. LAFF has sitcoms like “Loud Jim”, “Home Improvement” and “How I Met Your Mom”. GRIT has westerns and ION has crime novels like “Law & Order” and “Chicago PD”.

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