Locast Plex

Watch local broadcast TV on Plex without an antenna.

Locast2dvr can act as both a HDHomerun device or as an m3u tuner. Plex mainly supports HDHomerun, while Emby supports both. In case locast2dvr is used as an HDHomerun device it will use ffmpeg to copy the mpegts stream from locast to the Media server. Configure Plex to use locast2plex: In the Plex settings on your server or web interface, select Live TV/DVR on the left-hand menu and add a device as you would normally add a HDHomeRun. You may need to enter the address manually as SSDP autodiscovery is buggy at the moment. Setting up Locast2Plex as a Windows Service. These instructions use a different utility to set up the Service. Unlike the “HowToGeek” article, it uses one called “NSSM” available at this link: NSSM – the Non-Sucking Service Manager rather than SrvStart. Using Locast with plex for cheap HD local channels. I got this sorted last week using Docker on OS X, and it's really cool. One odd thing though: If I go into.

Can I Record From Locast


What is it?

Locast is a free service that receives over the air (OTA) broadcast television signals and encodes and legally distributes them digitally across the internet. Using the program locast2plex you can receive this digital content and send it to a Plex Media Server. Plex will allow you to record, time-shift and save this content. It works exactly like a Cablebox / DVR.

Setup

The overall steps are:

  • Create a free locast.org account
  • Download locast2plex to a Raspberry Pi or similar Linux computer
  • Configure Plex to use the locast2plex software

Download locast2plex from this git repo:

If python fails on: [SSL: DH_KEY_TOO_SMALL] edit /etc/ssl/openssl.conf and change CIPHER to @LEVEL1

If everything works as expected, you should see the following:

Your server should be listening on the following port: 6077. This is the port that Plex will use to look for your tuner.

Locast says of themselves: “Locast is a public service to Americans, providing local broadcast signals over the Internet in select cities. All you have to do is sign up online, provide your name and email address, and certify that you live in, and are logging on from, one of the select US cities (‘Designated Market Area’). Then, you can select among local broadcasters and stream your favorite local station.

Locast.org is a ‘digital translator,’ meaning that Locast.org operates just like a traditional broadcast translator service, except instead of using an over-the-air signal to boost a broadcaster’s reach, we stream the signal over the Internet to consumers located within select US cities.

Locast Plex

Ever since the dawn of TV broadcasting in the mid-20th Century, non-profit organizations have provided ‘translator’ TV stations as a public service. Where a primary broadcaster cannot reach a receiver with a strong enough signal, the translator amplifies that signal with another transmitter, allowing consumers who otherwise could not get the over-the-air signal to receive important programming, including local news, weather and of course, sports. Locast.org provides the same public service, except instead of an over-the-air signal transmitter, we provide the local broadcast signal via online streaming.

You need a broadband Internet connection for optimal performance. Using a laptop, smartphone, or computer connected to the Internet, point your browser to www.Locast.org to sign up. You then can choose which local broadcast station to watch from your Internet-enabled device.”

This article linked above shows how to set up Plex to use Locast (assuming you have Locast in your area) to view “local” TV channels via Plex through Locast, and using the Plex DVR function. I do not have Locast for my DMA (“Designated Market Area”) for TV, so I couldn’t try it, but it looks cool!

Locast app

This is a re-post by Lon Seidman of the original video I saw (which he later pulled down, and has now reposted) on Locast2Plex: