ITVT is pleased to present an audio recording of the TVOT NYC 2019 session, “Fireside: David Goodfriend, Founder, Locast, in Conversation with Tim Hanlon, CEO, The Vertere Group.” Here’s the description of the session from the show brochure:
"Locast, a service that allows consumers to stream local broadcast TV, recently launched in its 16th market, Seattle (it is also available in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Dallas, Boston, Denver, Baltimore, Washington DC, Atlanta, Phoenix, Sioux Falls and Rapid City). Because the service is operated by a non-profit (unlike, for example, Aereo, a similar--but for-profit--service that was forced to close down in 2014), it argues that a statute in the Copyright Act allows it to retransmit broadcasters' signals without having to pay licensing fees. Nevertheless, it is being sued by the major broadcast networks, who claim that it was established for the commercial benefit of certain pay-TV operators, and it in turn recently initiated a counter-suit, accusing those networks of antitrust violations.
In this fireside chat with Tim Hanlon, CEO of The Vertere Group, David Goodfriend--the high-profile lawyer who founded Locast in 2018 (and whose career includes executive positions at DISH Network and Air America Radio, as well as a stint as Deputy Staff Secretary to President Clinton)--will explain the reasons behind the founding of the service, and how he anticipates that it will evolve going forward."