Local broadcast streamer Locast is now natively integrated into Vizio’s line of smart television sets, the company announced on Wednesday.
The launch marks the first time Locast has integrated its streaming service into a native operating system on a smart television.
Locast offers free access to dozens of over-the-air broadcast stations in more than three dozen major metropolitan areas. Channels included in most areas include local ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and CW stations along with local PBS member stations.
While the service is free to access, it includes an interruption every 15 minutes with a request to donate at least $5 a month. A monthly donation removes the request; Locast also offers a philanthropic initiative called the Locast Cares Program that provides uninterrupted access to its service to 25,000 customers for at least one year.