One decent-sized hangup for many cord cutters is the ability to stream local channels. Sure, many services like DirecTV Now and PlayStation Vue offer them in their plans, but that means you have to use one of their services in the first place.

Now, thanks to Locast, you can stream local channels totally free on your Fire TV, Roku, Chromecast, AirPlay, Android, and iOS devices—provided that you're in one of the supported markets of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington DC, Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Dallas or Denver). The nonprofit Locast hopes to expand to even more cities soon, bringing networks like ABC, NBC, and Fox to more markets.

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Using the free Locast app, to which you can also make a donation to help keep the project alive, you simply need to register and stream away. It took me under five minutes to get up and running, and aside from a quick help support our non-profit service message, all of my local New York channels streamed without a hitch.

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