DIRECTV NOW Adds Locals and More

AT&T recently started adding several Nexstar-owned network affiliates to its DIRECTV NOW live TV streaming service.

The addition of Nexstar CBS, FOX, and NBC channels began on Monday, July 9, 2018. AT&T’s deal with Nexstar was announced in November 2017. At that time, Nexstar CEO Perry Sook said the company plans to have its agreements with all the networks and participating OTT services by the end of the year. This deal to add Nexstar affiliates also included PlayStation Vue.

As with any local rollout of new local affiliates, the process takes time. Your local station(s) might or might not have been added yet. Nexstar indicated that some NBC affiliate deals aren’t set to be renewed until later this year. This needs to happen before the stations can be added and go live on DIRECTV NOW and PlayStation Vue.

Here is a list of local TV channels added to DIRECTV NOW over the weekend:

Location Network Station Owner
Baton Rouge, LA CBS WAFB Raycom Media
Baton Rouge, LA FOX WGMB Nexstar Media Group
Brownsville, TX CBS KGBT Sinclair Broadcast Group
Burlington, VT CBS WCAX Gray Television
Burlington, VT FOX WFFF Nexstar Media Group
Burlington, VT NBC WPTZ Hearst Television
Cedar Rapids, IA FOX KFXA Second Generation of Iowa, Ltd.
Champaign, IL FOX WRSP GOCOM Media, LLC
Charleston, SC FOX WTAT Cunningham Broadcasting
Charleston, SC CBS WCSC Raycom Media
Chattanooga, TN CBS WDEF Morris Multimedia
Chattanooga, TN NBC WRCB Sarkes Tarzian, Inc.
Colorado Springs-Pueblo, CO CBS KKTV Gray Television
Colorado Springs-Pueblo, CO FOX KXRM Nexstar Media Group
Colorado Springs-Pueblo, CO NBC KOAA Cordillera Communications
Columbia, SC CBS WLTX Tegna, Inc.
Columbia, SC NBC WIS Raycom Media
El Paso, TX CBS KDBC Sinclair Broadcast Group
El Paso, TX FOX KFOX Sinclair Broadcast Group
Flint-Saginaw-Bay City, MI CBS WNEM Meredith Corp.
Flint-Saginaw-Bay City, MI FOX WSMH Sinclair Broadcast Group
Fort Smith, AR FOX KFTA Nexstar Media Group
Greenville-Spartanburg, SC-Asheville, NC NBC WITN Gray Television
Huntsville-Decatur, AL FOX WZDX Nexstar Media Group
Huntsville-Decatur, AL NBC WAFF Raycom Media
Jackson, MS NBC WLBT Raycom Media
Knoxville, TN FOX WTNZ Raycom Media
Madison, WI CBS WISC Morgan Murphy Media
Omaha, NE CBS KMTV E.W. Scripps Co.
Paducah, KY-Cape Girardeau, MO CBS KFVS Raycom Media
Paducah, KY-Cape Girardeau, MO FOX KBSI Sinclair Broadcast Group
Paducah, KY-Cape Girardeau, MO NBC WPSD Paxton Media Group
Portland-Auburn, ME FOX WPFO Cunningham Broadcasting
Portland-Auburn, ME NBC WCSH Tegna, Inc.
Rochester, NY FOX WUHF Sinclair Broadcast Group
Savannah, GA CBS WTOC Raycom Media
Shreveport, LA CBS KSLA Raycom Media
Spokane, WA NBC KHQ Cowles Company
Springfield, MO ABC KSPR Perkin Media, LLC
Syracuse, NY NBC WSTM Sinclair Broadcast Group
Toledo, OH NBC WNWO Sinclair Broadcast Group
Toledo, OH CBS WTOL Raycom Media
Tri-Cities, TN-VA NBC WCYB Sinclair Broadcast Group
Tri-Cities, TN-VA FOX WEMT Cunningham Broadcasting
Tucson, AZ FOX KMSB Tegna, Inc./Raycom Media
Tucson, AZ CBS KOLD Raycom Media
Tucson, AZ NBC KVOA Cordillera Communications
Waco-Temple-Bryan, TX CBS KWTX Gray Television
Waco-Temple-Bryan, TX CBS KBTX Gray Television
Waco-Temple-Bryan, TX FOX KWKT Nexstar Media Group
Waco-Temple-Bryan, TX NBC KAGS-LP Tegna, Inc.
Waco-Temple-Bryan, TX NBC KCEN Tegna, Inc.


How to Retrieve Lost Locals on DIRECTV NOW

Are you a DIRECTV NOW customer who’s found your local TV affiliates missing in your guide? If so, this is nothing to worry about. Locals missing from the guide is just a common glitch that’s happened to many subscribers. Solid Signal will show you how to find these TV stations. It’s simply a matter of using your search feature and entering the station’s call letters. For example, if you want to watch the CBS affiliate in Flint-Saginaw-Bay City, Michigan, you would enter WNEM. (Note: entering the network call letters won’t work.)

There’s a way for Apple TV users to trick the system to find their missing locals. Just turn on your location permissions in the Apple TV settings. This allows DIRECTV NOW to use the physical location of your box for locals instead of the ISP IP, which might be incorrect.

That’s it on DIRECTV NOW… For Now

AT&T’s DIRECTV NOW is one of many streaming service providers that will continue to make the news. We have a feeling that the new AT&T Watch TV streaming service will also continue to make headlines. As always, your friends here at Solid Signal will continue to keep you in informed on significant developments in this emerging entertainment sector. Until then, keep on streaming!

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Jake Buckler
Jake Buckler is a cord-cutter, consumer electronics geek, and Celtic folk music fan. Those qualities, and his writing experience, helped him land a copywriting gig at Signal Group, LLC. He also contributes to The Solid Signal Blog.