After nine months of operation, DirecTV Now is about to add 25 local network affiliates to its lineup. The stations will consist of ABC, Fox and NBC affiliates. That increases the total number of local affiliates across the country on DirecTV Now to 130 in 70 markets.

With the additional stations, it means that more than 20 markets will have local network affiliates for the first time on DirecTV Now.

Recently, DirecTV now signed a deal with CBS to pick up its stations, however, there are no plans to have any of their affiliates come board at this time.

The new stations come at a time after DirecTV Now recently announced that it has signed up 500,000 subscribers. It’s important for the streaming services to have the local stations. This has not been a problem for cable and satellite providers which have long-standing deals with local affiliate groups.

As streaming services gain more prominence, they have to stand out from each other and signing local stations is one way to do that.

DirecTV Now subscribers will have a cloud DVR that will have 100 hours of HD storage. The service hadn’t offered this service while others like YouTube TV had one in place. DirecTV Now had said it would get a cloud DVR up and running in time for late summer and it has.

So DirecTV Now has added some new local affiliates and a cloud DVR that could attract some subscribers that are on the fence.


About Ken Fang

Ken has been covering the sports media in earnest at his own site, Fang's Bites since May 2007 and at Awful Announcing since March 2013.

He provides a unique perspective having been an award-winning radio news reporter in Providence and having worked in local television.

Fang celebrates the three Boston Red Sox World Championships in the 21st Century, but continues to be a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.

  • cyberb0b

    So glad I stuck it out with them at the $35 Go Big promotion. 🙂

    • ksh1112

      Same. It was really crappy in the early months too!

    • Aaron Malerich

      I hear ya. It was a rough first couple of months.

  • Bscotch Bscotch

    You don’t need to subscribe to anything – even an Internet connection – to get local b’cast stations. Their inclusion is not quite as essential as you assert.

    • Dan Mabalot

      Maybe not essential, but damn sure convenient if you already have the service.

    • Carl DeVaughn

      I have too many trees around me to get many locals over an antenna. So, locals are welcome.

  • Don Diller

    Sad that with Youtube TV, I’ve got the local Fox, ABC, and NBC affiliates. You’d think that, in Las Vegas, of all places, DirecTVNow/ATT would go for the local channels due to sports and the local sportsbooks. Nope. Sad to see the Blue DeathStar outgunned by Alphabet.