The channel was added early Tuesday morning and became immediately available to YouTube TV’s 3 million subscribers across the country.
“We are extremely happy to have WGN America joining YouTube TV and we expect to continue the strategic expansion of WGN America to even more viewers in the months ahead,” Sean Compton, an executive in charge of Nexstar’s networks, said in a statement at the time.
In addition to YouTube TV, WGN America became available to subscribers of Disney’s Hulu with Live TV. Both service cost subscribers $65 a month plus tax.
Streaming carriage for WGN America is extremely important to Nexstar as the company continues to push its prime-time national news program “News Nation” and nears the launch of a new late-night current affairs show spearheaded by journalist Ashleigh Banfield.
Prior to this year, WGN America was primarily carried by traditional cable and satellite platforms. It was briefly offered by AT&T through its DirecTV Now (later AT&T TV Now, and now defunct) streaming service.