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YouTube TV inks deal for Nexstar CW stations

The logo of the CW television network.
(Logo: Nexstar Media Group/Paramount Global/Warner Bros Discovery, Graphic by The Desk)

Google’s YouTube TV and Nexstar Media Group have signed a deal to bring nearly five dozen Nexstar-owned CW Network and othr local stations to the streaming service.

The deal comes after Nexstar acquired a majority stake in the CW Network from Warner Bros Discovery (WBD) and Paramount Global late last year.

“We are extremely pleased to have reached agreement to continue carriage of its CW-affiliated stations on YouTube TV, especially as we move forward with our plans to transform The CW with additional sports programming and a new slate of prime-time entertainment shows this fall,” Dennis Miller, the president of the CW Network, said in a statement. “YouTube TV is an important partner for our affiliates and us, and we look forward to expanding our relationship and growing our audience via this dynamic platform.”

The agreement with YouTube TV covers 59 owned-and-operated CW Network stations, including those in New York City, Los Angeles and Houston, as well as several MyNetwork-affiliated and independent channels.

YouTube TV subscribers won’t see their price increase as a result of the deal. The cost of YouTube TV’s base subscription package is $65 a month and includes access to local ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and PBS stations and affiliates through most of the country.

The full list of CW Network stations owned by Nexstar added to YouTube TV this week is below:

  • KASN (Channel 38) in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • KDAF (Channel 33) in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
  • KGCW (Channel 26) in Burlington, Illinois
  • KIAH (Channel 39) in Houston, Texas
  • KNVA (Channel 54) in Austin, Texas
  • KPLR (Channel 11) in St. Louis, Missouri
  • KRCW (Channel 32) in Portland, Oregon
  • KRWB (Channel 21) in Roswell, New Mexico
  • KTLA (Channel 5) in Los Angeles
  • KUCW (Channel 30) in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • KWBQ (Channel 19) in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • KWGN (Channel 2) in Denver, Colorado
  • KXMA (Channel 2) in Dickinson, North Dakota
  • KXTU-LD (Channel 57) in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • WBDT (Channel 26) in Dayton, Ohio
  • WBRL-CD (Channel 21) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • WDCW (Channel 50) in Washington, D.C.
  • WFNA (Channel 55) in Mobile, Alabama
  • WHDF (Channel 15) in Decatur, Alabama
  • WNLO (Channel 23) in Buffalo, New York
  • WNOL (Channel 38) in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • WPIX (Channel 11) in New York City
  • WTVW (Channel 7) in Evansville, Illinois
  • WWCW (Channel 21) in Roanoke, Virginia
  • WYCW (Channel 62) in Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • KAII-DT2 (Channel 7.2) in Wailuku, Hawaii
  • KCLO-DT2 (Channel 15.2) in Rapid City, South Dakota
  • KGET-DT2 (17.2) in Bakersfield, California
  • KHAW-DT2 (Channel 11.2) in Hilo, Hawaii
  • KHON-DT2 (Channel 2.2) in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • KTKA-DT3 (Channel 49.3) in Topeka, Kansas
  • KXMB-DT2 (Channel 12.2) in Bismarck, North Dakota
  • KXMC-DT2 (Channel 13.2) in Minot, North Dakota
  • WCBD-DT2 (Channel 2.2) in Charleston, South Carolina
  • WGMB-DT2 (Channel 44.2) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • WJTV-DT2 (Channel 12.2) in Jackson, Mississippi
  • WLAJ-DT2 (Channel 53.2) in Lansing, Michigan
  • WNAC-DT2 (Channel 64.2) in Providence, Rhode Island
  • WNCT-DT2 (Channel 9.2) in Greenville, North Carolina
  • WSAV-DT2 (Channel 3.2) in Savannah, Georgia
  • WWLP-DT2 (Channel 22.2) in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • WWTI-DT2 (Channel 50.2) in Watertown, New York

The deal with Nexstar also covers four independent stations — WGN-TV (Channel 9) in Chicago; WDVM (Channel 24) in Washington, D.C.; KAUT (Channel 43) in Oklahoma City and KZUP-CD (Channel 19) in Baton Rouge — and 26 MyNetwork-affiliated stations, all of which will roll out to YouTube TV subscribers this week.

The deal effectively makes all Nexstar-owned local stations available on YouTube TV, the first streaming service to ink such a deal. The agreement also extends YouTube TV’s carriage of Nexstar’s upstart cable channel, NewsNation, with the deal in place for at least three years.

YouTube TV costs $65 a month for a base package of over 80 local broadcast and cable channels, including those owned by Fox Corporation, the Walt Disney Company, Comcast’s NBC Universal, WBD, Paramount Global and AMC Networks. Top-tier cable networks carried by YouTube TV include AMC, Animal Planet, BET, Bravo, Cartoon Network, Comedy Central, CNN, Discovery Channel, E!, Fox News Channel, Fox Sports 1 (FS1), Fox Sports 2 (FS2), FX, FXX, MSNBC, TBS, TNT, USA and VH1.

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Matthew Keys

Matthew Keys is the publisher of The Desk and reports on the business and policy matters involving the broadcast television, streaming video and radio industries. He previously worked for Thomson Reuters, Disney-ABC, Tribune Broadcasting and McNaughton Newspapers. Matthew is based in Northern California, has won numerous awards in the field of journalism, and is a member of IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors).