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WGN America lands on two more streaming services

The logo of WGN America. (Image: Nexstar Media Group/Graphic by The Desk)

Nexstar Media Group continues to expand the national reach of its only cable channel WGN America, this time landing on streaming TV service YouTube TV.

The channel was added early Tuesday morning and became immediately available to YouTube TV’s 3 million subscribers across the country.

A carriage deal for the channel was announced last month when YouTube TV announced it had expanded its existing distribution agreement for more than 100 local ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox affiliates.

“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.

Last week, WGN America became immediately available to subscribers of the startup streaming service Vidgo. The channel is expected to launch on Fubo TV later this month.

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