There’s often one major hold-up for new cord-cutters (and cord-nevers): local channels. If you’re in the market for an internet TV service, but still want to get popular local channels like FOX and NBC, DirecTV Now may be an option to consider. Below, we’ll explore DirecTV Now local channels, as well as how to find out which local broadcast networks DirecTV Now is offering in your area.
What DirecTV Now Local Channels Are Available?
DirecTV Now offers all of the local channels you want in its different streaming packages. To note, DirecTV Now has a rather extensive (and somewhat expensive) selection of channel packages:
- Plus: 40+ channels / $50 per month. Includes HBO
- Max: 50+ channels / $70 per month. Includes HBO, Cinemax
- Entertainment: 65+ channels / $93 per month
- Choice: 85+ channels / $110 per month
- Xtra: 105+ channels / $124 per month
- Ultimate: 125+ channels / $135 per month
Thankfully, you’ll only need to subscribe to the $50 per month Plus package to get the following local channels:
- The CW
Notably missing in all of DirecTV Now’s streaming packages are PBS and MeTV. That said, no other streaming service offers PBS or MeTV, either. As a streaming service, DirecTV Now has among the largest number of local channels, making it a good option for those cord-cutters who absolutely need locals as part of the package.
How Do I Check My Local Channel List for DirecTV Now?
Importantly, local channel availability will vary through DirecTV Now or any other internet TV streaming service. Each service must purchase the rights to broadcast local channels individually, and not all local broadcasters offer their channels for online streaming purposes. As a result, you’ll need to check which channels are available to you before signing up for DirecTV Now or any of its competitors.
DirecTV Now has a local channel lookup tool available here. All you need to do is enter your zip code to determine which channels are available through the service.
Live TV Recording for Local Channels
DirecTV Now will let you record live TV from your available local channels. The service offers a 20-hour cloud DVR, which also maintains a 30-day expiration date on recorded videos. It’s the most restrictive cloud DVR on the market, but it will work for channels like ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC, among others.
It’s possible that you may experience some recording restrictions. Fast-forward and skipping through commercials may be disabled in some cases. Additionally, there’s a chance that the recording of some major sporting events could be blocked.
How Do I Get Local Channels Not Available on DirecTV Now?
If you want PBS, MeTV, or any other local channel not available to your through DirecTV Now, you may want to consider using a digital over-the-air (OTA) antenna. These devices connect to your TV and allow you to view free, digital broadcasts of major local broadcast networks. Depending on your equipment, you may be able to pick up dozens of local channels, which can also be recorded onto a physical DVR, like Tablo.
DirecTV Now may not be up your alley, however, as the price could be a limiting factor for you. If you’re unsure about DirecTV Now, we recommend using our Cord Cutter Express tool. The tool will let you select the channels you want to see in a streaming service package and will offer a visual comparison of different service packages. This makes it quick and easy to determine which streaming service best fits your needs.