DirecTV adds WB’s L.A. affil

First major-market Net affiliate outside big four

DirecTV has reached an agreement with Los Angeles WB affil KTLA under which the latter will be added to the lineup of local stations offered by the satellite service beginning today.

Tribune-owned KTLA will become the first local broadcast station affiliated with a network other than the big four to be added in any of the major markets; the only other markets in which DirecTV has added a fifth station so far are Phoenix and Salt Lake City.

DirecTV has said it will work to try to deliver at least the top six or seven channels in the top markets like Los Angeles and New York, with WB and UPN affils generally the top-requested stations. In Los Angeles, DirecTV is next targeting KCAL and UPN affiliate KCOP. The former is a strong independent that carries local sports broadcasts of the Los Angeles Lakers and other teams.

KTLA has been carried for some time by DirecTV competitor EchoStar’s Dish Network service as part of a package of so-called superstations.

DirecTV will include KTLA at no extra charge in its package of local channels for L.A. customers. That package, which costs $5.95 per month, also includes KABC, KCBS, KNBC, KTTV (Fox) and a national feed of the PBS network.

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