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The CW Channel

The CW
Founded: January, 2006
Parent Company: ViacomCBS/WarnerMedia
Tagline: "Dare to Defy"
Website: cwtv.com
If you don't currently have satellite service and need CW for sports or short-term events, consider DIRECTV Stream (month-to-month and a free trial).

A joint venture of Viacom and Warner Media back in 2006, the CW Network (aka The CW) is a local free-to-air network that has evolved over the years. Though always sticking to its core programming aimed at folks 35 and under, it mostly picked up where the now-defunct UPN and WB networks left off, expanding their lineup with shows such as Gilmore Girls, WWE and The Next Top Model. In more recent years, it expanded its female-centric programming, all the while staying away from comedies and sticking with dramas and sci-fi.

With access to the entire DC Comics library, the CW has been hard at work at building franchises as well (keeping up with Marvel isn't easy but they're taking a solid stab at it). Some of the more noteworthy include Supergirl, Black Lightning, Dynasty, Archie Comics, Batwoman, Nancy Drew and more. As far as satellite TV goes, the CW is available on all packages with both DIRECTV and DISH. In fact, since it's free via local over-the-air, all you really need is an antenna; if interested, head over to antennaweb.org and check if you're close enought to a tower to get it. You'll need an HD antenna to get a solid picture. Otherwise, just tune it on DISH or DIRECTV where it's always in 1080p.

The CW Programming & Shows

Sports: ACC Network (college football and other sports), LIV Golf, etc.
Original Series: Stargirl, The 100, Nancy Drew, Batwoman, Katy Keene, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, etc.
Reruns: Roswell, Riverdale, Whose Line it is Anyway, The Flash , etc.

Is The CW Available on DIRECTV or DISH?

Available - Channel 14 (SD / HD)
Available - Local (SD / HD)

News events for the CW Channel

2/12/24 The CW continues its multi-year broadcasting deal with Liv Golf. They'll broadcast all their events this year, teeing off Feb 2nd in Mexico. Check out the entire schedule.

7/13/23 In its second major announcement of a live sports deal this year, the CW and the ACC have agreed to broadcast 50 football and basketball games a season on its network of local channels. The agreement kicks off in Sept 2023 and runs through the 2026-27 season. There have been rumors of a deal with the Pac-12 as well but nothing concrete yet.

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