PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – This Saturday is the opening weekend for college football where Notre Dame will take on Tennessee State in South Bend, Indiana and West Virginia will take on Penn State in State College, Pennsylvania. These games will be exclusively broadcast on WAVY-TV, but since WAVY-TV was forced off the DIRECTV lineup on July 2, DIRECTV customers may not be able to watch the game unless the dispute between Nexstar and DIRECTV is resolved. DIRECTV customers are being urged to call the company at 800/531-5000 and demand that they restore WAVY-TV to their systems.

DIRECTV subscribers do have other options to view the game:

  • DIRECTV customers can switch their cable or satellite provider to another service. WAVY-TV has reached agreements with all other local distributors and is available on all of them.
  • WAVY-TV is also available on streaming services such as YouTube TV and Hulu.
  • As a broadcast station, WAVY-TV broadcasts its signal over the public airwaves to anyone with an antenna, which you can find at stores like Best Buy.
  • Many local restaurants and sports bars will also be carrying the game such as Buffalo Wild Wings or AJ Gators.

WAVY’s parent company, Nexstar, is working hard to resolve the impasse with DIRECTV, but the company has twice turned down Nexstar’s offer of an extension. DIRECTV subscribers are again being urged to call DIRECTV at 800/531-5000 and complain.