What Channel Is NBC on DirecTV? (2023 Update)

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What Channel Is NBC on DirecTV? (2023 Update)

Alongside CBS and ABC, NBC is one of the Big Three networks in American television. This means it’s one of the highest-rated and longest-running broadcasters in the history of TV in the U.S. As it turns out, NBC is also the oldest of the trio. But what if you’re a DirecTV subscriber and don’t know how to find the channel in the first place? We’re here to help you find NBC on your channel guide — regardless of where you’re located in the country.

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NBC Channel Guide

City and StateNBC Channel on DirecTV
Albuquerque, NM4
Atlanta, GA11
Austin, TX21
Bakersfield, CA17
Baltimore, MD11
Bronx, NY4
Brooklyn, NY4
Buffalo, NY2
Charlotte, NC36
Chicago, IL5
Cincinnati, OH5
Cleveland, OH3
Colorado Springs, CO5
Columbus, OH4
Dallas, TX5
Denver, CO9
Detroit, MI4
El Paso, TX9
Fort Lauderdale, FL6
Fort Worth, TX5
Fresno, CA24
Houston, TX2
Indianapolis, IN13
Jacksonville, FL12
Las Vegas, NV3
Los Angeles, CA4
Louisville, KY3
Memphis, TN5
Miami, FL6
Milwaukee, WI4
Minneapolis, MN11
New York, NY4
Oklahoma City, OK4
Orlando, FL2
Philadelphia, PA10
Phoenix, AZ12
Pittsburgh, PA11
Portland, OR8
Sacramento, CA3
St. Louis, MO5
St. Paul, MN11
Salt Lake City, UT5
San Antonio, TX4
San Diego, CA17
San Francisco, CA13
San Jose, CA11
Seattle, WA5
Tampa, FL8
Tucson, AZ4
Washington, DC4

The History of NBC

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NBC has a rich and foundational history in American television. It stands for the National Broadcasting Company, a name it earned in 1926 when it was just a radio broadcaster headed by RCA. It expanded its reach into the burgeoning field of television in 1939. The broadcaster soon made history by being the first network ever to televise a baseball game. This history-making trend continued into the 1940s, as NBC continued to grow with programs like The Howdy Doody Show and NBC Symphony Orchestra.

The 1950s kicked off a decades-long golden era for television. NBC was no stranger to the success promised by such a prolific period. From the development of The Tonight Show with Steve Allen in 1954 to the premiere of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In in 1968 to the debut of Saturday Night Live in 1975, NBC successfully revolutionized late-night comedy on multiple occasions. Its hot streak continued into the 1980s and ‘90s, with premieres of classics like Cheers, Seinfeld, and Friends. This paved the way for cult classics like The Office and Parks & Recreation in the years to come.

The ‘90s and 2000s brought many new dramas into the fold. While NBC had long been viewed as a place for comedy, news, and sports, this new development helped them cement their status as one of the great Big Three networks. Law & Order, ER, Homicide: Life on the Street, The West Wing, and numerous other award-winning dramatic series helped keep NBC relevant in a changing landscape. The same goes for the streaming era of the 2010s and today, with reality shows like The Voice and America’s Got Talent helping NBC stay strong.

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NBC Programming

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Once you know where to turn to for your local NBC station on DirecTV, let’s break down several different programming types you may encounter on the channel throughout the day. From morning news to primetime dramas, and live sporting events to afternoon talk shows, these are the kinds of programs you’re most likely to find on your NBC channel.


On NBC, the word “drama” is synonymous with the name Dick Wolf. The longtime executive producer has given the network the Law & Order franchise, the Chicago franchise, and numerous other series over the years. His various Law & Order and Chicago shows dominate the station’s scripted drama lineup.

It’s not all drama, however. NBC also has a great selection of original sitcoms. This fall, this includes Lopez vs Lopez and the revival of Night Court. It’s struggled to replicate the success of past comedies such as The Office, Friends, or Seinfeld, but it’s certainly trying hard. Time will tell if its upcoming sitcoms Extended Family or St. Denis Medical will hold the key.


On the other end of the spectrum, there’s NBC’s unscripted lineup. America’s Got Talent and American Ninja Warrior are two of the most popular instances of this, but they’re far from the only game show competitions on the station. There’s also The Wall, Weakest Link, That’s My Jam, and an array of others.

Baking It — a baking competition show — airs on both NBC and Peacock, which is NBCUniversal’s streaming service. It has also been airing The Voice since 2011, generating some hit musicians in the process. More recent unscripted competitions such as Hot Wheels: Ultimate Challenge and Password are holding steady on the network, as well.

Talk Shows

Whether day or night, NBC has a ton of talk shows to choose from. In the earlier part of the day, viewers can tune into 3rd Hour Today and Today with Hoda & Jenna. At night, there’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers. Don’t forget Saturday Night Live, either.


Some NBC news programs have been on the air consistently since 1947. That’s a seriously long time! Even those that began in the ’50s and ’70s hold an impressive track record for time spent on the air. Meet the Press is the oldest of the bunch, dating back more than 75 years since its first broadcast. Today and NBC Nightly News have been on the air for decades, as well. Dateline NBC is another popular offering, emerging in 1992 and airing consistently ever since.


Given the existence (not to mention popularity) of NBC Sports, it’s unsurprising that NBC broadcasts its fair share of live sports too. It seems it doesn’t offload everything to its sister station. On any given game day, you may find NFL games, PGA tournaments, horse racing, tennis, boxing, swimming, figure skating, NASCAR, and even college games. The station is also home to Olympics coverage — both summer and winter editions — as well as various Olympic trials.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does NBC stand for?

NBC stands for the National Broadcasting Company. It’s a major American television network that has been around for almost a century. It was founded in 1926 as a radio network but later expanded into television broadcasting in the late 1930s.

What are some famous NBC shows?

NBC has aired many iconic shows over the decades. The list includes Friends, The Office, Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, Law & Order, and This Is Us. Many other shows from the broadcaster have also seen great success — especially in the streaming era, which has given cult classics a chance to connect with new audiences.

What was NBC's "Must See TV" campaign?

“Must See TV” was a successful marketing campaign by NBC in the 1980s and 1990s, promoting their Thursday night lineup of popular shows like Friends and Seinfeld. It obviously worked out well for the network, as Friends and Seinfeld have gone on to become some of the most popular and beloved sitcoms in the history of television.

Why does NBC use a peacock for its logo?

The NBC Peacock is a colorful logo made up of six feathers, each symbolizing a different type of programming. This is used to reflect the network’s commitment to showcasing a variety of different shows to cater to audiences of all types. It was introduced in the 1960s and is still seen on NBC today — not to mention its streaming service, which uses the name Peacock.

What's the difference between NBC and MSNBC?

MSNBC is a news network that was created as a joint venture between NBC and Microsoft in 1996. It focuses on news and current events. Likewise, CNBC covers financial news and other current goings-on in the world of business. These are two of many other NBC sister networks, including NBC News.

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