KBTX on DirecTV


1. Are you a current DirecTV subscriber?

If the answer is yes, the upgrade is FREE to existing customers:


If the answer is no, and the person is a NEW subscriber:

Mike McMicken:
(979) 776-2842

2. When will KBTX be available on DirecTV?

November 2nd

3. What if I want to get KBTX and other network channels on satellite now?

WAIT! There’s no need to hurry. Stay with Cox Communications, or use your antenna. The bottom line is, you won’t get KBTX on any other satellite service.

4. Will I be able to pick-up KBTX on another satellite programming provider?

No, at least not at this time. KBTX owner representatives made the case for KBTX without success. DirecTV sees Bryan-College Station and The Brazos Valley as a vital part of the entire “market” as defined by the Nielsen Ratings System.

5. But the other provider tells me I can get local channels! How can they say that?

Technically, they can say that. It is complicated, but “local” is defined by the Nielsen Ratings Systems by markets. The Brazos Valley falls in the “Waco-Temple-Bryan” market. “Local” to the other service means stations in Waco. Those of us that live here know better. “Local” to DirecTV means including KBTX. DirecTV understands this market. In short: “Local” to the other provider means Waco television stations and coverage of Baylor sports. “Local” to DirecTV, to KBTX and everyone here means including your local station, KBTX-TV 3 as part of your programming options.

6. When DirecTV offers KBTX, will they also offer other local major network stations?

Yes. The list is not yet complete, but you can count on seeing your favorite shows not only from CBS but ABC, Fox, and PBS as examples.

7. When DirecTV starts offering local channels, will there be an extra charge?

KBTX is part of a local channel package; the cost is minimal, $3.00 per month added to their monthly subscription package for existing customers.

8. I already receive KBTX using Cox Communications or antenna. Will I HAVE to sign-up with DirecTV to continue receiving KBTX?

No. KBTX will still be available through these reliable sources. KBTX has enjoyed a long partnership with Cox, joining together to serve this region. You will see more information about this partnership at the end of these questions.

9. What if I already have a satellite service but want to receive KBTX without having to use my antenna?

Switch to DirecTV or subscribe to Cox Cable.

10. If I have another dish from my current provider, do I need to get new equipment for DirecTV?

Yes. A DirecTV authorized dealer can supply you with additional information.

11. I live in Navasota. Will I be able to receive KBTX on DirecTV?

Unfortunately, no. Grimes County, Walker County, and Washington County, as examples, are part of the Houston market. You will need to continue your subscription to cable or use an outside antenna to receive KBTX.

12. In what counties will KBTX be available on DirecTV?

Brazos, Burleson, Leon, Madison, Robertson, Milam, Falls, Temple, McLennan, Coryell, Lampassas, Mills, San Saba.

13. How do I find out who installs DirecTV in this area?

For now, here are the local dealers for DirecTV:

McVideo Presentations Solutions (College Station): 979-776-2842
Best Buy (College Station): 979-693-2745
Circuit City (College Station): 979-694-1515
Audio Video (College Station): 979-696-5719
Orsag’s (Rockdale): 512-446-7117

14. I have a contract with my current satellite provider but want to switch to DirecTV. Can I get out of my contract now and switch to Direct?

No. There are several options and terms vary. Check the contract carefully. If you don’t have a copy, call your provider to get one. Whatever you do, however, if you plan to receive KBTX via satellite, don’t sign anything that would prevent you from changing satellite services at the end of your contract.

15. Will I lose any channels if I switch to DirecTV?

As with any cable system or satellite service, there will be a very small number of channels that could be different. On the other hand, you will receive channels you’ve not been able to see on other services. DirecTV is home to many additional programs like the NFL Ticket.

16. Will I be able to receive KBTX’s High Definition signal on DirecTV?

At some point, you should. Technology is advancing daily and there will most likely be a time when KBTX-DT can be seen in true high definition. Your installer will have more information.

17. What channel will KBTX be on?

Once the equipment is installed, find KBTX on Channel 3.

18. Will I need additional equipment?

Yes. It will require an additional small dish, but the dish and installation is free.



Since 1957, your friends and neighbors have depended on KBTX to promote and support their events. By having KBTX-TV 3 on DirecTV, we insure that even more people will be able to see information related to causes supported by KBTX like:

  • Habitat for Humanity
  • American Cancer Society’s Cattle Baron’s Ball
  • Walk America for March of Dimes
  • Hospice Happening
  • Stuff the Bus with the Jr. League of Bryan-College Station
  • Chamber of Commerce Job Fair, Epicurean Extravaganza, and Youth to Career Day
  • Opas Gala
  • MDA Telethon
  • Brazos Valley Rehab Telethon
  • Youth Livestock Shows in Brazos, Burleson, Madison, Grimes, Washington, Robertson and Walker Counties

Regionally, more people will see support for other events sponsored or supported by KBTX:

  • Madisonville’s Mushroom Festival
  • Caldwell’s Kolache Festival
  • Hearne’s Crossroads Music Festival
  • Navasota’s Blues Festival, just to name a few.

Publicity for all of these events will now by available thanks to DirecTV.


If you have another satellite service, you won’t get live, local weather from Bryan-College Station. KBTX covers weather for 16 counties in the region with cutting edge technology that includes our state-of-the-art Doppler 3 with Storm Tracker in the Weather Center, built to keep you informed in the event of severe weather.

Being available on DirecTV means more people will have access to our local news covered by a news team that lives and works right here in the Brazos Valley. It means exceptional sports coverage of all area high schools, Texas A&M, Sam Houston, Blinn and all of the Big 12.


DirecTV sees the importance of special programs on KBTX-TV 3 like:

  • Texas A&M Season Preview
  • The Aggie Sports Connection
  • Friday Football Fever (now in its 13th year of production)
  • The LIVE primetime telecast of the local Jefferson Awards Presentation, honoring individuals who make a difference in the life of this community.

    KBTX-TV 3 and DirecTV see the value of efforts like:

    • Food For Families Food Drive
    • Classroom Champions.

    As a voice for this region, more people will now see coverage of the special events at the George Bush Presidential Library, frequent home to world leaders past and present.



    KBTX has long enjoyed our partnership with Cox Communications. They have been and will continue to be our partner in promoting events and activities that are important to you. Just like you have options when it comes to television stations, you have options on delivery of the KBTX signal. We understand that. We will continue to partner with Cox whenever possible, working together to keep you informed and connected to this region.

    As an example: the KBTX broadcasting tower is located in Grimes County. In the event we lose power in that area or have to turn off the transmitter for maintenance reasons, Cox Communications provides a direct line from their office to KBTX to insure programming is not interrupted to Cox Cable subscribers. This can be a life-saving investment during times of crisis or severe weather.

    As our relationship grows, we will find new ways to deliver a better product to you, be it through development of High Definition Television through Cox Cable or by our continued efforts to constantly improve programming on KBTX-TV 3.

KBTX-TV Channel 3 4141 E. 29th Street Bryan, TX 77802 Phone: (979) 846-7777 Fax: (979) 846-1490 News Fax: (979) 846-1888
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