How to Watch The New Circle Network & The Grand Ole Opry
As revealed on December 11th, the Opry Entertainment Group and Gray Television have officially partnered together to launch The Circle Network—a new country music channel that along with 16 new original television series will also see the return of the Grand Ole Opry to television for the first time in many years. Along with the program called Opry Live which will include new live-recorded Grand Ole Opry performances to be released each week, there will be another show called Opry Debut focusing on artists making their first appearance on the show, and Opry Docs about the history of the Grand Ole Opry.
Also featured on the network will be the more regular rebroadcasting of vintage Hee-Haw episodes, shows featuring Opry members Craig Morgan and Dailey & Vincent, Elizabeth Cook will have a fishing show, along with other programming delving deep into country music culture. To see the full slate of original programs, and for more information on The Circle Network, CLICK HERE.
But the big question for many country music fans has been where and when can they watch the network? Though some of this is still being determined, and new markets are likely to be added as we near the January 1st, 2020 launch of the network proper, here is what we know so far.
• The Circle Network with be an OTA, or “Over-The Air” network, not cable. That means you don’t need a cable provider if there is an affiliate in your area. What you will need is a television capable of surfing the “other” digital channels for your local affiliates, meaning those 6-1 and 6-2 channels that your television picks up on when you program your channels.
• If you have satellite or cable, you will still get these channels, but only if they’re in your media market. In other words, you don’t HAVE to pick up the over-the-air signal to see it. If you have cable, these channels should translate into your channel menu, though there may be exceptions in certain locations. As always, the “check local listings” rule applies.
• The Circle Network will be launching an OTT, or Over-The-Top premium channel in late spring 2020, meaning you can watch on the internet anywhere. For a fee, you will be able to watch The Circle Network at any time, and from any place via an internet-connected device. It won’t be available right off the bat, but they promise it’s coming.
• The Grand Ole Opry programming won’t be available during the initial launch of the network on January 1st, 2020. It will not debut on the new network until February of 2020, and this may also be the case of the network’s other original programs as they ramp up production.
• The Circle Network will be available in 62 markets via Gray Television, as well as in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Detroit through a separate agreement with CBS Television, ultimately reaching an estimated 50% of U.S. television households. You can find the full list of affiliates below, but yes, at the moment, The Circle Network won’t be available everywhere, including important country music media markets like Nashville, Austin, Houston, and others. But the network has assured they’re working on adding new affiliates all the time, so continue to check to see if the network has come to your market, or perhaps lobby local stations to carry the network on one of their open digital channels.
The Circle Network Markets and Channels
To search via ZIP Code, CLICK HERE.
Channel TBA – New York, NY
Channel TBA – Los Angeles, CA
Channel TBA – Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
Channel TBA – Detroit, MI
Channel 24, WGCW – Albany, GA
Channel 10, KEYU – Amarillo, TX
Channel 2, KTUU – Anchorage, AK
Channel 12, WRDW – Augusta-Aiken, GA
Channel 5, WABI – Bangor, ME
Channel 9, WAFB – Baton Rouge, LA
Channel WBRC – Birmingham (Ann and Tusc), AL
Channel 9, KNIN – Boise, ID
Channel 3, WCAX – Burlington-Plattsburgh, VT
Channel 12, KFVS – Cape Girardeau, MO
Channel 9, KCRG – Cedar Rapids, IA
Channel 5, WCSC – Charleston, SC
Channel 3, WSAZ – Charleston – Huntington, WV
Channel 3, WBTV – Charlotte, NC
Channel 19, WXIX – Cincinnati, OH
Channel 5, WDTV – Clarksburg, WV
Channel 43, WUAB – Cleveland-Akron OH
Channel 11, KKTV – Colorado Springs – Pueblo, C
Channel 10, WIS – Columbia, SC
Channel 9, WTVM – Columbus, GA
Channel 14, WFIE – Evansville, IN
Channel 12, WJRT – Flint-Saginaw-Bay City, MI
Channel 20, WCJB – Gainesville, FL
Channel 2, WBAY – Green Bay – Appleton, WI
Channel WITN – Greenville, NC
Channel KGMB – Honolulu, HI
Channel 48, WAFF – Huntsville, AL
Channel 3, WLBT – Jackson, MS
Channel 8, WVLT – Knoxville, TN
Channel 10, WILX – Lansing, MI
Channel WKYT – Lexington, KY
Channel WYMT – Lexington, KY
Channel KOLN – Lincoln-Hastings, NE
Channel KGIN – Lincoln-Hastings, NE
Channel 3, WAVE – Louisville, KY
Channel 11, KCBD – Lubbock, TX
Channel 5, WMC – Memphis, TN
Channel 5, KFYR – Minot-Bismarck-Dickinson, ND
Channel 12, WSFA – Montgomery, AL
Channel WMBF – Myrtle Beach – Florence, SC
Channel 8, WVUE – New Orleans, LA
Channel KYOU – Ottumwa-Kirksville, IA
Channel 18, WECP – Panama City, FL
Channel KOTA – Rapid City, SD
Channel 8, KOLO – Reno, NV
Channel WWBT – Richmond-Petersburg, VA
Channel 7, WDBJ – Roanoke, VA
Channel 11, WTOC – Savannah, GA
Channel 12, KSLA – Shreveport, LA
Channel 16, WNDU – South Bend-Elkhart, IN
Channel WCTV – Tallahassee-Thomasville, FL
Channel 7, WWSB – Tampa-St. Petersburg (Sarasota), FL
Channel 13, WTVG – Toledo, OH
Channel 13, WIBW – Topeka, KS
Channel 13, KOLD – Tucson (Nogales), AZ
Channel 7, KLTV – Tyler-Longview (Lufkin & Nacogdoches), TX
Channel 10, KWTX – Waco-Temple-Bryan, TX
Channel 29, WFLX – West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce, FL
Channel KSCW – Wichita-Hutchinson Plus, KS
Channel 6, WECT – Wilmington, NC
December 13, 2019 @ 11:56 am
Glad to see WAVE on the list. And to get some good OTA programming. Throw out the crime/court shows and home shopping and there ain’t much left on all those extra digital channels.
How many Cannon re-runs can one man stand, after all?
December 16, 2019 @ 2:07 pm
You get Cannon reruns? Sweet!
January 1, 2020 @ 7:45 pm
010120. Found Circle channel 21.3. Dallas/Irving Texas. Thanks
December 13, 2019 @ 1:11 pm
I don’t even know how to turn my TV on anymore. When Yellowstone is in season, one night a week I yell, “will someone please come turn this damn thing on so I can watch Yellowstone!”
January 7, 2020 @ 6:12 pm
Included on KAUZ in Wichita Falls, Texas (6-3)…
December 13, 2019 @ 3:43 pm
Need to cut a deal with YouTube TV and get on there!
December 13, 2019 @ 7:22 pm
There are no deals with YouTube, its hope they allow you to make them money.
The world needs to stop sucking up to the monopoly providers
December 13, 2019 @ 5:39 pm
Internet. Nothing else matters.
December 13, 2019 @ 8:06 pm
The biggest question which I believe is still unanswered is the over the top streaming portion…the official releases I’ve seen referenced the streaming as a kind of “premium entertainment service” offering leaving me to wonder whether that will be a different stream of programming than the live TV feed (i.e. ability to watch shows on demand). Whether the live feed will be included in that offering, will be a separate free offering, or won’t be available at all is something that I’ve yet to see confirmed anywhere. I feel like this is the question everybody wants answered, at least for those outside of the markets listed.
December 14, 2019 @ 12:22 am
Get KNWA/KFTA/KXNW TO CARRY THIS.ID LIKE TO BE ABLE TO SEE TRUE COUNTRY RETURN
March 22, 2020 @ 5:47 am
would love to get True country.
Atomic Zombie Redneck
December 14, 2019 @ 11:00 am
December 14, 2019 @ 11:27 am
I am so disappointed because I see no channels in Arkansas listed to carry it. I am a faithful fan and have watched even all of the reruns.
ron in eureka
January 5, 2020 @ 8:08 pm
Not sure if Nexstar would be interested, but KXNW 34 is only carrying one sub-channel now – MyNetwork on 34-1. So, they have enough vacant bandwidth to add it. KNWA & KFTA are full, so it won’t be added on those stations.
March 11, 2020 @ 9:11 pm
Scan for it anyway. There is no listing for Atlanta either but I am watching it.
Danny Howe Sr.
December 14, 2019 @ 12:22 pm
I live in southern Maryland . We have a large classic country, country and bluegrass community. Will we be getting an over the air station in our area? We are in the DC metro area. Please come to our area. Also Will circle tv be on Ruku?
December 14, 2019 @ 1:03 pm
Is this on dish satalitte
December 14, 2019 @ 2:43 pm
It is if there is a local station in your area that covers it.
December 14, 2019 @ 1:20 pm
is this avalible in tennessee cookeville area on dish
December 14, 2019 @ 2:42 pm
At the moment I don’t believe so, but markets close to Nashville like that I’m sure are top priorities for adding.
December 14, 2019 @ 3:29 pm
Looks like northern Colorado is out of luck. Hopefully there will be a local channel out of Denver that we can get on Dish.
December 14, 2019 @ 7:53 pm
Where is the PA channels?
December 15, 2019 @ 3:29 am
This isn’t the Circle TV website. Go ask Circle TV.
December 15, 2019 @ 8:31 am
Well, I don’t see anything in NM!!!
December 16, 2019 @ 12:34 pm
Is the Circle Network going to be offered on Dish Network?? I live near Orlando, FL. Will any of the Central Florida channels be carrying the Circle Network??
December 16, 2019 @ 2:09 pm
No sign of Jacksonville on the list. Of course.
April 9, 2020 @ 11:00 pm
Okplease put circletvondishin the South Florida please
December 17, 2019 @ 4:20 pm
Will this be in Oklahoma?
December 23, 2019 @ 1:41 pm
I was happy to see that it in Gainesvile
December 26, 2019 @ 4:29 pm
What! Only two stations in western US?How are people in Oregon and Washington supposed to see it? Will it be on DISH?
December 29, 2019 @ 6:03 pm
My husband and I live in Olympia, Washington, not far from Seattle. Someone needs to wake up and realize that we have a lot of Country Music fans here. We want access to Circle. People of good taste are everywhere.
December 30, 2019 @ 10:23 pm
I live approximately 30 miles north of Shreveport, Louisiana. I would be ecstatic to see KSLA on your list IF they had a new antenna wasn’t so old resulting in an interrupted poor signal that occurs daily. If that’s not bad enough, you call to report it and get an automated system which I leave a message for a tech engineer who 1) doesn’t know there is any other town north of Shreveport in Louisiana and 2) doesn’t believe in the courtesy of returning a customer’s phone call request.
I have a digital television set and use an antenna. I can reach approximately 15 channels. Then, again, I just gained 4G service 2 years ago. Go figure?!?!?? 😳 Regardless of the tech problems I will be tuning in and looking forward to its debut!!! Thanks!
January 2, 2020 @ 10:58 am
Nothing in NY/NJ yet?
Ray Scott Sr
January 5, 2020 @ 9:14 am
I am in the northern Piedmont of NC. Our TV’s are connected to a digital antenna. The circle is on this network and the programming is great. Can’t wait from the Opry to return to TV.
January 6, 2020 @ 3:06 pm
Wish Circle would come to Albuquerque NM’s TV market.
we are in top #44 in the country!
January 7, 2020 @ 9:18 am
I looked on my on-screen program guide and found that we get The Circle Network programs on a sub-channel WXIX in Cincinnati owns, GRIT-TV. That local sub-channel has been on our channel list for several years but filled with Westerns and movies…but now, as mentioned, it’s been changed to the programming of The Circle Network.
January 13, 2020 @ 8:02 am
I am so disappointed not to be able to see Dailey and Vincent on RFD TV. I looked forward to it every Saturday night. I live between Wilson and Goldsboro, NC.
Pamela A Scarberry
January 13, 2020 @ 8:53 am
I absolutely love the circle. It is so refreshing. I especially Liked the show with Elvis. Thank you for something I’m not afraid to watch with my grandchildren
January 21, 2020 @ 4:24 am
will this be in canada
January 25, 2020 @ 1:11 pm
Being retired and an OTA viewer we appreciate what you have done here. However as we frequent your channel we find many programs are repeat and often. If you want to boost ratings try adding an old TV series like Andy Griffith, Rifleman, Bonanza anything especially on Saturday or Sunday. I fear if your current lineup holds your ratings will drop somewhat.
Again Thank You for adding this channel to our small lineup in our area.
February 5, 2020 @ 9:21 am
Can I be notified when I will able to get the Circle Network on the Internet ?
Right now I cannot get it on TV although WCAX (Plattsburgh-Vermont) would carry it.
February 5, 2020 @ 9:26 pm
So… to be clear… the new “Opry” network and home of “country music” will NOT be available in Nashville, TENN?
February 5, 2020 @ 9:31 pm
Just announced today, it is being (or been) launched on WSMV Channel 4.5 in Nashville. More updates coming.
February 10, 2020 @ 3:29 pm
Need more country music entertainment, such as live Opry & series programs such as the short run series of ‘SUN RECORDS’ (Sam Phillips) available to broader areas. The Sun Records series barely launched before it was canceled from TV. With little advertising, by the time it caught on to TV audience it was dropped. It covered fact, funny & very entertaining with great new actors & had a large fan base asking to bring it back (on Facebook page Sun Records, Sam Phillips). Finally a program to look forward to watching & it’s off. Hate shop channels, cooking show & crazy talk shows, people bragging on themselves & ‘how too’ shows not worth paying for…hooray for Bobby Bones trying to bring back programs worth watching.🎼🪕🎻
February 11, 2020 @ 12:34 pm
Please add Raleigh, NC!!!
February 15, 2020 @ 6:06 am
Got the circle network in Minneapolis, MN! It magically appeared today on 11-5, what a pleasant surprise 🙂 Here’s hoping they play the Ken Burns documentary series!
February 17, 2020 @ 1:06 pm
I am enjoying the circle network in a Dallas affiliate. 21.4 thanks!
katy L Nickerson
February 23, 2020 @ 1:08 am
is nashville not gonna get this circle opry channel? im a huge country fan and i have comcast xfinity and im looking for circle opry channel and its nowhere on my tv? any help would be appreciated!!! thank you much!
February 25, 2020 @ 4:12 pm
Need Oklahoma stations in there!!!!
February 27, 2020 @ 10:33 pm
Please add Summerville Georgia.
March 1, 2020 @ 6:33 pm
I waited so long to watch the Grand Ole Opry Live just to be disappointed that we can’t pick it up here at Smith Mountain Lake Va. I’m so heart broken 🙁
March 12, 2020 @ 5:31 am
We did scan for it anyway and guess what??? We are watching it too.
March 21, 2020 @ 5:11 pm
So glad to see Marty, Vince and Brad performing @ grand ole opry amidst Corona virus! Circle tv wvue channel 8 new Orleans, la! Love to family of kenny rogers
March 22, 2020 @ 8:51 pm
Is Circle Network coming to Phoenix? In particular Cox Cable?
March 22, 2020 @ 10:01 pm
48.2 in NYC; quite surprised..
March 26, 2020 @ 2:18 pm
Is the Circle network available in Nashville, TN? If so ,how is it delivered?
May 13, 2020 @ 8:34 pm
Channel 4.5 indoor antenna
March 28, 2020 @ 9:14 am
It’s not readily available in the are where I live,along the Mississippi.[Ia & Illinois]. I wish it was. I applaud them for not going cable but it’s even harder to see . Disappointed -BIG TIME.
April 4, 2020 @ 7:59 pm
Thank goodness for this wonderful channel in mpls mn. Grand old opera, songs from the cellar and others. Love them
May 1, 2020 @ 1:37 pm
I found Circle TV in Phoenix, AZ. on Channel 3-3! Antenna. I love it and so glad to be able to watch some great programs. Just watched Vince Gill, Amy Grant, and daughters in concert at an empty Grand Ole Opry! Missed the crowd but loved the music. Thank you!
May 3, 2020 @ 7:27 am
nEED IN gREENVILLE, sc MARKET
October 20, 2020 @ 6:39 am
Getting Circle loud and clear here in New York city on over the air channels 25-8 and 48-2, loving the old Hee Haws, especially the first decade, the Reflections with the great Charlie Daniels R.I.P., the live shows on Dailey and Vincent and John Hiatt, would love to see docs on the greatest Country vocalist ever Johnny Paycheck and Jimmy Bryant and Speedy West and if possible a live show of Brent Mason …….
May 13, 2020 @ 10:28 pm
I love this new channel and all of the programs surprised to see a channel like this free over the air glad it’s in my area. Motorcycle show and documentaries are so great.
May 23, 2020 @ 5:26 pm
Hoping that Western Massachusetts get Circl, already have too many Court channels around here. At ladt count I can get 3 different sub-channels All broadcasting the SAME COURT network programming…wate of time. By the way, live near Springfield, MA.
August 23, 2020 @ 2:20 pm
channel 44.5 antenna tv st.pete,fl
October 21, 2020 @ 10:55 am
Circle Network really needs to just create an app – similar to CBS/NBC/ABC app that I can use on my TV. I would happily pay a monthly fee to get it, as I do not have a cable network.
June 19, 2021 @ 6:30 pm
Sound track not in sync with video on Grand Old Optus!!!!!
June 19, 2021 @ 6:32 pm
August 5, 2021 @ 3:03 pm
I live in Canada and would love to get Circle tv. Any suggestions?
August 20, 2021 @ 5:46 pm
I love your channel but am disappointed because you play the same 10 or so episodes of Hee Haw. Frankly I am getting a little tired of seeing the same ones! The show was on forever so why can’t you show different ones instead?
Of course I tried sending this message by contacting the circle network but it would never send it. I finally gave up after an hour☹️
October 16, 2021 @ 9:36 am
I am not suggesting anything political. I just find it remarkable that the only channels I have problems with on Spectrum NYC are CIRCLE (92) and RFD (297). Constant cut outs. Sometimes audio is out of sync. I know if I call Spectrum they’ll tell me if it’s just 2 channels it’s on the broadcast end. Yet if I switch channel and back again the program freeze is gone. Still watch but it’s disappointing.