DIRECTV Negotiations - KFVE, K5-Hawaii News Now, Local Programming



We are disappointed that DIRECTV does not value the uniquely local programming that KFVE offers to you and your family on a daily basis. They have chosen to remove K5 The HomeTeam from its channel line-up.

K5 The HomeTeam is dedicated to serving this community. We are proud to deliver more non-news local programming on a regularly scheduled basis than just about any other station in America. In addition to Chef Roc, It’s Academic, Voice of the Sea, HI* Sessions, along with other top-rated local shows, we bring you broadcasts like the renowned Merrie Monarch Festival, an event that fills over three nights and 19 hours, because we know these are the types of local programming that matter to you.

We are working to make sure DIRECTV customers continue to have access to KFVE without interruption and will continue to keep you informed. Remember we are free over the air, at and also available through other local providers.

We are a single local station attempting to negotiate against a powerful international company. This is a trend with DIRECTV in its negotiations with single stations or small station groups. They ignore their value to their local communities and work to avoid fairly compensating them for the programming they offer.

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  • FAQ:

    Why has DIRECTV removed my access to KFVE?

    In order to deliver local news, weather, community information and uniquely local programming you love to your home, we need to reach agreements with providers like DIRECTV. Unfortunately, DIRECTV does not value our local programming and it let our contract expire.

    Isn’t this just a fight about money?

    When we negotiate with providers like DIRECTV, we are trying to reach deals that allow us to invest even more in local news, programming and other services for viewers like you. Programs such as HI* Sessions, It’s Academic, Pacific Pulse, Chef Roc, Voice of the Sea, just to name a few, and special programming such as the Merrie Monarch Festival.

    If I have DIRECTV, will there be another way for me to watch the 2018 Merrie Monarch Festival?

    Yes! You can use a digital antenna to get KFVE’s signal over-the-air for free. The live broadcast of the festival will also be streamed in its entirety online on this website,

    Why should I be put in the middle of this dispute?

    In our opinion, you shouldn't be put in the middle and we are sorry you are in this position. KFVE has worked to try and get DIRECTV to come to an agreement and we continue to negotiate with them.

    What You Can Do:

    Contact DIRECTV by calling 1-888-777-2454. Tell them to add KFVE back to your lineup and ask for a rebate. Remind them of the uniquely local programming we provide such as Chef Roc, Livin Hawaii, It’s Academic, Voice of the Sea, HI* Sessions, and special programming such as the Merrie Monarch Festival. Remember our over the air signal is always available for free with an antenna, we’re carried by other providers and also at To find another provider in your area, go to or or

    If you would like to speak to someone at K5 The HomeTeam about our signal on DIRECTV, please call (808) 847-9375.
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