Discover the hidden fees on a DIRECTV bill (and what to do about them)

Trey Paul

May 31, 2019 — 2 min read

Feeling confused by the high cost of your DIRECTV bill? Let us help you understand where those fees may be coming from … and how to keep them from escalating.

Considering getting DIRECTV? You’re not alone. Consumers like DIRECTV. In fact, 2021 data from the American Customer Satisfaction Index rates them at 66/100, higher than any of the cable companies and in the top five of all subscription services. So, they’re doing something right.

At the same time, some may recall the CBS News report from 2017 which highlighted customer complaints about overcharging and confusion over the rates they were being charged for DIRECTV. But don’t fear. We’re here to help!

If knowing is half the battle, then get fully educated on the types of fees you may face with your DIRECTV service … and give yourself the best chance to avoid paying more than is necessary.

Common DIRECTV fees

For a full list of recurring and optional fees, visit

Frequently asked questions

Can I try DIRECTV for 30 days to see if I like it?

No. When you sign up with DIRECTV, you agree to a two-year contract.

If I decide to cancel my contract, do I have to pay a termination fee?

Yes. In addition to a deactivation fee, you will receive a hefty, prorated charge of up to $480. Since customers are used to plunging into 30-day trial runs, often free, in order to catch up on their favorite, binge-able TV obsessions (Game of Thrones, The Handmaid’s Tale, Stranger Things, etc.) — then cancelling said service without charge (or, at worst, paying a one-month fee because you didn’t get to it in time) — getting a potential $480 bill is quite the shocker.

I’m a big football fan and want to buy the NFL Sunday Ticket. Do I have to get DIRECTV to get it?

No, as of 2023, YouTube TV is the only way to get the NFL Sunday Ticket.

Why has my DIRECTV bill gone up?

Almost all of the promotional deals and enticing offers from DIRECTV are only effective for the first 12 months of the contract. Once you get into the second year of the agreement, the cost increases to the regular rate for your given package, which is typically more than double the promo rate.

If you have any further questions or would like to explore more about getting DIRECTV for your home, reach out and call our TV experts today!