DIRECTV: TV via satellite or internet

DIRECTV provides TV service by satellite or your internet service to most of the U.S. and offers packages with 75-150+ channels, plus add-on package options.

DIRECTV provider overview

DIRECTV is a satellite and internet TV service available throughout all 50 states. You can connect with a DIRECTV satellite dish or through your existing internet service to get the channel package you want. With four main package options plus lots of add-on possibilities for sports, movies and international programming, DIRECTV offers entertainment for all.

What we like

  • Lots of entertainment – DIRECTV packages come with up to 75+ to 150+ channels, plus add-on package options and thousands of on-demand titles available.

  • HD and 4K channels – HD picture quality is included with your DIRECTV package, and select DIRECTV packages also come with full-time 4K channels.

Things to consider

  • Price increase after 2nd year of service. – DIRECTV package pricing increases after 24 months.

  • Two-year contract – DIRECTV comes with a two-year service agreement so you’ll have to endure that second year price increase or get hit with an early termination fee.

  • Early termination fee – You can be charged an early termination fee of up to $480 if you cancel your DTV service before your 24-month agreement ends.

DIRECTV package details

What channels come in DIRECTV packages?

Every DIRECTV package presents a variety of entertainment options. Find the right DIRECTV package for you.

Get more with DIRECTV add-on packs

DIRECTV has some of the best sports, premium and international channel packs available. Some DIRECTV channel packs will add to your monthly bill, while others, such as major sports packs, will cost a one-time fee.


All DIRECTV plans include premium channels like Max* (formerly HBO Max), SHOWTIME®, STARZ®, Cinemax® & MGM+™ for three months*. After that, you’ll automatically be charged full price unless you cancel. You can also add Max™, Cinemax®, SHOWTIME®, STARZ® or MGM+™ with the Premium Channel Pack for $53.95/mo., keeping in mind that it is the same price as it would cost to add each channel individually. Subscription prices for each network cost between $5.99/mo. and $14.99/mo.


You can get major sports packs for pro baseball, hockey and basketball. Consider the DIRECTV Sports Pack for 35+ sports channels, including your regional sports networks.


International programming is available with DIRECTV Spanish-language base TV packages or smaller add-on packs. Choose from a variety of international options, including Brazilian, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian and Vietnamese.

Three months of Max, Cinemax, SHOWTIME, STARZ and MGM+™ included*

When you sign up for the Entertainment through Ultimate packages with DIRECTV, you’ll get for the first three months Max, Cinemax, SHOWTIME, STARZ and MGM+™ included at no extra cost. After the first three months, you’ll be charged for each channel at the prevailing rate ($6/mo to $15.99/mo.) unless you call to change or cancel.

DIRECTV equipment

DIRECTV has three devices to use as an HD DVR: Gemini, Genie and Genie 2. The Gemini device can be used with DIRECTV via internet or satellite, but the Genie 2 is required to pair with the Gemini for satellite customers. The individual Genie and Genie 2 devices are for DIRECTV satellite customers only.

DIRECTV allows you to watch TV over your existing home internet with the new Gemini device. It can give you access to thousands of streaming apps. Gemini’s voice remote lets you discover shows, and change channels by using Google Assistant.

A Genie DVR serves up HDTV for all the TVs in your home. You can pause, record and delete TV shows from any room. Record up to seven shows at once, all in HD.

DIRECTV’s equipment has a service fee of $15/mo. Your first Gemini and Genie devices are included in your order, but additional receivers (for multiple TVs) are $7 – $10/mo. For the Genie 2, you’ll pay $99 up-front.

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Watch DIRECTV your way

Aside from DIRECTV exclusives like DTV4K, you can get many of the same DIRECTV channels from other TV providers, so what sets DIRECTV apart?

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DIRECTV provides you the ability to watch TV over your existing home internet with the Gemini™. Gemini allows you to access thousands of streaming apps (Netflix, Max, Prime Video and more) — all from within the DIRECTV experience – no need to switch inputs. Gemini’s voice remote lets you discover shows, change channels by asking Google. Learn more

*Google login required. High speed internet required. Separate subscription/login required for 3rd party app content.

Available for free on Android and iOS devices, the DIRECTV app connects you to live TV and on-demand titles at home and on the go. Enjoy content from many of the networks included in your DIRECTV package.

DIRECTV packages come with HD channels included. The most live sports in 4K HDR, including the most NBA games in 4K. The industry’s best picture format 4X the resolution of HD, richer colors and lifelike clarity.

Compare DIRECTV to other TV providers near you

Depending on where you live, you could have multiple TV provider options. Use our TV provider comparison tool to see how DIRECTV compares to DISH and other TV providers. For more information about TV providers in your area, call our experts.

Starting price at
ENTERTAINMENT starting at $64.99/mo.1 $55.00/mo.*
75+ – 150+ 45+
Streaming access
5 shows at once 500 hours
2-year contract None

DIRECTV customer satisfaction ratings

The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) give national TV providers an annual customer satisfaction ranking based on feedback from real customers. Here’s how DIRECTV compares:

2022 American Customer Satisfaction Index rating 66/100

DIRECTV scored higher than almost all subscription TV providers for customer satisfaction in 2022 with a score of 66/100. However, the service fell short of Verizon Fios at 71.


What’s DIRECTV’s most affordable package?

The ENTERTAINMENT package comes with 165+ channels including your local networks for a budget-friendly starting monthly price of $69.99, plus tax.1

Downgrading your package and eliminating add-ons is the simplest way to lower your monthly DIRECTV payments. If, however, you want to lower your bill without sacrificing some of your channel options, try calling DIRECTV customer service to see if there are any bill credits you may qualify for.

DIRECTV service is available at many apartment complexes. To be eligible for DIRECTV, your apartment must have a clear view of the southern sky and a place to mount the satellite dish. DIRECTV Via Internet is also available at apartments. Check with your leasing office regarding any restrictions.

As of 2023, DIRECTV no longer offers the NFL Sunday Ticket. That can be found at YouTube TV.

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David Anders

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