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DIRECTV vs. AT&T TV: Which service is better?

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What’s the difference between DIRECTV and AT&T TV?

DIRECTV and AT&T TV are both AT&T services, so could the two be that different? Actually, yes. DIRECTV has been the premier satellite TV service for over three decades, while AT&T TV’s streaming TV with Cloud DVR is the new kid on the block.

There are some key differences between DIRECTV and AT&T TV you’ll want to know, especially since both TV services are likely available in your area.

Take a look at the pricing, available channels and bundle options from DIRECTV and AT&T TV to determine the best service for your home.

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  • Satellite TV
  • Available throughout all 50 states
  • TV packages start at $59.99/mo.*
  • Channels range from 155-330+
  • Record up to five shows at once
  • Bundles best with AT&T Internet
  • Two-year contract required
  • Streaming TV
  • Available everywhere
  • TV packages start at $49.99/mo.*
  • Channels range from 75-145+
  • Record unlimited shows at once
  • Can bundle with any internet provider
  • Two-year contract required

DIRECTV vs. AT&T TV availability

DIRECTV is available throughout all 50 states. All you need to be eligible for DIRECTV service is a clear view of the southern sky and a place to mount a satellite dish. This makes DIRECTV a popular TV option for rural areas, but the service is often equally as practical in suburbs or cities. Trees, buildings or other obstructions that may block satellite signals could render DIRECTV unavailable at your address.

AT&T TV is available everywhere. All you need is an internet connection from any internet service provider (ISP) with recommended download speeds of 25 Mbps or higher. Everything else you need, including an AT&T 4K streaming device and voice remote with Google Assistant, comes with your AT&T TV package. 

Check DIRECTV and AT&T TV packages available in your area. You may also find there are other TV providers that offer service in your ZIP code.

DIRECTV vs. AT&T TV packages and pricing

DIRECTV has more TV packages to choose from, but AT&T TV offers a cheaper base package than DIRECTV. For a look at DIRECTV vs. AT&T TV channels, check out our DIRECTV channel guide and full AT&T TV review

Starting prices for DIRECTV vs. AT&T TV packages is similar, and adding AT&T internet to a DIRECTV or AT&T TV plan can save you up to $10/mo. on your internet bill.

DIRECTV vs. AT&T TV pricing

ProviderStarting price range*ChannelsEquipment fee*DVR service fee*Contract
DirecTV DIRECTV$59.99-$124.99/mo.155-330+First receiver free, starting at $7/mo. for each additionalUp to $25/mo.Two years
AT&T$49.99-$69.99/mo.75-145+First 4K streaming device free, starting at $10/mo. for each additionalIncludedTwo years

Both services come with a significant price increase after the first 12 months. DIRECTV increases from $25-$70/mo. after 12 months, depending on plan, whereas AT&T TV increases $45-$65/mo. after the first year.

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DIRECTV vs. AT&T TV add-ons and special offers

You can take advantage of add-on packages and special offers available with DIRECTV or AT&T TV services. Here are some of the extras you can get from DIRECTV and AT&T TV.

DIRECTV special features and offers

  • NFL SUNDAY TICKET – This DIRECTV-exclusive sports package offers “every live, out-of-market game, every Sunday.” Though DIRECTV is part of the AT&T family, NFL SUNDAY TICKET is not available with AT&T TV.
  • Premium channels included for three months – Cinemax®, HBO®, Showtime® and STARZ/ENCORE® are included when you order the ULTIMATE package or below.
  • International packages – DIRECTV offers more international packages than AT&T TV with programming available in Cantonese, Filipino, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian and more. Both DIRECTV and AT&T TV offer Spanish based TV packages.

AT&T TV special features and offers

  • Cloud DVR storage – Record up to 500 hours of content with AT&T TV’s Cloud-based DVR service, with no limit on how many shows you can record at once.
  • Premium channels included for three months – Cinemax®, HBO®, Showtime® and STARZ/ENCORE®.
  • Voice Control with built-in Google Assistant –  Change the channel or search for shows using your voice with the AT&T TV remote.

DIRECTV vs. AT&T TV and internet bundles

You can bundle either AT&T TV or DIRECTV with AT&T internet to save an extra $10/mo. off your internet bill. DIRECTV and AT&T TV bundles include AT&T internet where available, but you may have other options if your address is not in an area with access to AT&T internet service

Since both DIRECTV and AT&T TV are available virtually everywhere, your internet and TV bundle may feature internet service from another provider such as CenturyLink, Frontier or Verizon.

AT&T TV and DIRECTV bundles that include AT&T Internet will look very similar in price and internet speeds. AT&T TV and DIRECTV bundles where AT&T internet is not available will vary based on which internet providers are in your area.

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DIRECTV vs. AT&T TV frequently asked questions

What’s the difference between AT&T TV and AT&T TV NOW?

While AT&T TV is technically a streaming service, its 4K DVR, picture quality, channel options, 500 hours of Cloud DVR storage and two-year agreement make it similar to a conventional cable TV provider. AT&T TV NOW is a streaming-only, no-contract service, similar to Netflix or Hulu, that requires you to have your own streaming device, such as a Roku or Amazon Fire TV. 

Are AT&T and DIRECTV the same?

No. AT&T and DIRECTV are owned by the same company, but they represent different services. DIRECTV is a satellite-only TV service, while AT&T represents other arms of the company such as AT&T fiber internet, home phone and AT&T TV. 

Is there a fee to cancel DIRECTV?

Only if you are currently in a contract. DIRECTV requires a two-year service agreement for new services and may enact a one-year service agreement in special circumstances such as a change of address. If you cancel while under contract, you may incur a cancellation fee of up to $500. There is no fee for canceling DIRECTV service if you are not currently under contract.

Is DIRECTV better than cable?

DIRECTV, and satellite TV in general, has specific advantages and disadvantages over cable TV. For example, DIRECTV is available in more areas and typically offers more package options and better picture quality. On the other hand, DIRECTV has longer contract obligations than most cable TV companies and you may experience service disruptions during times of inclement weather.

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