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DIRECTV satellite TV service

Choose your DIRECTV package and get HD programming, thousands of on-demand titles and a Genie DVR included.

DIRECTV provider overview

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DIRECTV is a satellite TV service, so it is available throughout all 50 states. 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 160-330+ channels, plus add-on package options and thousands of on-demand titles available.

  • NFL SUNDAY TICKET – DIRECTV is the sole provider of NFL SUNDAY TICKET, the sports package that brings you every live, out-of-market game, every Sunday.

  • 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 12 mos. – DIRECTV package pricing increases after the first year of service and could add $30-$40 or more to your monthly bill.

  • 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.

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 come with some premium channels included for three months. After that, you’ll automatically be charged full price unless you cancel. You can also add add HBO Max™, Cinemax®, SHOWTIME®, STARZ® or EPIX® with the Premium Channel Pack for $53.95/mo., but that’s the same as it would cost to add each channel individually. Subscription prices for each network cost between $5.99/mo. and $14.99/mo.


DIRECTV is known for its exclusive football package, NFL SUNDAY TICKET, but you can also 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 HBO Max, Cinemax, SHOWTIME, STARZ and EPIX included*

When you sign up for the CHOICE, ULTIMATE, OPTIMO MAS, MAS ULTRA or PREFERRED CHOICE packages with DIRECTV, you’ll get three months of HBO Max, Cinemax, SHOWTIME, STARZ and EPIX included at no extra cost. After three months, you’ll be charged for each channel at the prevailing rate ($10.99/mo to $14.99/mo.) unless you call to change or cancel.

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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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Genie® HD DVR

The DIRECTV Genie HD DVR lets you record up to five shows and store up to 200 hours of HD content. Use the Genie to pause and rewind live TV and access DIRECTV On Demand or rent movies.

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. Order the ULTIMATE or PREMIER™ package and get DTV4K, a full-time 4K channel exclusively from DIRECTV.

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.

DIRECTV Armstrong
Starting price at
ENTERTAINMENT starting at $64.99/mo.1 $125.00/mo.* (when bundled)
160+ 35+
Streaming access
DIRECTV App TV Everywhere
5 shows at once 6 shows at once
2-year contract 6-month agreement

DIRECTV customer satisfaction ratings

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

2020 American Customer Satisfaction Index rating 64/100

DIRECTV scored higher than almost all subscription TV providers for customer satisfaction in 2020 with a score of 64/100. However, the service fell short of AT&T U-verse (70), Verizon Fios (70) and DISH (65).

2020 JD Power Awards/ratings – Best TV overall provider in the country

J.D. Power gave AT&T U-verse/DIRECTV subscription TV service high marks for Performance and Reliability, Cost of Service and Programming, earning them a tie for the top overall spot on the national level in 2020.


What’s DIRECTV’s most affordable package?

The ENTERTAINMENT package comes with 160+ channels including your local networks for a budget-friendly starting monthly price of $64.99.1

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. Check with your leasing office regarding any restrictions.

Yes. DIRECTV is the exclusive carrier of NFL SUNDAY TICKET, and will likely remain so in the near future. The good news is you can get the 2020-2021 season of NFL SUNDAY TICKET included at no extra cost when you order the CHOICE package or above!

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David Anders

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David joined the Allconnect team in 2017, specializing in broadband and TV content. His work has been referenced by a variety of sources, including ArcGIS, DIRECTV and more. As a Senior Writer, David is motivate… Read more

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