DIRECTV provider overview
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.
Editor’s note: As of 2023, the NFL Sunday Ticket is available only through YouTube TV.
What we like
Lots of entertainment – DIRECTV packages come with 165-340+ 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.
DIRECTV package details
|Package||Starting monthly price||TV channel count||Top channels||Premium channels|
|ENTERTAINMENT||$64.991||165+||AMC, ESPN, ESPN2, FOX Sports 1, TBS, TLC, TNT, USA||HBO Max™, SHOWTIME®, STARZ®, MGM+™ & Cinemax® included for first three months on DIRECTV|
|CHOICE™||$84.992||200+||MLB Network, OWN, Travel Channel, Weather Channel||HBO Max™, SHOWTIME®, STARZ®, Cinemax® & MGM+™ included for first three months on DIRECTV|
|ULTIMATE||$109.993||270+||Fox Sports 2, LMN, FX Movie Channel||HBO Max™, SHOWTIME®, STARZ®, Cinemax® & MGM+™ included for first three months on DIRECTV|
|PREMIER™||$154.994||340+||Magnolia Network, FYI, Discovery Family, Destination America||HBO Max™, SHOWTIME®, STARZ® and Cinemax® included. MGM+™ included for first three months on DIRECTV|
1 ENTERTAINMENT: $64.99/mo. for 24 months plus taxes and fees. w/ 24-mo. agmt. AutoPay and Paperless Bill req’d. Advanced Receiver Service Fee $15/mo. is extra and applies.
2 CHOICE: $84.99/mo. for 24 months plus taxes and fees w/ 24-mo. agmt. AutoPay and Paperless Bill req’d. Advanced Receiver Service Fee $15/mo. and Regional Sports Fee up to $13.99/mo. are extra & apply.
3 ULTIMATE: $109.99/mo. for 24 months plus taxes and fees w/ 24-mo. agmt. AutoPay and Paperless Bill req’d. Advanced Receiver Service Fee $15/mo. and Regional Sports Fee up to $13.99/mo. are extra & apply.
4 PREMIER: $154.99/mo. for 24 months plus taxes and fees w/ 24-mo. agmt. AutoPay and Paperless Bill req’d. Advanced Receiver Service Fee $15/mo. and Regional Sports Fee up to $13.99/mo. are extra & apply.
**$19.95 ACTIVATION, EARLY TERMINATION FEE OF $20/MO. FOR EACH MONTH REMAINING ON AGMT., EQUIPMENT NON-RETURN & ADD’L FEES APPLY. Price incl. TV Pkg, equip. fees for first TV connection and standard pro installation. $7/mo. for each additional TV connection on your account. Wireless upgrade with HD DVR $99.00. New approved residential customers only (equipment lease req’d). Credit card req’d (except MA & PA). Restr’s apply.1/23/23.
What channels come in DIRECTV packages?
Every DIRECTV package presents a variety of entertainment options. Find the right DIRECTV package for you.
Best for light entertainment plus some sports
Lowest package to include ESPN, ESPN2 and FOX Sports 1
Best for local sports and family entertainment
Mid-tier package includes in-market regional sports networks, plus MLB Network and NFL Network
Best for entertainment variety, including movies
Upper-tier package includes The Movie Channel and STARZ® networks
Best for premium channels and sports networks
Largest DIRECTV package and only one to include HBO®, Cinemax®, SHOWTIME®, STARZ®, and out-of-market regional sports networks
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 like HBO Max™, SHOWTIME®, STARZ®, Cinemax® & MGM+™ included for three months. After that, you’ll automatically be charged full price unless you cancel. You can also add HBO 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 HBO Max, Cinemax, SHOWTIME, STARZ and MGM+™ included*
When you sign up for the CHOICE, ULTIMATE, OPTIMO MAS, MAS ULTRA or PREFERRED CHOICE packages with DIRECTV, you’ll get for the first three months HBO 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 ($10.99/mo to $14.99/mo.) unless you call to change or cancel.
*Get the first 3 months of HBO Max™, SHOWTIME®, MGM+™, Starz®, and Cinemax® included on us. All selected channels auto-renew after 3 months at then prevailing rates (currently $14.99/mo. for HBO Max, $11/mo. each for SHOWTIME, STARZ and Cinemax, and $6/mo. for MGM+), unless you change or cancel. Req’s you to select offer. Offer subject to change & may be modified or discontinued at any time without notice. 1/23/23.
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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?
Are you an existing customer looking for help?View DIRECTV customer service
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.
Add’l & Advanced Receiver fees may apply. Features available on select channels/programs. Internet-connected HD DVR (model HR20 or later) req’d.
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.
The DIRECTV App is available to all DIRECTV customers at no additional cost.
HD and 4K channels
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.
|DIRECTV||AT&T TV NOW|
|Starting price at|
|ENTERTAINMENT starting at $64.99/mo.1||$55.00/mo.*|
|DIRECTV App||AT&T TV NOW App|
|5 shows at once||500 hours|
- Starting price at
- ENTERTAINMENT starting at $64.99/mo.1
- Streaming Access
- DIRECTV App
- AT&T TV NOW App
- 5 shows at once
- 500 hours
- 2-year contract
1 For 24 mo. + taxes and fees w/ 24-mo. agmt. AutoPay and Paperless Bill req’d. Advanced Receiver Service Fee $15/mo. is extra and applies. 1/23/23.
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 $64.99, plus tax.1
How can I lower my DIRECTV bill?
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.
Can I get DIRECTV at my apartment?
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.
Does DIRECTV offer the NFL SUNDAY TICKET?
As of 2023, DIRECTV no longer offers the NFL Sunday Ticket. That can be found at YouTube TV.
1 For 24 mo. + taxes and fees w/ 24-mo. agmt. AutoPay and Paperless Bill req’d. Advanced Receiver Service Fee $15/mo. is extra and applies *See details.
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Written by:David Anders
Senior Writer, Broadband Content
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
Edited by:Robin Layton
Editor, Broadband Content
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