DIRECTV Packages and Pricing

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Claire Bough
November 23, 2020

DIRECTV At-A-Glance

Founded in 1990 and bought by AT&T in 2015, DIRECTV is a great company to pair with internet if your internet service provider imposes data caps (many satellite internet providers have data limits that reset each billing cycle). Streaming services take up a huge amount of internet bandwidth, accounting for over 50% of internet downloads in the world.

DIRECTV can help you extend your data a little more each month while still meeting your home entertainment needs.

Part of the AT&T family, DIRECTV delivers both live and on-demand video entertainment using satellite and internet streaming technologies for residential and commercial customers.

Why DIRECTV?

DIRECTV customers will enjoy instant access to the following unique benefits:

·   Premium entertainment: Each of DIRECTV's service packages features three months of free access to premium networks. DIRECTV also offers the Movie Extra Pack and International Packages for customers who want endless movie channels or access to Brazilian, Chinese, Filipino, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Vietnamese programming.

·   Sports: The biggest sports fans will gain access to 40 regional and specialty sports networks with DIRECTV's sports package options.

·   Data-free TV: When customers bundle wireless services with DIRECTV, they’ll enjoy instant access to their favorite shows on their phone, tablet or TV without using any of their data.

·   Bundle & save: DIRECTV customers can bundle services with AT&T internet, home phone or wireless. They can also select bundles with internet services outside of AT&T in areas where AT&T internet service is not currently available.

·   DIRECTV App: The DIRECTV App lets customers view content across a variety of devices, including mobile phones, tablets and Kindles. You can enjoy the same live and recorded content that you usually watch on TV, but the app lets you enjoy them on the go. 

DIRECTV Packages and Pricing

The availability of DIRECTV internet packages depends on whether the company has partnered with an internet service provider (ISP) in your area. If it has, you may be able to bundle it with an internet package through that ISP. On its own, DIRECTV does, however, have satellite TV packages.

One year of HBO Max™

Customers who select DIRECTV Choice or Ultimate packages with a 24-month agreement are eligible to receive one year of access to HBO Max™. They’ll also receive free access for three months to Cinemax, SHOWTIME, STARZ and EPIX.

DIRECTV Genie DVR

With DIRECTV Genie DVR, customers will enjoy access to one of the most advanced HD DVRs available. The Genie DVR enables full access for the whole family to enjoy their favorite shows from any room on any device. By selecting the DIRECTV Genie DVR, customers will enjoy:

·   Recording: Record up to five shows at once

·   Storage: Enjoy up to 200 hours of recorded HD entertainment

·   Amazon Alexa Skill: Schedule your DVR completely hands-free with the DIRECTV Amazon Alexa Skill

·   Restart Live TV: Easily access select shows aired within the past 72 hours and restart live TV with the press of a button

Select PackagePriceWhat's Included
Entertainment Package$64.99/mo.• 160+ channels
• Genie HD DVR
• Three months free of premium entertainment

Choice Package

$69.99/mo.
• Access to 185 channels
• Genie HD DVR
• Free access for three months to HBO, Cinemax, SHOWTIME, STARZ and EPIX
• HBO MAX subscription included free for one year*
• 2020 NFL SUNDAY TICKET
Ultimate Package$84.99/mo.• Access to 250+ channels
• Genie HD DVR
• Free access for three months to HBO, Cinemax, SHOWTIME, STARZ and EPIX
• 2020 NFL SUNDAY TICKET

Premier Package

$134.99/mo.
• 330+ channels
• Genie HD DVR
• HBO MAX, Cinemax, SHOWTIME and STARZ fully included
• 2020 NFL SUNDAY TICKET
*With 24-mo. agreement

What channels do I get with my DIRECTV package?

  • Entertainment Package: Includes 160+ channels with top networks like TLC, TBC, SyFy, Nickelodeon, MTV, Lifetime and more.
  • Choice Package: Includes 185+ channels with top networks like ESPN, NFL Network MLB Network, Comedy Central, FXX, Disney XD and more.
  • Ultimate Package: Includes 250+ channels featuring top networks like Discovery, Encore, NBC, Viceland, SEC Network, OWN and more. 
  • Premier Package: DIRECTV’s most inclusive package includes 330+ channels with exclusive networks like Cinemax, ESPN Classic, FLIX, FOX Sports Sunday, HBO, SHOWTIME and more.

See DecisionData.org's DIRECTV Channel Guide for a comprehensive look at available channels.

DIRECTV Channel Add-Ons

Customize your DIRECTV service by selecting from our available channel add-ons. From sports fans to movie buffs, there’s an add-on that meet everyone’s unique preferences!

DIRECTV sports

For any avid sports fan, DIRECTV offers a variety of add-ons to customize your entertainment. The sports add-ons range from $100 to $200 per season. If you purchase the DIRECTV Choice Package or above, you automatically get the NFL SUNDAY TICKET add-on. Additional add-ons include the MLB EXTRA INNINGS, NBA League Pass, NHL Center Ice and MLS Direct Kick.

Package NamePriceWhat's Included?
MLB EXTRA INNINGS®$30.50 for six months• Up to 90 out-of-market games each week
• Streaming services to digital devices at no extra cost
• Preview up to eight live games with Game Mix
• Commercial-free, high-speed look at every MLB game during the season

NFL SUNDAY TICKET


Included with cost of Choice and above packages
• Access to every out-of-market game every Sunday
• Streaming services to digital devices at no extra cost
• Preview up to 8 live games with Game Mix
• Skip commercials and watch replays
NBA LEAGUE PASS$199.95/season• Streaming services to digital devices at no extra cost

NHL® CENTER ICE®

$130.00-160.00/season
• Access to up to 40 out-of-market games each week
• Streaming services to digital devices at no extra cost
MLS DIRECT KICK™$89.00/season• Access to over 300 regular-season out-of-market games
• Available FOX Soccer Plus for exclusive access to German Bundesliga, Liga MX and Copa do Brasil

DIRECTV international packages

DIRECTV offers some of the best add-on packages for multi-lingual and international viewers. For an extra cost ranging from $13 up to $38, you can access entertainment from a variety of countries, including news and film channels. International packages include content from Brazil, China, Italy, Japan, the Philippines, Korea, Russia and Vietnam.

Package NamePriceWhat's Included?
BRAZILIANDIRECT™$19.99/mo.• Access to Brazilian sports and entertainment channels
CHINESEDIRECT™$12.99/mo.• GZTV
• 88TV
• Phoenix Hong Kong Channel
• 88Films
• iCable Financial Info News
• iCable News
• CCTV-4
• CGTN
• MLB Network HD
• NBA TV HD
FILIPINODIRECT™$37.99/mo.• Access to the best Filipino entertainment
ITALIAN DIRECT II™$25.00/mo.• MEDIASET Italia
• Rai Italia
• Rai News 24
• Rai World Premium
• Rai Radio 1
• ESPN Deportes
• FOX Deportes
• GOLTV
• Telemundo
• East/West
• TyC Sports
• UNIVERSO
• UNIVISION
JAPANDIRECT™ + TV JAPAN$25.00/mo.• NIPPON TV Channel HD
• Channel NECO International HD
• TV JAPAN HD

KOREANDIRECT™

$30.99/mo.
• SBS HD
• MBC
• KBS World
• YTN
• SBS Plus
• KBS World 24
• tvN
• EBS
• MBN
• TAN TV
• National Geographic Channel Korea
• CTS
• Radio Korea
• Arirang TV
MANDARINDIRECT® III$16.99/mo.• Phoenix NA TV
• Phoenix Info News
• CCTV-4
• Charming China
• CTI Zhong Tian
• CBO China TV Series Channel
RUSSIANDIRECT™ II$34.99/mo.• Channel One
• RTR-Planeta
• Dom Kino
• Muzika Pervogo
• Vremya
• Carousel
• NTV America
• Rossiya 24
• RTVi

VIETDIRECT™ PLUS
$19.99/mo.• SBTN
• VGNTV
• TVIET
• Vietface
• S-Channel
• Vien Thao TV
• VIETV
• Film 24H
• HONVIETV
• Little Saigon Radio

Bundle DIRECTV with Internet

If you’re looking to bundle internet and satellite TV, DIRECTV may be a good fit for you. Package all of your favorite channels together with fast, reliable internet in your area. AT&T owns DIRECTV, so you can easily add on AT&T internet and save up to $120 off your first year. Through bundling, customers also get a $300 Visa Rewards Card as long as you choose 100 Mbps internet on a two-year contract. By bundling with any DIRECTV plan, you’ll also receive a free Genie HD DVR.

PackagePriceWhat's Included
Entertainment + Internet$89.99• 160 channels (60 HD)
• Internet speed up to 100 Mbps
• Free installation
• Free access for three months to HBO, Cinemax, SHOWTIME, STARZ and EPIX
Choice + Internet$104.99• 185 channels (85 HD)
• Internet speed up to 100 Mbps
• Free installation
• Free access for three months to HBO, Cinemax, SHOWTIME, STARZ and EPIX and one year of HBO Max
Ultimate + Internet$109.99• 250 channels (115 HD)
• Internet speed up to 100 Mbps
• Free installation
• Free access for three months to HBO, Cinemax, SHOWTIME, STARZ and EPIX and one year of HBO Max

DIRECTV Availability

DIRECTV is available across the U.S. Most people will be able to sign up for satellite TV through DIRECTV, but fewer will be able to pair it with internet in a package deal. To see if you can package your internet with DIRECTV, you’ll need to check for availability below. 

 

Though DIRECTV is accessible to nearly 100% of the population, availability may vary for renters. DIRECTV requires satellite installation, which may not be possible depending on your rental contract. DIRECTV’s two-year contract obligation may also be less flexible for most renters. 

DIRECTV vs. DISH

ProvidersPricingChannelsStreaming CapabilitiesContract Length
DIRECTVStarting at $64.99/mo.Plans start at 185 channels up to 330+DIRECTV App streaming available for all customersTwo-year contract required
DISHStarting at $59.99/mo.Plans start at 190 channels up to 290+DISH Anywhere streaming available for all customersOption for zero to two-year contracts

DIRECTV Customer Satisfaction Ratings

64

The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) rated DIRECTV in 2020 with a 64. The highest rated ISP currently is Verizon at 73.

DIRECTV Frequently Asked Questions

Can you get DIRECTV in an apartment?

DIRECTV is available to every type of household, including apartments, if your rental agreement allows it. All you need to set up DIRECTV access is a clear area to set up a satellite dish.

How much is DIRECTV a month?

DIRECTV’s monthly prices vary depending on how many channels you want and special add-ons you’d like to include in your package. The cheapest DIRECTV plan starts at $64.99, while the most comprehensive plan starts at $134.99/mo.

How can I get the NFL SUNDAY TICKET?

NFL SUNDAY TICKET comes free for the year with the DIRECTV Choice Package or above.

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