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April 05, 2020

DIRECTV internet doesn’t actually exist. This is because DIRECTV is a satellite TV provider. That said, it has partnered with various internet service providers (ISPs) across the country to offer bundle deals of TV and internet, but whether you can actually do so depends on where you live.

Founded in 1990 and bought by AT&T in 2015, DIRECTV is a great company to pair with internet if your ISP 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 further each month.

DIRECTV at-a-glance

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.

DIRECTV satellite TV packages

DIRECTV internet packages depend on whether it has partnered with an internet service provider 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.

Select Package

Starting at $49.99/mo

Prices may vary by location

Plan Includes

  • Access to 155 channels
  • Genie HD DVR
  • Three free months of HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz and Epix

Choice Package

Starting at $59.99/mo

Prices may vary by location

Plan Includes

  • Access to 185 channels
  • Genie HD DVR
  • Three free months of HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz and Epix
  • 2020 NFL Sunday Ticket

Ultimate Package

Starting at $74.99/mo

Prices may vary by location

Plan Includes

  • Access to 250 channels
  • Genie HD DVR
  • Three free months of HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz and Epix
  • 2020 NFL Sunday Ticket

DIRECTV bundle packages

If an ISP is available in your area, you may be able to bundle your internet and TV together. AT&T, for example, offers the following three bundle deals with DIRECTV service:

Select + Internet

Starting at $39.99 /mo for 12 months

Plans Include

  • 155 channels (60 HD)
  • Speeds up 100 Mbps
  • Free installation
  • Three free months of HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz and Epix

Choice + Internet

Starting at $49.99 /mo for 12 months

Plans Include

  • 185 channels (85 HD)
  • Speeds up 100 Mbps
  • Free installation
  • Three free months of HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz and Epix

Ultimate + Internet

Starting at $64.99 /mo for 12 months

Plans Include

  • 250 channels (115 HD)
  • Speeds up 100 Mbps
  • Free installation
  • Three free months of HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz and Epix

DIRECTV internet fees

  • Equipment rental

  • Monthly equipment rental fees for providing internet. You have to pay to use the equipment that wires your home.

  • Installation fees

  • You may have to pay to get connected. Installation fees usually depend on the internet package you sign up for and your contract length. In many cases, it is possible to avoid installation fees; however, because DIRECTV is not responsible for your internet, it doesn’t post any information about this on its website.

  • After promotion fees

  • This will depend entirely on your ISP and the internet package you choose. In regards to satellite TV, DIRECTV often quotes first year prices and second year prices — meaning prices go up after the first year.

  • Data limit

  • Data limits will depend on your ISP. Satellite internet often comes with data limits — meaning once you use a certain amount of data one of two things will happen: Your speed slows dramatically (sometimes just in the evenings or ‘peak’ hours) or you pay a fee.

DIRECTV internet deals

DIRECTV internet deals come in the form of bundles with their TV services.

Currently, you can get the 2020 NFL Sunday Ticket when you sign up for the CHOICE Package. To get this, you have to sign up for a 24 month agreement with DIRECTV. However, this is subject to change.

Also, if AT&T is available in your area, it is possible to get a $150 Visa Reward Card if you bundle AT&T internet with DIRECTV satellite TV. However, this is subject to change.

DIRECTV data caps

DIRECTV doesn’t offer internet directly, so any data caps will come separately through your ISP.

Generally speaking, satellite internet companies often have data caps. Companies like HughesNet and Viasat (ISPs that DIRECTV has partnered with), both enforce data caps. The ‘cap’ on these companies depends entirely on the package you choose. DIRECTV will have no say in this because it is not responsible for providing you with an internet connection.

On the same note, DIRECTV speed will depend on the speed of the ISP you choose.

DIRECTV availability

DIRECTV’s availability is available across the U.S. Most people will be able to sign up for satellite TV through DIRECTV, but a lot less will be able to pair it with internet in a package deal. To see if you can package internet with TV, you’ll need to check availability in your area first. Internet offerings will be listed separately from any TV packages you see on the list.

DIRECTV customer satisfaction ratings

66

American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) graded DIRECTV in 2019 with a 66, which is higher than most of its competitors.. The highest rated ISP in 2019 was Verizon with a 70, and the lowest was Frontier with 55. 

An ISP with a high ACSI rating is ideal, but companies like these that are deeply rooted in customer service usually receive lower scores than companies that make physical products.

Pros and cons of DIRECTV internet

Pros

  • Can package your internet and your TV together
  • Often available in areas without ‘wired’ connections
  • Can pair up with satellite internet to conserve your data
  • TV packages come with a DVR and three free months of premium channels

Cons

  • Internet must come from a third party
  • Internet speeds are not advertised
  • Often pairs with satellite internet companies which have data caps
  • DIRECTV’s prices increases after the first year

We supplied the data; now, the decision is yours.

Get started with DIRECTV by seeing which plans are available in your area.

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