DIRECTV Channel Lineup

We breakdown the different channels and packages you can find on DIRECTV

DIRECTV Channel Guide

Have you seen the DIRECTV channel lineup?

DIRECTV, which is Dish Network's fiercest rival, is a direct broadcast satellite TV service provider that became a subsidiary of AT&T as of July 2015. Just like Dish Network, it offers affordable packages and flexibility for its DIRECTV customers. However, you might be wondering if the DIRECTV channel lineup and services compare with the best satellite TV providers.

Fortunately, DIRECTV does more than just compare.

Below, I have outlined every DIRECTV package available and what each one has to offer. Read on for more information on how the DIRECTV channel lineup stacks up to its competitors.

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DIRECTV Packages Channel List Comparison

Channel

Entertainment

Choice

XTRA

Ultimate

Premier

A&EYesYesYesYesYes
ABCYesYesYesYesYes
Alma Vision Hispanic Network
Altitude Sports & EntertainmentYes
AMCYesYesYesYesYes
America Live (ALIVE)
America's Auction NetworkYesYesYesYesYes
American Heroes ChannelYesYesYes
Angel One
Angel Two
Animal PlanetYesYesYesYesYes
AXS TVYesYesYesYesYes
BBC AmericaYesYesYesYesYes
beIN SportsYes
Big Ten Network (BTN)YesYesYesYes
Black Entertainment TV (BET)YesYesYesYesYes
BloombergYesYesYesYesYes
BoomerangYesYes
BRAVOYesYesYesYesYes
BYUtvYesYesYesYesYes
C-SPAN 1YesYesYesYesYes
C-SPAN 2YesYesYesYesYes
CANAL ONCEYesYesYesYesYes
Cartoon Network - EastYesYesYesYesYes
Cartoon Network - WestYesYesYesYesYes
CBSYesYesYesYesYes
CBS Sports NetworkYesYesYes
CentricYesYesYes
ChillerYesYes
Christian Television (CTN)YesYesYesYesYes
Church ChannelYesYesYesYesYes
CinemaxYes
Cinemax - EastYes
Cinemax - WestYes
Cinemax 5StarMAX EastYes
Cinemax ActionMAX EastYes
Cinemax MoreMaxYes
Cinemax MovieMAX EastYes
Cinemax ThrillerMAXYes
ClooYesYes
CNBCYesYesYesYesYes
CNBC WorldYesYesYesYes
CNNYesYesYesYesYes
Comcast SportsNet Bay AreaYes
Comcast SportsNet CaliforniaYes
Comcast SportsNet ChicagoYes
Comcast SportsNet Mid-AtlanticYes
Comcast SportsNet New EnglandYes
Comedy CentralYesYesYesYesYes
Comedy TVYesYesYesYes
Cooking ChannelYesYesYesYes
Country Music TV (CMT)YesYesYesYesYes
CWYesYesYesYesYes
DaystarYesYesYesYesYes
Destination AmericaYesYesYes
DIRECTV SportsMixYesYesYesYesYes
DiscoveryYesYesYesYesYes
Discovery FamilyYesYesYes
Discovery LifeYesYesYes
Dish Home
Disney Channel - EastYesYesYesYesYes
Disney Channel - WestYesYesYesYesYes
Disney JrYesYesYesYesYes
Disney XDYesYesYesYesYes
Do it Yourself (DIY)YesYesYes
E! Entertainment TVYesYesYesYesYes
El ReyYesYes
Encore - EastYesYes
Encore - WestYesYes
Encore ActionYesYes
Encore BlackYesYes
Encore ClassicYesYes
Encore FamilyYesYes
Encore SuspenseYesYes
Encore WesternsYesYes
EnlaceYesYesYesYesYes
ESPNYesYesYesYesYes
ESPN ClassicYes
ESPN Goal Line/Bases LoadedYes
ESPN2YesYesYesYesYes
ESPNewsYesYesYesYes
ESPNUYesYesYesYes
Esquire NetworkYesYes
EWTNYesYesYesYesYes
FLiXYes
Food NetworkYesYesYesYesYes
FoxYesYesYesYesYes
Fox Business NetworkYesYesYesYes
Fox News ChannelYesYesYesYesYes
Fox Sports 1YesYesYesYesYes
Fox Sports 2YesYesYes
Fox Sports SoutheastYes
Fox Sports SunYes
Free Speech TVYesYesYesYesYes
FreeformYesYesYesYesYes
FSN ArizonaYes
FSN CincinnatiYes
FSN DetroitYes
FSN FloridaYes
FSN MidwestYes
FSN NorthYes
FSN OhioYes
FSN San DiegoYes
FSN SouthYes
FSN SouthwestYes
FSN WestYes
FuseYesYesYesYes
FusionYesYesYesYes
FXYesYesYesYesYes
FX Movie ChannelYesYesYes
FXXYesYesYes
fyiYesYesYes
GalavisionYesYesYesYesYes
Game Show Network (GSN)YesYesYesYes
Golf ChannelYesYesYes
Great American Country (GAC)YesYesYes
Hallmark ChannelYesYesYesYesYes
Hallmark Movies & MysteriesYesYes
HBO - EastYes
HBO - WestYes
HBO 2 - EastYes
HBO 2 - WestYes
HBO ComedyYes
HBO Family - EastYes
HBO Family - WestYes
HBO LatinoYes
HBO SignatureYes
HBO ZoneYes
Headline News (HLN)YesYesYesYesYes
HistoryYesYesYesYesYes
HITNYesYesYesYesYes
Home and Garden TVYesYesYesYesYes
Home Shopping Network (HSN)YesYesYesYesYes
Independent Film Channel (IFC)YesYesYesYes
Investigation DiscoveryYesYesYesYesYes
ION TV - EastYesYesYesYes
ION TV - WestYesYesYesYes
Jewelry TelevisionYesYesYesYesYes
Justice CentralYesYesYesYes
LifetimeYesYesYesYesYes
Lifetime Movie Network (LMN)YesYesYesYes
Link TVYesYesYesYesYes
LogoYesYesYes
Longhorn NetworkYes
MASNYes
MAVTVYesYesYesYesYes
MLB NetworkYesYesYesYes
MSGYes
MSG+Yes
MSNBCYesYesYesYesYes
MTVYesYesYesYesYes
MTV 2YesYesYesYesYes
MTV ClassicYesYesYes
NASAYesYesYesYesYes
Nat Geo WildYesYesYes
National GeographicYesYesYesYesYes
NBA TVYesYesYes
NBCYesYesYesYesYes
NBC Sports NetworkYesYesYesYes
NBC UniversoYesYesYes
NESNYes
NFL NetworkYesYesYesYes
NHL NetworkYesYesYes
Nick Jr.YesYesYesYesYes
Nickelodeon - EastYesYesYesYesYes
Nickelodeon - WestYesYesYesYesYes
NicktoonsYesYesYesYes
NRBYesYesYesYesYes
Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN)YesYesYesYes
Outdoor ChannelYes
OvationYesYesYesYes
OxygenYesYesYes
PBSYesYesYesYesYes
pivotYesYesYesYes
POPYesYesYesYes
Prime TicketYes
Pursuit ChannelYesYesYesYesYes
QVCYesYesYesYesYes
QVC PlusYesYesYesYesYes
ReelzYesYesYesYesYes
RFDTVYesYesYesYesYes
ROOT Sports NorthwestYes
ROOT Sports PittsburghYes
ROOT Sports Rocky MountainYes
ROOT Sports SouthwestYes
ScienceYesYesYesYes
SEC NetworkYesYesYesYes
Showtime - EastYes
Showtime - WestYes
Showtime 2Yes
Showtime BeyondYes
Showtime ExtremeYes
Showtime NextYes
Showtime ShowcaseYes
Showtime WomenYes
Spectrum DeportesYes
Spectrum SportsNetYes
Spike TVYesYesYesYesYes
Sportsman ChannelYesYesYes
SportsNet New York (SNY)Yes
Sportstime OhioYes
SproutYesYesYes
STARZ - EastYes
STARZ - WestYes
STARZ CinemaYes
STARZ ComedyYes
STARZ EdgeYes
STARZ In BlackYes
STARZ Kids and FamilyYes
SundanceTVYesYesYes
SyfyYesYesYesYesYes
TCT NetworkYesYesYesYesYes
Teen NickYesYesYesYesYes
TelemundoYesYesYesYesYes
Tennis ChannelYesYes
The Learning Channel (TLC)YesYesYesYesYes
The Movie Channel - EastYesYes
The Movie Channel - WestYesYes
The Movie Channel - Xtra EastYes
Travel ChannelYesYesYesYes
Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN)YesYesYesYesYes
TruTVYesYesYesYesYes
Turner Broadcasting System (TBS)YesYesYesYesYes
Turner Classic Movies (TCM)YesYesYesYesYes
Turner Network Television (TNT)YesYesYesYesYes
TV Games Network
TV LandYesYesYesYesYes
TV OneYesYesYesYes
UnimásYesYesYesYes
UnivisionYesYesYesYesYes
Univision Deportes NetworkYesYes
UP TVYesYesYesYes
UpliftYesYesYesYesYes
USA NetworkYesYesYesYesYes
V-MEYesYesYesYesYes
VelocityYesYesYesYesYes
VH1YesYesYesYesYes
VicelandYesYesYesYesYes
Weather Channel (TWC)YesYesYesYes
WeatherNationYesYesYesYesYes
WGN AmericaYesYesYesYes
Women's Entertainment (WE)YesYesYesYesYes
Word NetworkYesYesYesYesYes
World Harvest TVYesYesYesYesYes
YES NetworkYes

DIRECTV's general market channel guide is rather extravagant, even compared to the Dish Network Channel Lineup. DIRECTV offers over 315 channels, including local channels that are available in 99 percent of U.S. households.

Furthermore, you can add an HD channel extra pack for just a few dollars more per month, but you need HD equipment. Keep in mind, however, it may cost extra to have the HD equipment installed.

As mentioned, DIRECTV's channel list is lengthy, but depending on the package you select, you may be limited in channel offerings. With that being said, all packages - save for the Premier package, as this feature is included free of charge for the duration of the contract - come with perks such as premium movie channels for three months. Please refer to our channel guide for all that DIRECTV has to offer.

Channel Packages

DIRECTV channel packages vary greatly, but all of them include a myriad of perks, ranging from free premium channels to included DVR monthly services with HD channels. Furthermore, you can receive a two-year price guarantee with these plans.

If you're wondering what's the difference between DIRECTV and U-Verse, you can check out our AT&T U-Verse Channel Lineup.

To be eligible for this price lock, you must bundle the DIRECTV package with another eligible AT&T service and maintain all services for 24 months. There are six main packages to choose from, but I would first like to delve into the DIRECTV Select Channels package. Here is the DIRECTV guide to packages and channels.

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DIRECTV Entertainment

  • Over 160 channels
  • Get more sports action- includes ESPN and ESPN2
  • Genie HD DVR included
  • Watch live TV from anywhere with the DIRECTV app
  • Free HBO, STARZ, SHOWTIME, and Cinemax for the first 3 months

DIRECTV Choice

  • Over 185 channels
  • Genie HD DVR included
  • Includes NFL Sunday Ticket at no extra cost
  • Watch live TV from anywhere with the DIRECTV app
  • Free HBO, STARZ, SHOWTIME, and Cinemax for the first 3 months

DIRECTV XTRA

  • Over 235 channels
  • Genie HD DVR included
  • Includes NFL Sunday Ticket at no extra cost
  • Watch live TV from anywhere with the DIRECTV app
  • Free HBO, STARZ, SHOWTIME, and Cinemax for the first 3 months

DIRECTV Ultimate

  • Over 250 channels
  • Genie HD DVR included
  • Includes NFL Sunday Ticket at no extra cost
  • Watch live TV from anywhere with the DIRECTV app
  • Free HBO, STARZ, SHOWTIME, and Cinemax for the first 3 months

DIRECTV Premier

  • Over 330 channels
  • Genie HD DVR included
  • Includes NFL Sunday Ticket at no extra cost
  • Watch live TV from anywhere with the DIRECTV app
  • Free HBO, STARZ, SHOWTIME, and Cinemax for the first 3 months
  • Premium channels are included, as well as One World Sports, Outdoor Channel, beIN Sports, Flix, and more.

DIRECTV Now

DIRECTV Now is similar to Dish Sling TV, and U-Verse TV. DIRECTV, Dish Sling TV, and U-Verse TV are all programs in which you can stream certain channels for various prices via your favorite streaming devices. DIRECTV Now, however, offers an extremely extensive channel lineup and competitive pricing.

Each streaming program offers slightly different channels and you don't have to worry about contracts and expiration dates because you can subscribe or cancel your subscription anytime you want.

This is perfect for those who have a solid high-speed Internet connection and want to save money on their cable TV bill. If you're looking for high-speed Internet, check out our guide to the fastest Internet in your area.

Music Channels

DIRECTV offers a vast array of music channels, which play music for 24 hours a day, seven days a week. While Dish relies on SiriusXM as its music provider, DIRECTV relies on SonicTap, which is 100 percent commercial-free. DIRECTV's music channels vastly differ in the genre.

Sports Channels

DIRECTV offers a wide variety of sports packages:

  • DIRECTV Sports Pack: provides you with access to 30 regional sports networks, MLB Network Strike Zone, specialty sports, and international soccer.
  • ONE World Sports: includes BeIN SPORTS, ESPN Bases Loaded, FS North, Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, New England Sports Network, ROOT Sports Network, and more.
  • NFL Sunday Ticket: exclusive to DIRECTV, this pack includes MLB Extra Innings, NBA League Pass, NHL Center Ice, MLS Direct Kick, FOX Soccer Plus, and International Soccer.

Movie Channels

Fortunately, you will receive three months of 46 premium movie channels from HBO, Showtime, Starz, and Cinemax free of charge with most packages you subscribe to.

However, after your three months are up, you'll have the option to purchase these packages at a monthly fee. You can also purchase these movie packages in an a la carte fashion.

Local Channels

As mentioned previously, DIRECTV packages include local channels that are available in more than 99 percent of the nation's TV households. Channels such as ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, FOX, CW & MyTV are included in DIRECTV's packages.

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DIRECTV On Demand

With DIRECTV On Demand, you'll receive instant access to the latest in TV entertainment. Furthermore, DIRECTV lets you restart shows from the beginning in case you are a little late to the show or movie.

Finally, if you forget to set your HD DVR, you can still watch shows that have aired within the past 72 hours. You will need high-speed internet and a compatible DIRECTV receiver to access this service, and you do not need to subscribe to any specific package to be eligible for this service.

4K Channels

Yes, you are able to watch movies, shows, and sports games in 4K Ultra HD. DIRECTV is the first satellite TV service provider to bring you this type of service, which is always available. To be able to enjoy the beauty of 4K, you'll need the HR54 model of the Genie HD DVR, a 4K Ultra HD TV, and a subscription to the Select TV package or higher.

Related: Buyer's Guide to Satellite TV Providers

Recap

DIRECTV is known for flexibility and affordability, but it isn't as cheap as Dish. Nevertheless, it offers plenty of packages at a great value, including sports and movie packages.

What's also exclusive to the service is the NFL Sunday Ticket, which is an absolute miracle for any NFL fan. DIRECTV customer service is rather excellent and aims to prioritize the consumer over its service.

Overall, you cannot go wrong with DIRECTV, especially if you're a sports fan. If you're still not convinced by DIRECTV, you can compare TV and Internet bundles by ZIP code. Just type in your zip code to find the best deals near you.

Care to compare TV cable providers? Then be sure to read our buyer's guide to cable providers. If you want to see whether Dish or DIRECTV is better, check out our comparison guide.

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DIRECTV Channel Lineup FAQs

QWhat channel is FOX on DIRECTV?

A

FOX is considered a local channel, so numbers may differ depending on the market's region. In the case of New York City, FOX is on channel 5.

QWhat channel is BTN on DIRECTV?

A

BTN, otherwise known as Big Ten Network, is not considered a local channel. You'll find BTN on channel 610, but only if you have subscribed to the Choice, XTRA, Ultimate, and Premier packages.

QWhat channel is ESPN on DIRECTV?

A

ESPN, which is only available to the subscribers of the Entertainment package and above, is not considered a local channel, so numbers do not vary depending on the area. ESPN is on channel 206.

QWhat channel is NBCSN on DIRECTV?

A

NBCSN, otherwise known as NBC Sports Network, is available to those that have subscribed to the Choice package and above. You'll find NBC Sports Network on channel 220.