With more than 330 channels to choose from, the chances of you spending Sunday afternoon with nothing to watch just got slimmer.
Here’s how each DIRECTV package compares when it comes to channels.
Channel count: 155+
Channel highlights: CNN HD, FOX News, HGTV, History, Investigation Discovery, MSNBC, TBS, TNT, and USA
Best for: Biggest bang for your buck
At the lowest average cost per channel, the DIRECTV SELECT package packs a big value punch. While you won’t get premium channels like HBO or STARZ, you’ll still get your Chip and Jo fix(er upper) with HGTV, or laugh along with Team Coco while you watch Conan on TBS.
Channel count: 160+
Channel highlights: All SELECT channels plus ESPN, ESPN2, FOX Sports 1, and NBC Sports Network
Best for: Sports on a budget
Need your sports fix without the high price tag? ENTERTAINMENT might be a good fit. It comes with ESPN and ESPN2, as well as FOX Sports 1, and NBC Sports Network. That means less time spent at noisy sports bars and more time enjoying the game from the couch. Score!
Channel count: 185+
Channel highlights: Most ENTERTAINMENT channels plus ESPNEWS, ESPNU, MLB Network, NFL Network, Nicktoons, OWN, Travel Channel, and UniMás. NFL SUNDAY TICKET included.
Best for: Channel variety
In addition to NFL SUNDAY TICKET and a ton of sports channels, DIRECTV CHOICE comes loaded with lifestyle channels like OWN, Nicktoons, and the Travel Channel. That’s perfect for those times when you need some inspirational Oprah moments during halftime of the big game.
Channel count: 235+
Channel highlights: All CHOICE channels plus CBS Sports Network, Discovery Family Channel, FOX Sports 2, Golf Channel, Nat Geo WILD, NBA TV, NHL Network, and Tennis Channel. NFL SUNDAY TICKET included.
Best for: The ultimate sports connoisseur
Do you love, need, and gotta watch all the sports? The XTRA package comes at you with the basics like ESPN and FOX Sports, but it also shows some love to the Golf Channel, NBA TV, and the NHL Network. A winning combination, if you ask us.
Channel count: 250+
Channel highlights: All XTRA channels plus DTV4K, STARZ, and Univision Televisa Deportes. NFL SUNDAY TICKET included.
Best for: 4K viewing
Put your 4K TV to work with the DTV4K channel, featuring lush nature documentaries and vibrant live events in ultra-high definition. You’ve also got the wide world of sports at your fingertips along with the untamed areas of the Earth with Discovery Family Channel and Nat Geo WILD. Oh, and did we mention STARZ? Don’t plan on leaving the house anytime soon.
Channel count: 330+
Channel highlights: All ULTIMATE channels plus beIN Sports, CINEMAX, DTV4K, ESPN Classic, HBO, Outdoor Channel, and SHOWTIME. NFL SUNDAY TICKET included.
Best for: Premium channels
Enjoy HBO, SHOWTIME, and CINEMAX without paying for an add-on package. PREMIER includes all your favorite premium channels and shows (Game of Thrones and Homeland, anyone?). And you’ll get extra sports with beIN Sports and ESPN Classic, plus some wild sports with the Outdoor Channel.
DIRECTV add-on channels
Don’t forget about those add-ons. From quirky to sporty, DIRECTV offers some exceptional extras for those who like to pick and choose.
HBO + SHOWTIME + STARZ + CINEMAX
Channel count: 33
Cost: $53.99/mo. (free for your first 3 months)
Don’t miss an episode of Silicon Valley or Homeland with this premium channel package.
NFL SUNDAY TICKET
Channel count: 2+
Catch all the action in every out-of-market NFL game and track your favorite players. Better tell your friends your Sundays are off-limits now.
P.S. NFL SUNDAY TICKET is traditionally included for free for the first year with DIRECTV packages—as long as you get the CHOICE package or above. Oh yeah!
DIRECTV SPORTS PACK
Channel count: 7 plus 30+ regional sports networks
Does your family have a mega sports addiction? Huddle around the TV for slow-motion replays on channels like CBS Sports, ESPN Classic, and several regional networks.
MLB EXTRA INNINGS
Channel count: 3
Cost: $177.90/season or $29.65/mo. for 6 mos.
MLB EXTRA INNINGS is the best way to follow pro baseball throughout the season.
NHL CENTER ICE
Channel count: 19
No need for a body check—NHL CENTER ICE is the best way to watch your favorite team skate through the season.
Our verdict: DIRECTV is worth tuning in to.
With a huge lineup of sports channels, 4K options, and first-year prices that are lower than DISH, we think DIRECTV is a match made in heaven for most folks. Just remember that your price will more than double after the first year of your contract. Is that a price worth paying for loads of awesome programming (especially sports) in one convenient spot? We’d say so, but we’ll let you decide.
*Data current as of 5/4/2020, when bundled with another service such as TV or home phone. Standalone price is $10 more for any service. Pricing and availability vary by location.