DIRECTV Channel Lineups

Find the DIRECTV channel lineup that gives you the most sports, entertainment, and news for your buck.


DIRECTV’s four satellite TV plans are loaded with entertainment, sports, and news channels. But not all of them will give you every viewing choice you might want. As with any service, you pay more to get more.

You also get a trickier contract with DIRECTV than with DISH, meaning your monthly bill will nearly double in 12 months instead of 24. That’s something to consider for your budget.

We’ve compiled a side-by-side pricing and channels comparison below, and listed over 25 available add-on packages, to enhance any DIRECTV channel lineup (even PREMIER, which is already hefty at over 330 channels).

DIRECTV plans and pricing

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PlanENTERTAINMENTCHOICEULTIMATEPREMIER
Price$64.99/mo.$69.99/mo.$84.99/mo.$134/mo.
Channels160+185+250+330+
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*For 12 mos. plus taxes and Regional Sports Fee w/24-mo. agreement Autopay and Paperless billing required Prices higher in second year.

Which DIRECTV plan is the best?

DIRECTV’s satellite plans range from semi-basic to super-loaded. Of its four channel lineups, we like CHOICE because it offers a great mix of sports, entertainment, and news channels at a reasonable price. However, if you’re looking to pay more (or less), DIRECTV’s other plans are worth checking out.

ENTERTAINMENT: Best budget option

With over 160 channels, DIRECTV’s ENTERTAINMENT plan is comparable to a basic cable package: you get local channels and a smattering of popular entertainment and news networks. It’s good for casual viewers, but if you’re a sports fan, you’ll probably find ENTERTAINMENT lacking.

CHOICE: Best overall

As mentioned above, CHOICE gives you plenty of channels (185+) for your buck, including a wider array of sports networks than ENTERTAINMENT (including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, NBA TV, and DIRECTV’s own Sportsmax). CHOICE is a good choice to keep your household entertained.

ULTIMATE: Best for sports fans

ULTIMATE, with over 250 channels, carries nearly every sports channel DIRECTV has to offer, including FS1, FS2, NFL Network, NHL Network, and others not included with CHOICE. It also features eight STARZ ENCORE movie channels, should you feel the need to take a break from the sports action.

PREMIER: Best for TV power-viewers

Even the most hardcore TV fanatics might never get through all of its 330 channels, but DIRECTV’s Premier plan almost guarantees you’ll never be at a loss for something to watch. In addition to a complete sports lineup, PREMIER also includes full HBO, CINEMAX, SHOWTIME, and STARZ suites.

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ChannelChannel numberENTERTAINMENT (160+ channels)CHOICE (185+ channels)ULTIMATE (250+ channels)PREMIER (330+ channels)
Local channels (ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, The CW, PBS, MyTV)Varies by area
A&E265
ACC Network612X
AccuWeather361
Altitude Sports681XXX
American Heroes Channel287XX
AMC254
Animal Planet282
Aqui401
aspireTV381X
AT&T SportsNet RSNs659, 674, 683, 684XX
AWE387X
AXS TV340
BabyFirst TV293
BBC America264
BBC World News346XX
BET329
BET Her330X
Big Ten Network610X
Black Network Channel342
Bloomberg TV353
Boomerang298
Bravo237
BYUtv374
Canal Once447
Cartoon Network / Adult Swim296, 297
Celebrity Shopping223
CBS Sports Network221X
Cheddar News354X
Cine4K105
CINEMAX515, 516, 523XXX
CMT327
CNBC355
CNBC World357X
CNN202
Comedy Central249
Comedy.tv382X
Cooking Channel232X
Cowboy Channel603XX
C-SPAN350
C-SPAN 2351
CTN376
Daystar369
DIRECTV Cinema Screening Room100, 125
Destination America286XX
DIRECTV HD Sportsmax205, 600X
Discovery Channel278
Discovery Family294XX
Discovery Life261XX
Disney Channel290, 291
Disney Junior289
Disney XD292
DIY Network230XX
DTV4K104
E!236
Eleven Sports Network623XXX
ESPN206
ESPN2209
ESPNEWS207X
ESPNU208X
EWTN370
FETV323
FM386XX
Food Network231
Fox Business359
Fox News Channel360
FOX Sports RSNs646, 649, 653, 654, 660, 661, 663, 668, 669, 671, 675, 676, 686, 692, 694XXX
Free Speech TV348
Freeform311
FS1219
FS2618XX
Fuse339X
FX248
FXM258XX
FXX259
fyi266XX
Galavisión404
GEB America363
GEM Shopping Network228
GOD TV365
Golf Channel218XX
Great American Country326XX
GSN233X
Hallmark Channel312
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries565
HBO501, 502, 503, 504, 505, 506, 507, 508, 509, 511XXX
HGTV229
Hillsong Channel371
HISTORY269
HITN461
HLN204
Hope Channel368
HSN240
HSN2310
i24 News343XX
IFC333X
IMPACT380
INSP364
Investigation Discovery285
ION305, 306
JBS2388
Jewelry Television72, 313
Jewish Life Television366
Justice Central383X
Lifetime252
Lifetime Movie Network253XX
Link TV375
LIVE4K
Living Faith Network379
Logo272XX
Longhorn Network677XXX
MASN640XXX
MAVTV214
MLB Network213X
MOTOR TREND281
THE MOVIE CHANNEL553, 554, 555XXX
MSG634, 635XXX
MSNBC356
MTV331
MTV2332
MTV Classic336XX
Music Choice (60–84 channels)???
NASA TV352
Nat Geo Channel276
Nat Geo Wild283XX
NBA TV216X
NBC Sports RSNs630, 642, 665, 696, 698XXX
NBC Sports Network220
NESN628XXX
Newsmax349
NFL Network215X
NFL SUNDAY TICKET705X
NHL Network215XX
Nickelodeon / Nick at Nite299, 300
Nick Jr.301X
Nicktoons302X
NHK322, 2049
NRB378
OAN347
Olympic Channel624XX
Outdoor Channel606XXX
Ovation274
OWN279X
Oxygen251XX
Paramount Network241
Pop273X
Prime Ticket693XXX
Pursuit Channel604
QVC317
QVC2315
REELZ238
REVOLT TV384
RFD-TV345
ROOT SPORTS687XXX
Russia TV321
Science284X
SEC Network611X
Shop LC226
ShopHQ316
SHOWTIME546, 545, 547, 549, 550, 551, 552XXX
Smithsonian Channel570XX
Spectrum SportsNet690, 691X
Sportsman Channel605XX
SonLife Broadcasting Network344
So Yummy TV563
STARZ525, 527, 530, 531, 528, 529XXX
STARZ ENCORE535, 536, 537, 538, 539, 540, 541, 542XX
SundanceTV557X
Syfy244
TBS247
TBN372
TCM256
TCT Network377
TeenNick303
Tennis Channel217X
TLC280
TNT245
Travel Channel277X
truTV246
TV Land304
TV One328X
TVG602X
TUDN464XX
UniMás408X
Universal Kids295XX
UNIVERSO3410XX
Univision402
UP338X
USA Network242
VH1335
VICE271
The Weather Channel362X
WE tv260
WGN America307
The Word Network373
World Harvest Television367
YES Network631XXX

DIRECTV add-on packages

Premium add-ons

HBO Max ($14.99/mo.)

HBO ($17.99/mo.)

  • HBO
  • HBO2
  • HBO Comedy
  • HBO Family
  • HBO Signature
  • HBO Zone
  • HBO Latino

CINEMAX ($13.99/mo.)

  • CINEMAX
  • MORE MAX
  • 5StarMAX
  • ActionMAX
  • MovieMAX
  • OuterMax
  • ThrillerMAX
  • CINEMAX en Español

SHOWTIME ($13.99/mo.)

  • SHOWTIME EAST
  • SHOWTIME WEST
  • SHOWTIME 2
  • SHOWTIME SHOWCASE
  • SHOWTIME EXTREME
  • SHOWTIME BEYOND
  • THE MOVIE CHANNEL
  • THE MOVIE CHANNELXtra
  • Flix

STARZ ($13.99/mo.)

  • STARZ ENCORE
  • STARZ East
  • STARZ West
  • STARZ Edge
  • STARZ Cinema
  • STARZ Comedy
  • STARZ ENCORE Black
  • STARZ Kids & Family

Sports add-ons

  • NFL SUNDAY TICKET ($25.00/mo.; $149.98/season)
  • MLB EXTRA INNINGS ($90.00/season)
  • NBA League Pass ($28.99/season)
  • NHL Center Ice ($24.99/mo.; $130.99/season)
  • MLS Direct Kick ($50.00/season)
  • FOX Soccer Plus ($14.99/mo.)
  • DIRECTV SPORTS PACK ($13.99/mo)

Entertainment add-ons

  • Movies Extra Pack ($4.99/mo.)
  • A&E Crime Central ($4.99/mo.)
  • DogTV ($4.99/mo.)
  • Hallmark Movies Now ($5.99/mo.)
  • Lifetime Movies Club ($3.99/mo.)
  • Outdoor Channel ($4.99/mo.)
  • Pantaya ($5.99/mo.)

International language add-ons ($10.00–$37.99/mo.)

  • Portuguese (Brazilian)
  • Chinese
  • Filipino
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Russian
  • Spanish (Español)
  • Vietnamese

DIRECTV channel lineups FAQ

What channels are ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, The CW, PBS, and MyTV on DIRECTV?

Channel numbers for local affiliate TV stations that carry major broadcasters ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, The CW, PBS, and MyTV vary by area on DIRECTV (and all other satellite and cable providers). Local channels are most often found within the single- and double-digit range.

What channel is ESPN on DIRECTV?

ESPN can be found on channel 206 in the DIRECTV lineup, next to sister networks ESPN2 (209), ESPNEWS (207), and ESPNU (208).

What channel is Fox News on DIRECTV

The Fox News Channel is 360 in the DIRECTV lineup, next to Fox Business Network (359).

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