2023 DIRECTV Ultimate Channel Guide (100+ Channels) (2023)

by Mark Chen | Updated 2/10/23

In this channel guide for Directv, we’ll go over where to find the most popular channels for the satellite provider. We’ve also uploaded a full list of available channels.

One thing to keep in mind is that DIRECTV is a satellite provider. Unlike cable companies like Spectrum and Comcast, the channel number for most channels will be the same throughout the country.

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DIRECTV Sports Channels

Directv is most known in terms of sports channels for NFL Sunday Ticket, but regular and premium plans have access to the most popular sports and games you might want to watch.

One thing that we’ve found is that most of the leagues have their own channels where they place content.

Here’s examples and a list below.

NFL Network: 212
MLB Network: 213
NHL Network: 215
NBA TV: 216
Tennis Channel: 217
Golf Channel: 218

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ESPN has a lot of channels, but we’ve written down the biggest ones below.

ESPN: 206
ESPN News: 207
ESPNU: 208
ESPN2: 209
ESPN Deportes: 466

FS1 is on Channel 219 on DirecTV while Fox Sports 2 is on Channel 618.

For college football, other channels besides ESPNU include the ACC Network and the Big Ten Network.

BTN is on Channel 610 while ACC is on Channel 612.

DirecTV Sports & Football Channels

ESPN206NHL Network215
ESPN News207Tennis Channel217
ESPNU208Golf Channel218
FS1219CBS Sports Network221
Fox Sports 2618Big Ten Network610
NFL Network212ACC Network612
MLB Network213

News/Business Channels

On the business side, the major channels for DirecTV are Fox Business, CNBC, and Bloomberg.

Fox Business is on Channel 359 while Bloomberg TV is on Channel 353.

CNBC has two channels – 355 for CNBC and 357 for CNBC World.

2023 DIRECTV Ultimate Channel Guide (100+ Channels) (1)

If you watch Fox News, you generally don’t watch MSNBC.

More conservative-leaning outlets include Fox News and Newsmax. The correct channel for Fox News is 360 and 349 is the channel for Newsmax.

For those with a more liberal slant, go to Channel 356 for MSNBC or Channel 202 for CNN.

CNN is also available on Channel 358 as CNN International and 419 as CNN En Espanol.

News/Business Channels

Fox News Channel206CNBC World215
FOX Business Network209Bloomberg TV216
Newsmax207BBC World News217
CNN En Espanol219Weather Channel221
CNN International618CNBC213

Guide To Movie Channels On Directv

There are premium and nonpremium movie channels included in your TV subscription to Directv. This doesn’t include regular channels where movies will sometimes be available.

Some of the free channels that focus on movies include FXM, TCM, and The Movie Channel.

FX Movies is on Channel 258 while Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is on 256.

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The Movie Channel has an east and west channel – 553 for East and 554 for West.

There’s also a paid movie tier called the Movies Extra Pack. It has channels like Sony Movies and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

Check out where you can watch these channels.

DIRECTV Movie Channels

FXM258Hallmark Movies & Mysteries565
TCM256HDNet Movies566
The Movie Channel West554MTV Live572
The Movie Channel East553ShortsTV573
Crime & Investigation571Smithsonian Channel570
Hallmark Drama564Sony Movies568

Kids & Cartoon Channels

The big channel groups for cartoons and for kids are Cartoon Network, the Disney Channel, and Nickelodeon.

Cartoon Network has two channels – 269 and 297 for the East and West Coast. This just means that you have more options for what shows to watch.

Disney has a similar grouping with their Western Channel being on 291 while its Eastern Channel is on 290.

They also have smaller channels like Disney Junior on Channel 289 and Disney XD on Channel 292.

Nickelodeon has a huge number of channels. I’m just going to list them below – that’s going to be the easiest way to find what you’re looking for.

Cartoon/Kids Directv Channels

Cartoon Network East296Nickelodeon East299
Cartoon Network West297Nickelodeon West300
Disney Channel East290Nicktoons302
Disney Channel West291Teennick303
Disney Junior289PBS Kids288
Disney XD292Boomerang298
Nick Jr301

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Music Channels On Directv

If you want to listen to some good music on your TV, DIRECTV has some channels where that’s possible.

The major ones are BET, CMT, and MTV.

CMT is for country music and the right channel is 327 while BET is for hip hop and you can watch videos on Channel 329.

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For more classic tunes, check out VH1 or MTV Classic. VH1 is located on channel 335 while MTV Classic is on Channel 336.

The leader in the space MTV is on Channel 331 and there’s a second channel called MTV2 on 332.

Directv Music Channels

MTV Classic336VH1335

Directv Local Channel Guide

One of the more complicated channels to find on Directv is the broadcast channels.

Unlike most entertainment channels, these channels will be on different channel numbers depending on where you live.

Directv actually doesn’t have these channels in their channel guide so a lot of the time you’re on your own.

What we’ve found in our experience is that these channels have lowered numbered channels that are all over the place and a high numbered channel which you can find throughout the country.

Fox is available on channels 398 and 399 while you can watch CBS on 390 and 391.

Broadcast Networks On DTV

ABC396, 397NBC392
CBS390, 391CW394, 395
FOX398, 399PBS389

For NBC, you’ll need to go to Channel 392 and for ABC your options are 396 and 397.

The CW and PBS are like the broadcast channels in being on multiple channels on Directv.

394 and 395 are the right channels for CW and 389 is the place to go for PBS.

If you want lowered number channels, we’ve found those for you below.

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Premium Channel Directv

While it’s awesome that you can stream premium cable channels now, there are some people who would prefer to watch HBO and Showtime on their TV.

The big premium cable channels are HBO, Cinemax, STARZ, and Cinemax.

All of these premium cable channels have multiple channels in a tight range where you can watch their latest content but there are primary channels.

For HBO, there’s HBO East and HBO West on 501 and 504 respectively. Showtime East is on Channel 545 and Showtime West is on Channel 546.

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The right channel for Cinemax is 516 in the East and 516 in the West. STARZ is on 525.

Premium Channel List

Cinemax East515Showtime 2547
Cinemax West516Showtime East545
Cinemax523Showtime Extreme549
Cinemax 5 Star Max520Showtime Familyzone552
HBO Comedy506Showtime Next551
HBO East501Showtime Showcase550
HBO Family East507Showtime West546
HBO Family West508STARZ525
HBO Latino511STARZ Cinema531
HBO Signature503STARZ Edge529
HBO West504STARZ Encore535
HBO Zone509STARZ Encore Action541
HBO2 East502STARZ Encore Black540
HBO2 West505STARZ Encore Classic537
STARZ Encore Western538STARZ Encore Family542
STARZ in Black530STARZ Encore Suspense539
STARZ West526STARZ Encore West536

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Entertainment Channels

Directv customers have options to watch some great entertainment channels on their TV.

Our favorites are the Paramount Network on Channel 241 and AMC on Channel 254.

For the rest, look out below!

General Entertainment

TNT245Hallmark Channel312
USA Network242Lifetime252
AMC254Paramount Channel241

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To wrap it up, we’ve combined all the lists and channels so you can find whatever channel you’re looking for on your DirecTV subscription.

DIRECTV Channel Guide

A&E265ESPN2209NFL Network212
ABC396, 397ESPNU208NHL Network215
ACC Network612Fox398, 399Nick Jr301
AMC254Fox Business359Nickelodeon East299
Animal Planet282Fox News Channel360Nickelodeon West300
BBC America264Fox Sports 2618Nicktoons302
BBC World News346Freeform311OWN279
Big Ten Network610FX248Paramount Channel241
Bloomberg TV353FXM258PBS389
Boomerang298FXX259PBS Channel288
Bravo237FYI Network266QVC317
Cartoon Network East296GAC326QVC2315
Cartoon Network West297Golf Channel218QVC3318
CBS390, 391Hallmark Channel312Reelz Channel238
CBS Sports Network221Hallmark Movies565Smithsonian Channel570
CNBC355History Channel269TBS247
CNBC World357HLN204TCM256
CNN En Espanol419HSN2310Tennis Channel217
CNN International358IFC333The Movie Channel East553
Comedy Central249ION Television305The Movie Channel West554
Cooking Channel232Lifetime252TLC280
CSPAN350MLB Network213TNT245
CW394, 395MSNBC356Travel Channel277
Disney Channel East290MTV Classic336TV Land304
Disney Channel West291MTV2332Univision402
Disney Junior289Nat Geo Wild283USA Network242
Disney XD292National Geographic276VH1335
E!236NBA TV216Vice271
ESPN206NBC392WE Tv260
ESPN News207Newsmax349Weather Channel362

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The second-largest plan available from DIRECTV (Premier tops the list), its All-Included price is $89.99/mo, with HD/DVR and equipment fees already included. A rich mix of over 250 channels, the Ultimate plan really ups the ante when it comes to movies; get all the details below...

What's included in the DIRECTV Ultimate package? ›

  • 140+ live channels and local TV stations, plus 55,000 on-demand titles.
  • Unlimited Cloud DVR recordings.
  • Includes Regional Sports Networks.
  • Enjoy every STARZ ENCORE® channel.
  • You can get HBO Max™, SHOWTIME®, STARZ®, EPIX® (now MGM+™) and Cinemax® for the first 3 months on us.

How much is DIRECTV ultimate package after 12 months? ›

Find the home services you need at a great price with DIRECTV ULTIMATE TV + AT&T Internet 300 bundle, $ 164 . 99/mo. ULTIMATE Package $109.99/mo. for 24 months.

What is the difference between DIRECTV Ultimate package and premium? ›

ULTIMATE package: 245+ channels including The Movie Channel, Boomerang, El Rey, and local channels. PREMIER package: 325+ channels, with over 200+ channels in HD and including premier channels such as HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, and Starz. It also has the NFL Sunday ticket included at no extra cost.

How much is the DIRECTV ultimate package? ›

$109. for 24 months plus taxes and fees. w/ 24-mo. agmt.

Does DIRECTV have senior citizen discount? ›

Does DIRECTV give senior discounts? No, DIRECTV doesn't currently offer senior discounts, but you can visit their website to check for ongoing promotions and deals.

Does DirecTV ultimate package include HBO? ›

of HBO Max, Cinemax®, SHOWTIME®, STARZ®, and MGM+ are included with ENTERTAINMENT, CHOICE and ULTIMATE Packages. Customers selecting PREMIER package only receive MGM+ for first 3 mos. Auto-renews at the then-prevailing rates (currently $14.99/mo. for HBO Max, $10.99/mo.

What is the best DirecTV package? ›

With an epic 340+ channels, Premier is DirecTV's biggest and best package and includes every channel from every other DirecTV package, plus all the most sought-after premium channels including HBO, Starz and Showtime. You also get the NFL Sunday Ticket.

Does DirecTV ultimate include nfl sunday ticket? ›

Note: NFLSUNDAYTICKET.TV is not included with DIRECTV STREAM packages and is billed separately.

Is streaming TV better than DIRECTV? ›

Pricing: DIRECTV STREAM wins with its no-contract service and lack of extra fees. DIRECTV requires a 2-year contract and it comes with extra fees. Channels: DIRECTV will give you the most channels, but we noticed a good portion of the extra channels are music channels.

Why is my DIRECTV bill so high? ›

You have a balance from last month's bill. You added additional equipment, or upgraded your current equipment (e.g., You upgraded an SD receiver to Genie, or added a Genie Mini) You incurred additional fees (e.g., Phone transaction fee, late fee, disconnection fee, Protection Plan cancellation fee, etc.)

Can I add one channel to DIRECTV? ›

Go to Manage My Subscription. Select from the following categories: Special Offers, Premium Networks, Sports, Adult, International, TV. Select Add next to the add-on or optional package you want to add. Select Activate Now.

How do I get DIRECTV discounts for existing customers? ›

How do I get an existing DIRECTV customer discount? Existing DIRECTV customers won't find discounts out in the open. But you can call DIRECTV at +1-800-531-5000 to inquire about lowering your bill. $300 VISA Reward Card: $300 DISH SWITCHER VISA REWARD CARD: Offer ends 3/31/23.

Does DIRECTV have a 55+ plan? ›

DIRECTV doesn't have any seniors-only discounts at the moment, but there are some ways for older Americans to save on all DIRECTV plans, like buying their own streaming device (saves $5 per month), using autopay (saves another $5 per month), and paying online (waives the $19.95 activation fee).

Is DIRECTV offering a 50% discount to existing customers? ›

It starts with a voicemail that states, "I'm calling you from AT&T/DirecTV to let you know that your existing account qualifies for 50%..." While this voicemail sounds like a great deal, it's actually a scam call that is making the rounds again. AT&T confirms these calls are a scam and the company is not behind it.

Is DIRECTV losing subscribers? ›

But as with the rest of the pay-TV biz, the operator has suffered steady declines over several years amid the rise in cord-cutting. DirecTV lost about 400,000 subscribers in the third quarter of 2022, to stand at an estimated 13.5 million customers, per Leichtman Research Group.

Is HBO Max still free with DIRECTV? ›

HBO Max is included at no extra cost with these TV packages: DIRECTV STREAM: PREMIER and MAX. DIRECTV: PREMIER & LO MAXIMO. U-verse TV: U400, U450, and U450 Latino.

What is channel 512 on DIRECTV? ›

To stoke that feeling, DIRECTV launched the Return to Westeros set-top box app. Available to DIRECTV SATELLITE customers that are connected to broadband* on channel 512, this exclusive app features fun interactive features including trivia, games, Game of Thrones episodes featuring the Targaryen family and more.

How long is HBO Max free with DIRECTV? ›

HBO Max subscribers get the first 2 months on us.

Is DIRECTV cheaper than dish? ›

Pricing: DISH, hands down, has the best pricing. While DIRECTV's and DISH's pricing looks similar, DIRECTV's monthly cost goes up to its current price after the second year of your contract, and DISH promises a 3-year price lock. That means you'll save money overall if you choose DISH.

What is the cheapest dish package for existing customers? ›

Flex Pack: $57.99 a month for 50+ channels. This is the cheapest DISH Network package for current customers.
How much does DISH cost?
  • America's Top 120: $79.99 a month for 190 channels. ...
  • America's Top 120+: $94.99 a month for 190+ channels—including more sports channels.
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Can you watch DIRECTV on a smart TV without a box? ›

Our DIRECTV App is available for watching at home, using your smart TVs or other streaming devices. Or, watch on-the-go with our mobile app. ⓘ

How many TVs can use DIRECTV STREAM? ›

You can stream DIRECTV STREAM on up to 20 compatible devices connected to your home network at the same time. Your home network is based on your billing address. You can use up to three of those streams on the go.

What channels are being dropped by DIRECTV 2022? ›

Fox said DirecTV, DirecTV Stream and U-Verse subscribers could lose access to Fox programming including the NFL on Fox, the Big Ten College Football Championship on Fox, the 2022 World Cup, FS1, Fox's local news channels and more beginning midnight on Friday.

What are the best DIRECTV packages? ›

The best DirecTV packages and deals
  • Entertainment – 165+ channels $75 64.99 a month. ...
  • Choice – 200+ channels $80 $69.99 a month. ...
  • Ultimate – 270+ channels $100 $84.99 a month. ...
  • Premier – 340+ channels $150 $134.99 per month.
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Does DIRECTV ultimate include nfl sunday ticket? ›

Note: NFLSUNDAYTICKET.TV is not included with DIRECTV STREAM packages and is billed separately.

Is DirecTV losing customers? ›

DirecTV reportedly lost around 500,000 customers in its most recent quarter, according to ratings agency Fitch. Although DirecTV's losses slowed during the height of the pandemic, they recently accelerated to nearly 17%, according to MoffettNathanson.

Are customers leaving DirecTV? ›

In the mid and late 2010s, AT&T was doubling down on TV by buying up TV companies. One of the first big deals was DIRECTV, but now DIRECTV is less than half the size it was when it was purchased in 2015.

Is DirecTV losing CBS? ›

In addition, 117 CBS stations and affiliates went dark on DirecTV Now. Also, CBS Sports Network has been dropped nationally from DirecTV and DirecTV Now, and the Smithsonian Channel has been removed from DirecTV.

Can I get a free antenna from DIRECTV? ›

We provide the Over-the-Air Antenna at no charge. This antenna is yours to keep. You don't need to do anything when local channel negotiations end. You'll be able to watch local channels through your DIRECTV® equipment.

Do seniors get a discount with AT&T? ›

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AT&T doesn't offer an official senior discount, but AARP members can receive 10 percent off their plan, and veterans could receive 25 percent off their monthly bill.

Do seniors get a discount with ATT? ›

AARP member savings

$10/mo. per phone line discount applies only to phone lines 1-5. Any additional phone lines added over 5 and up to max of 10 reduces all phone line (including lines 1-5) discounts to $5/mo. per phone line.


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