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DIRECTV STREAM is a live TV streaming service, which means it competes directly with cable and satellite services. With DIRECTV STREAM (formerly known as AT&T TV), cord-cutters don’t have to give up live TV. But will you still save money cutting the cord when you sign up for DIRECTV STREAM? Let’s examine how much DIRECTV STREAM costs per month and what you’ll get for your money.

How Much Is DIRECTV STREAM Per Month?

DIRECTV STREAM offers four basic plans: ENTERTAINMENT, CHOICE, ULTIMATE, and PREMIER. Each package is bigger than the last, with more channels and a higher price.

Plan Features Price
DIRECTV STREAM ENTERTAINMENT
  • 65+ channels
  • 40,000+ on-demand titles
$74.99 per month
DIRECTV STREAM CHOICE
  • 90+ channels
  • 45,000+ on-demand titles
$99.99 per month
DIRECTV STREAM ULTIMATE
  • 130+ channels
  • 50,000+ on-demand titles
$109.99 per month
DIRECTV STREAM PREMIER
  • 140+ channels
  • 65,000 on-demand titles
  • HBO Max and other premium networks included at no extra cost
$154.99 per month

You can also add the DIRECTV STREAM device to your plan for $5 a month for the first 24 months (or $120 upfront), but that isn’t required. DIRECTV STREAM also works on devices such as Roku and Fire TV.

Which DIRECTV STREAM subscription plan should you choose? It’s worth taking a closer look at each plan. For details on what we like best about the bundles, check out our DIRECTV STREAM review.

DIRECTV Stream channel guide screen
DIRECTV STREAM running in a web browser

DIRECTV STREAM Free Trial, Discounts, and Deals

DIRECTV STREAM changes its discounts and deals often. As of this writing, DIRECTV STREAM does have a free trial, which lasts five days and is available only to new customers. DIRECTV STREAM is also offering discounts on the first two months of service for new customers until 6/19/22.

DIRECTV Stream - iOS testing
DIRECTV STREAM on a mobile device

What Is DIRECTV STREAM? How Does it Work?

DIRECTV STREAM is a live TV streaming service. The idea is that DIRECTV STREAM is a cable alternative — instead of signing up for cable or satellite TV, you can get DIRECTV STREAM.

Why would you choose DIRECTV STREAM over cable or satellite? For starters, it offers the same basic features. Just like cable, DIRECTV STREAM comes with live network TV channels, including local channels, sports channels, news channels, and all the rest of your favorites. You can channel surf, record things on DVR, and do all the other good stuff you can do with cable. Just as with cable, the channels are bundled together and sold in big chunks.

Streaming services such as DIRECTV STREAM have a few advantages over cable. Since they stream online, you can watch them on all sorts of connected devices — including mobile devices. You won’t have to worry about a cable box (or any pesky cable box fees), and you’ll be able to watch DIRECTV STREAM on all your smart TVs and streaming devices. Since there are no contracts, you can call it quits at any time.

We tested DIRECTV Stream on a Roku TV
DIRECTV Stream on a Roku TV

DIRECTV STREAM competes with other live TV streaming services, such as Sling TV. DIRECTV STREAM’s competition doesn't vary too wildly — YouTube TV’s prices are similar to DIRECTV STREAM’s, for example, and Hulu’s channel list includes many of the same networks as DIRECTV STREAM’s — but there are some important differences, which is why we review all of the options to rate them and rank the best streaming services.

DIRECTV STREAM Channels

DIRECTV STREAM has a very impressive channel lineup. One of its selling points is its strong coverage of sports, including regional sports networks. Regardless of where you live, DIRECTV STREAM is likely to be one of your best bets for watching baseball without cable. DIRECTV STREAM’s channel selection also includes some hard-to-find networks. For example, DIRECTV STREAM is one of the few good options for watching RFD-TV without cable.

CHANNELS ENTERTAINMENT CHOICE™ ULTIMATE PREMIER
ABC
CBS
FOX
NBC
My9
Select Regional Sports Networks (RSNs) — coverage varies by location
ACC Network
AccuWeather
AMC
American Heroes Channel
Animal Planet
Antena 3 Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
Arirang TV Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
Aspire
Atres Series Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
AXS tv
Azteca Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
Baby TV Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
BabyFirst
Bandamax Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
BBC America
BBC World News
BET
BET Her
Big Ten Network (BTN)
Black News Channel
Bloomberg Television
Boomerang
Bravo
C-SPAN
C-SPAN 2
Canal 22 Internacional Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
Caracol TV Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
Cartoon Network (including Adult Swim)
CBS Sports Network
Centroamerica TV Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
Cheddar News
Cine Estelar Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
Cine Mexicano Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
Cine Nostalgia Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
Cine Latino Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
Action Max Add-on Promotion Promotion
Cinemax Add-on Promotion Promotion
CLEO TV
CMT
CNBC
CNBC World
CNN en Español
CNN
CNN International
Comedy Central
Comedy.tv
Cooking Channel
Crime + Investigation Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
CTS (Christian Television System) Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
De Pelicula Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
De Pelicula Clásico Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
Destination America
Discovery en Español Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
Familia Discovery Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
Discovery Family
Discovery
Discovery Life
Disney Channel
Disney Junior
Disney XD
DIY Network
E!
EBS (Ethiopian Broadcast System) Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
Ecuador TV Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
Ecuavisa Internacional Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
Enlace Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
Epix 2 Promotion Promotion Promotion Promotion
Epix Promotion Promotion Promotion Promotion
Epix Hits Promotion Promotion Promotion Promotion
ESPN Deportes Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
ESPN
ESPN2
ESPNews
ESPN U
Estrella TV Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
Film 24H Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
FM
Food Network
FORO TV Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
FOX Business
FOX Sports Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
FOX Life Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
Fox News
FS1
FS2
Freeform
Fuse
FX
FXM
FXX
fyi
GAC Family
Galavisión
Game Show Network (GSN)
Globo Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
Golf Channel
GolTV Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
Hallmark Channel
Hallmark Drama Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Add-on Add-on
HBO Add-on Promotion Promotion
HBO Family Add-on Promotion Promotion
HBO Latino Add-on Promotion Promotion
HBO 2 Add-on Promotion Promotion
HDNet Movies Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
H&I (Heroes & Icons)
HGTV
History en Español Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
History
HITN Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
HLN
¡HOLA! TV Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
HSN (Home Shopping Network)
HONVIETV Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
IFC
Investigation Discovery
Jewelry Television
Jewish Life TV
Justice Central
KBS World Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
Lifetime
LMN
Logo
MBC Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
MBN Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
MegaTV Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
MGM Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
MLB Network
MotorTrend
MSNBC
MTV Classic
MTV Live Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
MTV 2
Multimedios Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
Nat Geo Wild
Nat Geo mundo Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
National Geographic
National Geographic Korea Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
NBA League Pass Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
NBA TV
NBCSN
Newsmax TV
NewsNation
NHL Network
Nick Jr.
Nickelodeon
NickToons
NTN24 Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
Nuestra Tele Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
Olympic Channel
Once Mexico Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
One America News Network
Ovation HD
OWN
Oxygen
Paramount Network
Pasiones Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
PBS Kids
Peru Magico Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
Pop
QVC
QVC 2
Reelz
Revolt
RFD TV
S Channel Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
SBS Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
SBS Plus Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
SBTN Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
SCI (Science)
SEC Network
SHOP LC
ShortsTV Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
Showtime 2 Add-on Promotion Promotion
Showtime 2 Add-on Promotion Promotion
Showtime Extreme Add-on Promotion Promotion
Smithsonian Channel Add-on Add-on
Sony Movies Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
Sportsman Channel
Sportv Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
STARZ Promotion Promotion Promotion
STARZ Encore Action Promotion Promotion
STARZ Encore Black Promotion Promotion
STARZ Encore Classic Promotion Promotion
STARZ Encore Family Promotion Promotion
STARZ Encore Promotion Promotion
STARZ Encore Suspense Promotion Promotion
STARZ Encore West Promotion Promotion
STARZ Encore Westerns Promotion Promotion
STARZ Kids & Family HD Promotion Promotion Promotion
Sundance TV
SUR Perú Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
SyFy
TAN Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
Tastemade
TBS
TCM
TeenNick
Telecentro Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
Telefe Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
Telemundo Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
Tennis Channel
The Weather Channel
TLC
TNT
Tr3s Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
Trvl (Travel Channel)
truTV
TUDN Add-on Add-on
TV Chile Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
TV Land
TV One
TVe Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
TVG
TViet Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
TVV Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
TyC Sports Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
UniMás Add-on
Universal Kids
Universo Add-on Add-on
Univision
Univision tnovelas Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
UPtv
USA
VePlus Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
VGN TV Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
VH1
Vice
Videorola Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
Vien Thao Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
ViendoMovies Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
Viet Face Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
VIETV Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
Vme Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
WAPA Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
WE tv
YTN Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
ZooMoo Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
DIRECTV Stream's channel guide on iOS
DIRECTV Stream’s channel guide as seen in the iOS app

DIRECTV STREAM On-Demand Content

Though it’s a live TV streaming service, DIRECTV STREAM isn't just about watching channels like Comedy Central, FS1, and Cartoon Network/Adult Swim without cable. DIRECTV STREAM also offers on-demand content, including hit movies and popular TV shows.

Are There Commercials on DIRECTV STREAM?

DIRECTV STREAM offers live TV, just like cable. And just as with cable, the live networks have commercial breaks with ads. That doesn’t change, but you can always turn to DIRECTV STREAM’s ad-free on-demand content or use its cloud DVR feature to fast-forward through commercial breaks in recorded content.

What Devices Does the DIRECTV STREAM App Work On?

A big reason live TV streaming services such as DIRECTV STREAM are so exciting is they don’t tie you to a cable box. You can use DIRECTV STREAM on all sorts of smart TVs and streaming devices, not to mention smartphones, tablets, and computers.

Platform/Device Can I get the DIRECTV STREAM app?
Roku devices Yes
Fire TV devices (including Fire TV Stick) Yes
Android TV devices Yes
Apple TV devices Yes
Samsung Smart TVs Yes
iOS devices (iPhones and iPads) Yes
Android devices Yes
Web browser (desktop and laptop computers) Yes

Once you sign up for DIRECTV STREAM, you can just download the DIRECTV STREAM app on any compatible device and sign in. You can use the same account on multiple devices.

If you don’t have a device already, you may want to consider DIRECTV STREAM’s own hardware. The DIRECTV STREAM device uses a version of Android TV, so it will look familiar if you’re used to using an Nvidia Shield TV, a Sony smart TV, or one of the other devices that use Android TV. The DIRECTV STREAM device has a voice remote and will run all your major streaming services, including Netflix and Hulu.

DIRECTV Stream device
Unboxing DIRECTV Stream's optional streaming box device

DIRECTV STREAM Features

DIRECTV STREAM offers more than just tons of live TV and on-demand content. You’ll find plenty of perks here too, such as the impressive DVR feature and the ability to stream on multiple devices at the same time.

DIRECTV STREAM Key Features

  • Cloud DVR with unlimited storage
  • Up to 1080p HD streaming
  • Home streaming device available
  • Streaming on up to 20 devices (3 outside of home network)

DIRECTV STREAM FAQs

How much does DIRECTV STREAM cost?

DIRECTV STREAM costs $74.99 per month for the cheapest of four packages.

Does DIRECTV STREAM have contracts?

DIRECTV STREAM does not require contracts. You can cancel at any time.

Does DIRECTV STREAM have a DVR?

Yes. DIRECTV STREAM includes cloud DVR service with unlimited space.

What’s the difference between DIRECTV STREAM and DIRECTV?

DIRECTV is a satellite pay TV service. DIRECTV STREAM is also a pay TV service, but it streams online. You don’t need a satellite dish or a long-term contract with DIRECTV STREAM — all you need is an internet connection.

I already have a DIRECTV streaming app. Is this service the same thing?

Some cable and satellite services offer streaming apps that act a little like DIRECTV STREAM and its competitors. DIRECTV has an app like this, and it may be what you’re thinking of. These apps are nice perks, but they’re not as impressive as full-fledged live HD TV streaming.