DIRECTV's New Customer Deals

This Month's Picks

A lot of the DIRECTV feedback we get revolves around two things: what channel is XYZ on and where can I find the best DTV deal for a new customer? First one's simple, the second should be just as easy but with all the media and outdated info out there, we decided to make things easier and create a page where the very latest will live... and constantly get updated. In addition (and probably even more helpful), we'll be matching the current bonuses to the most highly discounted packages and give each combo a ranking score. Only the top two get featured below, with each recommended for a specific household's needs (eg, for a family that digs sports or movies). Expect these rankings to change quite a bit so check back often if you're still in research mode. Enjoy...

April 2019
Choice Plan (Spring Season)     updated: 4/16/2019
Entertainment Plan (Spring Season) updated: 4/18/2019
Overall Score: 94/100
Overall Score: 92/100
Cost
$45/mo for 12 mths

The first plan with the NFL Sunday Ticket included free, DIRECTV Choice features a diverse mix of over 185 channels. In general, it's both sports-friendly while still being affordable.

Cost
$40/mo for 12 mths

The second-smallest plan from DIRECTV, Entertainment gets you the bulk of the channels available on DIRECTV, all at a smart price. It's not heavy on sports so consider Choice and up if that's your cup of tea.

Sign-up Bonus
Free NFL SUNDAY TICKET

A value of over $300, this is the most sought-after bonus in TV. Keep in mind it only applies to your first year as a customer, so plan accordingly if you'll need the Ticket in year 2 and beyond. Learn more »

Sign-up Bonus
$100 Visa Gift Card

Ever since AT&T purchased DIRECTV, not surprisingly, they've run a variety of bundling offers. This current one scores you a $100 Visa card if you get AT&T's internet as well. Learn more »

Base Perks
Available with all plans

  • DIRECTV Genie Upgrade
  • No HD or DVR fees
  • Free Standard Installation of up to 4 rooms
  • Free Premium Movie Channels for 3 months
  • Free Local Channels

Base Perks
Available with all plans

Same

Sports
NFL Sunday Ticket, ESPN, MLB Network, etc.

CHOICE is the first DIRECTV plan that amps up the sports coverage without breaking the bank. Obviously, the NFL Sunday Ticket is the big draw but here's a quick look at some of the other channels new to this plan as well: Big Ten Network (BTN), ESPN News, MLB Network, NFL Network and SEC Network.

Sports
ESPN, ESPN2 & Fox Sports 1

If you just need the basics or could care less if the Warriors hoist another trophy, the three channels above should suffice :).

This Plan Best For...
Sports fans on a budget

With the selection here, just about every fan should find solid coverage of their favorite team(s). Even college followers might get their fill with the BTN and SEC Networks (you'll need to upgrade packages for the other conferences).

This Plan Best For...
Families looking to save

If you have other sources of TV coverage (streaming service, etc) or just don't need a bunch of extra programming, the Entertainment plan has plenty of options for the average subscriber.

Overall Savings
Over $650

Remember, DIRECTV uses all-inclusive pricing so ALL HD and DVR fees are already included in their monthly rate. Prices tend to increase about 40% in year two but, all told, you'll save quite a bit over traditional cable plans, especially with the solid value per channel found here.

Overall Savings
Over $475

Removing the inherent value of the NFL Sunday Ticket drops the overall savings a bit but considering you're paying less out-of-pocket every month, it's a worthwhile trade-off for some.

Where to Get These Offers

As of 4/21/2019, the retailer below is offering each of these specials (and a few other similar ones). You'll have the option of ordering online or over the phone and, in most cases, there's no dollar advantage to choosing one over the other...

DIRECTV's Best Deal Ever
USDIRECT
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  • LOCK IN their best rates for every package
  • No monthly HD, DVR or receiver fees. Ever.
  • FREE Genie Whole-Home DVR System ($398 value)
  • FREE NFL SUNDAY TICKET! (new customers, CHOICE™ & up)
  • FREE HBO®, SHOWTIME®, STARZ® & Cinemax® for 3 Mths
  • Note(s): This is DIRECTV's best offer since May 2005
Order by
Phone
Open now? Yes.
Next-day installation available? Yes.

Value Cycles Throughout the Year

As with most industries, satellite TV has its own seasonalities that usually coincide with predictable events. DIRECTV, in particular, has partnerships with a bunch of Fortune 500 companies that drive a good chunk of their promos throughout the year. Namely, they've joined forces with AT&T, the NFL (more on that below), NASCAR, HBO, Showtime, CenturyLink, ViaSat and more. Now, depending on whether you want to bundle with internet/phone or just grab a movie or sports deal, things tend to break down as follows throughout the year:

  • Fall: NFL Sunday Ticket -- as the NFL's opening day draws closer (early September), you'll always see plenty of ads touting DIRECTV as the only place to get out-of-market NFL games. Of course, everyone gets the national games on CBS and FOX but if you want to catch any other match-ups, your only (legal) option is getting the Ticket. DIRECTV has exclusive rights to the NFL Sunday Ticket through 2022 and expect them to aggressively negotiate a renewal as its their main competitive advantage over DISH, cable, etc.
  • Winter: December thru Feb is a big lull sports-wise so DIRECTV usually makes an effort to balance their offerings with various sign-up incentives such as a gift card, rebate or AT&T bundle promo.
  • Spring: April marks the start of Major League Baseball and, in early June, the end of the NBA... so there's often a sports promo or two to coincide with those big events. If not, they're constantly upgrading the DIRECTV Genie and almost always combine those DVR launches with sign-up bonuses.
  • Summer: during the dog days of summer (July thru early Sept), DIRECTV usually launches their first NFL Sunday Ticket offer and typically sweetens the pot with an additional, limited-time extra (e.g., AT&T internet perks, cell phone bundles, gift/rebate cards, etc.).

Insider Tip: as with most home services, DIRECTV wants to win/keep your business and they'll do everything possible to make things sync with your budget. That doesn't mean there are hidden specials above and beyond those in the table above, but with channel add-ons (such as the NFL Sunday Ticket) you can often get future years at a discounted rate (in year 2 and beyond, most free or discounted channel packs revert back to regular pricing). Here's how to give it a try... towards the end of your first year, give DIRECTV's retention department a ring and let them know you'd like to continue receiving the NFL Sunday Ticket at the discounted price, especially if they'd like to keep your business long-term. There's no guarantee it'll work but probably worth a shot if you're a big football fan.

Remember, These Deals are Only for New Customers

Just as we discussed with DISH's promos, DIRECTV has a hard cut-off for their definition of a "new" customer. In short, if its been more than 2 years since you last had DIRECTV, you qualify for the bonuses again (even if you took advantage of them the last time you were a subscriber). DIRECTV typically has your full membership history in their system so it's an easy check on their end. Since most DTV plans require a 2-year commitment, it's a bit of a rarity to be under 2 years when signing back up (some possible reasons include: moving somewhere with no line of sight to DIRECTV's satellites, billing issues, etc.)

Once they establish you're "new", your support agent will walk you through all the plan and sign-up options. As you go through those steps, and particularly during the final recap of your order, make sure they verbally confirm all the discounts added to your account before they lock in the order and set the installation date. Everything promised on that call has to honored by DIRECTV (and reflected on your bill). On the rare occasions a bill shows a discrepancy, simply give a manager a call to get it straightened out.

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