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DIRECTV via Satellite or Internet

Key differences

As you may know, you can get DIRECTV via Satellite or via Internet. The satellite route is the traditional way with a technician installing a dish at your residence. No high-speed internet required. Getting it via internet lets you stream all your DIRECTV programming and combine it with other streaming apps (Netflix, etc). You'll need an internet plan of at least 8 Mbps to avoid buffering or lag. There are a few other key differences as well, including 4K options, Genie vs Gemini equipment and quite a few more channels only available to satellite customers. Read on for the best features of satellite vs internet and check out their exclusive channels further below.

via Satellite
via Internet
Dish installation (by a technician)

Select an install date, installer sets everything up
No internet required

Easy self-install with internet

No dish involved, only takes a few minutes
High-speed internet required

2-year Price Guarantee

for all plans

2-year Price Guarantee

for all plans

2-Year Contract
2-Year Contract
Genie DVR

Gemini can be added separately (often free)
200 hours HD DVR storage

Gemini Air device

Watch DIRECTV plan and streaming apps in one place
Unlimited Cloud storage

55 more channels

Some of the more popular channels ONLY available via satellite: NFL RedZone, MLB Strike Zone, Outdoor Channel, MSNBC, NASA, Cowboy Channel, Victory and about 70 Music Choice channels (full list below)

7 exclusive channels

Even though you're missing those 55, internet does exclusively get you FOX Weather, Fox Soul, Fuel TV, Heroes & Icons, SportsGrid, Tastemade Home and Tastemade Travel (not available on satellite)

Local channels included

You get the full set of local channels including regional sports networks. You also have the option of removing them entirely, saving you $12/mo.

Local channels included


4k Channels included
4k only via 3rd party apps (Max, Netflix, etc)

Exclusive channels via satellite vs internet

Below are the channels only found via the satellite or internet option. As you can see, there are quite a few more channels just on the satellite side (with a longer track record, DIRECTV satellite has many more licensing deals in place). Each channel is tagged with the plan it's found in first. For example, the Cowboy Channel ("Ultimate & up") is only found via Satellite in the Ultimate plan and higher. Sort by the plan you're most interested in to filter the list.

Satellite only Internet only
Arirang TV
Fox Weather
Heroes & Icons
Fox Soul
Cinemax West
Fuel TV
Cowboy Channel
Christian Television (CTN)
Tastemade Home
Tastemade Travel
Family Entertainment TV
Free Speech TV
GEB Network
HBO Family West
HBO West
HBO2 West
Hope Channel
i24 News
Jewish Life TV
Living Faith Network
Longhorn Network
MLB Strike Zone
Music Choice (84 chnls)
Next Level Sports
NFL Redzone
ONCE Mexico
Outdoor Channel
Pursuit Channel
Showtime West
So Yummy
SonLife Broadcasting
TBN Inspire
TCT Network
The Movie Channel (East)
The Movie Channel (Xtra)
Word Network
World Harvest TV

Ordering options

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$10/mo Discount for 2 yrs
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  • Plans starting as low as $69.99/mo
  • Over 165 live TV channels
  • Bonus: Save $10/mo for 24 months (new)
  • FREE Genie DVR or Gemini Air device
  • FREE Max, SHOWTIME®, STARZ® & Cinemax® for 3 Mths
  • Note: DIRECTV's best offer since June 2021
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Open now? Yes
Next-day installation available? Yes
45% Off

Wait, what about sports?

DIRECTV is still the best TV provider out there for sports fans, even after losing the NFL Sunday Ticket. They offer the most regional sports networks of any provider, streaming, cable or satellite. And, of course, you'll also get all the college sports networks (Big Ten, ACC, etc), MLB Network, NFL Network, and much much more. The good news is both DIRECTV satellite and internet subscribers qualify for all those channels...except for a few: Cowboy Channel, DIRECTV SportsMix, MLB Strike Zone, Next Level Sports, NFL Redzone, Outdoor Channel and Pursuit Channel.

NFL Redzone not available via internet

As of this writing, NFL Redzone is only available to satellite subscribers. That may change in the future but keep that in mind if it's a must have. The situation is not that big of a surprise as DIRECTV Stream subscribers (which is different than DIRECTV via internet) have never had it in a core plan... it always required a subscription to DIRECTV Sports Pack.

Is DIRECTV via internet the same as DIRECTV Stream?

Good question. It is a bit confusing. DIRECTV Stream is also only available through your internet connection but it is a different service. The biggest difference is you don't use ANY of DIRECTV's equipment. So, while DIRECTV via internet requires you get the DIRECTV Gemini device, DIRECTV Stream requires NO DIRECTV equipment at all. You pick a DIRECTV plan and stream it on your own device (Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV, Samsung, etc). As a result, DIRECTV Stream is even easier to setup.

While it costs the same as DIRECTV via satellite and internet, it often has more aggressive sign-up bonuses. The big downside with DIRECTV Stream is it has a LOT less channels than satellite and even via internet. That's the general trade-off with pure streaming TV -- you'll find the same situation with other providers as well.

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