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About DIRECTV

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DIRECTV is a direct broadcast satellite provider that transmits to homes throughout the United States and the Caribbean. There are many different packages to choose from, each offering a variety of features, channels and DVR options. It's important to note that DIRECTV requires a two-year contract, and most customers experience an increase in prices after the first year.

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Pros

  • Various programming options
  • Easy to relocate with
  • Multiple packages available

Cons

  • Costly to cancel
  • Price increases after first year

Bottom Line

DIRECTV is a leader in satellite broadcasting. The company’s services are ideal for people who want a lot of options for TV channels, features and packages.

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Rated with 5 stars
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I did a lot of research and finally decided to try AT&T DirecTV. From the very beginning, signing on, installation of equipment, and answering any question I had, the service I re...

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Rated with 5 stars
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We have been with DirecTV for many years and we on occasion will need a DirecTV service tech to help us out. We contacted DirecTV and they sent a Service Tech out to us named Pat ...

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DIRECTV packages

DIRECTV has many different channels but understands that customers have very specific wants and needs when it comes to programming options. The company offers a variety of packages with multiple features, channels and DVR options. DIRECTV has six different plans:

  • Select: A budget-friendly option with basic channels. Customers can access 155 channels.
  • Choice: A great option for families that has a variety of different program preferences. Customers can access 185 channels.
  • Entertainment: A good choice for sports lovers. Customers can access 160 channels.
  • Xtra: The company’s most popular package. Customers can access 235 channels.
  • Ultimate: Ideal for movie lovers. This comprehensive package gives customers access to 250 channels.
  • Premier: Gives you every option you need for an all-inclusive TV watching experience. Customers can access 330 channels.

DIRECTV has multiple extras and add-ons you can add to your plan. This includes premium channels like HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, The Outdoor Channel, NBA League Pass, NFL Sunday Ticket and DogTV.

DIRECTV prices

The six plans come in at different price points. Installation and DVR hookups are included in your package, but you pay $7 a month and a $99 installation fee if you want additional receivers. There is also a $9.99 a month regional sports fee.

Prices for individual packages are:

  • Select: Plans start at $59 a month
  • Choice: Plans start at $69 a month
  • Entertainment: Plans start at $64 a month
  • Xtra: Plans start at $79 a month
  • Ultimate: Plans start at $84 a month
  • Premier: Plans start at $134 a month

While DIRECTV offers great introductory offers, you must sign a two-year contract, and rates increase in the second year. Be sure to ask about second-year pricing before signing a contract. If you want to cancel your plan early, you must pay $20 per month for every month left on the contract.

Other fees to be aware of include a $99 fee when a technician must be dispatched to make repairs. You can put your streaming services on hold until you return home if you’re going on vacation, but there's a $7 a month charge. There is also a $19.95 activation fee.

The company charges $4.25 if you are late paying your bill. You must return your equipment if you cancel your service — if you choose to keep it, you'll end up paying anywhere between $45 and $135 to cover the costs.

DIRECTV FAQ

Can you get internet through DIRECTV?
DIRECTV doesn’t provide internet service directly, but it offers internet services through AT&T.
How much does DIRECTV really cost?
DIRECTV plans range from $49 to $125 a month, plus service fees and installation.
Is DIRECTV better than cable?
DIRECTV has better equipment and technology than many basic cable providers, and it tends to offer more channels.
What is the best DIRECTV package?
It depends on how much TV you watch and what channels you want. The Entertainment package is best for sports lovers, while the Choice option has a lot of family-friendly options. The best package for you varies based on your budget and your TV preferences.

Is DIRECTV good?

In 2019, over 16 million people across the country subscribed to DIRECTV. While channel options and DVR capabilities are a plus, the significant price increase after the first year and challenging cancellation process may discourage people from committing to DIRECTV. Be sure you completely understand your contract before committing to DIRECTV’s services.

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Rated with 4 stars
Verified Reviewer
Original review: Jan. 8, 2021

Direct TV is a streaming cable service that provided a large number of channels on their base package. The issue for us is that they continued to raise their prices. Each year, similar to internet service providers, they would increase our bill incrementally to return our service price to the standard retail price. They didn't offer us any additional channels, or any other perks, so cutting their service was not a hard decision. In two years, our price went from $49.99 to $69.99. When people are cutting their cable to go to streaming service and pay for what you get, it is difficult to continue that service if the price continues to rise.

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Rated with 4 stars
Verified Reviewer
Original review: Jan. 4, 2021

I have had DirecTV for years. I left them for about a month and went to AT&T Uverse, that was horrible! I came back to DirecTV. They have improved their satellite dish from past years, so it does not cut off like it use to when there is inclement weather. However, if it's pouring rain or heavy wet snow, it will still go out. Lately there has not been anything worth watching on the premium channels. I have had better luck on the basic channels or by using one of the streaming services. They really need to improve their channel lineup. Streaming companies like Netflix and Amazon Prime have more to choose from.

8 people found this review helpful

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    Rated with 5 stars
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Jan. 1, 2021

    I have not had many issues, except during a storm or high winds then I will lose Internet and this affect the dish. Most of the channels I do not watch. There should be a package that I could pick the channels, and depending on how many I pick should be able to have a lower price. They could also have a senior discount. Also a children's selection, where the parents could select and put in an area so they could enter just the appropriate channels depending on the child's age. Example would be for age 2-6 then another one for 7-10 etc. With the parent able to use a password for each section. I know this sounds a little overwhelmed, but if you have children you would know the frustration of going through these channels. I hope this will let you know how frustrating it is for the person or persons going through all the channels.

    5 people found this review helpful
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    Original review: Dec. 31, 2020

    I had Spectrum for many years. And I liked it. But the price was increasing almost every month! Unfortunately, customer loyalty means nothing to companies any more. I understand cost of living increases, and that to stay in business, companies have to make money. Price increases are happening all the time. Costs get passed on to the customer. But, when increases are happening regularly, and it seems that companies are just being greedy, you lose me and my money. I went with AT&T because I could get NFL Sunday Ticket and see every game of the season. I had to acquire DirecTV satellite for the NFL package. But, (there's always a but), the service rep promised a total of $300 in gift cards, which is great. Or WAS great. I had called just to see who I would switch to. When the call ended I was promised the deal would be available. After consideration and research, I called back and took their deal.

    Months went by and no gift cards. I called the rep again to see what was holding up the cards. I was shocked to find out that the rep wasn't available any longer. And, that the deal was only offered by THAT rep! I was stuck with their service and contract! I wound up finally getting a credit, and a gift card totaling $150. That STUNK! I have enjoyed the NFL season, and have had no interruption in service at all. I had many interruptions and problems with Spectrum. The satellite interruptions never appeared. I am moving next year, and will see what options I have for cable or satellite at the new address. Other than the hocus-pocus with the gift cards, I have really enjoyed AT&T, DirecTV, their internet, and phone services. I would definitely recommend AT&T/DirecTV to anyone.

    2 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 5 stars
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Dec. 26, 2020

    I have been a long time customer of DirecTV even thru the merger/buyout by AT&T from Verizon, and they still answer the phone anytime I need to call them. I might pay a bit more now, but I don't have any issues. If I have any issues, I call right away to discuss what my problem is, and what they can do about it. Yes my bill is sub-$200.00, but I don't have anything bad to say about "DirecTV". I have been a customer for over 12 years. My mother got away from Comcast/Xfinity because her bill kept going up, and they kept taking channels away, so she came on with me probably 9 years ago and we split the bill, which helps. Thanks - Dan J.

    5 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Sept. 18, 2021

    The first gentleman I spoke to whose name I cannot pronounce, got angry with me and told me to ** you. I told him I was going to report him to the Better Business Bureau and he again said to ** you. And then hung up on me. I called back and just press button one for payment to get to a different person. This person's name was Ryan. I asked if he was the same gentleman because they had the same accent. He said no he was Ryan. I said, "I want to let you know that I'm going to be reporting to the Better Business Bureau for being cussed out by the previous gentleman." He said, "Well here I'll tell you this. You can ** you also." So the Better Bureau Better Business Bureau would not file a complaint because I I wrote the word **. But that is what those gentleman told me. ** you. Three to four times. How can companies get away with this.

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    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Sept. 11, 2021

    It took a ton of trying to get our service canceled but after lots of phone calls we finally got it confirmed canceled. We received confirmation e-mail and information on returning the equipment BUT THEY STILL KEEP BILLING US FOR SERVICE!!! We call customer service and all they want to do is try and sign us back up! NO! NO! NO! DO NOT do business with this company!!!

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    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Sept. 11, 2021

    Had scheduled 3 times to have a new dish put on house. No show 3 times. Waste of time. I need help. Called many of times and been transferred all over. Unacceptable for what I'm paying for service. Just want to get what I pay for. Probably will cancel service.

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    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Sept. 10, 2021

    DirecTV keeps sending me emails and calling to offer me the free gift of NFL ticket. My household no longer views professional sports as entertainment as they have political agendas so we are not interested. I called directv to see what others options were for my free gift. None was their response. So their idea of a gift is what they're willing to give which is no choice other than the one thing that nobody wants so now they're offering it up as a gift, the NFL ticket. They should just call it an offer rather than trying to disguise it as a really bad gift that people won't even pay for anymore. Might as well offer me garbage, bad haircut, dog crap for my on time paying loyal long time consumer patronage..

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    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Sept. 9, 2021

    I had spoken to the loyalty department on another item a few weeks back and they brought to my attention that I was getting the Sunday Ticket for 2021 free since I was a loyal customer. Today I reviewed my bill and I was charged. I called DIRECTV today to ask what happened, they could not answer why, so they asked to call me back. 45 minutes later they called me back and immediately transferred me to the Loyalty Department that told me I was not getting it for free and that the person that told me that should of not said anything. Did not offer anything, just said sorry and could I help you with anything else even though we should of not said that to you. I read reviews online and I am not the only customer that was told this and then DIRECTV walked back what they said. Bad customer service and getting people to pay for a service.

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    DIRECTV Company Information

    Company Name:
    DIRECTV
    Company Type:
    Public
    Ticker Symbol:
    DTV
    Address:
    2230 East Imperial Highway
    City:
    El Segundo
    State/Province:
    CA
    Postal Code:
    90245
    Country:
    United States
    Website:
    www.directvbundles.com