DIRECTV STREAM Review
All plans include local channels and at least 34 of the Top 35 Cable Channels from AMC, A+E, Discovery (Food Network, HGTV, TLC, Discovery, etc.), Disney (ESPN, Disney Channel, etc), NBCU (Bravo, MSNBC, NBCSN, etc.), WarnerMedia (TNT, TBS, CNN, etc.), ViacomCBS (MTV, Comedy Central, etc.), and Hallmark.
They recently introduced new no-contract plans starting at $69.99 a month for their Entertainment Plan. You can upgrade to their Choice Plan, which begins at $89.99, that includes your local RSN and HBO Max for one-year. They also have have an Ultimate ($104.99 for 130 channels) and Premier ($149.99 for 140 channels). In addition to not having a contract, there are no extra RSN Fee or Broadcast TV fee.
The Entertainment ($69.99) plan includes local channels and 34 of the top 35 cable channels. DIRECTV STREAM Choice ($89.99) plan adds your local RSN, OWN, Travel Channel, and College Sports Networks like BTN and SEC Network.
The more expensive DIRECTV STREAM Ultimate plan adds Fox Sports 2, NBA TV, NHL Network, Golf Channel, Lifetime Movie Channel, and additional Discovery Networks, and a few Spanish-Language networks like ESPN Deportes.
All four plans include ability to stream across a wide variety of devices like Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV, Chromecast, iOS, Android, and your Computer.
With all plans, you get an Unlimited DVR, which keeps recordings for 90 Days. You can use your own device or rent an DIRECTV STREAM Android TV box for $5 a month (or $120 to buy it outright).
We tested DIRECTV STREAM and other live TV streaming services for more than 100 hours. DIRECTV STREAM is compatible with Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Roku, Android TV, iPhone/iPad, Android Phone/Tablet, Mac, Windows, LG Smart TV, Samsung Smart TV, Sony Smart TV and VIZIO Smart TV.
Unlimited Cloud DVR
Your DVR storage depends on your plan. New subscribers will get Unlimited Cloud DVR storage. Those on legacy plans get access to 20 Hours of DVR storage, or can upgrade to Unlimited for $10 a month.
In both cases, any recordings on your DVR will expire after 9 months. In a series recording, max 30 episodes stored (oldest deleted first which may be in less than 9 months).
Up to 20 Devices
You can use DIRECTV STREAM on up to 20 simultaneous devices on the same home network, or up to three devices while traveling outside your home.
37 TV Everywhere Apps
DIRECTV STREAM gives you access to 37 different TV Everywhere apps.
List of Compatible Apps
- A&E App
- AMC App
- BBC America App
- BET NOW
- Bravo Now
- CBS Sports App
- CMT App
- CNBC App
- Comedy Central App
- E! Now
- FOX Now
- Fox Sports Go
- Freeform App
- FX Now
- FYI App
- HBO GO
- MAX Go
- MLB At Bat
- MSG Go
- MSNBC Now
- Nat Geo TV App
- NBC App
- NBC Sports App
- NFL Mobile
- Oxygen Now
- Showtime Anytime
- Syfy Now
- Telemundo Now
- Universal Kids App
- Universo Now
- USA Now
- Watch ABC
- Watch Cooking Channel
- Watch DIY
- Watch ESPN
There is a variety of on demand content to stream within the DIRECTV STREAM app.
DIRECTV STREAM is compatible with these devices:
- Amazon Fire TV
- Apple TV
- Google Chromecast
- Android TV (Osprey Box Only)
- iPhone/iPad (iOS 12+)
- Android Phone/Tablet (4.4+)
- LG Smart TV (AirPlay)
- Samsung Smart TV (2017+)
- Sony Smart TV
- VIZIO Smart TV (AirPlay/Google Cast)
All DIRECTV STREAM plans offer the same set of local channels, including CBS, NBC, FOX, ABC, and Telemundo. They also offer a national Univision feed.
Live local channels are available only in certain markets. However, on demand content is available in all areas the following day. You can use our Channel Finder tool to see what local are available in your area.
Local Channel Restrictions
You can only access your home local channels when you are in your home market. For example, if you live in San Francisco and travel to New York, you will not be able to stream your local San Francisco channels. Instead, you will receive the local channels of the market you are traveling to (New York).
You can access your local RSNs no matter whether you are home or away from your local market.
Top Cable Channels
The top 35 cable channels are listed below. For a list of channels in each tier, look at DIRECTV STREAM’s full channel lineup. The service essentially lets DirecTV Stream on your TV.
National Sports Channels
Regional Sports Networks (RSNs)
You will need to upgrade to at least the DIRECTV STREAM “Choice” (US$89.99) plan to get access to regional sports networks (RSNs), which include Fox Sports RSNs, NBC Sports RSNs, AT&T SportsNet, MSG, NESN, Spectrum SportsNet, and Altitude.
RSNs in Other Markets
Unlike DIRECTV’s satellite service, the DIRECTV STREAM streaming service does not offer NFL Network or NFL RedZone. MLB Network AND NBA TV are available on the DIRECTV STREAM “Choice” (US$89.99) plan.
Other Sports Channels
You can add HBO ($15), Cinemax ($11), Showtime ($11), STARZ ($11), and Epix ($6) to any of the plans. The Premier plan includes HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, and STARZ. New subscribers to DIRECTV STREAM Choice or above will get HBO Max included for a year.
(Up to 1080p HD)
Most video streams are in 720p HD. Some video streams are available in 1080p HD.
Most video streams in 60 FPS.
Most content has stereo audio, with some content available in surround sound.
DIRECTV STREAM has unreliable on demand performance.
Live content is about 20 seconds behind cable TV.
It takes about 3 seconds seconds to switch between channels.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Does DIRECTV STREAM offer 4K streaming?
DIRECTV STREAM does not include 4K content as part of the service.