What is DirecTV Stream: plans, pricing, channels, and more

DirecTV Stream, formerly known as AT&T TV and AT&T TV NOW, is a live TV streaming service offering a wide range of channels without the need for a satellite dish or cable contract. Here’s a breakdown of its key aspects:

Plans and Pricing:

DirecTV Stream offers three main plans, each with different channel lineups and pricing:

  • Choice: $69.99/month – Over 90 channels, including major broadcast networks, sports channels, and entertainment options.
  • Entertainment: $54.99/month – Over 70 channels, focused on entertainment, news, and sports basics.
  • Base: $44.99/month – Over 60 channels, mainly local channels and popular networks.

Additional fees:

  • Regional sports networks and premium channels like HBO Max or Starz require extra charges.
  • There’s a $19.99 equipment fee for new customers who purchase a streaming device from DirecTV Stream.


The specific channel lineup varies depending on your location and chosen plan. However, you can generally expect to find:

  • Local channels: ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and PBS in most markets.
  • Sports channels: ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, TNT, TBS, NFL Network, NBA TV, etc. (availability varies by plan).
  • Entertainment channels: HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Comedy Central, Discovery Channel, etc.
  • News channels: CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, etc.


  • Cloud DVR: Record your favorite shows and movies to watch later, with unlimited storage space and the ability to stream recordings on multiple devices.
  • Simultaneous streams: Watch on up to 20 devices simultaneously within your home network (depending on your plan).
  • Mobile app: Watch on the go with the DirecTV Stream app available on iOS, Android, and other platforms.
  • Voice search: Use your voice to find and watch your favorite content.

Pros and Cons:


  • No satellite dish or cable contract required.
  • Wide variety of channels to choose from.
  • Cloud DVR with unlimited storage.
  • Multiple device support.


  • Higher price point compared to some other streaming services.
  • Requires a stable internet connection.
  • Regional sports network fees can add up.