Gone are the days where cable was a necessity in order to watch live TV. There are now several services that allow subscribers to stream live TV without a cable subscription. DIRECTV NOW is one such service. We often are asked about what channels are on DIRECTV NOW, so today, we’re going to take a closer look at the DIRECTV NOW channels list, and give you some more info on the service.
If you have any questions regarding what channels are on DIRECTV NOW, how the DIRECTV NOW local channels work, etc. we’ll make sure to cover all the bases and answer your questions. For now, let’s get started with the basics.
What is DIRECTV NOW?
For those who are unfamiliar with the service, DIRECTV NOW is an online streaming service that lets you watch live TV without a cable subscription. It includes 60-120+ DIRECTV NOW channels, depending on which package you choose. These channels can all be watched live, and select content is also available on-demand.
You can use DIRECTV NOW on most devices. Stream on your computer or laptop, your mobile device, or on your TV with the help of a streaming device. You can watch from anywhere with an internet connection.
DIRECTV NOW starts at $35 per month, and does NOT require a contract. That means you’re never locked into anything long-term, and can cancel whenever you please. If you prepay for your first month, they’ll throw in a free Amazon Fire TV Stick for a limited timefree Amazon Fire TV Stick for a limited time.
What Channels are on DIRECTV NOW?
Being able to watch live TV without cable is great – so long as you get the channels you want and are accustomed to! Luckily, DIRECTV NOW offers some excellent channels, ranging from live sports on ESPN to comedies on Comedy Central to home improvement shows on HGTV. You can even add premium channels, like HBO and Cinemax!
There are several different DIRECTV NOW packages, so in the section below, we’ll break them down into each individual package, to help you decide which choice is right for you.
DIRECTV NOW Channels in the “Live a Little” Package
Package: Live a Little
Price: $35 per month, no contract required
Free Trial? Free 7-day trial available
Best For: This package is best for those on a budget who still want a good selection of channels. It includes many of the essentials, and for many people will provide more than enough selection. It’s the cheapest DIRECTV NOW package.
Number of Channels: 60+ channels in total
Key Channels: ESPN, Cartoon Network, USA, HGTV, Nickelodean, AMC, A&E, Food Network, Bravo, History, E!, CNN, FX, Comedy Central, Spike, FS1, TBS, Animal Planet, FXX, TNT, Disney Channel, Discovery, Lifetime, Nat Geo, SyFy, TLC and more. ABC, FOX and NBC are included as well, but only in select markets.
DIRECTV NOW Channels in the “Just Right” Package
Package: Just Right
Price: $50 per month, no contract required
Free Trial? Free 7-day trial available
Best For: This package takes the basic “live a little” package and adds on 20+ new channels. This is great for folks who want a bit more selection, but still want to keep their budget in mind. It’s particularly valuable for sports fans, thanks to the addition of several ESPN networks, NBCSN, some FOX Sports networks, regional sports networks, etc.
Number of Channels: 80+ channels in total
Key Channels: ALL channels included in the Live a Little base package, plus networks like ESPNEWS, ESPNU, NBCSN, MLB Network, Fox Sports Prime Ticket, CNBC World, SEC Network, IFC, BTN, Cooking Channel, Fusion, OWN, YES, Travel Channel, SCI, UniMas, The Weather Channel, GSN, Comedy.TV, and more! Regional sports networks are available in some areas (more info below).
DIRECTV NOW Channels in the “Go Big” Package
Package: Go Big
Price: $60 per month, no contract required
Free trial? Free 7-day trial available
Best For: Go Big is best for people who crave a lot of selection. It adds additional premium sports channels like NHL Network, Golf Channel, NBA TV, and more.
Number of Channels: 100+ channels in total
Key Channels: ALL channels from the Live a Little and Just Right package, plus FS2, Golf Channel, NBA TV, DIY Network, NHL Network, FXM, FYI, Discovery Family, Nat Geo Wild, Oxygen, Sundance TV, Tennis Channel, MTV Classic, BBC World News, and more.
DIRECTV NOW Channels in the “Gotta Have It” Package
Package: Gotta Have It
Price: $70 per month
Free Trial? Free 7-day trial available
Best For: This is DIRECTV NOW’s largest package, so it’s designed for people who want the most selection possible. At a whopping 120+ channels, you’ll never struggle to find something good to watch. Key additions include premium channels like Starz Encore, El Rey Network, Boomerang, and more.
Number of Channels: 120+
Key Channels: ALL channels from the three other packages, plus Starz Encore networks (8 channels), Chiller, Boomerang, CLOO, El Rey Network, Univision Deportes, and more.
Additionally, DIRECTV NOW has just announced that they will be adding two new networks: One America News Network (OAN), and A Wealth of Entertainment (AWE). It’s not yet clear which package(s) these networks will be included in. We will keep this guide updated as the DIRECTV NOW channel lineup continues to grow.
What About DIRECTV NOW Premium Channels?
If the DIRECTV NOW channels list still seems a bit lackluster to you, keep in mind that you can also add premium channels like HBO, Cinemax, or Starz. These channels add premium content that is not available anywhere else. These channels are not included in any of the DIRECTV NOW packages, but they can be added on to any of the packages. HBO costs $5 per month extra (a fantastic deal, considering standalone HBO costs $15/month), Cinemax costs $5 per month extra, and Starz costs $8 per month extra. Again, these can be added to any of the DIRECTV NOW packages.
These premium channels also offer free 7-day trials, but you must also sign up for a DIRECTV NOW package (you can’t just get HBO, in other words).
What About DIRECTV NOW Local Channels?
When people are curious about what channels are on DIRECTV NOW, they are often looking for information on specific local channels that they’re used to having with cable. Here’s some more info on DIRECTV NOW local channels:
ABC – ABC streaming is available live in select markets, including Chicago, Houston, New York, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Fresno-Visalia, and Los Angeles.
NBC – NBC streaming is available live in select markets, including Chicago, Washington D.C., Dallas-Ft Worth, Hartford-New Haven, Miami-Ft Lauderdale, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, and Los Angeles.
FOX – FOX streaming is available live in select markets, including Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas-Ft Worth, Detroit, Gainesville, Houston, Minneapolis, New York, Washington D.C., Tampa-St Petersburgh, Orlando-Daytona, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, and Los Angeles. 14 new markets were recently added, including Denver, Seattle, and San Diego. This brings the total number of local markets to 31.
Telemundo – Telemundo streaming is available live in select markets, including Boston, Chicago, Dallas-FT Worth, Denver, Fresno-Visalia, Houston, Los Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami-Ft Lauderdale, New York, Philadelphia, and Phoenix.
If you see your local area listed here, you should be able to get the relevant local channel to stream live via DIRECTV NOW. There are a few weird restrictions, such as NBC only being available to stream on certain devices. If you don’t live in a covered area, you won’t get that DIRECTV NOW local channel, unfortunately.
What About DIRECTV NOW Regional Sports Networks?
If you’re wondering what channels are on DIRECTV NOW because you want to watch live sports, we understand completely! The good news is that there are tons of regional sports networks on DIRECTV Now. Keep in mind that these are in addition to the nationally broadcast networks, that are offered in the regular packages (such as ESPN, FS1, NBCSN, etc.). These networks vary from location to location, and cover local sports as well as select nationally televised events. Here’s what DIRECTV NOW offers in terms of regional sports networks:
Fox Sports Regional Networks – DIRECTV NOW offers all of the FOX Sports Regional networks that are available throughout the United States. This will be very useful for following your local MLB, NBA, and NHL teams, as well as some college sports, nationally televised events, and more. Keep in mind that you’ll only get the network(s) that are normally broadcast in your area, and availability may vary.
Comcast Sportsnet Regional Networks – DIRECTV NOW offers most of the Comcast SportsNet (CSN) networks that are available throughout the united states. These channels are a must for keeping tabs on your local teams and events. You’ll only get the network(s) that are normally available in your area, and again, availability may vary.
To get a definite answer of what regional sports networks you can enjoy on DIRECTV NOW, refer to this list. Hint: to save yourself the trouble of combing through this 132 page document, hit “CTRL + F” (hold down CTRL and press F at the same time) to bring up a search bar. Then, plug in your ZIP code to find what’s available in your area.
Keep in mind that, while DIRECTV NOW offers a lot of regional sports networks, you aren’t guaranteed to get one as they are not available everywhere. Additionally, sometimes local/regional blackouts of certain events apply on these channels. Additionally, know that your location used to determine what channel(s) are offered to you is based on your billing address on file with DIRECTV NOW.
How Does the DIRECTV NOW Channels List Compare?
Compared to the DIRECTV NOW competitors in a similar niche (Sling TV and PlayStation Vue, mostly), DIRECTV NOW dominates. With up to 120+ channels, there’s a ton of selection and a lot of really good channels. And price-wise, there’s enough of a selection to keep a wide range of people happy. The DIRECTV NOW channel listing continues to grow, as well.
Compared to cable TV, DIRECTV NOW also shines. The DIRECTV NOW channel packages are actually fairly comparable to what is offered by cable and satellite subscribers, with two key differences: price, and commitment. DIRECTV NOW is cheaper than most traditional services, and does not require a contract. Additionally, there’s no fancy low introductory pricing to rope you in, and no future price hikes. Overall, the DIRECTV NOW lineup is quite impressive, with a package ideal for just about anyone.
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