DirecTV Stream. What is it?

DirecTV Stream

DirecTV Stream is the new online live TV streaming service offered by DirecTV, which was formerly known as AT&T TV. If you are a DirecTV cable subscriber should you switch to their online streaming option, DirecTV Stream?

There are a lot of factors to consider when switching from cable to online streaming. In this article, we are going to answer some of the most common questions to help you decide if it’s about time to let go of your DirecTV cable subscription, and to consider a DirecTV Stream subscription.

The good news is, if you are already a DirecTV cable subscriber, we think you will love DirecTV Stream. DirecTV Stream is one of the most promising streaming service options out there. Launched nationally in March 2020, DirecTV stream is a counterpart to the traditional DirecTV satellite television service.

How does DirecTV Stream work?

The simple answer is DirecTV Stream uses the internet to work. You need a good Internet connection in order to have a good experience with DirecTV Stream. Since the programming to your TV or compatible device occurs over the internet, it is recommended you have at least 8Mbps per stream. However, the higher the speeds, the better. 

How much is DirecTV Stream per month?

DirecTV Stream offers various packages to choose from to match your needs. There are four subscription with DirecTV Stream: 

  • Entertainment Package at  $59.99 a month 
  • Choice Package at $79.99 a month
  • Ultimate Package at $94.99 a month
  • Premier Package at $139.99 a month

Prices of the packages vary depending on the channels included. 

You can see all available packages here

Is DirecTV Stream the same as DirecTV?

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Not entirely. However, DirecTV Stream and DirecTV are very similar in the services they offer. But as mentioned, DirecTV is a satellite TV provider while DirecTV Stream is a live TV streaming service via the internet. 

You could say DirecTV Stream is a streaming version of DirecTV with both services have their pros and cons.

One of the advantages of DirecTV Stream is no contract is required to start the service. However, DirecTV requires a contract commitment. If you don’t like contracts, DirecTV Stream is an ideal choice because you have the option to cancel your subscription anytime.

DirecTV has more regular and premium channels but the service may be more prone to price hikes. DirecTV requires a 2-year contract with a price hike in your second year as a subscriber. That is not the case with DirecTV Stream.

DirecTV Stream may not carry as many channels but if price is a concern, it could be a good alternative to cable.

Does DirecTV Stream require a Dish?

New innovative streaming technology means DirecTV Stream does not require you to install a satellite dish on your home. Moreover, you don’t need to go through the process of running cable throughout your home.

However, for a DirecTV cable subscription, a satellite dish is necessary to receive services on your television.

Do I need a box for DirecTV Stream?

Introduced as an on-demand and live TV streaming service for the market, DirecTV Stream does not require a box or any other AT&T branded hardware. This is completely downloadable application.

What equipment do I need for DirecTV Stream?

Aiming for user-friendly functionalities, DirecTV Stream comes with a simple way to set it up your device.  

Your DirecTV Stream subscription has a simplified equipment list for easy use. What you’ll get out of DirecTV stream box are: 

  • the device,
  • the remote,
  • the power adapter,
  • the HDMI cable.

Once logged in, you can watch your favorite shows immediately. 

Do you need a smart TV for DirecTV Stream?

It is not necessary to have a smart TV to watch a shows on DirecTV Stream. If you do have a smart TV, 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.

How Do I Get DirecTV Stream on my TV?

Once you have taken your DirecTV Stream device, power supply, HDMI cable, and remote out of the box:

  1. Connect HDMI cable and your device by plugging both ends into the tv and your device. Select and remember which HDMI input used.
  2. You have the option to use an Ethernet cable, otherwise you can just choose to connect to your home wifi.
  3. Next step is to insert the power cord into the back of the device and then plug it into a wall outlet. You should see a blinking red light on the front of the device.
  4. Turn on your TV, and in the Input or Source buttons on your remote, change it to the correct input.
  5. Lastly, you can now remove the battery tag from your DirecTV Stream remote.

How Do I Setup My DirecTV Streaming app?

You should see on-screen prompts after turning on your DirecTV Stream app. Follow as instructed:

  • Start by pairing your DirecTV Stream remote to your device. You can do this by pointing the remote at your device and press the Fast Forward and Rewind buttons for about 2-3 seconds simultaneously. You’ll get a prompt message pairing is successful. 
  • Select and enter your home Wi-Fi network’s password. As soon as you are connected to the internet, your device may check for updates and initiate a reboot.
  • Find your ID and/or password and enter them. Select Sign in.
  • Review and accept the Terms & Conditions.
  • You will be asked to enter the room location where you’ll use your DirecTv Stream device. Once selected, this will be set as your primary network.
  • You can also choose to enter your Google ID and Password

How many streams do you get with DirecTV Stream?

Depending on the package chosen, you can enjoy up to three streams simultaneously on mobile or other streaming devices if you’re planning to do be away from your home network.

While it is really fun to have this perk, do not forget only 2 streaming devices connected to a TV can be accessed outside or far from home. 

Just a tip, you may get error codes or something similar:

“10014-001: Looks like the maximum allowed number of streams are already playing. Close one of your other streams to play the one you want.”

“30001-018, 30002-019, or 30003-020: You have reached your streaming limit. Please close another stream or upgrade your subscription.”

It normally takes a few minutes to restart the program and watch another. If the issue persists, you may want to try:

  • Close and restart the DirecTV Stream app.
  • Look for app updates. If available, update your app and restart your device.
  • Uninstall and reinstall the DirecTV Stream app.
  • If applicable, restart your DIRECTV STREAM device.

Is DirecTV Stream on Roku?

DirecTV Stream is compatible with Roku. But unlike other streaming platforms you do need to go through a simple process of setting it up within the Roku network.

Make sure you have:

  • Roku TVTM or compatible HDTV with an HDMI port
  • Compatible Roku® device
  • Wi-Fi® connection
  • DirecTV Stream Account
  • Roku remote or the Roku mobile app
  • Roku account (in addition to your streaming account)

Ready to get started?

  1. On your remote press the Home button.
  2. Look for and select Streaming Channels.
  3. Enter DirecTV Stream in the search box.
  4. To install DirecTV Stream, select Buy. Enter your Roku PIN if required.

Does DirecTV Stream have local channels?

No matter which DirecTV Stream plan you choose, you’ll get to enjoy the same set of local channels. This includes CBS, NNC, FOX, ABC, The CW, Univision and Telemundo.

Local Channel Restrictions

Just remember you only have access to your home local channels when you are in your home market. Travelling to New York while residing in San Francisco will not let you stream your local channels in San Francisco, but you can watch the local channels of the market you are travelling to.

Does DirecTV Stream have a free trial?

Yes, DirecTV Stream gives you a 5-day free trial. Make sure to cancel your subscription ahead of the trial period, so you won’t be charged for the service. This trial period is applicable to any of the packages being offered by DirecTV Stream.

Is DirecTV Stream free for DirecTV customers?

DirecTV Stream is not free for DirecTV customers. DirecTV Stream is a streaming version of DirecTV. Since you do need to pay a monthly subscription for either service, you should decide which service best meets your needs.

Does DirecTV offer a senior discount?

Currently, DirecTV has no ongoing offer or discounts for seniors. What they promise to bring to their customers of all ages is a consistently reliable and high quality television service. While they don’t provide a senior discount, they do have some business discounts and equipment subsidy initiatives for senior living communities.

Should I switch from DirecTV to DirecTV Stream?

If you are willing to let go of the Sunday Ticket, a few of your favorite football shows, and you can live with smaller channel options, DirecTV Stream may be a good option or alternative to DirectTV. 

DirecTV Stream still carries all the regional sports channels DirecTV does.

Another reason to consider switching to DirecTV Stream is price. DirecTV cable charges close to double in the second year of your contract. Since DirecTV Stream is a new service, we don’t know what kind of future price hikes we may see. Right now, DirecTV Stream monthly bill is less than traditional cable.


Like other streaming services, DirecTV Stream has no long term contracts and allows you to cancel the service at any time. While there is a risk you will be charged an early termination fee if you cancel within 24 days of signing on for a special introductory offer. 

Switching to DirecTV Stream could mean a better user experience and less hassles dealing with your cable provider.

The only downfall is DirecTV Stream is still a relatively new service, and we cannot foresee the long term success of the service.

If you’re looking for a way out of the many frustrations associated with cable, switching to an internet-based service may provide a better overall experience.

New services like DirecTV Stream are revolutionizing the way we watch television and helping increase competition among providers. This is a win-win for consumers.

Leon Thomas

Are you using the new DirecTV Stream service or the traditional DirecTV? Which one do you prefer? Or are you using another service not covered in this blog? Let us know in the comments below.

Additional Resources

Read 4 Things Cable Companies Don’t Want You To Know About TV Antennas here.

Read How To Reduce Your Cable Bill here

Get an outdoor antenna to pick up free TV stations, here


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