What Channel Is The CBS Sports Network On DirecTV?

by Daniel Smith | Updated 1/1/24

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If you’re looking for the right channel for the CBS Sports Network on Directv, all you need to do is to go to Channel 221.

That’s the right channel throughout the country.  It can be confusing though because there’s CBS, CBS Sports, and the CBS Sports Network.

We don’t like confusion so we did some research to figure out what games and shows are on the CBS Sports Network vs CBS’ other properties.

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DIRECTV CBS Sports Channel Guide

CBS Sports Channel

Little Rock221Detroit221
Yuma221St. Louis221
Los Angeles221Charlotte221
San Francisco221Omaha221
San Diego221Las Vegas221
Fresno221New York221
Colorado Springs221Oklahoma City221
Washington DC221Philadelphia221
Fort Worth221Memphis221
Miami221El Paso221
Honolulu221San Antonio221
Kansas City221Norfolk221
New Orleans221Boston221

CBS Sports Network Channel On DirecTV

DirecTV customers can watch the CBS Sports Network on Channel 221.

CBS Sports has the rights to some of the most popular sports leagues in the country but on the CBS Sports Network Channel it airs college football and basketball, women’s sports, and soccer.

The most popular games on the CBS Sports Network are college football and basketball.

Some of the leagues where they have the rights include Mountain West, Army and Navy Football, and the Atlantic 10.

Every year the CBSSN has 23 games each of college basketball and football although the championship games are usually on the main broadcast channels.

Recently, the CBS Sports Network Channel got the rights to the World Series of Poker and UEFA games – specifically the Champions League and Europa.

Another nice get for the network is being the leader in the US for womens’ sports – the WNBA and NWSL are available on the network.

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Non-Sports Programming

There’s more to the channel than just games on the CBS Sports Network on DirecTV and other service providers.

CBS Sports also has some talk shows.  The most notable are the CBS Sports HQ Spotlight, the Jim Rone Show, and Time to Shein.

Because the timing of games is unpredictable, these shows get moved if there’s a game that they have the rights that they can put on.

Another thing that we noticed is that these nonsports shows don’t air during the weekend.  On Saturdays and Sundays, it’s just nonstop sports, even if it’s just reruns.

CBS Sports is bigger than the CBS Sports Network.  It envelopes all of the sports rights that CBS has and that airs on the CBS Broadcast channel.

These include games like the NFL, SEC, and the Masters and PGA Tour.

For these sports, they want to have the widest possible audience for advertising.

You can find out where to watch CBS on DirecTV in this guide that we created.

How To Watch Online

Besides watching CBS Sports on Channel 221 on your DirecTV TV, you have another 2 options to watch the channel.

One is to go to the CBS Sports website and authenticate your account by signing into your DirecTV account.

It’s nice that even if you’re not logged in, there’s a 24/7 feed of sports news on the CBS website.

Another and in our opinion the better option is to go to DirecTV Stream.

DirecTV Stream is a way to watch the shows on DirecTV on your computer or on your phone.

It’s similar to logging onto the CBS Sports website to watch the CBS Sports Channel but you’ll have access to all the channels on your plan.

It’s available on your phone and online.  The major benefit is that after your show is over, you can easily change to whatever other show that you want to watch.

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About the author

Daniel Smith is the CTO of BillSmart. A graduate of UC Berkeley, he's worked for top tech companies like Adobe and Palantir. In his free time, he enjoys messing around in crypto and playing strategy games.