DirecTV Channel Guide

by Mark Chen | Updated 1/2/24

In this channel guide for Directv, we’ll go over where to find the most popular channels for the satellite provider.  We’ve also uploaded a full list of available channels.

One thing to keep in mind is that DIRECTV is a satellite provider.  Unlike cable companies like Spectrum and Comcast, the channel number for most channels will be the same throughout the country.

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DIRECTV Sports Channels

Directv is most known in terms of sports channels for NFL Sunday Ticket, but regular and premium plans have access to the most popular sports and games you might want to watch.

One thing that we’ve found is that most of the leagues have their own channels where they place content.

Here’s examples and a list below.

NFL Network: 212
MLB Network: 213
NHL Network: 215
NBA TV: 216
Tennis Channel: 217
Golf Channel: 218

ESPN has a lot of channels, but we’ve written down the biggest ones below.

ESPN: 206
ESPN News: 207
ESPNU: 208
ESPN2: 209
ESPN Deportes: 466

FS1 is on Channel 219 on DirecTV while Fox Sports 2 is on Channel 618.

For college football, other channels besides ESPNU include the ACC Network and the Big Ten Network.

BTN is on Channel 610 while ACC is on Channel 612.

DirecTV Sports & Football Channels

ESPN206NHL Network215
ESPN News207Tennis Channel217
ESPNU208Golf Channel218
FS1 on DirecTV219CBS Sports Network221
Fox Sports 2618Big Ten Network610
NFL Network212ACC Network612
MLB Network213

News/Business Channels

On the business side, the major channels for DirecTV are Fox Business, CNBC, and Bloomberg.

Fox Business is on Channel 359 while Bloomberg TV is on Channel 353.

CNBC has two channels – 355 for CNBC and 357 for CNBC World.

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If you watch Fox News, you generally don’t watch MSNBC.

More conservative-leaning outlets include Fox News and Newsmax.  The correct channel for Fox News on Directv is 360 and 349 is the channel for Newsmax.

For those with a more liberal slant, go to Channel 356 for MSNBC or Channel 202 for CNN.

CNN is also available on Channel 358 as CNN International and 419 as CNN En Espanol.

News/Business Channels

Fox News Channel360CNBC World357
FOX Business Network359Bloomberg TV353
Newsmax349BBC World News217
CNN En Espanol419Weather Channel221
CNN International358CNBC355

Guide To Movie Channels On Directv

There are premium and nonpremium movie channels included in your TV subscription to Directv.  This doesn’t include regular channels where movies will sometimes be available.

Some of the free channels that focus on movies include FXM, TCM, and The Movie Channel.

FX Movies is on Channel 258 while Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is on 256.

The Movie Channel has an east and west channel – 553 for East and 554 for West.

There’s also a paid movie tier called the Movies Extra Pack.  It has channels like Sony Movies and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

Check out where you can watch these channels.

DIRECTV Movie Channels

FXM258Hallmark Movies & Mysteries565
TCM256HDNet Movies566
The Movie Channel West554MTV Live572
The Movie Channel East553ShortsTV573
Crime & Investigation571Smithsonian Channel570
Hallmark Drama564Sony Movies568

Kids & Cartoon Channels

The big channel groups for cartoons and for kids are Cartoon Network, the Disney Channel, and Nickelodeon.

Cartoon Network has two channels – 269 and 297 for the East and West Coast.  This just means that you have more options for what shows to watch.

Disney has a similar grouping with their Western Channel being on 291 while its Eastern Channel is on 290.

They also have smaller channels like Disney Junior on Channel 289 and Disney XD on Channel 292.

Nickelodeon has a huge number of channels.  I’m just going to list them below – that’s going to be the easiest way to find what you’re looking for.

Cartoon/Kids Directv Channels

Cartoon Network East296Nickelodeon East299
Cartoon Network West297Nickelodeon West300
Disney Channel East290Nicktoons302
Disney Channel West291Teennick303
Disney Junior289PBS Kids288
Disney XD292Boomerang298
Nick Jr301

Music Channels On Directv

If you want to listen to some good music on your TV, DIRECTV has some channels where that’s possible.

The major ones are BET, CMT, and MTV.

CMT is for country music and the right channel is 327 while BET is for hip hop and you can watch videos on Channel 329.

For more classic tunes, check out VH1 or MTV Classic. VH1 is located on channel 335 while MTV Classic is on Channel 336.

The leader in the space MTV is on Channel 331 and there’s a second channel called MTV2 on 332.

Directv Music Channels

MTV Classic336VH1335

Directv Local Channel Guide

One of the more complicated channels to find on Directv is the broadcast channels.

Unlike most entertainment channels, these channels will be on different channel numbers depending on where you live.

Directv actually doesn’t have these channels in their channel guide so a lot of the time you’re on your own.

What we’ve found in our experience is that these channels have lowered numbered channels that are all over the place and a high numbered channel which you can find throughout the country.

Fox is available on channels 398 and 399 while you can watch CBS on 390 and 391.

Broadcast Networks On DTV

ABC396, 397NBC392
CBS390, 391CW394, 395
FOX398, 399PBS389

For NBC, you’ll need to go to Channel 392 and for ABC your options are 396 and 397.

The CW and PBS are like the broadcast channels in being on multiple channels on Directv.

394 and 395 are the right channels for CW and 389 is the place to go for PBS.

If you want lowered number channels, we’ve found those for you below.

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Premium Channel Directv

While it’s awesome that you can stream premium cable channels now, there are some people who would prefer to watch HBO and Showtime on their TV.

The big premium cable channels are HBO, Cinemax, STARZ, and Cinemax.

All of these premium cable channels have multiple channels in a tight range where you can watch their latest content but there are primary channels.

For HBO, there’s HBO East and HBO West on 501 and 504 respectively.  Showtime East is on Channel 545 and Showtime West is on Channel 546.

The right channel for Cinemax is 516 in the East and 516 in the West.  STARZ is on 525.

Premium Channel List

Cinemax East515Showtime 2547
Cinemax West516Showtime East545
Cinemax523Showtime Extreme549
Cinemax 5 Star Max520Showtime Familyzone552
HBO Comedy506Showtime Next551
HBO East501Showtime Showcase550
HBO Family East507Showtime West546
HBO Family West508STARZ525
HBO Latino511STARZ Cinema531
HBO Signature503STARZ Edge529
HBO West504STARZ Encore535
HBO Zone509STARZ Encore Action541
HBO2 East502STARZ Encore Black540
HBO2 West505STARZ Encore Classic537
STARZ Encore Western538STARZ Encore Family542
STARZ in Black530STARZ Encore Suspense539
STARZ West526STARZ Encore West536

Entertainment Channels

Directv customers have options to watch some great entertainment channels on their TV.

Our favorites are the Paramount Network on Channel 241 and the Lifetime Channel on Channel 252.

For the rest, look out below!

General Entertainment

TNT on DirecTV245Hallmark Channel312
USA Network242Lifetime252
AMC254Paramount Channel241

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To wrap it up, we’ve combined all the lists and channels so you can find whatever channel you’re looking for on your DirecTV subscription.

DIRECTV Channel Guide

A&E265ESPN2209NFL Network212
ABC396, 397ESPNU208NHL Network215
ACC Network612Fox398, 399Nick Jr301
AMC254Fox Business359Nickelodeon East299
Animal Planet282Fox News Channel360Nickelodeon West300
BBC America264Fox Sports 2618Nicktoons302
BBC World News346Freeform311OWN279
Big Ten Network610FX248Paramount Channel241
Bloomberg TV353FXM258PBS389
Boomerang298FXX259PBS Channel288
Bravo237FYI Network266QVC317
Cartoon Network East296GAC326QVC2315
Cartoon Network West297Golf Channel218QVC3318
CBS390, 391Hallmark Channel312Reelz Channel238
CBS Sports Network221Hallmark Movies565Smithsonian Channel570
CNBC355History Channel269TBS247
CNBC World357HLN204TCM256
CNN En Espanol419HSN2310Tennis Channel217
CNN International358IFC333The Movie Channel East553
Comedy Central249ION Television305The Movie Channel West554
Cooking Channel232Lifetime252TLC280
CSPAN350MLB Network213TNT245
CW394, 395MSNBC356Travel Channel277
Disney Channel East290MTV Classic336TV Land304
Disney Channel West291MTV2332Univision402
Disney Junior289Nat Geo Wild283USA Network242
Disney XD292National Geographic276VH1335
E!236NBA TV216Vice271
ESPN206NBC392WE Tv260
ESPN News207Newsmax349Weather Channel362

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About the author

Mark Chen is the founder and CEO of BillSmart. As a 7-year veteran of the bill negotiation space, he's saved Americans $25mm+ on their phone and cable bills. In his free time, he enjoys watching shows on TV like Yellowstone and college football.