DirecTV Channel Guide
by Mark Chen | Updated 5/4/23
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 News: 207
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|
|ESPN News||207||Tennis Channel||217|
|FS1 on DirecTV||219||CBS Sports Network||221|
|Fox Sports 2||618||Big Ten Network||610|
|NFL Network||212||ACC Network||612|
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.
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.
|Fox News Channel||360||CNBC World||357|
|FOX Business Network||359||Bloomberg TV||353|
|Newsmax||349||BBC World News||217|
|CNN En Espanol||419||Weather Channel||221|
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.
Check out where you can watch these channels.
|DIRECTV Movie Channels|
|FXM||258||Hallmark Movies & Mysteries||565|
|The Movie Channel West||554||MTV Live||572|
|The Movie Channel East||553||ShortsTV||573|
|Crime & Investigation||571||Smithsonian Channel||570|
|Hallmark Drama||564||Sony Movies||568|
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 East||296||Nickelodeon East||299|
|Cartoon Network West||297||Nickelodeon West||300|
|Disney Channel East||290||Nicktoons||302|
|Disney Channel West||291||Teennick||303|
|Disney Junior||289||PBS Kids||288|
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|
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|
|CBS||390, 391||CW||394, 395|
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.
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 East||515||Showtime 2||547|
|Cinemax West||516||Showtime East||545|
|Cinemax 5 Star Max||520||Showtime Familyzone||552|
|HBO Comedy||506||Showtime Next||551|
|HBO East||501||Showtime Showcase||550|
|HBO Family East||507||Showtime West||546|
|HBO Family West||508||STARZ||525|
|HBO Latino||511||STARZ Cinema||531|
|HBO Signature||503||STARZ Edge||529|
|HBO West||504||STARZ Encore||535|
|HBO Zone||509||STARZ Encore Action||541|
|HBO2 East||502||STARZ Encore Black||540|
|HBO2 West||505||STARZ Encore Classic||537|
|STARZ Encore Western||538||STARZ Encore Family||542|
|STARZ in Black||530||STARZ Encore Suspense||539|
|STARZ West||526||STARZ Encore West||536|
Directv customers have options to watch some great entertainment channels on their TV.
For the rest, look out below!
|TNT on DirecTV||245||Hallmark Channel||312|
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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|
|ABC||396, 397||ESPNU||208||NHL Network||215|
|ACC Network||612||Fox||398, 399||Nick Jr||301|
|AMC||254||Fox Business||359||Nickelodeon East||299|
|Animal Planet||282||Fox News Channel||360||Nickelodeon West||300|
|BBC America||264||Fox Sports 2||618||Nicktoons||302|
|BBC World News||346||Freeform||311||OWN||279|
|Big Ten Network||610||FX||248||Paramount Channel||241|
|Cartoon Network East||296||GAC||326||QVC2||315|
|Cartoon Network West||297||Golf Channel||218||QVC3||318|
|CBS||390, 391||Hallmark Channel||312||Reelz Channel||238|
|CBS Sports Network||221||Hallmark Movies||565||Smithsonian Channel||570|
|CNN En Espanol||419||HSN2||310||Tennis Channel||217|
|CNN International||358||IFC||333||The Movie Channel East||553|
|Comedy Central||249||ION Television||305||The Movie Channel West||554|
|CW||394, 395||MSNBC||356||Travel Channel||277|
|Disney Channel East||290||MTV Classic||336||TV Land||304|
|Disney Channel West||291||MTV2||332||Univision||402|
|Disney Junior||289||Nat Geo Wild||283||USA Network||242|
|Disney XD||292||National Geographic||276||VH1||335|
|ESPN News||207||Newsmax||349||Weather Channel||362|
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