What Channel Is The Discovery Channel On DirecTV?

by Daniel Smith | Updated 10/7/23

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On DirecTV, there are 6 channels where you can watch the Discovery Channel and its affiliated channels.

Some of them you probably haven’t heard of like the Discovery Life Channel or Discovery Familia.

In this article, we’ll provide you with the right channel numbers for all the Discovery channels on DirecTV and for all of the cities that DirecTV operates in.

We’ll also go through the current schedule for the main Discovery Channel as well as all the alternatives you have to watch the channel.

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All The DirecTV Channels

The 6 Discovery Channels on Directv can be broken into the main Discovery Channel, the family channels, and channels in Espanol.

DirecTV customers can watch the main Discovery Channel on Channel 278.

278 will be the right channel throughout the country.  If you have a Discovery Plus subscription tied to your TV account, you can also watch Discovery on Demand on Channel 1278.

The Discover Family channels are on Channel 294 and Channel 436.

436 is Discover Familia and has content in Spanish and 294 is the regular Discovery Family channel.

For Spanish speakers, your Discovery channels are 413 and 436.  413 is for the main Discovery Channel and 436 is a family channel.

Finally, there’s the Discovery Life Channel on Channel 261.

Here’s a list of all the channels below.

Discovery Life: 261
Discovery Channel: 278
Discovery Family: 294
Discovery Espanol: 413
Discovery Familia: 436
Discovery On Demand: 1278

Directv Discovery Channel List By City

It’s pretty simple to watch the Discovery Channel on DirecTV. Just go to Channel 278.

That will work in any city in America.

Discovery Channel DTV

Little Rock278Detroit278
Yuma278St. Louis278
Los Angeles278Charlotte278
San Francisco278Omaha278
San Diego278Las Vegas278
Fresno278New York278
Colorado Springs278Oklahoma City278
Washington DC278Philadelphia278
Fort Worth278Memphis278
Miami278El Paso278
Honolulu278San Antonio278
Kansas City278Norfolk278
New Orleans278Boston278

Shows On The Discovery Channel

It’s so wonderful that the Discovery Channel has so many great shows for Directv customers on Channel 278.

Some of our favorites and the most popular ones include Naked and Afraid, The Deadliest Catch, and Expedition X.

Discovery is unique among cable networks in still making and showing a bunch of their shows on their channel.

Most cable networks at this point just have syndicated shows and reruns and save the best stuff for streaming.

So much content makes it difficult to watch the show and specific program that you want to watch. 

The folks at the Discovery Network try to make it easier by having marathons of their shows.

For most days on the Discovery Network, they’ll just marathon a single series.  In recent days, they’ve marathoned gold-related shows, Dirty Jobs, and Fast N’ Loud.

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These shows don’t have specific days of the week or times so you’ll just need to see what’s on and if you want to watch more of that show on that day.

If you want to watch specific shows, you’ll have better luck with the Discovery on Demand channel on 1278 or by signing up for their premium service Discovery Plus.

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It was a major discovery for us that the Discovery channel has some many subchannels.

That means there are a lot of options to watch their great shows no matter if Spanish is your first language or if you want to watch with your family.

We hope we’ve made it easier to find the Discovery Channel on DirecTV and that you enjoy the show that you end up watching.

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