Does DIRECTV have a month-to-month plan?

This is one of the most popular questions out there on the internet about satellite television. I was surprised that there wasn’t a current answer. You find some forum posts from almost ten years ago, but nothing definitive. So, here goes.

DIRECTV Satellite does NOT have a month-to-month plan.

That’s right, I hate to disappoint you right off the bat. Even if you have been a customer for a long time, you can’t really get a month-to-month plan from AT&T for DIRECTV satellite. At one point it was “kind of” possible but you’d pay activation fees and all. Today though, practically any change to your service will trigger a 2-year commitment for residential customers.

Commercial customers have the closest thing to a month-to-month plan since all the equipment is bought outright. However there are a lot of challenges to doing it this way and for regular folks it may be a little too much to take on.

There are options, though.

Suspending service or changing service address is an option

You can suspend your DIRECTV service once a year for up to six months. This can end up just like a month to month plan if you’re using the service for your RV or boat. It’s often the best plan if you have a vacation home, boat, RV, or any other “secondary” location.

You can also change your service address once a year, which can help if you have a winter home and a summer home. But, that once-a-year rule is pretty strict and it may end up that you could be without service if things don’t overlap perfectly.

AT&T TV is also out there for you

AT&T TV is the live TV service from AT&T that doesn’t require a satellite dish. It’s a lot like DIRECTV Satellite but you can use it without a dish. It works anywhere that there’s good Wi-Fi or wired internet. If your phone or other device allows tethering, you can use it on an RV as well.

AT&T TV is an option for people who want to go month-to-month and the plans are better than ever. You get DVR service, ability to pause, tond of on-demand content and your popular streaming apps all in one small box that works like a cable box. Only difference — no cable!

Get the right option for you

There’s only one organization that can help you get the right service for your second home, business, RV, or boat. Signal Connect, the commercial and activation arm of Solid Signal, specializes in cases like these. No one does more activations than Signal Connect. Our reps are experts in navigating the tough waters of AT&T activation and they have all the tools right at their fingertips.

So why not call us now and get the service you want and the price you want to pay? The experts will give you all your options and let you make the choice that’s best for you. Start with a call to 866-726-4182 and you’ll get a representative who will take a real interest in your needs. Reading this after hours? Fill out the form below and we’ll get back to you, usually within 24 hours.

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Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 8,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.