NICE AND EASY: If I have DIRECTV Satellite, do I get AT&T TV for free?

This question came through our support channels. I bet there are a lot of people who are thinking the same thing. After all, DIRECTV satellite has great content. At the same time, AT&T TV is all new and glamorous. No matter which you have, you’re bound to be jealous. It’s perfectly normal to think it’s a possibility, too. After all, AT&T TV and DIRECTV are both part of the same group within AT&T. Why shouldn’t you have it all?

So if you have one, can you get the other for free?

Well yes and no. First we probably ought to define the two services so we know what we’re talking about.


AT&T TV is the streaming service from AT&T that offers live TV without a coaxial cable. It has more channels at a better price than any of the other services, offers more local TV than anyone and is available on almost every phone, tablet and streaming device. Not only that, you get a real box with a physical remote that really mimics the traditional pay-TV experience.


DIRECTV Satellite is the service that about 20 million Americans know and love. DIRECTV Satellite offers the best combination of features and value for the customer who wants a traditional pay-TV experience that includes a DVR and all the channels you could ever want.

But here’s the bottom line

If you truly wanted both, you would have to pay for both. Except, it’s hard to understand why you would want both. Because, if you have DIRECTV Satellite, you have access to the award-winning DIRECTV app for phones and tablets, which features well over 100 live streaming channels plus access to the same on-demand library as AT&T TV. It also gives you the ability to watch a lot of programming from anywhere and even schedule future recordings. So, with all that, why would you pay for an additional AT&T TV subscription?

So really, you have a decision to make here. Both services offer great value. Both offer a lot of channels and a lot of streaming content. One’s more focused on premium content inside the home, for those who can have a dish on the roof. One’s more focused on the streaming lifestyle, for people who want the exact same experience everywhere.  No, there isn’t a solution that works for both. The other side of that is you have two really strong options here and it’s up to you which one of them you want to choose.

Questions? Can’t decide?

If you’re interested in getting DIRECTV Satellite -or- AT&T TV, give us a call at Solid Signal at 888-233-7563 and we can help you decide which service is best for you! We’ll lay out all the options, and when it’s all said and done we’ll get you all signed up. New DIRECTV customers get free professional installation, of course. New AT&T TV customers can install safely by themselves. Whichever sounds better to you, you’re going to love your new TV service!

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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.