The Ultimate Guide To Setup And Access AT&T TV (DirecTV Stream) On Major Platforms

October 13, 2021 Kunal Kumar How To

Do you wish to activate DIRECTV stream set-top box online, or do you have a DIRECTV receiver that requires a signal refresh? You’ll be viewing your favourite shows in no time if you follow this guide, as we bring to you step-by-step instructions to do the same. We will also be covering information on plans and packages offered by ‘DirecTV Stream’, for your reference, and also answer some of the FAQs to leave you with no doubt. Let’s  begin without any delay!

About AT&T TV (Presently DIRECTV Stream)

DIRECTV Stream is a suite of streaming multichannel television services provided by DIRECTV in the United States.

The brand covers three distinct services that use the same infrastructure and software. DIRECTV Stream, which debuted as AT&T TV in March 2020, is the streaming television equivalent to the classic DIRECTV satellite television service. It is supplied on a contract and optionally packaged in the same way as traditional television providers, except users rent Android TV-based set-top boxes.

On July 30, 2019, AT&T introduced AT&T TV, a streaming television service that includes an Android TV-based set-top box with a Google Assistant-based voice remote, uses the same applications as DIRECTV Now, and provides 500 hours of cloud DVR storage. This service, unlike DIRECTV Now, is provided on a contract basis (and in bundles with AT&T Internet) and requires the rental or purchase of proprietary set-top devices. Although the service allows for self-installation, activation costs are still levied.

AT&T TV and its former sibling AT&T TV Now were rebranded as DirecTV Stream, a new unified service spawned from a transaction between TPG Capital and AT&T for the telecommunications giant’s streaming holdings.

On August 14th, DirecTV began notifying AT&T TV and AT&T TV Now subscribers of the change. Subscribers were notified on the welcome screens of both services’ mobile applications that the change will take effect on August 26th, according to a spokesman for The Verge. DirectTV Stream rebrands AT&T’s TPG Capital-acquired services, which did not include HBO Max. (WarnerMedia, which owns HBO Max, is slated to merge with Discovery in the middle of 2022.)

It’s understandable if this all seems perplexing. With any luck, this is the only major branding update AT&T’s current and prospective streaming subscribers will see for a long time.

About The ‘DIRECTV Now’ App

AT&T’s DirecTV Now is a streaming channel package (which acquired DirecTV in 2015). It provides a large number of TV channels for a monthly fee, but instead of using a cable or satellite TV box, it streams through Internet-connected devices.

Pricing for about 60 channels starts at $35 per month. The four main broadcast networks, major cable news networks, nationally aired sports channels like ESPN and FS1, and a plethora of general entertainment channels are all included in this bundle. Additional channel tiers cost $50 per month, $60 per month, and $70 per month, respectively. For $5 a month, you can add HBO or Cinemax to any bundle, and for $8 per month, you can add Starz or Showtime. There may be sales taxes, but there are no additional costs.

General specifications of the ‘DirecTV Now’ app are listed below:

  • Compatible Devices: Android and iOS devices, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast
  • Free Trial Duration: 7-days
  • Synchronised Streams: 20 compatible devices simultaneously

Set Up Your DirecTV Stream Device And Remote

As we’ve mentioned earlier, DirecTV Stream includes an Android TV-based set-top box with a Google Assistant-based voice remote, uses the same applications as DIRECTV Now, and provides 500 hours of cloud DVR storage. You need to set up the device in order to stream content available on DirecTV Stream, on your Android TV. Let’s see how you can do the same.

Once you’ve received your ‘DIRECTV Stream’ device, power supply, HDMI cable, and remote:

  1. One end of the HDMI cable should be plugged into your device, while the other should be plugged into your TV. Make a note of the HDMI input you’re using.
  2. Do you require a connected internet connection? Connect your device to your gateway with an Ethernet wire (not provided). If not, you’ll pick your Wi-Fi® network later.
  3. Plug the power cable into a wall socket after inserting it into the rear of the gadget. On the front of the gadget, a red light will blink.
  4. Turn on your TV and use the Input or Source buttons on the remote to change the input to the appropriate one.
  5. Remove the ‘DIRECTV Stream’ remote’s battery label.
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions.

And you’ve done it! After successful installation of your DirecTV device, let’s have a look at how to activate the same.

Activate Your DirecTV Stream Device

To activate your DirecTV Stream device, follow the instructions below:

  1. To begin, go to and log into your account.
  2. If you need to activate your equipment after logging into your account, just go to “Activate Equipment” option on the left. A list of your new devices will appear, along with a prominent button that says “Activate Now.” Choose that option and follow the on-screen instructions.
  3. If your equipment has previously been activated but the signal to it has to be refreshed for it to start operating, go to your account’s “My Equipment” area. There will be a list of your equipment there. Check to see whether all of the information is right.
  4. Now, next to the box that requires a signal refresh, click the “Refresh Receiver” option. You’ll have to repeat this step for each receiver if you have more than one.
  5. After selecting “refresh receiver” in step 4, you’ll be taken to a page that verifies the receiver has to be refreshed once again. To “Refresh Receiver,” press the big orange button. It might take up to 5 minutes for your receiver to pick up the new signal and begin working.

This was all in the activation process of the ‘DirecTV Stream’ set-top box. Now you have access to amazing content available on DirecTV Stream. Go, binge-watch!

DirecTV Stream- Plans And Packages

Wondering about the costs of DirecTV Stream packages? We’ve got you covered. Have a look at our comparison of the various plans and packages offered by DirecTV Stream in 2021:

PackagePrice(excl. taxes)No. of ChannelsOn-Demand TitlesRegional Sports NetworksHBOMax
CHOICE$84.99/mo.90+45,000+IncludedFor first 3 months
ULTIMATE$94.99/mo.130+55,000+IncludedFor first 3 months

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Is there a senior discount on DirecTV?

-SeniorDiscounts members can save up to 55% on DIRECTV programming packages, as well as other specials and offers like NFL package discounts.

  • What is the cost of HBO on DirecTV?

-HBO starts at $14.99/mo. With the base plan of DirecTV Stream.

  • Is it possible to access DirecTV Stream without a dish?

-Yes! DIRECTV now has an app for iOS and Android smartphones and laptops, to access their content without a dish.

Wrapping up!

This brings us to the end of the article. We hope that it provides you with fruitful information on how to activate DirecTV Stream. Thank you for staying with us till the end. See you soon!


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