Your Guide to DIRECTV’s On Demand Service

Your Guide to DIRECTV’s On Demand Service

DIRECTV has the best content for you and your family. With four unique packages and plenty of premium add-ons available, your favorite shows and movies are just a click away. Plus, you get access to up to 150 live channels, a free Gemini air device and DVR service, as well as nearly 90,000 titles through DIRECTV On Demand.

Find out what On Demand is, its capabilities and how to use it with your DIRECTV account. And if you’re not a DIRECTV customer yet, keep reading or learn more about DIRECTV’s packages.


On Demand provides customers with more convenience and greater control over what you watch and when you watch it. With DIRECTV On Demand, you get instant access to thousands of the most popular shows and programs included in your TV package.

Once you find something you want to watch On Demand, there’s even more flexibility around the way you watch it. Customers can choose from different playback options depending on their platform:


  • Watch now
  • Record


  • Watch
  • Record
  • Bookmark

Depending on internet bandwidth, your content should be available almost immediately for you to enjoy. And if you bookmarked something, it’ll be there for you whenever you’re ready to watch.


If you’ve heard of On Demand, you’re likely also familiar with Pay Per View content. But what’s the difference? We’ll go over a few of them here.

  • On Demand content is included in your DIRECTV package, while Pay Per View Events come with a fee. The fee changes depending on the event being shown.
  • DIRECTV On Demand has thousands of movies and shows to watch at any time. Pay Per View Events are pre-scheduled events (like boxing matches or wrestling) which customers can order up to 12 days before the event airs.

For more information on specific PPV Events, check out this support article.  


Another tangential offering from DIRECTV is DIRECTV Movies. With this feature, you can watch the latest Hollywood movies and your favorite classics without needing to get up from the couch. Say “hello” to your personal home cinema.

Similar to Pay Per View Events, DIRECTV Movies are on sale for an additional fee and can be rented for 48 hours or purchased.


To get started with DIRECTV’s On Demand service, go to Ch. 1000 to browse available TV content.  You can also press the Menu button on your remote to search for a specific title. 

If you know which network shows the title you’re interested in, you can also browse On Demand titles that way. Simply put a 1 in front of the channel number to browse the network’s available content.

Check out the channel line-up here.

For Pay Per View Events and DIRECTV Movies, DIRECTV offers a number of ways to get your content. You can order right from your TV screen. For PPV, customers can visit Ch. 123 and Ch. 124 on the guide to view current or upcoming events.

You can also browse new and popular movies on Ch. 125 or use the “-” button on your remote to search for a specific title. Select the title, follow the prompts to buy or rent and enjoy the show! Or just go to the DIRECTV Guide page for our content library.

For more information on how to watch On Demand and how to order Pay Per View Events or DIRECTV Movies, check out this support page.

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