Cookies, caches, and DIRECTV STREAM

Learn more about cookies and how they can affect your DIRECTV STREAM viewing experience.

Learn more about cookies and caches

A cookie is a small file that saves your preferences when you visit websites - the server hosting the site sends a cookie to your browser. A cache is similar: it stores web data on your browser so websites load faster the next time you go to them. Sometimes, these saved cookies and caches can cause streaming video issues.

Most browsers accept cookies by default. You can usually find the option to turn cookies on or off under the Preferences or Internet Options menu.

Clear cache data and cookies

Cookies and cache data often make your surfing and streaming experience a little easier. However, they can also bog things down. Clearing browsing data, like cookies and caches, is a common way to freshen up your browser. Here’s how:

  1. Launch your web browser.
  2. Go to the History menu, or select Ctrl+Shift+Del if using a PC.
  3. Select the items you'd like to clear from the browsing history.
  4. Select the Delete or Clear button.
  5. Close your browser and reopen it.

Want more help? Try your browser or manufacturer support site.

Blocking cookies

DIRECTV STREAM won’t work if you block all cookies. You’ll see a blank screen if you try to sign in or sign up. Also, when you turn off cookies, you have to reenter your ID and password to move between the watch experience and account management.

Here’s how to make sure DIRECTV STREAM works correctly.

Google Chrome
Set your cookie option to one of these options:
  • Always Allow
  • Keep Local Data until You Quit Your Browser
Set your cookie option to one of these options:
  • Always Allow, works, or
  • Allow from Current Website Only, or
  • Allow from Websites I Visit

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