Watch TV on the DIRECTV App

Watch live TV or on demand content on the DIRECTV App. Learn more about DVR playback and more helpful tips.

Get the app for mobile and connected devices

Get the app in your device’s app store:

Learn more about all compatible devices like Roku, Amazon Fire TV, etc.

Watch live TV or stream shows

Launch the app and sign in with your user ID and password to watch live TV, access more than 65,000 shows and movies on demand, and access your DVR playlist.  Choose from the following options:

  • Watch Now – Defaults to the last channel watched. Browse the carousels for channels, programs, and events. You can pause and rewind live TV for up to 60 minutes.
  • My Library – Access DVR playlist, purchased movies, review saved Bookmarks.
  • On Demand – Browse by network, movie or show title.
  • Guide – Access your program guide for live TV. Tap the heart next to a channel to add as a Favorite. You can sort your guide alphabetically or numerically. 
  • Search – Search by title, channel, keyword, or person.

DVR recording & playback

An internet-connected receiver (models HR44, HR54, or HS17) is required for this functionality in the DIRECTV App.  Learn more about connecting to the internet


View and select recorded content while at home or on-the-go. Access My Library to get started.

To record a title while watching, select REC > Confirm to begin recording. If applicable, you can select Series Recordings

To schedule a recording, search for and choose your title. Select Record and set recording options as desired.

Heads up: It may take several minutes for a recording to appear in the DIRECTV App. DVR recordings in the DIRECTV App expire after 90 days while recordings on your set-top box receiver(s) do not expire.

Troubleshooting help & tips

If the app crashes or you experience issues, check for recent updates and restart your device. A stable internet connection is needed for optimal viewing experience. If you have intermittent or slow bandwidth signal, contact your internet service provider for assistance.

Enable parental controls:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Enter your PIN – first time users must create a 4-digit PIN code.
  3. Select Preferences, then Parental controls.

Tip: You can restrict adult channels and set ratings limits for movies and shows.

Turn on/off closed captioning:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Select Preferences.
  3. Select Captioning.

Frequently asked questions


How do I check what receiver model I have?

Press and hold INFO on your DIRECTV remote control until the Info & Test screen appears on your TV. Your model number displays next to Receiver. You can also check the bottom or back of your DVR receiver.


Why are some of my recordings not available to stream in the app?

Recorded content available to stream are subject to restrictions and we’re working to increase availability. Many channels have HD and SD versions – make sure you schedule recordings using the HD channel.


Why is the DVR playlist in my app empty?

If you have an HR44, HR54, or HS17 it may take up to 24 hours for your DVR playlist to appear in the app if you are using the app for the first time or have not used the app in over six months. 

If you have an HR22, HR24, HR34, or H44 make sure you are connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your DVR receiver. 

If you have a combination of older/newer equipment, only the playlist from your HR44, HR54, or HS17 is assessable in the app. To switch receiver in the app, go to Settings > Preferences > Recording Options > Receiver and change your selection to a supported receiver.


Why am I only able to stream part of my recording?

When a recording is changed in the app while it’s airing, for example when you change the start or end time of a recording that currently in progress, a new recording is created in your DVR receiver. You will be able to watch each recording segment using the DVR receiver – but only the first recording is available to stream in the app.



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