Listed below are the MAJOR differences between the two products.


  • Does NOT require internet service
  • REQUIRES a technician to install the service
  • Requires a satellite dish
  • Does NOT have integrated apps (ie Netflix, Youtube, Pandora)
  • Carries NFL Sunday Ticket and all other major seasonal sports packages.
  • Requires a soft credit check
  • Locals are available in every market
  • Service will NOT go out if your internet goes out.
  • Has NO voice remote control
  • Has LOCAL storage DVR service (500 Hours)
  • 2 year agreement required


  • REQUIRES internet service
  • Does NOT require a technician to install (is mailed as a self install kit ONLY)
  • Does NOT require a satellite dish
  • DOES have integrated apps (ie Netflix, Pandora) – you would still have to pay for these individual services (optional)
  • No seasonal sports packages
  • Does NOT require a soft credit check (this may change at a later date)
  • Locals may NOT be available in every market. (this is still slowly rolling out)
  • Service WILL go out if your internet goes out.
  • Has voice remote control
  • Has UNLIMITED Cloud DVR Storage
  • No annual contracts

Both services require a one time activation fee and credit card on file.

Still unsure?

Choose DIRECTV Satellite: If you are are NOT tech savvy, do not want to install your own equipment, love seasonal sports packages, have no internet or slow internet or live in a rural area.

Choose DIRECTV Stream: If you are are tech savvy, wouldn’t mind self installing your own equipment, already have fast internet, and would like to have integrated streaming apps.