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The DIRECTV Family Package – An Alternative To Basic Cable

With all broadcasting now in the digital format nationwide, many people are looking for an affordable cable or satellite TV package. The DIRECTV Family package might be something for you to consider if you have been affected by this recent change in broadcast requirements.  So why consider the Family package from DIRECTV versus what is available from cable?

First off, the DIRECTV Family package is extremely affordable.  At $29.99 per month, the only package out there that is less is probably the Dish Family package by competitor DISH Network.  If you are looking at low priced options from your cable TV company, generally the lower priced packages are going to be at least $50 per month.

Now with this DIRECTV package, you certainly won’t find a ton of channels.  Currently, the Family package has about 50 channels, and as the name implies, they are of course family friendly.  No start up fees or equipment charges apply, so that is another advantage if you are making your first step into the cable or satellite TV world.  Another way to approach this package is to start out here, then if you decide later you need a bigger DIRECTV programming package down the line, you can simply upgrade by making a phone call and there is no need for a technician to visit your home again.

So how does the channel lineup look with this DIRECTV package?  Certainly there are plenty of shopping and religious channels.  Add in a dozen or so cartoon and kid oriented networks, and the package is complete.  There are also four music channels, and your local networks are included as long as they are available in your area.  Here is a current channel list:

ABC
Bloomberg TV
Boomerang
BYU TV
CBS
CSPAN
CSPAN2
CW
Daystar
DIRECTV Basics
DIRECTV Pay Per View Previews
Discovery Kids
DIY
Disney Channel (East)
Disney Channel (West)
Disney XD
EWTN
FitTV
Food Network
Fox
GemsTV
GOD TV
HLN
HGTV
Gospel Music Channel
Hallmark Channel
HITN-TV
Home Shopping Network
Link TV
The N
NASA TV
National Geographic Channel
NBC
Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite (East)
Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite (West)
Nicktoons
Noggin
NRB
ONCE Mexico
PBS Kids Sprout
Science Channel
Shop NBC
QVC
RFD TV
TBN Trinity Broadcasting Network
TCT Network
Disney XD
Weather Channel, The
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Now if you have a new plasma screen or LCD television these channels are available in HD.  You do have to pay a $10 a month access fee for DIRECTV HD to receive these channels in high definition

ABC
CBS
CW
Disney Channel
National Geographic Channel
Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite
NBC
Food Network
Fox
Home & Garden Television
Science Channel
Disney XD
The Weather Channel

Finally, if you want to control your television rather than having it control you, the DIRECTV DVR is the perfect addition to this package.  At $6 per month, digital video recorder service is well worth the price in that it can save you tons of time over the course of a month.

So there are the basics on the DIRECTV Family package.  While it certainly can’t compare with the content available with the Premier package, it is a great way to keep the kids happy at an affordable price.

10 Comments

  1. we just received the Bundle deal with verizon and we are seeing two seperate bills and we need the rebate that was promised if we signed up

  2. No way is there 150 channels in the 29.99 package. I don’t want Spanish stations at all. This is terrible,
    for years I spent a lot of money with directv and I’m amazed at the deception.

  3. you said there was 150 channels on the family package there all info sells channels the package is a scam not good things I still won’t watch. nor will I ever dvr any of this. the family package is terrible. and you say you give a good product for the money, it’s bad

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