Watch DirecTV On Computer: It Was Easier Than I Expected

I have been using a local cable set-top box for years.

While it provides great service, it’s limited to my home TV. 

And whenever I used to go on business tours, I missed out on my favorite shows. 

So, I decided to search for a streaming service I could access on my laptop even when I was away from home.

I looked into popular players in the market, checked their availability, plans, and pricing, and finally settled on DirecTV. 

It worked great on my home TV. And more importantly, it worked seamlessly on my laptop too.

On my next business tour, it only took me a couple of minutes to open DirecTV on my laptop and stream a favorite show of mine.

Here’s how to access DirecTV while traveling all across the States: 

To watch DirecTV on a computer, open the DirecTV website in your browser and sign in with your user ID and password. Once logged in, click on ‘Watch Online’ to enjoy the available movies and shows. 

Minimum Requirements to Watch DirecTV on Computer

DirecTV can be streamed on both the Windows and Mac operating systems.

It works best with these three web browsers: Google Chrome, Safari, and Microsoft Edge. 

The minimum browser requirements to stream DirecTV on a Windows computer are: 

  • Windows 10 or higher
  • Chrome (version 59.0.3071 or higher)
  • Microsoft Edge (version 79.0.309 or higher)

The minimum requirement to stream DirecTV on a Mac computer are:

  • Mac OS 10.14.x (Mojave)
  • Safari® (latest version)
  • Chrome (version 70.0.3538 version or higher)

If you are using a different browser, DirecTV may not work properly on your computer.

The best option, in this case, is to switch to one of the three compatible browsers. 

How to Watch DirecTV Content on Computer

Watching DirecTV on a computer is similar to streaming any popular entertainment service. 

If you have an active DirecTV subscription, follow these steps to watch it on your computer: 

  1. Visit DirecTV.
  2. Click on Sign in in the top-right corner of the page and choose Watch Now.
  3. Enter your Login credentials.
  4. Select Watch Online from the Watch DirecTV section.
  5. Play the movie or show of your choice from the available titles. 

In case you are watching DirecTV on a computer for the first time, you will need to install the DirecTV Player before you can stream content.

To install DirecTV player on your computer: 

  • Download the DirecTV Player. This might not longer be available on DirecTV’s website. You can get it from another trusted source.

Note: You will receive a prompt with the download link when you try to play a video on the DirecTV website.

  1. Double-click on the downloaded file to start the installation process.
  2. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
  3. Refresh the webpage once done. 

What DirecTV Content Can I Watch on My Computer?

DirecTV offers various local and national channels along with on-demand content under various subscription plans. 

Here are the primary DirecTV Stream packages: 

PackageNumber of channelsValue-added contentPrice per month (Excluding tax)
Entertainment75+Unlimited cloud DVR storage$69.99
Choice105+Unlimited cloud DVR storage + Regional sports networks$89.99
Ultimate140+Unlimited cloud DVR storage + Regional sports networks$104.99
Premier150+Unlimited cloud DVR storage + Regional sports networks + HBO Max, SHOWTIME, STARZ, and Cinemax$149.99

Once you have installed the DirecTV player on your computer and successfully logged into your account, you can enjoy a variety of movies, shows, and live channels, depending on your subscription plan.

However, you won’t be able to stream any third-party content. 

Troubleshoot DirecTV Not Working on Computer

While it’s easy to stream DirecTV on a computer, there is always a possibility that it may not work for you due to server issues or software bugs. 

If DirecTV does not work on your computer even after using a compatible browser, it can be because of a glitch in the browser. 

The best way to remove these glitches and bugs is to clear the browser cache.

To clear browser cache:

  1. Open a New tab in your browser.
  2. Press Ctrl + Shift + Delete simultaneously on your keyboard.
  3. Select All time from the Time range and check the box for Cached images and files.
  4. Click on Clear data.
  5. Close the browser and relaunch it.
  6. Visit DirecTV and stream your favorite content. 

If you are still not able to watch DirecTV on your computer, you should contact DirecTV Support for additional assistance. 

DirecTV Made Entertainment Easier to Access For Me

When searching for a new streaming service, my primary priority was getting one that could be streamed on a computer.

And DirecTV turned out to be the perfect fit for me.

It not only allowed me to watch my favorite shows from anywhere in the country but also made the experience hassle-free.

If your computer and browser are compatible, DirecTV is pretty easy to watch on a laptop.

All you have to do is visit the website and log into your account. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the minimum Internet speed required to stream DirecTV content?

An Internet speed of 8 Mbps is good enough to watch DirecTV on a streaming device. 

Can I watch my DirecTV recordings on a computer?

No, you can only watch online DirecTV movies and shows on your computer as of now.

Earlier, DirecTV tested an app that allowed you to watch recorded shows on your computer, but that service is no longer supported. 

Can I watch DirecTV on a computer without an account?

No, you need a DirecTV account to stream its content on a computer.

In case you do not have one, you can easily create a new account on the official website. 

Is there a streaming app for DirecTV?

Yes, you can stream your favorite shows on the DirecTV app.

However, the app is only supported by mobiles, tablets, and streaming devices for TV. This app is not available on a computer. 

About the author

Maria Chan, or MC, as we call her, is the genius girl-boss who gave up on her cushy silicon-valley job to grind it out with us. Her undying pursuit of wanting Zeebox to the best makes it very clear that she has no interest in running a generic tech-site.