In this guide, I will teach you how to install and watch DirecTV Stream (formerly known as AT&T TV) on your FireStick. This guide is also applicable to other Amazon Fire TV devices such as Fire TV Cube, FireStick Lite, FireStick 4K, and FireStick 4K Max. I will guide you through the process of subscribing to, installing, and using DirecTV Stream (AT&T TV) on your FireStick.
What Is DirecTV Stream (Formerly Known As AT&T TV)?
DirecTV Stream is an online live TV service. It’s a satellite broadcasting service that allows users to enjoy the benefits of traditional cable TV without needing special equipment. To enjoy DirecTV Stream, users simply need an active DirecTV Stream subscription, the DirecTV app, and a stable Wi-Fi connection.
DirecTV Stream has over 140 live channels from numerous categories like sports, movies, and news. The service has four primary plans with a wide variety of add-ons. This is a really good alternative for users who are planning to cut the cord. DirecTV’s ability to provide live regional sports channels (in select packages) helps it shine when compared to the competition, like YouTube TV and its alternatives. Apart from regional TV, it also has popular channels like Cartoon Network, HBO HD, Disney, and AMC.
Attention, FireStick Users!
Governments and ISPs constantly monitor your online activity, and accessing copyrighted content on your Fire TV Stick could lead to serious trouble. Currently, your IP is visible to everyone. I strongly recommend getting the best FireStick VPN to mask your IP address and securely stream your favorites.
I personally use ExpressVPN, the fastest and most secure VPN available. Not only is it easy to install on any device, it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee. Plus, if you're not 100% satisfied, you can always get a refund. ExpressVPN is currently also offering a whopping 3 extra months free on their annual plan!
Read: How to Install and Use Best VPN for FireStick
Plans and Pricing for DirecTV Stream
While DirecTV Stream doesn’t require any special equipment like a dish antenna, it does require an active subscription. With a subscription, users can enjoy DirecTV Stream on various supported devices, like FireStick, Apple TV, and Google Chromecast.
Here is the package cost at the time of writing this post:
For the most up-to-date prices, please visit the DirectTV official website.
How to Install DirecTV Stream (Formerly AT&T TV) on FireStick
The DirecTV app is officially available on the Amazon App Store. Therefore, there is no need to sideload the app using Downloader.
However, this application’s availability is geo-restricted due to DirecTV being limited to the US, as I mentioned. But if you’re outside of the US, you can still use ExpressVPN to connect to a US server and download the app.
Follow these steps to install the official DirecTV app:
1. On your FireStick home screen, click on Find.
2. Click Search.
3. A virtual keyboard will pop up. Start typing DirecTV, and click on Directv when it appears in the suggestions.
4. Click on the DirecTV Stream banner.
5. Click on the Download or Get button to install the app.
You have now completed the installation for the DirecTV Stream app.
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How to Stream on FireStick Anonymously
As soon as you install the right apps, your FireStick is all ready to stream your favorite content. However, before you start, I would like to warn you that everything you stream online is visible to your ISP and Government. This means, streaming free movies, TV shows, Sports might get you into legal trouble.
Thankfully, there is a foolproof way to keep all your streaming activities hidden from your ISP and the Government. All you need is a good VPN for Fire Stick. A VPN will mask your original IP which is and will help you bypass Online Surveillance, ISP throttling, and content geo-restrictions.
I personally use and recommend ExpressVPN, which is the fastest and most secure VPN. It is compatible with all kinds of streaming apps and is very easy to install on Fire TV / Stick.
We do not encourage the violation of copyright laws. But, what if you end up streaming content from an illegitimate source unintentionally? It is not always easy to tell the difference between a legit and illegal source.
So, before you start streaming on your Fire Stick / Fire TV, let’s see how to use ExpressVPN to keep your streaming activities hidden from prying eyes.
Step 1: Subscribe to ExpressVPN HERE. It comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Meaning, you can use it free for the first 30-days and if you are not satisfied with the performance (which is highly unlikely), you can ask for a full refund.
Step 2: Power ON your Fire TV Stick and go to Find followed by Search option.
Step 3: Now type “Expressvpn” (without quotes) in the search bar and select ExpressVPN when it shows up in the search results.
Step 4: Click Download to install the ExpressVPN app on Fire TV / Stick.
Step 5: Open the app and enter the login credentials that you created while buying the ExpressVPN subscription. Click Sign in.
Step 6: Click the Power icon to connect to a VPN server. That’s all. Your connection is now secure with the fastest and best VPN for FireStick.
You can also read more detailed info on using ExpressVPN with Fire TV / Stick.
Setting Up and Using the DirecTV Stream App
If you plan to use the app regularly, you can create a shortcut for DirecTV Stream app on home screen.
Now, I’ll show you how to set up the app and its various features.
1. Launch the DirecTV Stream app.
2. Click on Sign In.
3. The account login screen will appear. Select the first field to enter your details.
4. Fill in your account details using the virtual keyboard.
5. Click on Sign in.
Now that we’re signed in, I’ll give you a walkthrough of the app.
You will be greeted with the DirecTV home screen. Under Watch Now, you can navigate through the various channels. Each banner will depict the ongoing show/movie.
Click on a banner to launch the channel/show of your liking.
The app also has a built-in guide that can be accessed by selecting the Guide option.
A detailed guide screen will appear. This screen shows additional information such as the timeline of upcoming programs. It also offers detailed descriptions of ongoing shows.
You can also favorite a program or channel by clicking the heart icon beside it.
You can find these channels later (as well as other filters) by scrolling all the way left and selecting the the Favorites section.
If you can’t decide to what to watch, go to the Watch Now page and press the down button on your remote to surf and discover trending content.
You can access DVR recordings along with other bookmarks in the My Library section.
Apart from live TV, DirecTV Stream also offers shows and movies on demand like other over-the-top platforms. These can be found in the On Demand section.
You can search for a particular show or movie by clicking on the search icon.
The app settings can be launched by pressing the settings icon, just beside the search icon.
You can play around with several settings under Preferences to modify the experience as per your liking. For example, you can set up parental control from this menu. Other options like stream quality and caption customization can also be found here.
If you want to sign out of the DirecTV Stream app, click on the Account option under settings, then click Sign Out.
Are DirecTV Stream and DirecTV Satellite the same?
No, these services are different. DirecTV Satellite is the company’s cable connection service that requires special equipment like traditional cable TV. DirecTV Stream runs on an internet connection and can be installed on any supported device. The packages and their pricing are also different for these two services.
What kind of Wi-Fi connection do I need to comfortably use DirecTV Stream?
DirecTV recommends a Wi-Fi plan of at least 8 Mbps to enjoy a smooth experience. According to the company, a stable 24 Mbps connection is optimal for a buffering-free experience. You can check your Wi-Fi connection’s speed by performing a quick speed test using services such as Ookla Speed Test.
This guide showed you how to install and watch DirecTV Stream on FireStick using the official app from the Amazon App Store. DirecTV Stream is a fantastic package for live TV, as it provides access to national as well as local channels. If you have any further questions, please post them in the comment section.
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