DirecTV or DIRECTV is one of many options you have in order to watch satellite TV or the alternative to cable TV and broadcast or terrestrial local TV. The main goal of DirecTV is to replace satellite or cable TV subscriptions with their own unique model.
DirecTV is more lauded by sports fans who wish to watch sports channels and avail of the NFL Sunday Ticket. Satellite providers like Dish, however, is much cheaper with its 2-year price guarantee and has Hopper 3 DVR tech to boot.
How to Connect DirecTV Box to Roku TV?
It’s easier to connect the DirecTV box to Roku TV or TCL Roku TV because the Roku streaming service is built into the smart TV already. Your connection options include an HDMI cable, composite RCA cable, or coaxial cable. Here’s how you go about it.
- Connect your DirecTV box to your Roku TV via coaxial cable.
- Turn on the TV. Move the “Antenna TV” icon and click “OK”.
- Select “Start Finding Channels” and click “OK”.
- Choose “No” and “Channels 3 & 4 are Needed” options.
- Find the available paid subscription channels.
- After the Scan Process is complete, click “Done” to retain the list.
- Go back to the home screen. Select the “Antenna TV” icon and click “OK” to enjoy shows from your available subscription.
- If you’re using an RCA cable to connect, move to the “AV” option, choose TCL remote, and click “OK”.
- Find the “DirecTV Now” channel on the list, select, and click “Done”.
How to Add and Watch DirecTV on Roku?
Instead of satellite packages, you can avail of DirecTV instead for all your live sports needs on top of premium channel offerings present in nearly all cable or satellite TV services.
It supports Roku devices like Roku, Roku Premier Plus, Roku Premiere, and Roku Ultra.
You can add DirecTV as a channel on your Roku device.
Adding DirecTV Now to Your Channel List
- Link your Roku streaming player to your TV using an HDMI cable.
- Search for an Ethernet cable to make a router to Roku player connection, or connect Roku to wifi.
- Link the Roku player to a power connector as well.
- Press the power button in order to turn on the device.
- Insert batteries into your new remote by taking out the battery cover and placing them inside.
- Check your TV’s menu to make sure the current TV input (HDMI1 or HDMI2) is selected.
- Go to your Roku TV home screen and choose the language settings. Select English.
- Get your remote and press the Home Button.
- Select the “Streaming Channels” option and enter.
- Put on the search box “DirecTV Now”. Use the direction arrows for up and down to go to the correct option.
- To install the channel, click the “Buy” option. When prompted, type the PIN.
- Your DirecTV channel is now part of the Roku on-screen list.
- This should allow you to watch TV shows, movies, and sports channels via DirecTV Now on top of you having access to Netflix and Amazon Prime on one home screen.
How Do You Switch Between Roku and the DirecTV Box?
Alternatively, you can simply switch or swap between your Roku streaming stick or device and your DirecTV box instead of having to integrate both. Keep in mind that some TVs only have 1-2 HDMI ports, so sometimes you might need an HDMI switcher to allow you to switch between source media.
If you wish to add speakers, you’ll need either an HDMI splitter or an AVR (Audio-Video Receiver) to manage the connections from one HDMI port or even whatever extra audio ports your smart TV or Roku TV might have.
The best modern TV options are those with at least 4 HDMI inputs in case you wish to have a decent home cinema or home entertainment system setup for your living room, guest room, or den. Otherwise, the switcher is your best bet.
How to Connect Your Roku Device and DirecTV Box without Adding DirecTV to the Channel List?
The AVR, the HDMI switcher, and any TV with about 4 HDMI ports should work superbly enough to allow dual use of either your Roku device or your DirecTV box. You simply need to plug Roku to your TV’s HDMI port like yo would with the DirecTV box.
If your TV sports multiple HDMI ports they can be connected to at the same time. If you wish to switch from Roku to DirecTV and back again, just switch HDMI ports (HDMI1 to HDMI2 up to HDMI4 and beyond).
How to Deal with Audio Connections for Your DirecTV and Roku TV Setup?
The AVR can double as an HDMI switcher, allowing you to change device selection from it. Even if you only have two speakers to spare, it’ll sound so much better using them as opposed to your TV’s internal speakers. There are also those who avail of wired or wireless Bluetooth soundbars as well.
You can also add a full 5.1 speaker setup composed of a subwoofer, two surround-sound speakers, and a set of left, center, and right speakers. This gives you outstanding surround sound worthy of a mini-theater or cinema. It’ll cost you quite a bit though.
However, if you have an AVR that has 4K video support, you should be future-proofed when it comes to audio setups for the foreseeable future.
If you have no interest in cord-cutting and wish to enjoy the best of both worlds when it comes to Roku online streaming of Netflix and dedicated cable or satellite channels via your cable box and/or satellite box, here’s the deal.
This is all possible. Certain devices—like the Roku Ultra, Premier or Premier Plus, and Roku streaming player—allow you to integrate DirecTV into the home screen of your Roku device itself, thus making this media source as accessible to you as Netflix or Hulu. You have to buy the service though.
Ditto when it comes to toggling between cable TV and Roku TV. It becomes a matter of connecting Roku to your cable/satellite service or swapping between HDMI ports.
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- Rachel Oaks, “Dish vs. DirecTV: Who is the Best Satellite TV Provider?“, CableTV.com, June 22, 2021