Sometimes travel gets in the way of important TV-watching - like your favorite team’s big game or the new episode of that reality show you can’t get enough of. Sure, you can record your shows, but watching them after the fact just isn’t the same.
Have you considered ordering DIRECTV® satellite television onboard? That way, you can keep up with TV programs and movies while you’re in flight. In fact, more of our planes are outfitted with live television than you’ll find on any other airline.
Note: DIRECTV is available only on select aircraft.
What’s on TV
Through our partnership with Live TV, we now offer DIRECTV programming on almost 200 aircraft. View the progress we’re making adding DIRECTV to our fleet
In addition to having the greatest number of airplanes with live television, we also have more channels in the sky. The current number tops 100 channels. Take a look at our channel lineup
If DIRECTV is available on your aircraft, you can purchase it for $5.99 for flights that are two hours or less and $7.99 for flights over two hours in United Economy®. For customers in United First®, the service is complimentary.
How to get DIRECTV on board
Getting DIRECTV is straightforward. Swipe any major credit card or debit card to access the Channel Guide. From there, select the program you want to watch and you’ll be connected instantly. DIRECTV is available from the time you board the aircraft until the door opens at the arrival gate.
You can choose to pay for DIRECTV in advance
of your flight. This pre-pay option can save you money: When you buy four or more DIRECTV credits, you'll pay just $4.99 (compared to $5.99 or $7.99 when you’re on the plane). If you paid for DIRECTV® access in advance, once you’re on board, you just swipe the same credit card you used to make the purchase. (Don’t worry - you won’t be charged again.) Your DIRECTV credits are valid for up to six months from the date of purchase. View the terms and conditions
DIRECTV programming is delivered to you live via satellite. If your flight takes you out of the satellite coverage area, you’ll still be able to watch TV shows and premium movies available through recorded programming.
It’s true that inflight viewing isn’t quite the same as watching your favorite TV programs and movies while lying on the couch. But with more than 100 TV channels, plus new release Hollywood movies, you can bet that you’ll be entertained for the duration of your flight.