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What Channel is BET on DirecTV? (2024 Update)

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What Channel is BET on DirecTV? (2024 Update)

BET may not receive the name recognition of other networks, but the channel has been around longer than most people realize. If you’re looking for BET on DirecTV, you’ll find it on channel 329. Our guide will tell you what packages the channel is included with and what type of content you can expect to find on the network through DirecTV.

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BET on DirecTV Channel Guide

Channel NameChannel Number
BET329
BET West HD329-1
BET HER330

BET on DirecTV: Everything You Need to Know

Black Entertainment Television, otherwise known as BET, launched in 1980 but didn’t become the network we know today until a few years later. Originally, BET aired programming blocks on the USA Network when it was known as MSG before branching out in the mid to late 80s.

BET struggled to find a foothold in the 80s but took off in the 90s, along with music videos on TV. The channel hit the New York Stock Exchange in 1991 and began expanding heavily in the 90s. While they’ve undergone significant changes since that time, the station still lives up to its namesake today.

You can still find music on BET, but the network produces a wealth of original content throughout the year as well. BET is available through DirecTV’s Entertainment, Choice, Ultimate, and Premium packages.

BET Programming

Like MTV, VH1, and most old-school music networks, BET has moved away from music and leaned more into traditional programming. That includes syndicated content and original shows, along with events, movies, and news.

During the week, you’ll find unscripted content, reality shows, and music videos. Currently, that includes shows like Family Matters, Celebrity Family Feud, and original programming like Sistas, Tales, and Haus of Vicious. Tyler Perry is a staple on the network and has a variety of shows like Assisted Living and The Oval.

If only the White House were that entertaining. The Oval spawned a spin-off titled Ruthless, which can be just as saucy as the main show. American in Black is one of their newer Docuseries, and there are several new reality shows on the network. New shows like Ms. Pat Settles It are set to debut soon. We’re still waiting to see if The Wine Down with Mary J gets renewed, however.

BET Sister Stations

BET is currently under the ownership of CBS/Paramount Global, with BET Networks as the parent company. They have launched a number of spin-off channels over the past 20 years. Some of which have been more successful than others.

Through Paramount, channels like CBS, MTV, NickMusic, VH1, and CMT are all associated with BET. While that’s a bit of a musical monopoly on Paramount’s part, BET has its own set of sister channels tied to the network. At this time, only one of those channels is available through a DirecTV package.

BET HER is a sister station focused on sisters, mothers, and daughters. The network airs programming for women and is the second most popular station tied to BET. It’s been around since 1996, and you can find it on channel 330 with DirecTV if you have the DirecTV Ultimate or Premier plans.

Another spin-off with a lot of music content is BET Gospel. Bobby Jones Gospel, Lifted, and The Sheards are among the station’s long-running shows. Uplifting content airs throughout the day, but you’ll only find BET Gospel programming as it airs on the main channel. Two other channels in that class are BET Jams and BET Hip-Hop.  

BET Soul is another channel with its own section on the company’s official site but no real home due to restructuring. None of these channels are available through DirecTV outside of BET HER, although that could change in the future.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you watch BET for free?

You can watch select content online through BET’s official site, but you can also find shows from the network through other streaming services if you have a subscription.

What is BET+?

BET+ is a subscription-based service for cable cutters similar to Disney+ and other streaming platforms.

Does BET have a streaming app?

Yes, you can download the BET app for Android and iOS devices.

What is SHOxBET?

SHOxBET is a premium channel on Showtime, which is a joint venture of Showtime and BET.

Do other countries get BET?

BET is available through providers in Canada and France, but other countries can access it through streaming services and apps.

Can you watch BET without cable?

BET is available through the company’s own streaming service or via over-the-top providers, including Hulu, Sling, Philo, and YouTube TV.

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