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What Channel Is ESPNU on DirecTV? (2024 Update)

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What Channel Is ESPNU on DirecTV? (2024 Update)

Streaming options aren’t getting simpler over the years. It seems like a new service pops up every time we blink. However, if you have a particular kind of programming in mind, then this can narrow down your search. When you want to tune into college sports coverage, there’s only a handful of channels dedicated to this purpose. Aside from ESPN, Fox Sports and CBS Sports, ESPNU is the home of college sports that you can’t go without. Today, we’re going to show you how to watch ESPNU on DirecTV, so you can kick back with the sports you love.

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How to Watch EPSNU On DirecTV

If you’re a DirecTV subscriber, chances are you have access to the ESPNU channel. However, not every package grants you access. ESPNU is available on channel 208, but not on DirecTV’s basic Entertainment package. If you want to watch ESPNU through your satellite service, then you’ll need to subscribe to the Choice, Ultimate, or Premier plans. Check out the table to see a rundown of these options.

PackageESPNU?Price/monthly
EntertainmentNoStarting at $69.99
ChoiceYes (channel 208)Starting at $84.99
UltimateYes (channel 208)Starting at $114.99
PremierYes (channel 208)Starting at $159.99

Although these are listed as introductory prices, in reality, the final cost is at least $15 higher due to leasing the Gemini Air device. Unfortunately, whether you go with DirecTV via the internet or dish, and use the app instead of the Gemini Air, you still have to pay this fee. Subsequent Gemini Air devices are available at an additional cost of $7, which can be convenient if you use more than one TV and just want to plug into the HDMI and start watching.

However, the cheaper option is to go for the DirecTV STREAM package instead. This knocks off the $15 Gemini fee. The service is basically identical. You have access to most of the channels that the same tier package would give you with the traditional service. However, you don’t have the NFL Network or 4K resolution. If you want the typical “cable” experience with channel numbers, you will need the Gemini Air device, or you can buy the (now discontinued) AT&T DirecTV Osprey box.

ESPNU Sister Channels

If you’re wondering about what other ESPN channels you have access to, then the good news is that DirecTV also has ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, and ESPNews. The availability of these channels is in the table below

Channel NameChannel NumberAvailability
ESPN206All packages
ESPN2209All packages
ESPN Deportes466Add-on subscription
ESPNews207Choice, Ultimate, Premier
ESPN on AT&T U-Verse
Whether you want baseball, basketball, soccer, or lacrosse, ESPNU has you covered.

How to Stream ESPNU on DirecTV

If you’re a DirecTV STREAM subscriber and have a Samsung smart TV, then you’ll need to follow these steps to start watching:

  • Download the DirecTV app by going to the Smart Hub and searching for “DIRECTV STREAM”,
  • Choose this app, and install it,
  • Open the app, and sign in with your details.

Unfortunately, if you have an LG smart TV, the app isn’t available. To stream, you’ll need a streaming device, such as a Roku, Fire Stick, or one of the streaming boxes listed earlier. However, if you’d rather not fork out for these, then you can cast from your mobile to your TV.

How to Cast ESPNU to your TV

Luckily, the DirecTV app is now available on mobile app stores. Therefore, you can mirror the content from your mobile to your TV. Just see the steps below on how to do this.

Step 1: Download the App

First off, go to the Google Play Store (or Apple’s App Store), search for “DIRECTV STREAM”, and download the app.

Step 2: Open ESPNU

Next, go to ESPNU and find the content you want to stream.

Step 3: Cast to Your TV

Now, all you have to do is tap back to the home screen. Then, tap the Cast icon that should be inside the picture. Choose your TV, and the content will show up. Alternatively, if you have a Samsung phone, you can swipe up to open the Quick Panel and then select Smart View.

This method also works for iPhones, but if you like, you can use Apple AirPlay instead. Simply follow the first two steps, and then tap the AirPlay icon within the app. You may need to activate AirPlay on your TV first by going to your TV’s settings menu.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is ESPNU available on DirecTV?

Yes, ESPNU is available on DirecTV via the internet or satellite, on channel 208.

What package do I need to watch ESPNU?

ESPNU isn’t available on the Entertainment package, so you’ll need to subscribe to the Choice, Ultimate, or Premier packages.

How much does DirecTV cost?

The Entertainment, Choice, Ultimate, and Premier packages are listed as starting at $69.99, $84.99, $114.99, and $159.99 respectively, but with the Gemini Air device included, these prices increase by $15. alternatively, the DirecTV STREAM packages waive the $15 cost.

What's the difference between DirecTV and DirecTV STREAM?

Ultimately, there isn’t much difference, especially if you’re comparing with DirecTV via the internet. In this case, both services will run off your home internet. Most of the same channels are available (with the exception of the NFL Network), but you won’t have the traditional TV experience with STREAM, i.e., no TV box or channel lineup. If this is important to you, you can purchase a streaming box so that you can browse using channel numbers.

Can I watch ESPNU with DirecTV STREAM?

Yes, if you have a streaming box, then you can tune in on channel 208. If not, then you can open the DirecTV app, search for ESPNU, and start watching. LG TVs don’t have this app natively, however, so you’ll need to cast it from a mobile device to watch on your TV.

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