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Cable vs DIRECTV: the channels you won’t find on Charter, Comcast, Time Warner or Cox

Last updated on January 31st, 2022 by George Levint

If you’re considering leaving Cable or just comparing it to DIRECTV, you’ll soon stumble upon the fact that there are plenty of channels simply not available on cable. That means you flat out won’t find it in ANY of their packages — it’s almost always due to a contractual (read: money) issue between the cable provider and channel network. Sometimes, TV providers bend and pay a bit more so their subscribers don’t lose out on a channel… other times (especially with smaller companies), they put their profit margins first and drop the channel entirely.

In the table below, you’ll find all those channels dropped (or never added) by the top cable providers and whether it’s available on DIRECTV. As mentioned, channel negotiations are almost always in flux and eventually resolved/delayed, so expect this list to change about every few months. To make it easier to compare, we’ve only listed a channel if it’s not included in the programming of at least one cable company.

Note: a red x denotes the provider doesn’t carry the channel.

Channel
DIRECTV
Charter
Comcast
Time Warner
Cox
ABC Family HD
x
Big Ten Network HD
x
x
x
Biography Channel HD
x
x
Cartoon Network HD
x
x
CMT HD
x
x
CNBC HD+
x
x
x
CSTV HD
x
x
x
Disney Channel HD
x
Fox Business Network HD
x
x
Fuel TV
x
x
x
x
HD Net Movies
x
x
HDNet
x
MGM HD
x
x
x
NBA TV HD
x
x
x
NFL Network HD
x
x
NHL Network HD
x
Nick HD
x
x
Planet Green HD
x
x
Smithsonian HD
x
x
x
Speed Channel HD
x
x
x
Spike HD
x
x
Tennis Channel HD
x
x
The Movie Channel HD
x
The Weather Channel HD
x
x
x
Toon Disney HD
x
x
Versus HD
x
VH1 HD
x
x

Channel list last updated: 9/9/21

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