How It works


Over 100 channels of live television

DIRECTV® is available on select Boeing 737 and 757-300 aircraft.* With more than 100 of your favorite TV channels, plus new release Hollywood movies, you'll stay entertained for your entire flight.

The service is complimentary in United First® and is available for purchase in United Economy® for $5.99 on flights two hours and less and $7.99 on flights over two hours.

To determine if your upcoming flight offers DIRECTV, check the Inflight Amenities tab on the Flight Status & Information page within 24 hours of your flight departure.

Pre-paid discount

When you pre-pay for four or more credits of DIRECTV, you'll pay just $4.99 each. To purchase your credits, click here.

*Aircraft with DIRECTV will not offer personal device entertainment. All planned installations of DIRECTV on United's aircraft are complete.

Can your screen be seen?

Please be mindful of those around you when watching entertainment content on your personal device or a seatback screen. We provide a variety of entertainment options, some of which may not be appropriate for young audiences. Whether watching our programming or your own, please try to make sure that any children seated near you aren’t able to see scenes with violence or adult themes.

How it works

Just swipe any major credit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover Card and Diners Club/Carte Blanche) or debit card (MasterCard and Visa), and you will be instantly taken to the Channel Guide to select your program. DIRECTV® is available from the time you board the aircraft until the door opens at the next gate.

If you have purchased your DIRECTV® access in advance, simply swipe the credit card you used to make the purchase when at your seat. You will not be charged again.

Coverage area

Coverage MapSince the programming is live from DIRECTV®, a flight may take you out of the satellite coverage area. If this happens, recorded TV shows and premium movies will still be available.