How to Get DirectTV On Demand

By Sean Mann

Updated September 28, 2017

DIRECTV On Demand lets you access thousands of TV shows and movies by connecting your HD DVR to your home broadband Internet service. New movie releases are frequently available on DIRECTV On Demand weeks before they're available through other movie services. DIRECTV On Demand is especially helpful for those who want to watch past TV episodes and old movies.

Call DIRECTV at 1-888-777-2454 and upgrade to a DIRECTV Plus HD DVR Receiver. The receiver model must be an HD-enabled R22, an HR20 or a newer model.

Connect an Ethernet cable to your router and to the Ethernet port on the HD DVR.

Press the "Menu" button on your DIRECTV remote.

Navigate to "Settings & Help" on the screen by using the arrow buttons.

Navigate to "Settings" and press the "Select" button on your remote.

Select the "Network Setup" option.

Select the "Connection Now" option. Your HD DVR will now connect to your router.

Select the "Continue" option.

Select "Done." Your HD DVR and router are now fully connected.

Tune to channel 1000 with your remote to access the DIRECTTV on Demand channel. Alternatively, press the "Menu" button on your remote, select "Search & Browse" and select "On Demand."


New customers can receive DIRECTV On Demand by choosing the HDDVR option when they order their DIRECTV service. The installer will connect a DIRECTV Cinema Connection Kit to your HD DVR and home Internet network as part of the free installation.

Customers with the Whole-Home DVR service can't directly connect their HD DVR to their router and must instead order the DIRECTV Cinema Connection kit.

If your router is not within Ethernet cable distance of your HD DRV receiver you can access DIRECTV On Demand by upgrading to a DIRECTV Plus HD DVR Receiver and ordering a DIRECT Cinema Connection Kit with a professional installation for a setup fee.