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To be heard and represented is what African-Americans have always strived for. After the advent of the American film industry, the presence of African-Americans in the movies never failed to stir speculations. Disappointments took over and hope was fading into the abyss. The African-Americans were experiencing a misportrayal of their culture. There was so much missing from the movies and TV that could be a perfect depiction of what the black culture actually entailed. However, sadly, it was becoming a norm to assign African-Americans the roles of thugs, poor or the struggling ones, and hardly ever as a lead. Time was ticking, misrepresentation was at its peak and something needed to be done.

In 1966, a glimmer of hope lit bright in the eye of the African-American community as the late comic maestro, Stan Lee breathed life into the first ever, black superhero and named it Black Panther. T’Challa was one of the many contributions made towards giving the African-American community, a fair representation in movies and television. Because later in 1980, another contribution came forth as BET (Black Entertainment Television. It was the first TV channel targeted towards the African-American audiences, with a focus to give them the spotlight they rightfully deserved.

BET is currently available to 88 million households across the U.S., via all leading TV service providers, including DIRECTV. If you’re someone who prefers TV in all its glory (read: packed with features), DIRECTV is what you need to lighten your every day. DIRECTV offers TV packages in 5 different variants. Talk to your family members, know which of the DIRECTV plans is offering channels they want to watch and become a subscriber!   

TV is Not Complete without DIRECTV

DIRECTV from AT&T has been USA’s favorite satellite TV service provider for the past 19 years. Whether you’re a person with a modest televisual preference or rather boastful ones, if you’ve picked DIRECTV you’ve come to the right place to learn what you must. Every option from DIRECTV is so well-crafted that even while staying within your budget, you wouldn’t find yourself settling for mediocre features. 

A Look at DIRECTV Packages Crafted Just For You

For modest TV buffs who watch TV, only when they’ve to unwind after a long day at work, here’s…

DIRECTV ENTERTAINMENT

  • Get access to 160 TV channels including local, entertainment, music and sports channels
  • Genie HD DVR that lets you record up to 5 TV shows simultaneously
  • 40,000 On Demand choices
  • Watch TV as you go with DIRECTV App

It’s okay if you want your TV to have more ‘choices’ for everyone in your family, because here we have…

DIRECTV CHOICE™

  • Watch 185 TV channels
  • Enjoy premium content from HBO MAX™ for 12-months, and STARZ®, EPIX®, SHOWTIME® and Cinemax® free for 3-months
  • Choose from a selection of 45,000 popular TV shows and movies on demand
  • Watch TV on-the-go with DIRECTV App
  • Genie HD DVR that records up to 200 hours of your favorite shows

Don’t hesitate if you want your TV to be as ‘XTRA’ as you are. Because we have for you…

DIRECTV XTRA

  • Enjoy 235 TV channels in 4K
  • Premium content from HBO MAX™ for 12 months and STARZ®, EPIX®, SHOWTIME® and Cinemax® for 3 months—FREE!
  • DIRECTV CINEMA® & 50,000 On Demand titles
  • Watch TV on-the-go with DIRECTV App
  • Genie HD DVR that stores over 200 hours of content
  • Free NFL Sunday Ticket for the season

Add a couple more things on ‘Xtra’ and enjoy….

DIRECTV ULTIMATE

  • Enjoy 250 TV channels
  • Free HBO MAX™ for 12 months and STARZ®, EPIX®, SHOWTIME® and Cinemax® for 3 months
  • Enjoy DIRECTV CINEMA® & 55,000 On Demand titles
  • Exclusive 4K HDR Programming
  • Data-Free TV with DIRECTV App
  • Enjoy Hands-free Control with Amazon Alexa & free Genie HD DVR

And for those who prefer not to compromise on any feature from DIRECTV, we have…..

DIRECTV PREMIER™

  • Extensive DIRECTV channel lineup with 330 channels
  • Includes HBO MAX™, SHOWTIME® and Cinemax®
  • Free DIRECTV Sports Pack with over 35 regional and specialty sports networks from around the country, plus ESPN, Outdoor Channel, and more
  • 65,000 On Demand titles available 24/7
  • Exclusive 4K HDR Programming
  • Data-Free TV with DIRECTV App
  • Enjoy Hands-free Control with Amazon Alexa & free Genie HD DVR

Got you tempted, didn’t we? Well, DIRECTV surely does make TV so worthwhile it would be hard for you to bat your eye away from all what it offers. Imagine the experience you can have by subscribing to any of these tiers—whichever befits your needs—and  getting immediate access to a land of entertainment that only you rule.

Plus, you know what? There happens to be one more thing that we haven’t told you about and that is….  Cue the drumroll. All tiers from DIRECTV come with BET. So if you’re pro African-American content on TV, subscribing to DIRECTV would get you in for a real treat.

Watch BET on DIRECTV
Entertainment True to the African-American Culture

BET is all about giving the African-American community in the U.S., the rightful representation it deserves. And helping BET accomplish that mission is DIRECTV. ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks owns BET network. There are other channels too, that operate under BET—all carry a vision which originates from a wide spread desire to highlight the true spirit of Black culture.

  1. BET Her
  2. BET Gospel
  3. BET Hip-Hop
  4. BET Jams
  5. BET Soul
  6. SHOxBET

Among these sister channels from BET network, only BET Her and SHOxBET are available on DIRECTV. To enjoy BET Her, make sure that you subscribe to DIRECTV XTRA or above. And, to enjoy SHOxBET, you’ll need a subscription to DIRECTV PREMIER™.

A Little Something about BET Programming

Initial BET programming lineup consisted of comedy shows, shows related to current and public affairs, news, and music shows featuring rap, hip-hop and R&B music videos. Currently, BET airs original shows such as Boomerang, The Oval and Games People Play. Besides original content, you can catch plenty of made-for-TV and theatrically released black movies on BET, as well.

BET also airs and produces its own award show i.e. BET Awards. The main purpose behind BET Awards was to recognize African-American artists in different sectors of the entertainment industry and honor them for their contribution. Also, every February during the Black History Month, BET airs The BET Honors. The show highlights and honors the achievements of African-American inspirational figures. All in all, it wouldn’t be an understatement that BET has played a pivotal role in raising awareness about returning the African-American community the glory it misses—due to misrepresentation and under representation.

To watch BET on DIRECTV, all you need is a remote control in your hands and the digits that’ll lead you there. Here is the channel number for BET on all DIRECTV packages:

DIRECTV ENTERTAINMENT

Total No. of Channels

160

Availability of BET

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Channel#

329

DIRECTV CHOICE™

Total No. of Channels

185

Availability of BET

ü   

Channel#

329

DIRECTV XTRA

Total No. of Channels

235

Availability of BET

ü   

Channel#

329

DIRECTV ULTIMATE

Total No. of Channels

250

Availability of BET

ü   

Channel#

329

DIRECTV PREMIER™

Total No. of Channels

330

Availability of BET

ü   

Channel#

329

BET and DIRECTV Go Together
Like Soul Food & Nostalgia

Nothing spells nostalgia clearer than a bowl of hot Mac & Cheese and some crispy fried chicken. Just like that, if you are an African-American, nothing can make you enjoy your life to the fullest than BET on DIRECTV. So what if your work-routine gets in the way and deprives you of catching your favorite shows when they air? You can catch shows from the past 3 days on BET, using DIRECTV App on your smartphone or any other device of your choice. And, do you know what’s the best thing about this app? It let’s you switch to your favorite TV channels by using your voice. Want to watch BET because Sistas is about to start? Just say it out loud and your ‘TV’ will take you there.

For the 19th year in a row, DIRECTV rated higher in customer satisfaction than cable. Enjoy an uninterrupted signal along with a plethora of features that you’ve always wanted to have in your TV. You can go for a standalone DIRECTV package or pair it with high-speed internet and phone service from AT&T, into a double or triple play bundle of your choice. DIRECTV bundles are the best way to enjoy everything from AT&T without exceeding your budget constraints. If you’re interested to know more about DIRECTV bundles available in your area, be sure to get in touch with AT&T.

Bidding farewell to the hassle of cable and switching to DIRECTV may just prove to be a very wises choice.

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