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Did you know that the Spanish language has existed in the U.S. since the 15th century? With over 50 million native, heritage, and second-language speakers, it is no surprise the U.S. has the second largest number of Spanish speaking people in the world!

In such a scenario, it is only natural for the TV entertainment industry to come up with networks that are aimed at fulfilling the needs and wants of the Spanish speaking. The reason why we observe an impressive list of Spanish-language TV channels in the US. There are at least 5 major networks, and nearly 30 specialty ones—catering to large Hispanic audiences in nearly 20 states such as California, New York, Florida, Texas, Tennessee and others.   

A Little about the Univision TV Network

Among these 5 major American-Spanish-language networks Univision stands out. Originally founded as the Spanish International Network in 1962, the free-to-air TV network is owned by Univision Communications. Counted as one of the largest providers of Spanish-language content, the network enjoys stellar popularity among the Hispanic.

Univision aims to showcase content the Latino public finds appealing—so from telenovelas to other drama series, reality and variety series to sitcoms, sports and news, and foreign Spanish-language feature films—the Hispanic TV-buffs find great diversity of genres and programming on the network. Which quite explains the popularity gains made by Univision over the years. So much so that during September 2011, the network hit a milestone by earning its first #1 ranking among both English and Spanish American broadcast TV networks.

No wonder Univision network is estimated to reach over 94 million American households with a pay-tv subscription. And its national feed is carried by all major U.S. TV service providers. AT&T makes Univision part of the channel line up for its IPTV service i.e. AT&T TV as well as its satellite TV service i.e. DIRECTV.

DIRECTV – A Revolutionary TV Experience!

DIRECTV from AT&T is available coast to coast—any where you get a clear view of the southern sky. So when you think of subscribing to the DIRECTV satellite TV service you don’t really have to worry about whether or not it may be available in your area—because chances are it would be!

Besides being so widely available, what makes DIRECTV a preferred choice for over 13 million subscribers? Well, only when you have tasted the revolutionized DIRECTV experience, you would know how contemporary the TV service from AT&T is. DIRECTV not only brings your favorite TV content in the industry’s best picture format, but pulls out all the stops to deliver 99% signal reliability. The perks you get with your DIRECTV subscription make it all the more value-packed.

DIRECTV packages provide a comprehensive channel lineup—from Entertainment to Premier—each has the potential to keep modest TV watchers and TV-buffs well entertained. Combined with the fact DIRECTV has been rated higher than Cable TV in terms of customer satisfaction for 19 years running, these features and perks make for a great experience!

And, the best part is Univision is included in all DIRECTV packages!


Max. No. of Channels


On Demand Title Count

Sample Channels


160 with 60 HD & 40,000 on demand titles

Univision, Galavision, V-me, ESPN, FS1, AMC, BBC America, Comedy Central & more



185 with 85 HD & 45,000 on demand titles

Univision, Galavision, V-me, CNBC World, Comedy TV, Justice Central, BTN & more



250 with 115 HD & 55,000 on demand titles

Univision, Galavision, UniMás, Universo, STARZ ENCORE Español, TUDN, Universal Kids, Nick Jr., & more



330 with 185 HD & 65,000 on demand titles

Univision, Galavision, UniMás, Universo, STARZ ENCORE Español, TUDN, Fox Sports 2, Destination America, BBC World News, & more


What Channel is Univision on DIRECTV?

While the DIRECTV on-screen guide is an impressive platform for you to browse through, and organize your TV favorites, when you are new to the interface it can take a while to get things going. And, finding the channel number for Univision on DIRECTV can become a tad bit of a task. So for all newbies to DIRECTV, eager to treat their eyes on their favorite telenovela in supreme picture quality, here it is:



Channel Number

Univision (East)

402 (HD)

Univision (West)

403 (SD)

What to Watch on Univision?

Now that you know which channel number Univision airs on DIRECTV in your region, you are all set to take your pick from the diverse genres of entertainment—reality TV, movies, drama, comedy, children’s programming.

Since 2013, Univision base programming feed brings Latino audiences general entertainment on an uninterrupted 24-hour schedule Monday through Friday. On weekend mornings the young ones get entertained by the kids programming block Planeta-U. It is typical of Univision to air its drama and variety series in the afternoons—many scripted shows and variety shows make up a large chunk of the weekend programming. While the network airs fewer sitcoms now, reality TV has been the focus of Sunday Primetime schedule.

Some of the channel’s all time well loved shows include Descontrol, El Show de Cristina, Amas de Casa Desesperadas, and Sábado Gigante. Caliente—a music variety show that featured some of the best Latin musicians and aired live segments from Celia Cruz and Daddy Yankee—has been one of Univision’s most popular ones.

Univision has featured brilliant telenovelas over the years—not only does it have originals like El Talismán, El Dragón: Return of a Warrior adorning its former and current programming lineup, but also acquired ones—like Dulce ambición, Imperio de mentiras, Un gancho al corazón—currently in the running. If crime thrillers and drama fascinate you, don’t forget to catch up on the original Univision telenovela La Piloto—a story based on true events.

For those of you who like to take a dose of sports and current affairs as part of their TV regime, Univision broadcasts select sports events and news shows too!  

Bottom Line

With DIRECTV packages, you do not have to search for entertainment anywhere else. You stay on top of the latest sports, get the finest quality entertainment, and can relish Hollywood blockbusters on weekends. Not just with your preferred Spanish channel Univision—but a lot more!

For expert advice and assistance with subscription, you can contact DIRECTV Customer Service at 1-855-925-2541.


1- Does DIRECTV have Univision channel?

You can access Univision on DIRECTV across the U.S., even in the regions that are beyond the reach of cable TV. The Univision channel is a part of all DIRECTV packages.

2- Does DIRECTV have a channel guide?

Yes. Click here to view the DIRECTV channel guides are shared through TV Guide, DIRECTV online affiliates, and you have the entire DIRECTV on-screen guide to help you as well. Click here for a complete online DIRECTV channel guide.

3- Does DIRECTV have a Latino package?

Yes. MÁS LATINO™, OPTIMO MÁS™, MÁS ULTRA™, LO MAXIMO™ are the 4 Spanish packages offered by  DIRECTV. Starting at $59.99 per month Latino packages from DIRECTV get you up to 240 channels .  

4- What channels come with DIRECTV packages?

Local, popular and premium networks are all available in the DIRECTV channel lineups. But, the variety is different with each package. Moving up from ENTERTAINMENT to PREMIER™, you get  more of everything. New DIRECTV customers also benefit from a limited time subscription to America’s premium favorites such as HBO®, STARZ®, and CINEMAX®. 

5- How do you add a channel on DIRECTV?

You can use your internet enabled device to add a channel to your DIRECTV lineup.

You can also use your phone number connected to your DIRECTV account to send a text message to 223322. You can enter the following codes in the body of the message you send.

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