Getting the best cable channels all in one place is easier than ever before. Whether you are looking for lighthearted programming for your family, serious news reports during turbulent political times, or your teen just wants to enjoy his/her favorite musical artists, direct.tv offers access to hundreds of channels on a large number of portable devices to meet your viewing needs. This is your guide to the best programs that the whole family can enjoy (yes…even your teen!).
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When you’re searching for commercial-free television for your family, HBO Family is an ideal option. You can put your children in front of this channel and walk out of the room for a few minutes knowing they won’t be exposed to inappropriate images.
Your choices on HBO Family include programming for preschoolers, movies with ratings of G and PG for school-aged children and evening programming to be enjoyed by the whole family. After the children have gone to bed, HBO Family presents programming with mature content minus the objectionable language or images.
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For access to both national and international news, CNN is a premier channel. With a large number of reporters traveling the country and the globe, CNN is the channel to turn to during elections and other political events.
When natural disasters strike, CNN is one of the first networks to rush to the scene and get as close as possible to affected areas. For people with families living abroad, CNN is a necessary channel to stay on top of the latest occurrences related to political uprisings, health-related issues or calamitous events.
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For musical entertainment, MTV is one of the more popular channels. From Lady GaGa to Justin Timberlake to Shakira, MTV gives you access to the latest music videos and news about music celebrities. Whether you love America’s Best Dance Crew, Teen Mom, MADE or Jersey Shore, MTV is one of the most entertaining channels on television.
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When in search of a more soulful musical channel, go to BET. You’ll see some of the same musical artists as seen on MTV, but with more of an emphasis on rap and R&B. BET shows include 106 & Park, American Gangster and Changing Lanes.
One of the more popular shows on BET is the hilarious Everybody Hates Chris, based on the life of Chris Rock. In addition, with shows like Keeping It Rich, you’ll stay on top of financial advice from host Sakina Spurell and her financial advisors.
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For country music lovers, CMT is a must-have channel, featuring news and videos of country music artists. Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert and Sara Evans are just a few of the popular country artists you’ll find on CMT.
On this country music television channel, you have access to shows like CMT Top 20 Countdown, CMT’s Next Superstar and CMT Crossroads.
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On TLC you’ll find something for everyone in your family. Learn how to bargain shop by watching Extreme Couponing. Brides to be can benefit from watching Say Yes to the Dress, a program that helps women prepare for their weddings.
For fashion advice, TLC offers What Not to Wear in which style experts help women turn their fashion mistakes into a more appealing appearance. This funny show allows you to sit back and learn what not to do as others are criticized for their fashion felonies.
For more serious programming, check out the lives of six couples as they prepare for parenthood in A Conception Story. Addictions are also explored in television programming called My Strange Addiction.
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HGTV is for anyone interested in household renovations, real estate explorations and arts and crafts projects. Carter Can tackles difficult home improvement projects. Colors Splash focuses on infusing dull rooms and homes with exciting and transformative colors.
Curb Appeal gives you ideas for how to revamp the look of your garden and landscape. In Selling New York, you get a feel for the cut throat and competitive real-estate environment of New York and how agents go about closing major deals.
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When you’re ready to dive into the world of movies, Cinemax is an ideal choice. Thrillers, dramas, comedies and more may be found on Cinemax. Whether you’re looking for an older and fanciful movie such as The Princess Bride or a newer and more serious film like Invictus, instant access to the movies lets you sit back and enjoy your afternoon or evening.
If you want a premium service that gives you access to all of these channels and hundreds more, DIRECTV does exactly this. From a variety of packages ranging from 150 to 285 plus channels, you will never be at a loss for something to watch.
What’s more you have access to the latest technology. Record favorite shows and switch from one room to another in the middle of the show. If you like to watch shows while riding on a bus or standing in long lines, you have that option on your iPad or cell phone. When you combine your favorite shows and channels with DIRECTV, there’s never a dull moment.