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DirecTV Stream Movies Extra Pack Add-On: How Much & What You Get

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The Movies Extra Pack add-on is a quick and easy way to add more movies, including new releases and family favorites, to an existing DirecTV Stream plan. However, as this is an add-on, there is an additional monthly cost for Movies Extra Pack on top of the price of the subscription. Whether or not it is worth adding Movies Extra Pack will largely come down to whether the add-on includes any channels a household wants access to, and the plan they are already signed up to.

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DirecTV Stream offers four main plans for consumers to choose from, with the main difference being the number of channels included with a subscription. In this sense, DirecTV Stream does offer different options to suit the channel and budget needs of different homes, which isn’t something that all live TV services offer. Still, there are some channels that are not included with any of the plans, which is where add-ons can prove useful.

The Movies Extra Pack is one such add-on. Priced at $4.99 per month, Movies Extra Pack unlocks access to an additional eight channels. DirecTV Stream doesn’t focus too much on the Movies Extra Pack when signing up, so some subscribers may not realize it is even available. However, it can be easily added to an existing subscription by logging in to the DirecTV Stream website and heading to the Account section. From there, it is just a matter of clicking on Manage Subscription and then selecting Movies Extra Plan. The subscriber will also need to review their decision and confirm the selection before the change is made.

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Once Movies Extra Pack is added to any of the DirecTV Stream base packages, subscribers get access to the following eight channels:

  • Hallmark Drama
  • Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
  • HDNet Movies
  • MGM HD
  • Sony Movies
  • Smithsonian Channel
  • Crime + Investigation
  • MTV Live

Check if you actually need the channels

Whether it is worth paying another $5 per month for access to Movies Extra Pack will depend on how much a household wants access to the channels included with the add-on. However, determining this is not as straightforward as it could be, as it is possible that some subscribers may already have access to some of the channels provided by the add-on.

Movies Extra Pack
Movies Extra Pack adds more channels

As mentioned, DirecTV Stream has four base plans for consumers to choose from. These are Entertainment, Choice, Ultimate and Premium. With fewer channels overall and a lower monthly subscription price, Entertainment is the most basic. Likewise, with significantly more channels and a much higher subscription cost, Premier is the most premium. Choice and Ultimate are middle-ground options which also vary in the number of channels and the price. While the natural assumption would be that any of the more expensive plans would include all of the channels available with a lower-priced plan, that’s not always the case.

For example, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries is included with the cheapest Entertainment package. While it is also included with the most expensive Premier plan, it is not available with either the Choice or Ultimate plans. Therefore, if already paying for Entertainment, and only really interested in Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, there might not be any need to add the Movies Extra Pack add-on.

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To be fair, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries is really the exception here, but the point remains. It is always worth double-checking to make sure the channels included with the add-on are not only wanted, but also unavailable with the current plan before signing up.

Movies Extra Pack add-on: summary

The Movies Extra Pack add-on adds an additional eight channels to any of DirecTV Stream’s base plans for an additional $4.99 per month. The exact number of channels that are added will depend on the plan, as some subscribers may find that some of the eight channels are already included with their channel lineup. For example, those signed up to the most expensive Premier plan already get access to three of the eight channels unlocked by Movies Extra Pack.

If only really interested in access to Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, then subscribers to either the Choice or Ultimate plans may actually want to consider downgrading to Entertainment. Even though Entertainment is cheaper, and comes with fewer channels overall, it does come with Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

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John Finn

By John Finn

John started Streaming Better to help consumers navigate the live TV streaming and subscription service landscape. John has been writing about technology and TV-related services and devices since 2014 and believes the best streaming approach is to bounce between services as needed. Contact John via email at john@streamingbetter.com or on Twitter

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