Viewers can receive DIRECTV Spanish packages by having a DIRECTV satellite dish and receiver installed and subscribing to Spanish language channel packages. Subscribers that already have DIRECTV do not need any special equipment, unless they want high-definition programming. Then, they must have the appropriate dish and HD receiver.
Spanish language programming is available from DIRECTV in several different package combinations with English programs or as individual Spanish-only options, as of 2015.
Spanish and English combination packages do not include local network channels. The Mas Latino package gives subscribers over 95 channels with at least 45 channels in Spanish. Optimo Mas increases the channel options to 160 total and 50 in Spanish. Mas Ultra brings the channel count to over 200 with over 60 in Spanish, while Lo Maximo does not increase the Spanish channel options but does add all of the premium cable movie channels, including HBO, Showtime, Cinemax and Starz.
DIRECTV's Spanish only packages include DEPORTES which is a sports channel only add on that is focused on the latino futbol fan. It adds several channels, including ESPN Deportes, Fox Deportes and Univision Deportes. Americas Plus adds over 20 channels for movies and programming from Central and South America. Mexico Plus has over 20 channels from all of Mexico's territories or customers can choose the En Espanol package which has all of the three packages included in one.