Your DIRECTV receiver displays by default all the channels DIRECTV offers in the program guide whether or not you subscribe to them. But you can actually limit the displayed channels to just those you subscribe to.
If you have an HD receiver or an HD DVR:
You'll now see only the channels you subscribe to. "Channels I get (fav)" should be displayed in the bottom left corner of the guide screen.
If you have a standard receiver or a DVR:
The Guide will now display only the channels you subscribe to. "Custom 1" should be displayed in the bottom left corner of the guide screen.
NOTE: You must have a Standard receiver (model D10-100 and above), HD receiver (model H20 or above), Plus DVR (model R15 or higher) or Plus HD DVR (model HR20 and higher) to use this feature.*To access DIRECTV HD programming, HD equipment required. Number of HD channels based on package selection. Limited movie titles available in 1080p. To view programs in 1080p, the following are required: a DIRECTV Plus HD DVR Receiver (model HR20 or later), an HDMI cable connecting the receiver and the television, and a high-definition 1080p24 television. Not all models are compatible.