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DRD203RW
USER'S
MANUAL
What is the DSS System? ...3
Using the Program Guide...6
Using the Menu System ...10
Using On-line Help ..........14
Major Features................16
Setting Up the Remote.....36
Connecting the Receiver ..42
Warranty Information .....56
SATELLITE
RECEIVER

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  • Page 1 DRD203RW USER’S MANUAL What is the DSS System? ...3 Using the Program Guide...6 Using the Menu System ...10 Using On-line Help ...14 Major Features...16 Setting Up the Remote...36 Connecting the Receiver ..42 Warranty Information ...56 SATELLITE RECEIVER...
  • Page 2 WARNING To reduce fire or RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK shock hazard, do not expose this receiver to rain or moisture. Cautions Note to Cable TV Installer: Note to Satellite Dish Installer: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT WARNING REMOVE COVER (OR BACK).
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Section 1: Using Your DSS System What is the DSS System? ...3 Using this Manual ...4 Important Note about This DSS User’s Manual ...4 The Only Rule: Point and Select ...5 What is Point and Select? ...5 Using the Program Guide ...6 Bringing Up the Program Guide...6 Exiting from the Program Guide...7...
  • Page 4 Table of Contents Alternate Audio Programs ...27 ALT AUD Remote Button...27 Alternate Audio Display Screen ...28 Other Features ...29 Picture Size ...29 System Test...29 New Access Card Setup ...29 Parts of the DSS System...30 World View ...30 Home View ...31 Back Panel...32 Front Panel ...33 Remote Buttons ...34...
  • Page 5: What Is The Dss System

    What is the DSS System? You’ve purchased the DSS™ Digital Satellite System, so you already know a lot of the great things it offers. You know that the DSS system uses the latest satellite technology to deliver television programming to your home.
  • Page 6: Using This Manual

    Using This Manual Using this Manual The purpose of this User’s Manual is to give you the information you’ll need to begin using the DSS system. The manual is divided into two parts: Section 1: Using Your DSS System contains the information and the steps necessary to learn how one simple rule—Point and Select—allows you to use every feature in the Program Guide and the menu system.
  • Page 7: The Only Rule: Point And Select

    The Only Rule: Point and Select You only need to know one rule to use the DSS system: Point and Select. Once you master this rule, you can use any part of the Program Guide or the menu system. What is Point and Select? The Point and Select method has two steps.
  • Page 8: Using The Program Guide

    Using the Program Guide Using the Program Guide The Program Guide is designed to help you select regular programs and pay-per-view events by listing all the programs and program times that are available to you. (The content of the Program Guide is dependent on your program providers, and may not look exactly like the Program Guide menu, below.) Using the Program Guide is easy as long as you remember the simple...
  • Page 9: Exiting From The Program Guide

    Exiting from the Program Guide There are three ways to exit from the Program Guide: • Point to the Exit button on the bottom of the Program Guide and • Point to a channel and press SELECT • Press CLEAR on the remote. The Program Guide leaves the screen and you are returned to regular program viewing.
  • Page 10: Sorting The Program Guide

    Using the Program Guide Sorting the Program Guide There are six on-screen choices—called “buttons”— at the bottom of the Program Guide: The down arrow and the Exit button allow you to see other parts of the guide or remove the guide from the screen. Channel Button Program Guide.
  • Page 11 Program Guide Channel 7:30PM Movies Movies Movies Button Simplifies your Program Guide to list movies only. After selecting Movies, point to the Theme button that appears and press SELECT to sort the Program Guide to list specific types of movies, such as comedies or thrillers.
  • Page 12: Using The Menu System

    Using the Menu System Using the Menu System There are two parts to the menu system: menus and display screens. Menus Menus are lists of choices. The first menu is called the Main menu. To bring up the Main menu, press MENU on the remote. There are two ways to make a choice in a menu: •...
  • Page 13: Display Screens

    Example 2: To choose Help from the Main menu using number keys: 1. Press MENU on the remote to bring up the Main menu. 2. Press 6 on the remote. The Help menu screen comes up. Display Screens As you can see from the previous examples, some menu choices bring up other menus.
  • Page 14 Using the Menu System 4. Point to Channel Limits and Lists and press SELECT. 5. Point to a check box on the display screen. 6. Press SELECT to add the channel to the channel list. 7. Press SELECT again to remove the channel from the list. 8.
  • Page 15: Commonly Used Buttons

    Commonly Used Push Buttons You will find on most display screens one or more “push” buttons that allow you to save your changes, leave the screen, or get Help information. OK Buttons You’ll see an OK button in many of the display screens. Any time you point to an OK button on a display screen and press SELECT, your changes are saved and you leave that display screen.
  • Page 16: Using On-line Help

    Using On-line Help Using On-line Help On-line Help is available for all of the menus and display screens. The DSS System provides three types of Help: Auto Help, Help buttons, and Menu Help. Auto Help Most menus contain a short description of the menu you are using. Help Buttons Help buttons appear in many display screens.
  • Page 17: Menu Help

    Menu Help Select Help from the Main menu to choose from a list of on-line Help topics. Then, use your remote control to find out about the specific parts of the DSS system. Point to the remote control. Point to the different remote buttons to see a brief description of the highlighted button.
  • Page 18: Major Features

    Major Features Major Features The DSS menu system offers you access to more features than a single user’s manual can explain in detail, so you should spend some time exploring the different menus and display screens. Some of the major features in the DSS system allow you to: •...
  • Page 19 Using the Program Guide for PPV Programs The Program Details screen comes up if you point to a PPV program in the Program Guide and press SELECT. Program Details To purchase this program, point to BUY and press SELECT. Then, point to EXIT and press SELECT. Dogzilla Returns Start time: 10:00 pm Stop time: 12:00 am...
  • Page 20: Reviewing Ppv Purchases

    Major Features Reviewing PPV Purchases The Past Purchases display screen, which is accessed through the Options menu, allows you to review the programs that • you have purchased • have been broadcast • have not yet been billed to your account. The list may be longer than one screen;...
  • Page 21: How To Tell When You Have Mail

    How to tell when you have mail: There are two ways to tell if you have mail, depending on whether the DSS receiver is turned on or off. • If the DSS receiver is turned on, a mail icon appears in the •...
  • Page 22: Mailbox Size

    Major Features Mailbox Size The DSS mailbox has enough memory to store ten (10) forty character messages. You should periodically review and erase your mail messages to prevent any mail messages from being erased by the DSS system when memory runs low. Setting Up Channel Lists You set up your channel lists by bringing up the Channel Lists and Limits display screen and placing check marks in boxes corresponding...
  • Page 23: Building Your Channel Lists

    Building Your Channel Lists You build your lists by placing check marks in the columns corresponding to each channel in the Channel Limits and Lists display screen. 1. Bring up the Channel Limits and Lists display screen (see 2. Point to the check boxes and press SELECT at each channel you 3.
  • Page 24: Choosing Your Channel Lists

    Major Features Choosing Your Channel List There are two ways to choose the channel list that you want to use: 1. Press the FAV (Favorite Channel List) Button 2. Bring up the Select Channel List display screen (accessed FAV Button The FAV button allows you to simplify the Program Guide to show only those channels in your selected list.
  • Page 25: Changing Your Channel Lists

    4. Point to the list you wish to use and press SELECT. 5. Point to OK and press SELECT. Your Program Guide will now show programming information for only those channels in your selected list. Changing Your Channel Lists You can make changes to your channels lists at any time by repeating Steps 1 through 3 in Building Your Lists on page 21.
  • Page 26: Setting The Ratings Limit

    Major Features Setting the Ratings Limit The Ratings Limit display screen allows you to set a maximum viewing limit for rated programs, so long as the program provider has transmitted the proper code. This feature can be used to prevent certain rated programs from being viewed.
  • Page 27: Locking The System

    1. Press MENU to bring up the Main Menu. 2. Point to Options and press SELECT. 3. Point to Locks, Limits, and Channel Lists and press SELECT. 4. Point to Channel Limits and Lists and press SELECT. The 5. Point to the channels in the Parent-approved column that you 6.
  • Page 28: Unlocking The System

    Major Features Unlocking the System The Unlock System display screen—which is available only when the system is locked—allows you to unlock the system. Unlocking the system turns off any ratings, spending, or channel limits you have set. You must re-lock your system to enforce your limits again (the limits stay the same).
  • Page 29: Alternate Audio Programs

    Session Unlock If you override a limit when the system is locked, the system enters Session Unlock, meaning that the system is only unlocked from the time you override the limit until the receiver is turned off. NO ratings, spending or channel limits are enforced until you turn the receiver off and on again.
  • Page 30: Other Features

    Other Features check mark next to the program means you have selected that program. The DSS system will then automatically set the audio program to the selected audio program type, when that type is available. Other Features The following paragraphs describe several DSS system features, but don’t provide step-by-step instructions.
  • Page 31: Picture Size

    it is available if you need more information. Picture Size The Picture size display screen allows you to choose between a standard TV screen and a Cinema option. A standard TV screen has an aspect ratio of 4:3; the Cinema option has an aspect ratio of 16:9. Note: System Test The System Test display screen allows you to initiate diagnostic...
  • Page 32: Parts Of The Dss System

    Parts of the System Parts of the DSS System One way to understand the DSS system is to look at the different parts of the system—from the studio down to the DSS receiver and remote control in your living room. World View Uplink Center These parts make up the...
  • Page 33: Home View

    Home View Satellite DIsh These parts are inside of or attached to your house. DSS Satellite Dish Picks up the satellite’s coded program information and relays it to your DSS receiver. (Your satellite dish may be installed in different locations on or around your house.
  • Page 34: Back Panel

    Parts of the System Back CH 3 Panel CH 4 3/4 SWITCH If you use the OUT TO TV jack to connect your DSS receiver to the TV, set the switch to 3 view the programming on TV channel 3. Set the switch to 4 to show the programming on channel 4.
  • Page 35: Front Panel

    Parts of the System Front ON/OFF Panel* MESSAGE ON/OFF/MESSAGE Turns the DSS receiver on and off. When the DSS receiver is turned off, a flashing light indicates that a message has been sent by the Customer Service Center. Note: the DSS receiver is never really “off,” but is put into a standby state. TV/DSS Switches the OUT TO TV connection from DSS programming to the normal TV antenna or cable input.
  • Page 36: Remote Buttons

    ALT and OFF/ON to turn on the device. TV Turns on the TV if your remote has been programmed to control an RCA, PROSCAN, or GE TV. (The DSS remote is preprogrammed to control most RCA, PROSCAN and GE Tvs.) Also puts the remote in TV mode.
  • Page 37 GUIDE GUIDE Brings up the Program Guide. Pressing the GUIDE button more than once brings up the the different guide views, or channel groupings, as they are made available by your program providers. Continue to press the GUIDE button to return to the normal guide view. MENU MENU Brings up the Main menu.
  • Page 38: Setting Up The Remote

    Setting Up the Remote Setting up the Remote The DSS remote can be programmed to control most brands of remote controllable TVs, VCRs,and cable boxes. Most RCA, GE and ProScan TVs and VCRs are already programmed. Other manufacturer’s brands need to be programmed.
  • Page 39 Programming the Remote to Control Your VCR To determine whether your remote needs to be programmed, turn the VCR on, point the remote at the VCR, and press the VCR button. Then press POWER or CHAN UP or DOWN to see if the VCR responds to the remote commands.
  • Page 40 Setting Up the Remote Programming the remote to control a cable box Follow these steps to program the ALT button to control a cable box 1. Turn on the cable box. 2. Look up your brand and its code number(s) on code list on 3.
  • Page 41: Using The Remote Buttons To Control A Device

    3. Use the remote buttons that apply to that device. remote to control the device. Note: For PROSCAN, RCA,and GE devices, pressing the device button will usually turn the device on; use the POWER button to turn the device off.
  • Page 42: Tv Codes

    ...027,040,068,077,086,088 Philco...006,007,010,011,013, ...016,019,027,033,035, ...037,038,043,087,089 Philips...002,006,007,010, ...011,013,016,033, ...035,037,038,043,066,073 Pioneer ...011,027,045,062,093 Portland ...011,019,027,037 ProScan...000 Proton...011,027,037,072 Quasar...012,038,092 Radio Shack ...000,021,025, ...036,037,059,064,078 RCA...000,006,011,019, ...027,034,038,044,046,088,100 Realistic...021 JVC ...002,014,016,030,046 Kenwood ...002,014, ...016,030,044,046 Lloyd ...015 Logik ...031 Magnavox...008,029,053,056 Marantz...002,008,014,016, ...029,030,044,046,061 Marta ...009 MEI...008 Memorex ...008,009,012,015 MGA ...004,027 Midland...032...
  • Page 43 Eastern Int..002 General Instuments ...046 GI 400...004,005,015, ...023,024,025,030,036 Hamlin ...003,012,013,034,048 Hitachi...037,043,046 Jerrold...004,005,015,023, ...024,025,030,036,045,046,047 Macom ...037,043 Magnavox...007,008,019,021, Laserdisc Player Codes RCA ...037 Pioneer ...033 ProScan...037 ...026,028,029,032,033,040,041 NSC ...009 Oak...001,016,038 Oak Sigma ...016 Panasonic ...003,027,039 Philips...007,008,019,021, ...026,028,029,032,033,040,041 Pioneer ...018,020,044 RCA ...000,027 Randtek...007,008...
  • Page 44: Connecting Your Dss Receiver To Your Tv

    S-Video jack carries only the picture signal, not the sound. See Connection A. Audio/Video Jacks and Cables* (RCA-type) The audio/video jacks provide very good picture and stereo sound quality, and should be used if your TV has no S-Video jack.
  • Page 45: Choosing A Connection

    Choosing a Connection The following pages show four examples of hookups commonly used to connect the DSS receiver with a TV and other components. Refer to your TV and VCR Owner’s Manuals for more information on hooking up your specific components. The four hookup diagrams are: Connection A Provides the best possible picture and stereo audio quality.
  • Page 46: Connection A (best Picture And Sound Quality)

    Connecting the DSS Receiver Connection A (Best Picture and Sound Quality) To use this connection you must have: • TV with separate RF, audio/video, and S-Video inputs (jacks) • VCR with RF and audio/video inputs • Coaxial, audio/video, and S-Video cables To connect TV, VCR and antenna or cable box.
  • Page 47 Do not stack electronic components or other objects on top of the DSS receiver. CAUTION See Safety Information, inside front cover. Cable Box IN FROM ANT OUT TO TV IN FROM ANT OUT TO TV DSS Receiver Connecting the DSS Receiver Antenna VIDEO OUT AUDIO OUT...
  • Page 48: Connection B Very Good Picture And Sound Quality)

    Connecting the DSS Receiver Connection B (Very Good Picture and Sound Quality) To use this connection you must have: • TV with separate RF and audio/video inputs (jacks) • VCR with RF and audio/video inputs • Coaxial and audio/video cables To connect TV, VCR and antenna or cable box.
  • Page 49 Do not stack electronic components or other objects on top of the DSS receiver. CAUTION See Safety Information, inside front cover. Cable Box IN FROM ANT OUT TO TV IN FROM ANT OUT TO TV DSS Receiver Antenna VIDEO OUT AUDIO OUT VIDEO IN AUDIO IN...
  • Page 50: Connection C (good Picture And Sound Quality)

    Connecting the DSS Receiver Connection C (Good Picture and Sound Quality) To use this connection you must have: • TV with RF input (jack) • VCR with RF and audio/video inputs • Coaxial and audio/video cables To connect TV, VCR, and antenna or cable box. 1.
  • Page 51 Do not stack electronic components or other objects on top of the DSS receiver. CAUTION See Safety Information, inside front cover. Cable Box IN FROM ANT OUT TO TV IN FROM ANT OUT TO TV DSS Receiver Connecting the DSS Receiver Antenna VIDEO OUT AUDIO OUT...
  • Page 52: Connection D (good Picture And Sound Quality)

    Connecting the DSS Receiver Connection D (Good Picture and Sound Quality) To use this connection you must have: • TV with RF input • Coaxial cables To connect TV and antenna or cable box: 1. Connect coaxial cables as shown. To receive DSS programming: 1.
  • Page 53 Do not stack electronic components or other objects on top of the DSS receiver. CAUTION See Safety Information, inside front cover. Cable Box IN FROM ANT OUT TO TV DSS Receiver Connecting the DSS Receiver Antenna VIDEO AUDIO SATELLITE IN VIDEO AUDIO Satellite...
  • Page 54: Glossary

    Glossary Glossary Access Card Identifies you to the DSS service providers and is required for your DSS system to work. Do not remove the access card except when a new card has been issued to replace the original. Alternate Audio Refers to the different audio channels that may be broadcast in conjunction with a video program.
  • Page 55 Parent-Approved Channels that are checked in the Parent-approved column of the Channel Lists and Limits display screen are the only channels that can be viewed when your system is locked. Point and Select The method of using the remote control (or front panel) buttons to navigate to and make choices among the different parts of the on- screen displays.
  • Page 56: Menu Tree

    Menu Tree Menu Tree The following diagram shows the structure of the on-screen menu system. You can access all display screens through these menus. Dish Pointing Point to a menu item and press SELECT. Pressing the number also selects the item. 1 Point Dish Using Your Zip Code 2 Point Dish Using Latitude and Longitude 3 Signal Meter...
  • Page 57: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting The DSS System Test allows you to run a basic diagnostics check on your DSS system. If you are experiencing any trouble with your system, run the system test. Make sure that • • There are batteries in the remote, and that they are working •...
  • Page 58: Warranty Information

    Warranty Information Warranty Information Toll-free telephone product help You can reach Thomson at the following number: 1-800-679-4776 (Toll free inside U.S.A.) Our toll-free number operates from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST on weekdays. Thomson provides a toll-free telephone number to help you with any problems you may encounter with your DSS System, as many problems can be diagnosed over the phone.
  • Page 59: Limited Warranty

    Limited Warranty What your warranty covers: • DSS System—any defect in materials, workmanship. • DSS System Basic Installation—any defect in materials or workmanship, provided installation is performed by a Thomson Consumer Electronics Authorized Installer. For how long after your purchase: •...
  • Page 60 Warranty Information • If you are not located near an exchange point: 1. Provide your Discover, Mastercard or Visa account number and expiration date to your phone representative. This is for security purposes only and your account will not be charged at this time. 2.
  • Page 61 What your warranty does not cover: • Acts of God, such as but not limited to lightning damage. • Adjustment of customer controls. • Damage from misuse or neglect. • A unit that has been modified or incorporated into other products or is used for institutional or other commercial purposes.
  • Page 62: Fcc Regulations

    FCC Regulations FCC Regulations FCC REGISTRATION INFORMATION Your DSS equipment is registered with the Federal Communications Commission and is in compliance with parts 15B and 68, FCC Rules and Regulations. Notification to the Local Telephone Company On the bottom of this equipment is a label indicating among other information, the FCC Registration number and Ringer Equivalence Number (REN) for the equipment.
  • Page 63 RADIO INTERFERENCE This equipment has been type tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B Digital Device in accordance with the specifications in Part 15 of FCC Rules. These rules are designed to provide reasonable protection against radio and television interference in a residential installation.
  • Page 64 FCC Regulations Canadian D. O. C. Regulations NOTICE: The Canadian Department of Communications label identifies certified equipment. This certification means that the equipment meets certain telecommunications network protective, operational and safety requirements. The Department does not guarantee the equipment will operate to the user’s satisfaction. Before installing this equipment, users should ensure that it is permissible to be connected to the facilities of the local telecommunications company.
  • Page 65: Accessories

    Cable with weather- proof “F” connectors: D912 (12 feet) D925 (25 feet) D950 (50 feet) D901 (100 feet) Stereo Audio Video Cable with gold RCA- type connectors. D906 (6 feet) Single A/V Cable D914 (12 feet) S-VHS Video Cable D913 (12 feet) (2) Weatherproof “F”...
  • Page 66 Accessories USE YOUR CREDIT CARD Copy complete account number Card expires: Copy complete account number Copy Number above the name on your MasterCard Card expires: AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE Prices are subject to change without notice. PLEASE Print or type your name and address. This will be your mailing label.
  • Page 67: Index

    Index 0-9 keys...35 3/4 Switch ...32 Access Card...29, 31 new card setup ...31 security clip...31 Access card slot ...33 Accessories ...63-64 All sorting button...9 ALT AUD...27, 35 Alternate Audio...27 Alternate Audio programs ...27 Arrows...5,33,34 Arrow Keys ...5,33,34 Audio/Video Jacks...32 Auto Help ...14 Batteries, remote...36 Back Panel ...15,32 Build Channel Lists...21...
  • Page 68 Printed in U.S.A. 04/94 1Q57 415-01B...

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