Safety Information WARNING To reduce risk of fire or shock hazard, do not expose this receiver to rain or moisture. Cautions Note to Cable TV Installer: Note to Satellite Dish Installer: IMPORTANT NOTICE: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE WARNING COVER (OR BACK).
Table of Contents First Things First ...3 What’s in the Box ... 5 Using This Manual ... 6 The Only Rule: Point and Select ... 7 The Program Guide ...9 Bringing Up the Program Guides ... 10 Using the GUIDE Button ... 10 Scrolling Channel By Channel ...10 Scrolling Page By Page ...
Table of Contents One-Button Recording with Timer ... 35 Using Fetch ... 35 The Mailbox ... 35 Alternate Audio Programs ... 36 ALT AUD Remote Button ... 36 Alternate Audio Display Screen ... 37 Picture Size ... 37 System Test ... 37 New Access Card Setup ...
First Things First Hi, my name is jay... and I wrote this User Manual. You can believe me when I tell you that you should read this page first because it gives you a game plan for attacking this rather large manual. Read the First Four sections The first four sections of the manual introduce you ®...
First Things First ® 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.
First Things First What’s in the Box The following items come with your RCA DSS • Receiver (with access card inserted) • VCR Controller • Remote Control Receiver VCR Controller Installing Batteries In the Remote Control Follow these steps whenever you need to install or change the batteries in your DSS ®...
First Things First Using This Manual There are a couple of conventions used in this manual that might help you read it. • Words that appear in ALL CAPS indicate the name of a button. • The names of on-screen menu option are shown in italics. Important Note about This User’s Manual This manual assumes that your DSS...
The Only Rule: Point and Select What? There’s a Rule? Well, it’s not exactly a rule, but more of a guideline for using the on-screen displays. If you understand this one thing, you have enough knowledge to get around the menuing system and program guides.
The Only Rule: Point and Select What is Point and Select? Point and Select is the two-step method you use to control the ® system. 1. Point You point by pressing the arrow keys on the remote or front panel. Pressing the arrow keys moves the on-screen highlight to different items in the Program Guide and the menu screens.
The Program Guide What is a Program Guide? A program guide is an on-screen programming schedule. There are several types of guides, each presenting the schedule in a different format. Using the Program Guide is easy as long as you remember the Point and Select rule.
The Program Guide Bringing Up the Program Guides You can access the program guides by using the GUIDE button on the remote, or by selecting Program Guide from the Main menu. Using the GUIDE Button Each press of the GUIDE button takes you to an alternate type of program guide: •...
The Program Guide Scrolling Page By Page If you want to scroll up or down through the Program Guide faster, press the Channel Up/Down buttons on the remote control. The highlight scrolls a page at a time. This is called “paging.”...
The Program Guide Types of Program Guides There are five types of program guides: the Grid Guide, the Info Guide, the Topic Guide, the Channel Guide, and the Attractions Guide. The Grid Guide Shows the schedule in a time-and-channel format, similar to a TV schedule listed in a newspaper.
The Program Guide The Topic Guide Lets you sort the programming schedule to show certain topics, such as “movies” or “sports.” The Topic guide. The Channel Guide Displays the programming schedule in a channel-by-channel format. The Channel guide. The Attractions Guide Displays coming attractions and special events information.
The Program Guide Sorting the Grid and Info Guides There are six on-screen choices—called “buttons”— at the bottom of the Grid Guide and the Info Guide: down arrow, Movies, Sports, Other, All, and Sort. The Sorting buttons are at the bottom of the screen. The arrow button allows you to scroll down through other channels in the guide.
The Program Guide Allows you choose from a list of sorting topics. Once you have selected a sorting topic from the list, your guide will be simplified to show only that type of program. After selecting a topic, a Themes button may appear in the place of the Other button.
The Menu System What’s a Menu? ® The DSS menu is a list of choices, just like a menu in a restaurant. And, just as a restaurant menu is divided into sections such as appetizers, entrees, and desserts, the on-screen menus are also separated into sections to help you find the information you need.
The Menu System Using the Menu System To bring up the Main Menu, press MENU•SELECT on the remote. The Living Room Main Menu. To use the menu system, you need to know the Point and Select rule. Use the arrows on the remote to point to an item on the screen, and then press MENU•SELECT to select it.
The Menu System 2. Point to the Help button and press MENU•SELECT. The Help balloons show all of the menu choices in the Living Room Main Menu. 3. Press MENU•SELECT again. The help balloons disappear. The rest of the Help buttons in the menu system bring up helpful information explaining one aspect of that menu.
The Menu System Menu Descriptions This section briefly describes each of the available Main menu options. Detailed information about each menu is included in the sections of the manual which describe each menu. Program Guide Shows the on-screen programming schedules. Mailbox Use to read your mail messages.
Profiles Different Drummers Not everybody likes to watch the same thing, and within your own family, you might not want everybody to be able to watch everything. The User Profiles feature lets four members of your household customize their DSS setting up channel lists and ratings limits which can be password protected.
Profiles Personalizing The User Profiles You can personalize each of the profiles by changing the name, hair style, eyes and nose, mouth, and face color. This makes selecting a profile with the remote much easier because you can quickly identify your own personal profile. To change the appearance of your User Profile: 1.
Profiles Creating and Editing a Profile To access and edit the user profiles, you need to open the safe by pointing to Open Safe and then pressing MENU•SELECT. After you open the safe, you have access to all of the user profiles, and can set per-event spending limits and lock the system so that no changes can be made without first entering a four-digit password.
Profiles Editing the Channel List The first time that you enter this menu, all of the channels are selected (check marked). To create a customized channel list, you need to scroll through the list and deselect those channels that you do not want to appear in the Program Guide. 1.
Profiles Use the arrow keys to move the selector up and down. 2. Use the up and down arrows to move the rating selector to the highest rating you want the user to view. Locking a User’s Profile Each user can be assigned a personal password to lock his or her profile.
Profiles Controlling the System Use the System Control screen to set up a system-wide, per-event spending limit, and to lock the system in order to put into effect the channel lists and rating limits you set up in your user profiles. The System Control screen.
Profiles Locking the System Locking the system lets you manage your family’s access to ® programming. The User Profile settings for channel lists, ratings limits, or spending limits go into effect when you lock the system. 1. Point to Lock Limits and press MENU•SELECT. Enter a four-digit system password to lock the system.
Profiles Session Unlock If your system is locked and you attempt to access a channel or program that is blocked by one or more limits, you are asked to enter the four-digit system password to override the system lock. If you enter the password to override the rating, spending, or channel limit, all limits are unlocked until you turn off the receiver.
More Features What? There’s More? If you’ve read this far, then you’ve seen how to use the on-screen program guides, how to get around in the menu system, and how to edit and use the Profiles feature. This section highlights the rest of the features offered by ®...
More Features Pay-Per-View Programs Pay-per-view programs (PPV) are programs that you purchase— like a movie ticket—on an event-by-event basis. For instance, there might be a specific channel that runs nothing but previews for movies. After previewing the movie, you can purchase it or find out more details about it.
More Features Using the Program Guide for PPV Programs When you use the Program Guide, to select a PPV program, press the DISPLAY to see a different Program Details screen. Use the Program Guide to get to the Program Details screen. •...
More Features Using the Purchases Menu The Purchases menu allows you to review upcoming and past purchases. The Purchases menu shows you upcoming or past purchases. The list of purchases may be longer than one screen; use the down arrow keys to see more items. The display also shows the title, channel, date, time, and cost of each program.
More Features Timer Feature The Timer feature allows you to preset your system to automatically tune to a particular channel at a predetermined time, and even to record that channel. To use the Timer feature, select Timers from the main menu to bring up the Timers screen.
More Features Selecting a VCR Type You need to tell the DSS ® receiver which VCR brand you are using by selecting Set VCR Type from the Options menu. The Set VCR Type screen is located in the Options menu. 1.
More Features One-Button Recording with Timer Press the REC (record) button on the remote while you have a program selected in the guide to set up a timer program. The program information (channel, time, etc.) is stored in the first available timer.
More Features The Mail menu. 2. Press MENU•SELECT again to close the letter. After you read a message and want to erase it, point to Erase and press MENU•SELECT. When you exit the display screen, messages not erased are saved in memory. Mailbox Size The mailbox has enough memory to store as many as ten (10) 200-character messages.
More Features Alternate Audio Display Screen When you select Alternate Audio from the Preferences menu, the Alternate Audio display screen comes up. Point to the audio program type you want and press MENU•SELECT. A check mark next to the program means you have selected that program.
More Features Using On-Line Help On-line Help is available for all of the menus and display screens. The System provides Auto Help, Help buttons, and Menu Help. Auto Help Most menus contain a short description of that menu. Help Buttons Help buttons appear in many display screens.
Connections Things to Know Before Connecting Components Protect Your Components from Power Surges • Connect all components before plugging any power cords into the wall outlet. ® • Always turn off the DSS receiver, TV and other components before you connect or disconnect any cables. Position Cables Correctly to Avoid Audio Hum or Interference •...
S- S-Video Jack Video jack carries only the picture signal, not the sound. 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.
Connections 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. Connection A Provides the best possible picture and stereo audio quality.
Connections 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. 1.
Connections 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. 1.
Connections 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.
Connections 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: •...
Connections Interactive Setup If you self-installed your satellite dish, you may have already used the interactive setup to find the dish pointing coordinates, acquire and fine-tune the signal, and run a system test. If you need to run the interactive setup again, go to the Assistance menu and select Setup.
Reference How It All Works ® Although the DSS system is simple to use, there are a number of parts in the system. Don’t be overwhelmed. This section explains how these different parts work together to bring a picture to your screen. What’s It For? This section also describes the controlls located on the front and back of the receiver.
Reference ® 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. Uplink Center Satellite Dish Antenna Satellite...
Reference Home View These parts are inside of or attached to your house. Satellite Dish DSS Receiver Telephone Jack ® Satellite Dish Picks up the satellite’s coded program information and relays it to your DSS may be installed in different locations on or around your house. The satellite dish must, however, be pointed in a southern direction toward the satellite.) ®...
Reference Controls and Buttons This part of the Reference sections discusses the controls and buttons located on the receiver and the remote control. ON/OFF DISPLAY MENU SELECT ANTENNA The Access Card door slides open so that you can replace the card when necessary. Front Panel Controls ®...
Reference S-VIDEO VIDEO AUDIO CH 3 FROM CH 4 Back Panel Controls IN FROM ANT Use to connect an off-air antenna or cable TV signal ® to the DSS system. OUT TO TV Use to connect the DSS if your TV has audio/video jacks, you should use those jacks to get better picture and sound quality.
Reference Remote Control Buttons OFF•ON Turns the device you are controlling on or off. TV Tells the remote to control the TV. VCR Tells the remote to control the VCR. ALT Tells the remote to control an alternative device connected to your TV.
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. Programming the Remote to Control...
Reference 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 ON•OFF or CHAN UP or DOWN to see if the VCR responds to the remote commands.
Reference Programming the Remote to Control a Cable Box 1. Turn on the cable box. 2. Look up your brand and its code number(s) in code list on page 57. 3. Press and hold the ALT button. 4. Press and release the DSS ®...
Reference Glossary The following is a list of terms used in this manual. There is also a glossary contained within the Assistance ® menu of your DSS system. Access Card ® ® Identifies you to the DSS service providers and is required for your DSS system to work.
Reference Main Menu ® The first list of choices in the DSS on-screen menu system. Press the MENU button on the remote or front panel to bring up the Main menu. Past Purchases Detailed list of the programs that you have already purchased and viewed. 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.
Reference 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 • All connections—jacks, cables, etc. are correctly in place. See Connecting Your DSS ®...
Appendix A: Warranty Information Toll-Free Telephone Product Help You can reach Thomson Consumer Electronics at the following number: 1-800-679-4776 (Toll free inside U.S.A.) ® Our toll-free DSS System number operates from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. EST on weekdays and 10:00 a.m.
Appendix A: Warranty Information What we will do: • During the initial 90 days: Exchange the defective portion of your DSS basic installation defects at no cost to you. • After the 90 days and within one year: Exchange the defective portion of your DSS a flat exchange charge to replace a defective receiver.
Appendix A: Warranty Information To receive a replacement receiver after we have received your unit: • Write the RA number on the outside of the carton used to return the unit. Make sure you insure your shipment in case of damage or loss. •...
Appendix B: 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. 1. 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.
S-VHS Video Cable (2) Weatherproof “F” Connectors for RG-6 coaxial cable Grounding Block for RG-6 coaxial cable Miscellaneous Supplies Self-Installer’s Kit Accessory Order Form for RCA DSS Description Part No. RG-6 Coaxial Cable 12 feet D912 25 feet D925 50 feet...
Name: Street: City: State: To order accessories, contact your local RCA Dealer. If a dealer is not nearby, you can also follow the instructions below to order by telephone. United States and Canadian Orders To place your order by phone, have your Visa or MasterCard ready and call the toll-free number ®...
index Access Card 49 new card setup 37 number 4 ALT AUD button 36 Alternate Audio display screen 37 Alternate audio programs 36 Arrow keys 8 Attractions Guide 13, 31 Audio/Video jacks 40 Auto Help 38 Back Panel controls 51 AUDIO RIGHT AND LEFT 51 IN FROM ANT 51 LOW SPEED DATA port 51...
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