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Satellite Receiver

User's Guide
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  • Page 1: Satellite Receiver

    Satellite Receiver User’s Guide Changing Entertainment. Again.

  • Page 2: Important Information

    Important Information WARNING To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose this product to rain or moisture. Cautions Note to Cable TV Installer: Note to Satellite Dish Installer: IMPORTANT NOTICE: Care and Cleaning: Product Registration Please fill out the product registration card (packed seperately) and return it immediately. Returning the card allows us to contact you if needed.

  • Page 3: Key Features Overview

    TVs, VCRs, and cable boxes. Requirements: A remote-controllable device such as a VCR, cable box, etc. The remote control may have to be programmed to operate your component if it is not RCA, GE, or Proscan. Introduction...

  • Page 4

    RSA-secure upgrades or modifications. RSA- secure downloads ensure that only authorized upgrades are delivered to your RCA digital satellite receiver. Requirements: Consult the Upgrade Menu to find a schedule of upgrades or modifications planned by DIRECTV. For more information, see page 58 in the...

  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Connections & Setup ... 5 Things To Consider Before You Connect Components ... 6 Choose Your Connection ... 7 Excellent Connection ... 8 Very Good Connection ... 10 Good Connection ... 12 Jacks and Cables ... 14 Satellite Receiver Rear Panel ... 15 Place Batteries in the Remote Control ...

  • Page 6

    Table of Contents Using the Menu System ... 39 Using the Menu System ... 40 On-screen Buttons and Context Help ... 40 Main Menu Items ... 41 The Program Guide ... 42 Mailbox ... 43 Messages Waiting ... 43 Checking Your Mail ... 43 Using the Purchases Menu ...

  • Page 7: Connections & Setup

    Chapter 1 Connections & Setup Chapter Overview: • Things to Consider Before You Connect • Choose Your Connection • Place Batteries in the Remote Control • Assisted Setup • Order Programming Changing Entertainment. Again. Graphics contained within this publication are for representation only...

  • Page 8: Things To Consider Before You Connect Components

    Connections & Setup Things To Consider Before You Connect Components Protect Your Components from Power Surges • Connect all components before plugging any power cords into the wall outlet. • Always turn off the digital satellite receiver, TV and other components before you connect or disconnect any cables.

  • Page 9: Choose Your Connection

    Choose Your Connection There are several ways to connect your digital satellite receiver depending on the components you want to connect and the quality of the signal you want to achieve. Please use the following chart to determine which connection is best for you. Proceed to the appropriate page and connect your satellite receiver.

  • Page 10: Excellent Connection

    Connections & Setup Digital Satellite Receiver SATELLITE Satellite Dish Antenna Note: Your VCR and TV back panels may not look exactly like the ones illustrated. Excellent Connection Using S-Video and A/V jacks and cables to connect to the TV, RF coaxial cables to connect to the VCR This connection provides this receiver’s best picture quality, surpassing that of A/V cables.

  • Page 11

    What you will need: • Two (2) RF coaxial cables • One (1) S-Video cable • Two (2) Audio/Video cables • One (1) telephone line cord • Coaxial cable lines fed from a digital satellite antenna and a standard TV antenna (or cable feed) Making the Connection 1.

  • Page 12: Very Good Connection

    Connections & Setup Satellite Dish Antenna Very Good Connection Using A/V jacks and cables to connect to the TV, RF coaxial cables to connect to the VCR This connection provides better picture quality than RF coaxial cables and is recommended for use with TVs that do not have S-Video input jacks.

  • Page 13

    What you will need: • Two (2) RF coaxial cables • Three (3) Audio/Video cables • One (1) telephone line cord • Coaxial cable lines fed from a digital satellite antenna and a standard TV antenna (or cable feed) Making the Connection 1.

  • Page 14: Good Connection

    Connections & Setup Digital Satellite Receiver Satellite Dish Antenna Note: Your VCR and TV back panels may not look exactly like the ones illustrated. Good Connection Using RF Coaxial cables for all connections This connection provides standard picture quality. This is the only connection recommended for TVs that have no S-Video or A/V input jacks.

  • Page 15

    What you will need: • Two (2) RF coaxial cables • One (1) telephone line cord • Coaxial cable lines fed from a digital satellite antenna and a standard TV antenna (or cable feed) Making the Connection 1. Connect the satellite dish antenna feed (RG-6 coaxial cable) to the SATELLITE IN jack on the satellite receiver.

  • Page 16: Jacks And Cables

    TV because the S-Video cable carries only the picture signal, not the sound. Audio/Video (A/V) Jack and Cable (RCA-type) Audio/Video (A/V) cables provide good picture quality and stereo sound, and should be used if your TV has no S-video jacks. The digital satellite receiver’s A/V jacks are color coded (yellow for video, red for right audio, and white for left audio).

  • Page 17: Satellite Receiver Rear Panel

    GROUND LOW SPEED SATELLITE DATA OUT TO TV IN FROM ANT Satellite Receiver Rear Panel This diagram illustrates each of the back panel jacks found on your digital satellite receiver. When working with cables, be sure to connect corresponding OUTPUTS and INPUTS (Video OUT to Video IN, Right Audio OUT to Right Audio IN, etc.).

  • Page 18: Place Batteries In The Remote Control

    Proscan, press the TV button on the remote control to turn on the TV. If your TV brand is not RCA, GE, or Proscan, see page 23 in the next section, Using the Remote Control, for details on programming the satellite receiver’s remote control to operate your TV.

  • Page 19: Using Highlight And Select

    ON • OFF VCR1 VCR2 SKIP MUTE CH + CH - FETCH GO BACK GUIDE INFO Arrow buttons MENU CLEAR MENU button WHO•INPUT ANTENNA REVERSE PLAY FORWARD RECORD STOP PAUSE Chapter 1 Connections & Setup Using Highlight and Select All on-screen menus can be handled the same way, using highlight and select navigation.

  • Page 20: Complete The Assisted Setup

    Connections & Setup Complete the Assisted Setup If you installed your satellite dish antenna yourself, you may have already used the Assisted Setup to find dish-pointing coordinates, acquire and fine-tune the signal, and run a system test. If you need to run the setup again, select System Setup from the Main menu, then select Assisted Setup.

  • Page 21: Using The Remote Control

    Chapter 2 Using the Remote Control Chapter Overview: • Remote Control Buttons • Buttons on Top of the Digital Satellite Receiver • Programming the Remote Control • Using the Remote Control to Operate Another Component • Modes of Operation • Controlling a Second Satellite Receiver •...

  • Page 22: Remote Control Buttons

    MENU Displays the Main menu. When you are using the remote control to operate an RCA, GE, or Proscan VCR (the remote is in VCR mode), the MENU button functions as a Program button. MUTE When the remote is programmed to control a TV, this button reduces the TV’s volume to its minimum level.

  • Page 23

    WHO•INPUT Press the WHO button one or more times to scroll through the user profiles. When you are using the remote control to operate an RCA, GE, or PROSCAN TV (in TV mode), press the WHO•INPUT button one or more times to scroll through the available video input sources.

  • Page 24: Top Of The Digital Satellite Receiver

    Using the Remote Control Top of the Digital Satellite Receiver This diagram illustrates the buttons on the top (also referred to as the front panel) of the digital satellite receiver. For more information on the function of the front panel buttons and many other features of your digital satellite receiver, press the MENU button and select System Setup from the Main menu, then select System Index.

  • Page 25: Programming The Remote Control

    The digital satellite receiver’s remote can be programmed to control most brands of remote controllable components. The remote is already programmed to control most RCA, GE and Proscan components; it may need to be programmed to control other manufacturers’ brands.

  • Page 26: Using Direct Entry

    AUX button is used to control the second satellite receiver. If your second receiver is an RCA, GE, or Proscan and you want to control it using the AUX button, use code 5001. Code 5000 is used by the SAT button.

  • Page 27: Remote Control Codes

    Quasar ... 1003, 1054, 1070, 1094 Radio Shack/Realistic ... 1000, 1004, 1006, 1012, , 1038, 1049, 1095, 1162, 1171, 1172 RCA ... 1000, 1003, 1004, 1005, 1006, 1007, 1019, 1096, 1098, 1099, 1100, 1101, 1102, 1103, 1129, 1179, 1181, 1187, 1188, 1190, 1198, 1199 Rhapsody ...

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    Pulsar ... 2104 Quarter ... 2011 Quartz ... 2011 Quasar ... 2021, 2022, 2125 RCA ... 2000, 2001, 2003, 2013, 2021, 2055, 2056, 2082, 2083, 2084,2085, 2086,2087, 2088, 2089, 2090, 2091, 2107, 2115, 2120, 2125 Radioshack/Realistic ... 2002, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2021,...

  • Page 29: Using The Satellite Receiver's Features

    Chapter 3 Using the Satellite Receiver’s Features Chapter Overview: • What is a Program Guide? • The DIRECTV INTERACTIVE™ feature • The Channel Banner and other on-screen displays • How to use the on-screen programming schedule Changing Entertainment. Again. Graphics contained within this publication are for representation only...

  • Page 30: Anatomy Of A Program Guide

    Satellite Receiver Features Selectable Advertisements (highlight and select for more information). Anatomy of a Program Guide The following diagram shows you the kind of information you will see in the program guides. Active profile Viewing Sorts by Scroll Suggestions Movies down Active Profile’s Sorts by...

  • Page 31: Using The Channel Banner

    Active Profile Main menu Dolby Digital and Alternate System Audio indicators lock/unlock Using The Channel Banner The channel banner appears whenever you do one of the following: • Tune to a channel. • Press the remote control’s INFO, SAT, or GO BACK buttons while watching programming. •...

  • Page 32: The Directv Interactive™ Feature

    Satellite Receiver Features © 2001 Wink Communications. All rights reserved. Wink and the Wink logo are registered trademarks of Wink Communications, Inc. DIRECTV, the Cyclone Design logo, and DIRECTV INTERACTIVE are trademarks of DIRECTV, Inc., a unit of Hughes Electronics Corp. and are used with permission. The DIRECTV INTERACTIVE™...

  • Page 33: Getting Around In The Guides

    ON • OFF VCR1 VCR2 SKIP MUTE CH + CH +/- Buttons CH - FETCH GO BACK GUIDE INFO Arrow Buttons MENU CLEAR Digit Buttons WHO•INPUT ANTENNA REVERSE PLAY FORWARD RECORD STOP PAUSE REWIND/ FORWARD Buttons Chapter 3 Satellite Receiver Features Getting Around In the Guides This section describes how to change channels and move around a program guide.

  • Page 34: Tuning To A Program

    Satellite Receiver Features For information on tuning to a PPV program, see page 45. Your digital satellite receiver can store up to three days of information, so retrieving data can take a little time. It can take up to 6 hours to download all three days of information when turning the system on after the Guide information has been lost.

  • Page 35: Additional Program Guides

    Additional Program Guides Besides the Detail and Grid Guides, there are a few more to choose from: the Channel Guide, the Logo Guide, and the Viewing Suggestions Guide. You can access these guides from the Main menu by selecting Program Guides. Chapter 3 Satellite Receiver Features The Channel Guide...

  • Page 36: Sorting The Guides

    Satellite Receiver Features TIP: Accessing Viewing Suggestions You can select Viewing Suggestions by selecting Suggestions in the Main menu, or by pressing the icon displayed in the channel banner or on-screen guides. Sorting the Guides Sorting the guide is a way of organizing the information to show only the types of programs that interest you.

  • Page 37: Active Profile's Preferences

    Chapter 3 Satellite Receiver Features Active Profile’s Preferences Each individual can edit preferences so customized themes and topics appear when a sorting icon is pressed. The Active profile’s preferences can be quickly accessed by selecting this icon at the bottom of all on-screen guides. To Change the Active Profile’s Preferences: 1.

  • Page 38: Channel Sort

    Satellite Receiver Features Channel Sort Sort the on-screen guides to display channels in either numeric or alphabetical order. When the guide is sorted alphabetically, the 1-2-3 icon is displayed (select the icon to change the display to numeric). When the guide is sorted numerically, an A-B-C icon is displayed (select it to display the guide alphabetically).

  • Page 39: Scout

    On-screen icons represent the status of the Scout feature: This icon (displayed in the Scout menu) indicates that the information you specified has been found. The Scout icon in the Channel Banner and the on-screen guides will have a white outline when a Scout search returns information.

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  • Page 41: Using The Menu System

    Chapter 4 Using the Menu System Chapter Overview: • Using the Menu System • The Program Guide • Mailbox • Using the Purchases Menu • Timers Feature • Profiles • Personal Settings • Options • System Setup • Interactive Changing Entertainment. Again. Graphics contained within this publication are for representation only...

  • Page 42: Using The Menu System

    Using On-Screen Menus Tip: No Menus? If the Main menu doesn’t appear when you press MENU, the remote control might not be in SAT mode. Try pressing the SAT button on the remote, and then MENU. Tip: Using On-screen Help Press the remote control’s INFO button at any time for more information.

  • Page 43: Main Menu Items

    Tip: Don’t Be Afraid to Explore Once you’ve learned the basics, feel free to poke around the menu system– exploring this system is a great way to learn! Remember to use you remote control’s arrow and OK buttons to maneuver through menus. And, so you don’t worry about getting lost in the menus, you can press CLEAR at any time to leave the...

  • Page 44: The Program Guide

    Using On-Screen Menus Selectable Advertisements (highlight and select for more information). Active profile Viewing Sorts by Scroll suggestions movies down Active profile’s Sorts by preferences sports The Program Guide Note: The program guide is described in detail in the previous chapter, Using the Satellite System’s Features, starting on page 27.

  • Page 45: Mailbox

    Chapter 4 Using On-Screen Menus Mailbox The Mailbox menu lets you access messages sent from DIRECTV. For example, you may receive a message calling your attention to a new service. Messages Waiting To tell if you have messages waiting for you in your mailbox, press the INFO button while watching regular programming.

  • Page 46: Using The Purchases Menu

    Using On-Screen Menus Using the Purchases Menu The Purchases menu allows you to review upcoming and past purchases and set spending limits. The list of purchases may be longer than one screen; use the up and down arrow buttons to see more items. The display also shows the title, channel, date, time, and cost of each program.

  • Page 47: Pay Per View Programs

    Tip: Ordering PPV If you want to order PPV programs using the on-screen menus, you need to connect your digital satellite receiver to a telephone line. Tip: PPV Passwords You may need to enter your four- digit password to order a PPV program if it costs more than the spending limit you set up in the Profiles or Purchases menu.

  • Page 48: Timers

    Using On-Screen Menus On-screen icons are a quick way to understand the timers: Indicates that the timer is set. Indicates that the timer is set for a PPV program. Indicates a timer conflict. Indicates Interactive content. Timers The Timers feature allows you to preset your digital satellite receiver to automatically tune to a particular channel at a predetermined time.

  • Page 49: Creating A Profile Channel List

    Chapter 4 Using On-Screen Menus Setting the Name The first step when creating a new profile is to set a name. This will be the name that appears when repeatedly pressing the WHO•INPUT button. To set the profile name: 1. In the Profiles menu, press the 1 button to select Name. 2.

  • Page 50: Setting The Rating Limit

    Using On-Screen Menus Important You need to lock the system in order for rating limits, channel limits, viewing hours, and spending limits to go into effect. After you lock the system, you need to enter the system password to edit the limits.

  • Page 51: Locking The System

    Chapter 4 Using On-Screen Menus Locking a User’s Profile Users can be assigned a personal password to lock their profile. When a password is assigned, users must enter the password before they can view programs using that profile. Profile passwords do not allow access to, or editing of, the profile limits (you must enter the system password to edit profile limits).

  • Page 52: Program/video Unlock

    Using On-Screen Menus Unlocking the System When the system is unlocked, the channel, spending, viewing, and ratings limits that you set are no longer in effect. To unlock: 1. Highlight and select Unlock System in the Profiles menu. 2. Highlight and select Yes to confirm that you want to unlock the system. The unlock icon should be displayed in the channel banner.

  • Page 53: Choosing Your Profile

    Chapter 4 Using On-Screen Menus Choosing Your Profile Each time you turn on the digital satellite receiver, the Family profile is selected by default, so this should be the profile with the most restrictive limits you want enforced across all profiles. To select another profile: 1.

  • Page 54: Default Guide

    Using On-Screen Menus Default Guide Lets you choose which guide appears first when you press the GUIDE button on the remote control. The choices are Grid Guide or Detail Guide. Guide Sorting Lets you choose whether the default guide is sorted numerically by channel numbers or alphabetically by channel names.

  • Page 55: Edit Fetch

    Chapter 4 Using On-Screen Menus Edit Fetch Lets you choose a single function for the FETCH button on the remote control, or to bring up a custom menu of up to 8 different features to choose from. To create a custom Fetch menu: 1.

  • Page 56: Info Help

    Using On-Screen Menus TIP: Getting Help If you ever have a question about the menu you are in, select the on-screen help button (?). If you have a questions about a highlighted menu item, press the remote control’s INFO button. INFO Help A text block saying Press INFO to learn more pops ups by default whenever there is a brief period of inactivity in a menu.

  • Page 57: System Index

    System Index The System Index feature allows you to get detailed information about your digital satellite receiver. Details that can be viewed from within the System Index menu include program guide information, details about the menu system, explanations of the remote control, front panel, and back panel of the receiver, and even a glossary of words common when discussing digital satellite receivers.

  • Page 58: Picture Size

    Using On-Screen Menus Picture Size Selecting Picture Size allows you to select the type of TV connected to the receiver. You can choose between Normal (4X3) or Cinema (16X9). The default is Normal. Time Zone Using this feature allows you to set the local time zone and to enact a Daylight- Saving time option.

  • Page 59: Dish Pointing

    It is important to select the correct dish type. If you do not, you will not receive the proper dish pointing coordinates and you will not be able to take full advantage of your DIRECTV System. LNBs An oval satellite dish with two LNBs (not provided with all systems).

  • Page 60: System Test

    Using On-Screen Menus Select by City Allows you to choose major cities from selected states to find dish-pointing coordinates. Enter Lat/Long Allows you to find dish-pointing coordinates from latitude and longitude entries. Latitudes between 20 and 55 can be entered, and longitudes between 65 and 125 can be entered. Signal Meter This feature allows you to determine the strength of all available signals, one at a time.

  • Page 61: New Access Card

    New Access Card Selecting the New Access Card function allows you to update the digital satellite receiver with a new access card. This is necessary on occasion when DIRECTV sends out a new card. Alternate Data Selects from among the available data channels. Chapter 4 Using On-Screen Menus Interactive...

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  • Page 63: Other Information

    Chapter 5 Other Information Chapter Overview: • Troubleshooting • Finding the TV’s Video Line Input • Running the System Test • Limited Warranty • Accessory Order Form • Index Changing Entertainment. Again. Graphics contained within this publication are for representation only...

  • Page 64: Troubleshooting

    Other Information Troubleshooting Many problems can be corrected by performing a simple reset of the digital satellite receiver. If you experience the following: • Image freezes • Audio freezes • Blank screen • Won’t respond to front panel or remote try this: press and hold the INFO and right arrow buttons for at least three seconds.

  • Page 65: Remote Control Problems

    Remote Control Problems Problems with the remote control • Maybe something is between the remote control and the remote sensor. • Maybe the remote control is not in SAT mode. Press the SAT (or, if your remote is older, SAT1 or DIRECTV) button so the remote will control the digital satellite receiver. •...

  • Page 66: Finding The Tv's Video Line Input

    TVs. Below are some things you can try. • If your TV brand is RCA, GE, or PROSCAN, press TV on the remote control that came with your digital satellite receiver. Then press the WHO•INPUT button on the remote.

  • Page 67: Running The System Test

    6. If your system does not pass the system test, check any of these potential trouble areas: cabling, pointing the satellite dish, phone connection, and access card. 7. If you continue to have problems, call RCA Customer Service at 1-800-679-4776. You should run a system test several times before concluding that there is a problem. Occasional fluctuations in the phone line or satellite signal can give temporary false readings.

  • Page 68: Limited Warranty

    Other Information Limited Warranty What your warranty covers: • Defects in materials or workmanship. For how long after your purchase: • 90 days from date of purchase - Unit exchange, which includes parts and labor. • 91 days to 1 year from date of purchase - Unit exchange, which includes parts only; you pay the labor. •...

  • Page 69

    To receive a replacement receiver after we have received your unit: • Write the SR number on the outside of the carton used to return the unit. Make sure you insure your shipment in case of damage or loss. • Carefully pack the unit using the original box and packing material if possible. Please retain all accessories that were included with your unit such as the remote control hand unit and access card.

  • Page 70: Fcc Registration Information

    This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. Trade Name: RCA Model(s): DRD430RG/DRD431RG/DRD430RGA/DRD431RGA Equipment Classification: TV Interface Device Responsible Party: Thomson multimedia, Inc.

  • Page 71: Accessory Order Form

    RG-6 Coaxial Burial Cable with weatherproof “F” connectors comes in a variety of lengths. S-Video Cable comes in 12 foot lengths. Self-Installer’s Kit contains all the cable and hardware needed to install the dish and connect the system. ON • OFF VCR2 DIRECTV Remote Control...

  • Page 72

    Other Information Charge your order on your VISA, MasterCard, or Discover Card by filling in below USE YOUR CREDIT CARD IMPORTANT: Copy complete account number from your VISA card My card expires: IMPORTANT: Copy complete account number from your MasterCard Copy Number My card above your...

  • Page 73: Glossary

    MENU button to display the Main menu, then select System Setup, and finally select Assisted Setup. Audio/Video (A/V) Jacks/Cables (RCA-type) A/V cables provide good picture quality and stereo sound, and should be used if your TV has no S-video jacks. The digital satellite receiver’s A/V jacks are color coded (yellow for video, red for right audio, and white for left audio).

  • Page 74: Program Guides

    Glossary Highlight and Select The way that all on-screen menus are handled; using highlight and select navigation. To highlight, use the remote control’s arrow buttons (up, down, left, and right) to highlight different choices on the screen. Press the OK button to select the highlighted choice. Note that when a highlighted on-screen menu choice has a number beside it, you can also press the corresponding number button on the remote control to select it.

  • Page 75

    The digital satellite receiver is able to modify some of its features and functions with downloaded RSA-secure upgrades or modifications. RSA- secure downloads ensure that only authorized upgrades are delivered to your RCA digital satellite receiver. S-VIDEO jack Provides better picture quality than A/V or RF coaxial cable jacks. Use the S-video connection along with audio cables because S-Video only carries picture information, not sound.

  • Page 76: Index

    Index Index Color Scheme 52 Connections 7, 22 A/V jacks and cables 8 Access Card 59 Context Help 40 Access card number 17 Accessories 69 Deleting purchases 44 Accessory Order Form 69 Detail Guide 30 Active Profile’s Preferences DIRECTV button 20 DIRECTV INTERACTIVE™...

  • Page 77

    Purchases 41 System cancelling 44 menu 41, 44 Pay Per View programs 45 previewing 45 reviewing 44 System Info 58 Purchases Menu 44 System Options canceling purchases 44 reviewing purchases 44 spending limits 44 Rating limit 48 Recording 9, 11, 13 System Setup 41, 54 Remote Control 1 buttons 20...

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  • Page 80

    If your digital satellite receiver needs service, please contact your dealer or the nearest Service Center from the Yellow Pages. Please do not send any products to the Indianapolis address listed in this manual or on the carton. This will only add delays in service for your product.

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