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Digital Satellite
Receiver
Operating Instructions
BEFORE USING YOUR DSS SYSTEM
You must activate your programming service
by calling your program providers:
DIRECTV®
1-800-347-3288
USSB
1-800-204-8772
For more information, see page 25.
SAT-A2 MODEL ONLY
RF ANTENNA: The DSS receiver is shipped
with IR reception enabled and RF reception
disabled. To use the RF feature (and the
antenna), you must change the factory setting
(IR ONLY) to the RF setting (RF ONLY) using the
on-screen displays, as described in this
manual.
SAT-A2
SAT-B2
© 1996 by Sony Corporation
3-856-591-21(1)
1

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  • Page 1 To use the RF feature (and the antenna), you must change the factory setting (IR ONLY) to the RF setting (RF ONLY) using the on-screen displays, as described in this manual. SAT-A2 SAT-B2 © 1996 by Sony Corporation 3-856-591-21(1)
  • Page 2: Customer Support

    For general information, or to resolve problems related to the operation of your satellite receiver or antenna, please contact your Sony brand DSS dealer. If your dealer or installer is unable to answer your questions, call the Sony Digital Satellite System Information Center at 1-800-838-7669.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Contents Chapter 1 Introducing the DSS System DSS Features Package Contents Inserting Batteries into the Remote Control Chapter 2 Using Basic Functions Remote Control for Model SAT-A2 Remote Control for Model SAT-B2 Using a Program Guide Using the Station Index Chapter 3 Connecting Your System Overview...
  • Page 4: Introducing The Dss System

    DSS Features Chapter 1: Introducing the DSS System Welcome to the Sony brand DSS (Digital Satellite System), the ultimate digital entertainment experience. Read this chapter for an overview of the features of the system and to check the carton contents of the DSS receiver.
  • Page 5: Package Contents

    Package Contents Check to make sure you’ve received the following items in the DSS receiver’s carton: * RF Antenna and S-Video cable not included with SAT-B2. SAT-A1 includes RM-Y130 remote control shown above; SAT-B2 includes RM-Y129 remote control shown on page 8. The access card comes already inserted into the DSS receiver.
  • Page 6: Inserting Batteries Into The Remote Control

    Inserting Batteries into the Remote Control Chapter 1: Introducing the DSS System Before you can use the remote control, you must first insert the supplied batteries. If you want to use this remote control to operate other video components, such as a TV or cable box, you must also program the remote as described in the Appendix on page 85.
  • Page 7: Using Basic Functions

    Chapter 2 Using Basic Functions Remote Control for Model SAT-A2 You can start watching programs using just a few buttons on the remote control. Here’s an overview of the buttons you’ll use most often. DSS POWER Button Turns the DSS receiver on and off. FUNCTION Buttons Selects the component (DSS, TV, CABLE) that you want to operate.
  • Page 8: Remote Control For Model Sat-b2

    Remote Control for Model SAT-B2 Chapter 2: Using Basic Functions frutiger DSS POWER Button Turns the DSS receiver on and off. FUNCTION Buttons Selects the component (DSS, TV, CABLE) that you want to operate. These buttons flash to indicate which component the remote control is set to operate.
  • Page 9: Using A Program Guide

    Using a Program Guide Moving Around In a Program Guide You can also change the look of the program guide by pressing the DISPLAY button. See “Using the DISPLAY Feature” on page 44. In program guides, you can select station call letters/numbers to display a description of the station.
  • Page 10: Using The Station Index

    Using the Station Index Your Station Index may not look exactly like this. The stations displayed depend on the programming you’ve ordered. Moving Around In the Station Index You can also change the look of the Station Index by pressing the DISPLAY button. See “Using the DISPLAY Feature”...
  • Page 11: Connecting Your System

    This allows you to hide components behind cabinet doors. If you have a Sony TV that has the S-Link feature, you can connect it to the DSS receiver’s S-LINK connector to simplify the operation of your system. Using S-Link, when you turn on the DSS receiver with the TV’s remote control, it automatically turns on the TV and...
  • Page 12: Tv Only

    TV Only TV With RF Connector Only Some TVs label this jack RF IN, instead of VHF/UHF IN. SAT-A2 receiver is pictured, but connections are identical for SAT-B2. Chapter 3: Connecting Your System Refer to the illustration below (SAT-A2 receiver is pictured). Connect the RG-6 cable from the satellite antenna’s LNB to the DSS receiver’s SATELLITE IN jack.
  • Page 13 TV With A/V Connectors If your TV has only one AUDIO IN jack, connect the lower (mono) AUDIO L jack on the DSS receiver to the TV’s AUDIO IN jack. SAT-A2 receiver is pictured, but connections are identical for SAT-B2. Some TVs label this jack RF IN, instead of VHF/UHF IN.
  • Page 14: Tv And Vcr

    TV and VCR Some VCRs and TVs label this jack RF IN, instead of VHF/UHF IN. Chapter 3: Connecting Your System Refer to the illustration on the opposite page (SAT-A2 receiver is pictured). Connect the RG-6 cable from the satellite antenna’s LNB to the DSS receiver’s SATELLITE IN jack.
  • Page 15 SAT-A2 receiver is pictured, but connections are identical for SAT-B2. Chapter 3: Connecting Your System...
  • Page 16: Hi-fi Tv, Hi-fi Vcr, Audio Receiver (sat-a2 Only)

    Hi-Fi TV, Hi-Fi VCR, Audio Receiver (SAT-A2 Only) Some VCRs and TVs label this jack RF IN, instead of VHF/UHF IN. Chapter 3: Connecting Your System Refer to the illustration on the opposite page. Connect the RG-6 cable from the satellite antenna’s LNB to the DSS receiver’s SATELLITE IN jack.
  • Page 17 Note SAT-A2 receiver is pictured, but connections are identical for SAT-B2. Chapter 3: Connecting Your System...
  • Page 18: Home Entertainment System (hi-fi Tv, Hi-fi Vcr, Audio/video Receiver)

    Home Entertainment System (Hi-Fi TV, Hi-Fi VCR, Audio/Video Receiver) Some VCRs label this jack RF IN, instead of VHF/UHF IN. Chapter 3: Connecting Your System Refer to the illustration on the opposite page (SAT-A2 receiver is pictured). Connect the RG-6 cable from the satellite antenna’s LNB to the DSS receiver’s SATELLITE IN jack.
  • Page 19 SAT-A2 receiver is pictured, but connections are identical for SAT-B2. Chapter 3: Connecting Your System...
  • Page 20: Connecting The Vcr Mouse

    339, 340 Goldstar *Code 301 is the default code for Sony VHS VCRs; for Sony 8mm VCRs, use code 302; for Sony Beta, ED VCRs, use code 303. If the VCR Mouse doesn’t seem to be working correctly, first check that the VCR Mouse is positioned directly above the VCR’s IR receiving area.
  • Page 21: Connecting Digital Audio Components (sat-a2 Only)

    Connecting Digital Audio Components (SAT-A2 Only) The digital audio output connector allows you to connect a digital audio component that has a digital optical audio input connector, such as a MiniDisc (MD) or digital audio tape (DAT) recorder. Note The digital audio component must have a digital input frequency of 48 kHz. Check your component’s instruction manual to determine the digital input frequency of your component.
  • Page 22: Setting Up The Rf Antenna (sat-a2 Only)

    Setting Up the RF Antenna (SAT-A2 Only) Do not place the RF antenna directly on top of the DSS receiver or any other metal object. For best results, place the RF antenna in a visible location. The operating range of the DSS remote control is about 100 ft.
  • Page 23: Setting Up Your Dss System

    Setting Up Your DSS System Viewing Satellite Programs Viewing Cable or Off-Air Programs Recording Satellite Programs While Watching Cable or Off-Air Programs Turn on the TV, and then set the TV’s line input to the DSS receiver. (For example, set the TV to channel 3 or 4, if you used an RF connection;...
  • Page 24: Using The System Features

    Chapter 4 Using the System Features Overview Chapter 4: Using the System Features Read this chapter to learn how to use system features including the Master program guide, Station Index, Favorite Station Guide, and the ordering of pay-per-view programs. This chapter provides detailed instructions for using the main features of your DSS receiver.
  • Page 25: Before You Get Started

    See the manual that came with the satellite antenna and Chapter 3 of this manual for complete installation instructions. Or, see your DSS dealer to arrange for a professional installation or the purchase of the Sony-brand DSS Installation Kit. Chapter 4: Using the System Features...
  • Page 26: Using The On-screen Displays: Highlight And Select

    Using the On-Screen Displays: Highlight and Select Shortcut (SAT-A2 Only) In many of the on-screen displays you can move the joystick in eight directions: left, right, up, down, and diagonally (up left, up right, down left, and down right). Chapter 4: Using the System Features All of the features and functions of the DSS receiver can be operated using a simple, two-step process: Highlight and Select.
  • Page 27: Displaying The Program Guide

    Displaying the Program Guide Shortcut You can select menu items directly by pressing the corresponding number button. For example, press 2 to select the Master Guide from the Main Menu. You can select programs using the CH+ and CH- buttons, or you can enter the station number directly using the 0-9 buttons.
  • Page 28: Features Of The Program Guide

    Features of the Program Guide MASTER GUIDE Program Guide Title First Knight 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Program Act. Adv. 1995 Richard Gere, Sean Connery, Julia Description Ormond. Thrilling romance results when rogue knight Lancelot becomes torn between his loyalty to King Arthur and his love for Queen Guinevere (CC, ST) (A, V) SHO2987 MTV 989...
  • Page 29: Moving Through The Program Guide

    Moving Through the Program Guide Scrolling Paging Vertically Through the Stations Paging Through Later Program Start Times Direct Station Tuning The on-screen program guides are displayed only one page at a time. Because the program guide usually contains many pages, you need to move through the guide to see more of the programs contained in the guide.
  • Page 30 Displaying Favorite Stations Changing the Appearance of the Guide Exiting the Guide Chapter 4: Using the System Features To see your favorite stations at the top of the program guide: Press the FAVORITE button. Pressing the FAVORITE button repeatedly cycles through the stations currently set for the five Favorite Station Guides (FAVORITE 1, 2, 3, 4, 5), and then back to the normal guide.
  • Page 31: Selecting A Program From The Guide

    Selecting a Program from the Guide Ordering Pay-Per-View Programs Selecting RETURN returns you to the previous screen, without purchasing the program. Selecting TIMES brings up a list of additional show times that you can choose from for the program you selected. A PREVIEW button, which gives you a free preview of the program, appears only when the preview is available.
  • Page 32: Selecting A Program List

    Selecting a Program List The buttons that appear for each program indicate start times. For example, in this sample Movie List, “First Knight,” with a start time of 9:00PM, is highlighted. To select a program, highlight the start time button and then press the button.
  • Page 33: Selecting A Different Program Guide Or List

    Selecting a Different Program Guide or List The GUIDE and TIME options are not available when you select SELECT LIST. Selecting RESET resets the screen to the default guide (Custom/Current/Movies/ All). Selecting a Guide Type You can use the SELECT GUIDE and SELECT LIST options in the Main Menu to select subsets of the Master Guide in either the Guide or List format.
  • Page 34 Selecting a Guide Time Selecting a Guide Category Chapter 4: Using the System Features The TIME option lets you select from a list of future program guides. To select a future program guide: Select TIME from the Select Guide screen. Select the time you want to display.
  • Page 35: Main Menu

    Selecting a Guide Subcategory Selecting ALL places a checkmark beside all the subcategories. Selecting NONE removes the checkmark from all the subcategories. Selecting CANCEL returns you to the previous screen, without saving your selections. How SELECT GUIDE and SELECT LIST Change the Main Menu Example: If you select the Sports Guide using SELECT GUIDE,...
  • Page 36: Using The Station Index

    Using the Station Index Your Station Index may not look exactly like this. The stations displayed depend on the programming you’ve ordered. Moving Through the Station Index Chapter 4: Using the System Features The Station Index is an on-screen display that contains the station logo (or call letters) of all the stations in the system.
  • Page 37 Displaying Favorite Stations in the Station Index The top row contains your seven favorite stations from one of your five Favorite Station Guides. Changing the Appearance of the Station Index Selecting a Program from the Station Index To display your favorite stations on the top row of the Station Index: Press the FAVORITE button.
  • Page 38: Setting Up The Timer

    You can select from two ways to automate VCR recording of DSS programs: Setting the DSS Timer and then setting your VCR timer. Setting the DSS Timer and using the Sony VCR Mouse to automatically control the VCR (see “Connecting the VCR Mouse” on page 20 for details).
  • Page 39 Setting the Daily/Weekly Timer Changing/Checking/ Clearing Timer Settings Notes on Using the Timer To set the timer for every day or for the same day(s) every week: In step 4 (page 38), move the highlight down repeatedly to select one of the DAY options, which are displayed in the following sequence: Current Date DAILY...
  • Page 40: Using The Favorite Station Guides

    Using the Favorite Station Guides Setting Up and Using the Favorite Station Guides Before you can bring up the Favorite Station Guide, you must first clear the program guide from your TV screen. Pressing EXIT turns off any on-screen displays. Chapter 4: Using the System Features The Favorite Station Guide is a program guide that includes up to seven of your favorite stations.
  • Page 41 To clear a Favorite Station button that is already assigned, select CLEAR STATION. To assign a station to the flashing Favorite Station button, do one of the following: Select it from the station list by highlighting it and then pressing the button.
  • Page 42 Creating a Custom Favorite Station Guide Title Selecting CANCEL returns you to the previous screen, without saving your selections. Selecting CLEAR erases all the characters in the title. Chapter 4: Using the System Features To set other Favorite Station buttons: Repeat steps 2 and 3.
  • Page 43: Displaying The Program Banner

    Displaying the Program Banner The program banner provides useful information about the program you’re currently watching. Note Before you can bring up the program banner, you must first clear the program guide from your TV screen. Pressing EXIT turns off any on-screen displays. Also, you may need to change to another station if a message appears, which requests that you press the button to purchase the program, etc.
  • Page 44: Using The Display Feature

    Using the DISPLAY Feature Program Guide/List 7 stations with program description MASTER GUIDE WED OCT 5 8:45 PM First Knight 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM PG-13 Act. Adv. 1995 Richard Gere, Sean Connery, Julia Ormond. Thrilling romance results when rogue knight Lancelot becomes torn between his loyalty to King Arthur and his love for Queen Guinevere (CC, ST, (A, V) 8:00 PM...
  • Page 45: Using The Options Menu

    Chapter 5 Using the Options Menu Overview Read this chapter to get information about using the Options Menu to customize the setup of the on-screen displays, review and cancel your purchases, and read mail messages that have been sent to you. This chapter describes how to: Check and cancel pay-per-view programs you’ve ordered (page 47).
  • Page 46: Displaying The Options Menu

    Displaying the Options Menu Chapter 5: Using the Options Menu To bring up the Options Menu: Press the MENU button to bring up the Main Menu. Select OPTIONS MENU. MAIN MENU SELECT MASTER GUIDE GUIDE MOVIE EXIT GUIDE OPTIONS MENU TIMER SETUP The Options Menu appears.
  • Page 47: Checking And Cancelling Ppv Purchases

    Checking and Cancelling PPV Purchases If there are more than one page of purchases, press the PAGE PAGE buttons to page through the displays. Use the Review/Cancel Purchases screen to see a record of recent purchases you’ve made through your DSS receiver. You can also use this screen to cancel pay-per-view (PPV) programs you’ve ordered, but haven’t yet watched.
  • Page 48: Setting Display Options

    Setting Display Options Setting the Colors Selecting CANCEL returns you to the previous screen, without saving your selections. Chapter 5: Using the Options Menu The Set Display Options screen allows you to customize the look of the on-screen displays and to select how you want the JUMP button to function (Standard or Jump Loop).
  • Page 49 Setting the Transparency Setting the Station Order ALPHABETICAL station order defines the sequence of the stations according to their call letters, such as ABC, CNN, etc. It does not define the sequence of stations by program name. The TRANSPARENCY option lets you select from three levels of transparency for the on-screen displays.
  • Page 50 Setting the Jump Mode Chapter 5: Using the Options Menu The JUMP option lets you select from two Jump modes: Standard Jump, which sets the JUMP button to jump back and forth between the two most recently selected stations. Jump Loop, which sets the JUMP button to jump among as many as 5 preset stations (see “Using the Jump Loop Feature”...
  • Page 51: Using The Jump Loop Feature

    Using the Jump Loop Feature Standard Jump Vs. Jump Loop Mode Using Jump Loops When the DSS receiver is set to Standard Jump mode, pressing the JUMP button toggles back and forth between the two most recently selected stations. When the DSS receiver is set to Jump Loop mode, pressing the JUMP button toggles among as many as 5 stations that you assign to a Jump Loop.
  • Page 52: Setting Locks And Limits

    Setting Locks and Limits If your system is locked, the padlock symbol appears ( ), and you must first unlock it before you can make any changes to the locks and limits settings. See “Unlocking Your System” on page 56 for details. Chapter 5: Using the Options Menu The Locks and Limits feature gives you control over the use of your system.
  • Page 53 Setting a Spending Limit Setting a Ratings Limit To set a spending limit: Select SPENDING LIMIT from the Set Locks and Limits screen. Enter a spending limit, using the 0-9 buttons to enter the dollar value. Then press the button. SET LOCKS AND LIMITS SET SPENDING LIMIT SPENDING LIMIT...
  • Page 54 Setting the Pay-Per-View Lock Setting Station Locks To quickly unlock or lock all stations, select ALL (to lock all) or NONE (to unlock all). Selecting CANCEL returns you to the previous screen, without saving your selections. You can use the PAGE PAGE buttons to quickly move through the rows of stations.
  • Page 55 Locking Your System DON’T FORGET YOUR PASSCODE. You’ll need this number to unlock your system or to make any changes to the locks and limits you’ve set. If you do forget your passcode, call your program provider for assistance. Overriding the System Lock To lock an unlocked system: Select LOCK from the Set Locks and Limits screen.
  • Page 56 Unlocking Your System Determining the Status of the System Lock Chapter 5: Using the Options Menu To unlock a locked system: Select LOCKS AND LIMITS from the Options Menu. The Set Locks and Limits screen appears, with the current settings shown next to each button.
  • Page 57: Setting Up A List Of Custom Stations

    Setting Up a List of Custom Stations To quickly skip or “unskip” stations, select ALL (to skip all) or NONE (to skip none). Selecting CANCEL returns you to the previous screen, without saving your selections. If there are stations listed in the Master Guide that you don’t subscribe to or watch often, you can use the Custom Stations feature to specify which stations from the Master Guide you want to skip.
  • Page 58 Using the AUTO Skip Feature Selecting STOP interrupts the Auto Skip process and returns you to the previous screen, which displays the stations that have been set to be skipped thus far. Chapter 5: Using the Options Menu When you select the AUTO button, the DSS receiver automatically scans all the stations in the current Master Guide.
  • Page 59: Selecting Alternate Audio

    Selecting Alternate Audio How to Determine if Alternate Audio Tracks Are Available for a Program Selecting an Alternate Audio Track Your program providers may broadcast multiple audio tracks with a single video source. For example, a football game might use a different audio track for each sports commentator or a movie might include both English and Spanish language audio tracks.
  • Page 60: Setting A Default Language

    Setting a Default Language Chapter 5: Using the Options Menu To change the audio track for the current program, select an audio track. To change the default language for all programs, select DEFAULT. Then see “Setting a Default Language” below. To save your changes and return to the Options Menu, select OK.
  • Page 61: Reading Your Messages

    Reading Your Messages How to Determine When You’ve Received Mail Displaying Your Messages Occasionally, your program providers will send messages to your DSS receiver. These messages contain useful information about your system, such as information about new services, program promotions, or billing.
  • Page 62 Reading a Message Chapter 5: Using the Options Menu To read a message: Select the envelope from the Messages screen. A selected message appears with a checkmark ( ) beside it. Then select READ. MESSAGES 11/6 Sign up now for our special ... 11/8 Welcome to USSB ...
  • Page 63: Selecting Data Services

    Selecting Data Services How to Determine if Data Services Are Available on a Station Selecting a Data Service DATA SERVICES appears only when the station you’re tuned to includes data services. Selecting CANCEL returns you to the previous screen, without saving your selections.
  • Page 64 Changing the Default Data Service The titles of the data services may be different, based on the service being provided. Setting the Baud Rate The baud rates displayed may be different, depending on which data port is being used. Chapter 5: Using the Options Menu Select one of the following: To Do This ...
  • Page 65: Using The Setup Menu

    Chapter 6 Using the Setup Menu Overview Read this chapter to set up your DSS receiver for the first time, check the antenna’s signal strength, or to run a system test to diagnose any difficulties you may be having with your system. The Setup Menu includes several options you can use to set up and troubleshoot your system.
  • Page 66: Displaying The Setup Menu

    Displaying the Setup Menu Chapter 6: Using the Setup Menu To set up your system, first bring up the Setup Menu, as follows: Press the MENU button to bring up the Main Menu. Select SETUP MENU. MAIN MENU SELECT MASTER GUIDE GUIDE MOVIES...
  • Page 67: Setting Up The Satellite Antenna

    Setting Up the Satellite Antenna Selecting RETURN returns you to the Setup Menu. To install the satellite antenna, or to check the current signal level of the antenna, use the Set Up Antenna screen. Note Make certain that the signal strength of the satellite antenna is optimized. If the signal is not optimized, you may experience losses in audio or video, especially during rain, snow, or other conditions that tend to degrade signal performance.
  • Page 68: Replacing Your Access Card

    Replacing Your Access Card Caution Handle the access card door gently. Chapter 6: Using the Setup Menu In the event that your program providers need to send you a new access card, use the Access Card option to initialize your new card. During this process, you'll follow the on-screen instructions to copy information from the old card onto the new card.
  • Page 69 Selecting RETURN returns you to the Setup Menu, without starting the initialization process. Insert the card, arrow side up, as shown, and gently push the door up to close it. Select OK from Replace Access Card screen. REPLACE ACCESS CARD Please insert OLD access card and select OK to initialize NEW card.
  • Page 70: Setting The Aspect Ratio

    Setting the Aspect Ratio Selecting CANCEL returns you to the Setup Menu, without saving your selection. Chapter 6: Using the Setup Menu Use the Aspect Ratio option to set the DSS receiver’s display to match your TV's picture. To set the aspect ratio: Select ASPECT RATIO from the Setup Menu.
  • Page 71: Setting Up The Remote Control

    Setting Up the Remote Control Selecting IR/RF Transmission (SAT-A2 Only) SAT-B2: REMOTE SIGNAL and RF SECURITY CODE options are not available. SAT-A2 Only: The Set Up Remote screens let you set up the DSS receiver to accept IR (infrared) or RF (radio frequency) signals from the DSS remote control and to change the RF security code for the DSS receiver.
  • Page 72 Setting the Security Code (SAT-A2 Only) The DSS receiver and remote control are shipped with the RF security code set to 000. Chapter 6: Using the Setup Menu If the DSS receiver is accepting or receiving signals from another RF remote control in your home (or from a neighbor’s house), you can eliminate this problem by changing the security codes for the DSS receiver and remote control.
  • Page 73: Remote Control

    To Determine the Current Security Code for the DSS Remote Control (SAT-A2 Only) Step 2: Set the DSS Remote Control’s RF Security Code Press the CODE SET button on the DSS remote control. Using the number buttons on the DSS remote control, enter the three-digit security code you selected for the DSS receiver in step 2 on page 72.
  • Page 74 Displaying the Programmable Codes SAT-A2: The SAT-A2 remote control can be programmed to control most brands of TVs, cable boxes, VCRs, and laserdisc (LDP) players. SAT-B2: The SAT-B2 remote control cannot be programmed to control VCRs or laserdisc players. Chapter 6: Using the Setup Menu You can also use the Setup Remote screen to display a list of codes you can use to program the DSS remote control to operate other components, such as TVs and cable boxes.
  • Page 75: Running A System Test

    Running a System Test If The System Test Reports Any Problems... The System Test lets you check the integrity of your system's components, including: Antenna signal System tuning Phone line Access card Use the System Test if you are experiencing problems with your system.
  • Page 76: Displaying Help, Tips, And Shortcuts

    Displaying Help, Tips, and Shortcuts Displaying Troubleshooting Information Displaying Tips and Shortcut Information Chapter 6: Using the Setup Menu To display troubleshooting information: Select TROUBLESHOOTING from the Setup Menu. SETUP MENU REMOTE ACCESS CONTROL CARD ANTENNA EXIT TROUBLE SYSTEM TEST SHOOTING Select the topic for which you want information.
  • Page 77: Appendix

    Appendix Other Information This appendix includes supplementary information, including: Locations and descriptions of the controls and indicators on the front and back panels of the DSS receiver (page 78). Remote control button descriptions (page 81). Programming the remote to operate your TV and other video components (page 85).
  • Page 78: Location And Function Of Controls

    Location and Function of Controls Front Panel Appendix: Other Information Button Description POWER Button Turns the DSS receiver on and off. MENU Button Brings up the Main Menu. EXIT Button Clears all on-screen displays, including program guides, menus, etc. If you press EXIT before you complete your selections, the previous selections are restored.
  • Page 79 Allows you to connect your DSS receiver to new technologies (such as high-definition television), as they are introduced. Additional accessories may be required. CONTROL-S IN/ Allows you to pass on remote control signals to another Sony infrared- S-LINK controlled audio or video component. VCR MOUSE/...
  • Page 80 Allows you to connect your DSS receiver to new technologies (such as high-definition television), as they are introduced. Additional accessories may be required. CONTROL-S IN/ Allows you to pass on remote control signals to another Sony S-LINK infrared-controlled audio or video component. VCR MOUSE/...
  • Page 81: Using The Remote Control

    Using the Remote Control The FUNCTION buttons flash to indicate which component the remote control is set to operate. SAT-A2 Remote Control Outside Panel (SAT-A2) After you’ve installed the batteries and programmed the remote control, use these procedures to operate your system components: Select the component that you want to use: To operate a cable box, TV, or the DSS receiver, press the corresponding FUNCTION button.
  • Page 82 Appendix: Other Information Button Operates Description Brings up the Custom Guide. If you’re already in a program guide, pressing GUIDE repeatedly brings up future time slots in the guide. Switches the input of the TV. Switches the output of the DSS receiver to TV (normal TV programs), if you’ve connected a TV cable or antenna, or to DSS programs.
  • Page 83 Inside Panel (SAT-A2) Button Operates Description Switches to VCR or laserdisc mode, depending Laserdisc on how you’ve set up the remote for these positions. Eject (used only with Sony brand components) Laserdisc Rewind Laserdisc Play Laserdisc Fast-forward Laserdisc Turns the VCR or laserdisc player on and off.
  • Page 84 If you press EXIT before you complete your selections, the previous selections are restored. Brings up the Main Menu (Sony-brand TVs only.) Brings up the Custom Guide. If you’re already in a program guide, pressing GUIDE repeatedly brings up future time slots in the guide.
  • Page 85: Programming The Remote Control

    The DSS receiver’s remote control is preset at the factory to operate Sony brand TVs. If you have a TV other than Sony brand, or you have other video components that you want to control with the DSS receiver’s remote, use the following procedures to program the remote.
  • Page 86 Programmable Codes TV Codes Manufacturer Code Sony Admiral (M. 102, 114, 109 Wards) Bell & Howell 114, 109, 138 (M. Wards) Brocsonic 103, 112 Craig 122, 123, 120, 121 Croslex Curtis Mathis 103, 119, 123 Daewoo 135, 136, 103 Daytron...
  • Page 87: Using The Learn Function (sat-a2 Only)

    Using the Learn Function (SAT-A2 Only) About the Learn Function You can program the DSS remote commander to learn the functions of another component’s remote control. Use this function to operate components that are not listed in “Programmable Codes” on page 86. To use the Learn function: Set the slide switch in the inside panel to VTR3 or MDP.
  • Page 88: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting Symptom No picture (poor picture quality or loss of picture) Cannot access program Cannot order pay-per-view program Cannot find the station of the pay-per- view program you’ve ordered Appendix: Other Information Possible Causes and Remedies If you are receiving only a few stations, for example, stations 100, 205, and 999, call your program providers to have your programming activated.
  • Page 89 Symptom Cannot cancel a pay-per-view order via the Purchase menu option Program guide does not bring up the program you’ve chosen Cannot bring up the Station Index button) Cannot display favorite stations Ratings limit, spending limit, or pay- per-view lock not working properly Cannot access locks or limits screens Cannot lock or unlock the system Alternate audio track is not available...
  • Page 90 The VCR Mouse may not work properly, or at all, with some VCRs, including VCRs that are available in the market after the VCR Mouse was introduced. If your VCR is incompatible with the VCR Mouse, call the Sony Digital Satellite System Information Center at 1-800-838-7669.
  • Page 91: Precautions

    Precautions On Safety On Power Sources On Placement On Cleaning On Repacking If you spill or drop anything into the cabinet, unplug the receiver and have it checked by qualified personnel before operating it any further. Operate the receiver only on 120 V AC. For detailed safety precautions, see the “Important Safeguards”...
  • Page 92: Fcc Regulations And Information

    Shielded cables and I/O cords must be used for this equipment to comply with the relevant FCC regulations. Changes or modifications not expressly approved in writing by Sony Electronics, Inc., void the user’s authority to operate this equipment.
  • Page 93: Limited Warranty

    Federal Express (for calls Monday-Friday until 11:00 pm; Saturday delivery depends upon zip code). All it takes is a valid credit card to cover a security deposit, and Sony will pay freight in both directions. Our Express Support continues with our...
  • Page 94: Specifications

    2.9 kg Note Design and specifications are subject to change without notice. Appendix: Other Information Supplied Accessories Optional Sony-brand DSS Accessories 11.4 lbs (SAT-A2) 6.4 lbs (SAT-B2) Remote Control RM-Y130 (SAT-A2) RM-Y129 (SAT-B2) Size AA Batteries (2) Access Card (1)
  • Page 95: Index

    Index 0-9 buttons 7, 8, 27, 29, 82, 84 16:9 aspect ratio 70 4:3 aspect ratio 70 (alternate audio symbol) 43, 59, 95 (data services symbol) 43, 63 (lock symbol) 43, 95 (messages symbol) 43, 95 button 7, 8, 26, 78 access card, replacing 68 alternate audio 59 ALTERNATE AUDIO button 81...
  • Page 96 10, 37 using DISPLAY button with 44 station locks setting 54 Appendix: Other Information ]Sony Corporation Printed in the U.S.A station order, setting 49 Stop button 83 S-VIDEO jack 11, 13, 14, 16, 18 system test, running 75...

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