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DIRECTV Digital
Satellite Receiver
Operating Instructions
BEFORE USING YOUR DIRECTV 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 22.
SAT-A4 MODEL ONLY
RF ANTENNA: The digital satellite 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-A4
SAT-B3
© 1998 by Sony Electronics Inc. Reproduction in whole or in part without written
permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.
3-865-515- 21 (2)
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  • Page 1 (IR ONLY) to the RF setting (RF ONLY) using the on-screen displays, as described in this manual. ® SAT-A4 SAT-B3 © 1998 by Sony Electronics Inc. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. All rights reserved. 3-865-515- 21 (2)
  • Page 2: Customer Support

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

    Contents Chapter 1 Introducing the DIRECTV System Features Package Contents Inserting Batteries into the Remote Control Chapter 2 Using Basic Functions Remote Control for Model SAT-A4 Remote Control for Model SAT-B3 Using a Program Guide Using the Station Index Chapter 3 Connecting Your DIRECTV System Overview TV Only...
  • Page 4: Introducing The Directv System

    Select from a variety of program guides that are sorted by program categories, including Sports, Movies, News, and more. q The Timer feature, when used with Sony’s IR Blaster, allows easy One Button Recording of digital satellite programs. Easy to Customize q Create a Custom Category Guide and up to five of your own...
  • Page 5: Package Contents

    Package Contents Check to make sure you’ve received the following items in the Digital Satellite Receiver’s carton: Digital Satellite Receiver * RF Antenna and S-Video cable are not included with SAT-B3. SAT-A4 includes the RM-Y800 remote control shown above; SAT-B3 includes the RM-Y139 remote control shown on page 8.
  • Page 6: Inserting Batteries Into The Remote Control

    Inserting Batteries into the Remote Control 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

    TV or cable box, you must first program the remote control, as described on page 85. PIP Buttons Control the Picture-In-Picture functions of your Sony TV (see page 81). 0–9 and ENTER Buttons Pressing the 0–9 buttons and then the ENTER button selects a station number directly.
  • Page 8: Remote Control For Model Sat-b3

    Remote Control for Model SAT-B3 POWER MUTING FUNCTION TV/VIDEO TV/VTR TV/SAT DISPLAY ENTER INDEX CATEGORY GUIDE JUMP EXIT MENU FAVORITE PAGE CODE SET RM-Y139 SATELLITE RECEIVER frutiger SAT POWER Button Turns the Digital Satellite Receiver on and off. FUNCTION Buttons Selects the component (SAT, TV, VTR) that you want 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 41. 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 Directv System

    Chapter 3 Connecting Your DIRECTV System Overview Note: Before you connect the RG-6 coaxial cable from the LNB to the Digital Satellite Receiver, make sure the Digital Satellite Receiver is unplugged. This will prevent your Digital Satellite Receiver from experiencing a short. (SAT-A4 Only) Read this chapter to set up your Digital Satellite Receiver for the first time, or to add or remove audio or video components connected to...
  • Page 12: Tv Only

    TV Only TV With RF Connector Only Your VHF/UHF IN jack may be labeled as RF IN. Digital Satellite Receiver SAT-A4 receiver is pictured, but connections are identical for SAT-B3. Refer to the illustration below. Connect the RG-6 cable from the Satellite Antenna’s LNB to the Digital Satellite 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 Digital Satellite Receiver to the TV’s AUDIO IN jack. Digital Satellite Receiver SAT-A4 receiver is pictured, but connections are identical for SAT-B3.
  • Page 14: Tv And Vcr

    TV and VCR Your VHF/UHF IN jack may be labeled as RF IN. Refer to the illustration on the opposite page. Connect the RG-6 cable from the Satellite Antenna’s LNB to the Digital Satellite Receiver’s SATELLITE IN jack. Complete one of the following to connect the Digital Satellite Receiver: q Better Connection : Connect the Digital Satellite Receiver’s A/V jacks to the A/V IN jacks on the TV and VCR.
  • Page 15 Digital Satellite Receiver SAT-A4 receiver is pictured, but connections are identical for SAT-B3.
  • Page 16: Home Entertainment System (hi-fi Tv, Hi-fi Vcr, Audio/video Receiver)

    Home Entertainment System (Hi-Fi TV, Hi-Fi VCR, Audio/Video Receiver) Your VHF/UHF IN jack may be labeled as RF IN. Refer to the illustration on the opposite page. Connect the RG-6 cable from the Satellite Antenna’s LNB to the Digital Satellite Receiver’s SATELLITE IN jack. Connect the Digital Satellite Receiver’s A/V jacks to the VCR and A/V receiver’s A/V IN jacks.
  • Page 17 Digital Satellite Receiver...
  • Page 18: Connecting The Ir Blaster

    Connecting the IR Blaster SAT-A4 receiver is pictured, but connections are identical for SAT-B3. Digital Satellite Receiver If the IR Blaster doesn’t seem to be working correctly, first check that the IR Blaster is positioned directly below the VCR’s IR receiving area and that the VCR’s line input is set to the Digital Satellite Receiver.
  • Page 19: Setting Up The Rf Antenna (sat-a4 Only)

    Setting Up the RF Antenna (SAT-A4 Only) Do not place the RF antenna directly on top of the Digital Satellite Receiver or any other metal object. For best results, place the RF antenna in a visible location. Digital Satellite Receiver The operating range of the remote control is about 100 ft.
  • Page 20: Setting Up Your Directv System

    Setting Up Your DIRECTV 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 Digital Satellite Receiver. (For example, set the TV to channel 3 or 4, if you used an RF connection;...
  • Page 21: Using The Directv System Features

    Chapter 4 Using the DIRECTV System Features Overview 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 Digital Satellite Receiver.
  • Page 22: Before You Get Started

    1-800-204-USSB (8772) See the manual that came with the Satellite Antenna and Chapter 3 of this manual for complete installation instructions. Or, see your dealer to arrange for a professional installation or the purchase of the Sony- brand Installation Kit.
  • Page 23: Using The On-screen Displays: Highlight And Select

    Using the On-Screen Displays: Highlight and Select Shortcut (SAT-A4 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). All of the features and functions of the Digital Satellite Receiver can be operated using a simple, two-step process: Highlight and Select.
  • Page 24: 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 25: Features Of The Program Guide

    Features of the Program Guide MASTER GUIDE Program Guide First Knight Program 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM xxxx PG-13 Description 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) DTV 106 DTV 107...
  • Page 26: 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 27 Displaying Favorite Stations Changing the Appearance of the Guide Exiting the Guide One Button Recording To see your favorite stations at the top of the program guide: q 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 28: 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 29: Selecting A Category List

    Selecting a Category 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 30: Selecting A Different Category Guide Or List

    Selecting a Different Category Guide or List The GUIDE and TIME options are not available when you select CATEGORY LIST. Selecting RESET resets the screen to the default guide (Custom/Current/Movies/ All). Selecting a Category Guide Type CATEGORY Press the button on the remote control to bring up the CATEGORY GUIDE screen directly.
  • Page 31 Selecting a Guide Time Selecting a Guide Category CATEGORY Press the button on the remote control to bring up the CATEGORY GUIDE screen directly. The TIME option lets you select from a list of future program guides. To select a future program guide: Select TIME from the Category Guide screen.
  • Page 32: 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 CATEGORY GUIDE and CATEGORY LIST Change the Main Menu Example: If you select the Sports Guide using CATEGORY GUIDE,...
  • Page 33: 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 The Station Index is an on-screen display that contains the station logo (or call letters) of all the stations in the system. To display the Station Index: q Press the INDEX...
  • Page 34 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: q Press the FAVORITE button.
  • Page 35: Setting Up The Timer

    You can select from two ways to automate VCR recording of programs: q Setting the Timer and then setting your VCR timer. q Setting the Timer and using the Sony IR Blaster to automatically control the VCR (see “Connecting the IR Blaster” on page 18, and “VCR Recording”...
  • Page 36 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 35), move the highlight down repeatedly to select one of the DAY options, which are displayed in the following sequence: Current Date à...
  • Page 37: 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. The Favorite Station Guide is a program guide that includes up to seven of your favorite stations.
  • Page 38 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 39 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. To set other Favorite Station buttons: q Repeat steps 2 and 3. To clear a Favorite Station button setting: q Overwrite the setting by repeating steps 2 and 3.
  • Page 40: 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 41: 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 43: 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: q Check and cancel pay per view programs you’ve ordered (page 45).
  • Page 44: Displaying The Options Menu

    Displaying the Options Menu To bring up the Options Menu: Press the MENU button to bring up the Main Menu. Select OPTIONS MENU. MAIN MENU CATEGORY MASTER GUIDE GUIDE MOVIE EXIT GUIDE OPTIONS MENU TIMER SETUP The Options Menu appears. OPTIONS MENU AUDIO PURCHASES...
  • Page 45: Checking And Cancelling Ppv Purchases

    Checking and Cancelling PPV Purchases If there is 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 Digital Satellite Receiver. You can also use this screen to cancel pay per view (PPV) programs you’ve ordered, but haven’t yet watched.
  • Page 46: Setting Display Options

    Setting Display Options Setting the Colors Selecting CANCEL returns you to the previous screen, without saving your selections. 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 47 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. Setting the Jump Mode The STATION ORDER option lets you change the order in which stations are displayed in the program guides to alphabetical or numerical.
  • Page 48: Using The Jump Loop Feature

    Using the Jump Loop Feature Standard Jump vs. Jump Loop Mode Using Jump Loops When the Digital Satellite Receiver is set to Standard Jump mode, pressing the JUMP button toggles back and forth between the two most recently selected stations. When the Digital Satellite 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 49: 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 53 for details. The Locks and Limits feature gives you control over the use of your system.
  • Page 50 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 51 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 and PAGE buttons to quickly move through the rows of stations.
  • Page 52 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 53 Unlocking Your System Determining the Status of the System Lock 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. The padlock ( system is currently locked.
  • Page 54: 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 55 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. When you select the AUTO button, the Digital Satellite Receiver automatically scans all the stations in the current Master Guide.
  • Page 56: Setting Audio Options

    Setting Audio Options How to Determine which Audio Tracks Are Available for a Program Selecting an 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 Dolby Digital sound as well as both English and Spanish language audio tracks.
  • Page 57: Setting A Default Language

    Setting a Default Language 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 change the default Dolby Digital setting, select DOLBY DIGITAL.
  • Page 58 Setting Dolby Digital (SAT-A4 only) Use the DOLBY DIGITAL button to select the default setting for receiving Dolby Digital sound. This setting determines the output from the DIGITAL OUT terminal only. The AUDIO out jacks do not output Dolby Digital signals. Note To enjoy Dolby Digital sound, you must connect your Digital Satellite Receiver to a Dolby Digital decoder or Dolby Digital A/V receiver.
  • Page 59: 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 Digital Satellite Receiver. These messages contain useful information about your system, such as information about new services, program promotions, or billing.
  • Page 60 Reading a Message To read a message: Select the envelope from the Messages screen. A selected message appears with a checkmark ( MESSAGES 11/6 Sign up now for our special ... 11/8 Welcome to USSB ... ü 11/23 Happy Thanksgiving ... The full text of the message appears.
  • Page 61: 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’ve tuned to includes data services. Selecting CANCEL returns you to the previous screen, without saving your selections.
  • Page 62 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. Select one of the following: To Do This ...
  • Page 63: Using The Setup Menu

    Chapter 6 Using the Setup Menu Overview Read this chapter to set up your Digital Satellite 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 64: Displaying The Setup Menu

    Displaying 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 CATEGORY MASTER GUIDE GUIDE MOVIES EXIT GUIDE OPTIONS MENU TIMER SETUP The Setup Menu appears:...
  • Page 65: Setting Up The Satellite Dish Antenna

    Setting Up the Satellite Dish 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 ertain 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 66: Vcr Recording

    VCR. After doing this, you should perform an IR test to ensure that all of your VCR functions are working properly. Select VCR RECORDING from the Setup Menu. VCR RECORDING Sony Manufacturer Code Test When the VCR RECORDING test screen appears, select MANUFACTURER, and select the manufacturer name for your VCR.
  • Page 67 You will need to reenter the Manufacturer and Code each time you enter the VCR RECORDING screen. After selecting the manufacturer, select the CODE type of your VCR. VCR RECORDING SONY CODE Manufacturer Select the code for your Model Code Sony VCR...
  • Page 68: Replacing Your Access Card

    Replacing Your Access Card 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. After you initialize the new card, your old card becomes invalid.
  • Page 69 Selecting RETURN returns you to the Setup Menu, without starting the initialization process. Select OK from the Replace Access Card screen. REPLACE ACCESS CARD Please insert OLD access card and select OK to initialize NEW card. CAUTION: After you select OK, you cannot stop this process, and your OLD access card will no longer be valid.
  • Page 70: Setting The Aspect Ratio

    Setting the Aspect Ratio Selecting CANCEL returns you to the Setup Menu, without saving your selection. Use the Aspect Ratio option to set the Digital Satellite Receiver’s display to match your TV’s picture. To set the aspect ratio: Select ASPECT RATIO from the Setup Menu. Select one of the options, based on the type of TV you have: q If you have a standard TV, select 4:3.
  • Page 71: Setting Up The Remote Control

    Setting Up the Remote Control (SAT-A4 Only) Selecting IR/RF Transmission (SAT-A4 Only) The Set Up Remote screens let you set up the Digital Satellite Receiver to accept IR (infrared) or RF (radio frequency) signals from the remote control and to change the RF security code for the Digital Satellite Receiver.
  • Page 72 Setting the Security Code (SAT-A4 Only) The Digital Satellite Receiver and remote control are shipped with the RF security code set to 000. If the Digital Satellite 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 Digital Satellite Receiver and remote control.
  • Page 73: Remote Control

    To Determine the Current Security Code for the Remote Control (SAT-A4 Only) Step 2: Set the Remote Control’s RF Security Code Press the CODE SET button on the remote control. Using the number buttons on the remote control, enter the three- digit security code you selected for the Digital Satellite Receiver in step 2 on page 72.
  • Page 74 Displaying the Programmable Codes SAT-A4: The SAT-A4 remote control can be programmed to control most brands of TVs, cable boxes, VCRs, and laserdisc players (LDP). SAT-B3: The SAT-B3 remote control cannot be programmed to control cable boxes or laserdisc players. You can also use the Setup Remote screen to display a list of codes you can use to program the remote control to operate other components, such as TVs and VCRs.
  • 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: q Antenna signal q System tuning q Phone line q 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 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. Details of that topic are displayed.
  • Page 77: Appendix

    Appendix Other Information This appendix includes supplementary information, including: q Locations and descriptions of the controls and indicators on the front and back panels of the Digital Satellite Receiver (page 78). q Remote control button descriptions (page 81). q 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 POWER 32 BIT MICRO PROCESSOR POWER TIMER MESSAGE Button Description POWER Button Turns the Digital Satellite Receiver on and off. MENU Button Brings up the Main Menu. GUIDE Button Brings up the Custom Guide. The arrow buttons highlight items in the on-screen displays (program guides, menus, etc.).
  • Page 79 Back Panel (SAT-A4) Connector Description SATELLITE IN Connects to the LNB on the Satellite Antenna. DIGITAL OUT Connects to the optical in jack on your Dolby Digital decoder or Dolby Digital A/V receiver. LOW SPEED DATA Allows you to connect your Digital Satellite Receiver to new technologies, as they are introduced.
  • Page 80 Back Panel (SAT-B3) Connector Description SATELLITE IN Connects to the LNB on the Satellite Antenna. LOW SPEED DATA Allows you to connect your Digital Satellite Receiver to new technologies, as they are introduced. Additional accessories may be required. VCR CONTROL Sends IR signal from Digital Satellite Receiver to VCR.
  • Page 81: Using The Remote Control

    SAT mode, the remote operates your Digital Satellite Receiver. To switch from the TV to SAT mode, press the SAT FUNCTION button, and then press the TV/SAT button. Only works with Sony TVs. POSITION AUDIO SWAP POSITION: Changes the PIP position.
  • Page 82 Button Operates Description Switches the input of the TV. TV/VIDEO Switches the output of the Digital Satellite TV/SAT Receiver to TV (normal TV programs), if you’ve connected a TV cable or antenna, or to SAT programs. SAT: Used to tune to and set stations in the Jump JUMP Loop (SAT).
  • Page 83 Inside Panel (SAT-A4) ––––––––––– POWER ––––––––––– MUTING SLEEP CABLE VTR 2 DVD ––––––– FUNCTION ––––––– VTR 3 CABLE POWER TV/VTR AUDIO VOL CODE SET Button Operates Description Switches to VCR, DVD or AMP mode, VTR 2 DVD VTR 3 depending on how you’ve set up the remote for these positions.
  • Page 84 EXIT guides, menus, etc. If you press EXIT before you complete your selections, the previous selections are restored. Brings up the Main Menu (Sony-brand TVs only.) MENU Brings up the Custom Guide. If you’re already in a GUIDE program guide, pressing GUIDE repeatedly brings up future time slots in the guide.
  • Page 85: Programming The Remote Control

    The Digital Satellite 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 Digital Satellite Receiver’s remote, use the following procedures to program the...
  • Page 86 Programmable Codes TV Codes Manufacturer Code Sony Admiral (M. 102, 114, 109 Wards) Bell & Howell 114, 109, 138 (M. Wards) Broksonic 103, 112 Craig 122, 123, 120, 121 Croslex Curtis Mathis 103, 119, 123 Daewoo 135, 136, 103 Daytron...
  • Page 87: Troubleshooting

    If the cable distance between the Satellite Antenna and Digital Satellite Receiver exceeds 100 feet, you must use the Sony brand Amplifier EAC-DA1. Check to make sure that you are subscribing to the station you are trying to tune to.
  • Page 88 Symptom Cannot find the station of the pay per view program you’ve ordered Cannot cancel a pay per view order via the Purchase menu option Program guide does not bring up the program you’ve chosen 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...
  • Page 89 Symptom Access card problems Remote control does not work Audio Noise Possible Causes and Remedies Check that the card is inserted properly. See page 68. Call your program providers. See “Customer Support” on page 2. To operate your TV or other video components, make sure you’ve programmed the remote properly.
  • Page 90: Precautions

    Precautions On Safety On Power Sources On Placement On Cleaning On Repacking q If you spill or drop anything into the cabinet, unplug the Digital Satellite Receiver and have it checked by qualified personnel before operating it any further. q Operate the Digital Satellite Receiver only on 120 V AC. q For detailed safety precautions, see the “Important Safeguards”...
  • Page 91: Fcc Regulations And Information

    SAT-A4 Responsible Party: Sony Electronics Inc. Address: 1 Sony Drive, Park Ridge, NJ. 07656 USA Telephone No.: 201-930-6972 This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not...
  • Page 92: Limited Warranty

    In addition, if you enter into a service contract with the SONY Partnership within 90 days of the date of sale, the limitation on how long an implied warranty lasts does not apply to you.
  • Page 93 Unit: 1.6 kg/3.6 lbs (SAT-A4) 1.5 kg Note Design and specifications are subject to change without notice. Supplied Accessories Optional Sony-brand Digital Satellite System Accessories 6.0 lbs (SAT-A4) 3.4 lbs (SAT-B3) Remote Control RM-Y800 (SAT-A4) RM-Y139 (SAT-B3) Size AA Batteries (2)
  • Page 94: Index

    Index 0-9 buttons 7, 8, 26, 82, 84 16:9 aspect ratio 70 4:3 aspect ratio 70 (audio symbol) 40, 56 (data services symbol) 40, 61 Dolby Digital Audio symbol 40, (lock symbol) 49, 53 (messages symbol) 59 button 7, 8, 27, 78 access card, replacing 68 antenna See also RF antenna.
  • Page 95 paging 26, 29 passcode, setting 52, 53 Pause button 83 pay per view cancelling programs 45 free preview 28 locking 49 reviewing purchases 45 watching programs 28 PIP 81 Play button 83 POWER buttons 7, 8, 78, 81, 83, 84 power indicator 78 precautions 90 problems...
  • Page 96 Printed in the U.S.A.

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