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Digital Satellite Receiver

Operating Instructions

Before you begin using your Digital Satellite Receiver
for the first time, follow the instructions in "Getting Started"
on pages 1-6.
Also, make sure your Satellite Dish Antenna has been
properly installed and call your service provider to begin
service: DIRECTV: 1-800-DIRECTV (347-3288)
© 2001 Sony Electronics Inc.
permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.
Reproduction in whole or in part without written


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  • Page 1: Operating Instructions

    Also, make sure your Satellite Dish Antenna has been properly installed and call your service provider to begin service: DIRECTV: 1-800-DIRECTV (347-3288) SAT-A65 SAT-B65 © 2001 Sony Electronics Inc. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. All rights reserved. 4-085-842-11...
  • Page 2 Trademarks – Sony is trademark of Sony. DIRECTV, the Cyclone Design logo and DIRECTV INTERACTIVE are trademarks of DIRECTV, Inc., a unit of Hughes Electronics Corp. All other trademarks and service marks are the property of their respective owners.
  • Page 3 For your safety and protection, read this entire Owner's Manual before you attempt to install or use your satellite system. In particular, read this safety section carefully. Keep this safety information where you can refer to it if necessary. Heed Cautions–All cautions on the product and in the operating instructions should be adhered to. Follow Instructions–All operating and use instructions should be followed.
  • Page 4 Polarization – This DIRECTV Receiver is equipped with a plug that will fit into the power outlet only one way. Do not modify the plug defeating this feature. If the plug does not fit, contact your electrician to replace your outlet.
  • Page 5 Servicing–Do not attempt to service this DIRECTV Receiver yourself as opening or removing covers may expose you to dangerous voltage or other hazards. There are no user serviceable parts inside. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Conditions Requiring Service–Unplug the DIRECTV Receiver from the wall outlet and refer servicing to qualified personnel under the following conditions: •When the power supply cord or plug has been damaged.
  • Page 6 Sony Satellite System Information Center at 1-800-858-SONY (7669) for repair and/or warranty information. Sony must make any necessary repairs to the modem portion of this equipment in order to maintain valid FCC registration. Do not attempt to repair or service your modem. Return it to Sony.
  • Page 8: Table Of Contents

    Getting started......1 Setup overview ......1 Attach the antenna cable .
  • Page 9 viii Contents...
  • Page 10: Getting Started

    You may connect a second DIRECTV Receiver to the unused LNB output. These instructions also apply to an additional receiver. Setup overview This chapter explains how to: • Connect the DIRECTV satellite dish antenna to your DIRECTV Receiver (this page). •...
  • Page 11: Attach The Antenna Cable

    Attach the antenna cable Getting started You can configure your system several ways, depending on what additional components (such as a VCR, DVD player, or A/V receiver) you select. For now, however, use the simplest configuration to check your antenna and cabling. •...
  • Page 12: Connect Your Tv

    Connect your TV Depending on your TV, you can connect it to the receiver in one of three ways: • S-Video cable (best picture quality) or • Video cable (very good picture quality) or • Coaxial cable (good picture quality) In addition to your video connection, use a set of audio cables (L/R) to provide stereo sound.
  • Page 13: Determine Antenna Angles

    Determine antenna angles Tilt angle also appears if you have select an Oval Antenna from the Dish Type menu. Getting started This section explains how to determine the proper antenna position. This is expressed in degrees of azimuth (horizontal) and elevation (vertical). Use the receiver front panel controls shown below to complete this procedure.
  • Page 14: Testing Your System

    Testing your system When you have aligned your dish antenna to the azimuth and elevation angles shown on the 1. Highlight the 2. Use the button to highlight the Source pull-down menu 3. Signal quality is indicated by a scale at the bottom of the pane and with an audible indication.
  • Page 15 Getting started 3. Press again to test the first selection on the pop-up menu. SELECT Your results will differ slightly from those shown, depending on your geographic location and specific installation. However, if your results are very different from these examples (i.e, rows of zeros or single-digit numbers): •...
  • Page 16: Adding System Components

    Connecting components Connect a terrestrial antenna Connect the RF remote control antenna (SAT-A65 only) Adding system components You can configure your DIRECTV Receiver several ways depending on the additional audio/video components you want to use. This chapter explains how to: •...
  • Page 17: Connecting A Vcr

    Connecting a VCR Connect the VCR Control Cable (SAT-A65 only) Adding system components Follow these instructions to connect your TV and VCR to the DIRECTV Receiver. Connect the satellite antenna RG-6 coaxial cable to the DIRECTV Receiver’s jack (refer to figures on page 3). SATELLITE IN 1.
  • Page 18: Test The Vcr (record/stop) (sat-a65 Only)

    Test the VCR (Record/Stop) (SAT-A65 only) Signals coming from the remote control at the same time as signals coming from the VCR Control cable may provide unreliable test results. Connecting a home entertainment system The A/V receiver must be turned on in order to send the video signal to your TV.
  • Page 19 Adding system components Dolby Surround Pro Logic decoder. This will provide you with three audio channels in the front and a mono surround channel. • To take full advantage of Dolby Digital programming, connect the SAT-A65 digital audio output to an external 5.1-channel Dolby Digital decoder or receiver.
  • Page 20: Using The Remote Control

    Using the remote control This chapter explains how to: • Use the RM-Y812 and RM-Y807 remote control functions. (see page 15) • Install and replace the remote control batteries. (see page 15) • Program the remote to work with your system components. (see page 16) •...
  • Page 21 0-9 buttons - Change channels directly and enter numerical values in onscreen displays. GUIDE button - Opens the Program Guide. FAVORITE button - Changes the guide to the next Favorite Stations. Navigation buttons - The navigation buttons move the highlight in on-screen displays.
  • Page 22 MUTING button - Mutes the volume of the audio receiver. Press again to restore the volume. To operate your TV, move the device switch to TV or see Changing the remote default on page 16. To operate your audio receiver or TV, you must first set up the –...
  • Page 23 Using the remote control RM-Y807 The DIRECTV Receiver front panel buttons can provide the basic controls needed to access major DIRECTV System features. However, using the remote control simplifies accessing the basic system functions, enhances your system’s capabilities, and provides convenient shortcuts to extended features. Additionally, some remote control buttons can also control other home entertainment system components.
  • Page 24: Remote Control Functions

    Remote control functions Installing remote control batteries The navigation buttons are the most versatile (and most used) remote control feature. Using only the navigation buttons, you can perform virtually all on-screen functions including: • Selecting a highlighted screen menu item. •...
  • Page 25: Programming The Remote Control

    Programming the remote control Changing the remote default Using DIRECTV ™ INTERACTIVE ® powered by Wink Communications Using the remote control The RM-Y807 and RM-Y812 remote controls can be programmed to operate your other audio/video equipment. 1. Find the code(s) for the manufacturer of the device you want to operate with this remote control.
  • Page 26: Using The Menus

    Main Menu tab Screens (see page) Program Guide Program Guide Guide Options Theme (page 19) Times (page 34) Favorites List (page 31) Favorites Setup (page 31) Set Options (page 31) Set Channel Mark (page 30) Audio & Video Audio Adjustment (page 20) Video Adjustment Caller ID Caller ID (page 23)
  • Page 27: Purchasing Pay Per View

    Purchasing pay per view If you are not authorized for purchases using your DIRECTV Receiver, contact DIRECTV for assistance. Cancelling purchases Using the menus Select the menu tab to display lists of recently viewed and advance Purchases purchased pay per view events. You can choose .
  • Page 28: Setting Guide Preferences

    Setting guide preferences Using the Timer on the Options GUIDE PREFERENCES operation to best suit your needs. Selecting guide options You can program up to 32 events in advance for viewing or unattended recording. The will tune to a program at a specific date and time, or tune Timer on a repeating basis.
  • Page 29: To Schedule Or Edit An Event

    To schedule or edit an event You can schedule events up to eleven months in advance. Select Delete Event to clear a scheduled event. If you specify a date, use the month/day format. The year is set automatically. Adjusting audio Using the menus pane displays up to seven previously scheduled events at a time.
  • Page 30: Setting Default And Alternate Audio

    Setting default and Your DIRECTV Receiver supports alternate audio services. Icons below the date and time in the Information Banner or program guide indicate if these alternate audio services are available for a particular program. 1. Press the remote control 2.
  • Page 31: Using The Optimize Setting

    Using the Optimize setting Adjusting audio balance Adjusting video Using the menus The Optimize selection allows you to select the preferred audio optimization based on the receiver-to-TV connection used. • Set Optimize to Stereo to provide highest quality audio when using the , and/or AUDIO OUTPUT (L) •...
  • Page 32: Using Caller Id

    Using Caller ID You must subscribe to Caller ID from your local telephone company to use this feature. Using Search Use the navigation buttons to increase/decrease the screen Brightness, Contrast, and image Saturation settings in the pop-up menu. Your DIRECTV Receiver shows you the name and telephone number (if available) of incoming telephone calls on your TV.
  • Page 33: Adjusting System Settings

    Adjusting system settings New Access Card Using the menus Note: For Search to have the opportunity to find programs with matching words, your DIRECTV Receiver must be in standby mode (Off). Allow the system to look for your words while you sleep or while you are at work. The DIRECTV Receiver cannot search for words while it is turned on.
  • Page 34: Change Receiver Id

    Use the appearance of the on-screen menus and select how your DIRECTV Receiver operates with other devices. The Change Receiver ID If you are using a second satellite receiver in the same room, or you are using the RF remote control, you may want to change the receiver ID to avoid interference or “cross talk.”...
  • Page 35: Select Menu Language

    Select menu language Change color schemes Set translucency level Caller ID enable/disable Restore factory default settings Viewing Messages Using the menus The Menu Language button allows you to display on-screen menus in English (default) or Spanish. You may select a menu color combination, or scheme, from these choices: Ocean, Storm, Foam, or Purple.
  • Page 36: Using Program Guides

    Selecting a program guide style Grid guide Cells with arrows indicate the program started at an earlier time or continues later than can be shown in the selected 2-hour period. If a program title cannot entirely fit in the space provided, an ellipsis (…) indicates that a portion of the title is not shown.
  • Page 37: Logo Guide

    Press the remote control GUIDE button while the program guide appears on-screen to display the Guide Options menu. Logo guide Using program guides • Browse up or down one channel at a time with the navigation buttons when the highlight is in the grid. •...
  • Page 38: Program Guide And Menu Features

    Program guide and menu features Selecting a guide style 1. Press the remote control MENU 2. Use the navigation buttons to highlight and menu tab. 3. From the menu tab, highlight your selection and press Options 4. Highlight and SELECT Exit viewing.
  • Page 39: The Oneline Guide

    The OneLine Guide ™ Using Channel Mark Using program guides The Channel Banner appears at the top of the screen whenever you use the button to change channels. Press the remote control CHANNEL (CH +/–) button to display the banner at any time. More detailed information appears in the Info Banner beneath the Channel Banner if you press the button a second time.
  • Page 40: Setting Favorites And Filters

    Using favorite channel lists Creating a channel list Setting favorites and filters This chapter explains: • How to create a channel list (this page). • Renaming a channel list (see page 32). • Using Auto Set, Add All, and Del All functions (see page 32). •...
  • Page 41: Renaming A Channel List

    Renaming a channel list: Creating an Auto Set list Adding and removing all channels Setting favorites and filters To help you decide whether to include or exclude a certain channel, the title of the program currently airing on that channel appears at the top of the screen. 7.
  • Page 42: Filtering The Program Guide

    Filtering the program guide Using Theme Filters Press the remote control button while in a guide. A pop-up menu GUIDE provides filtering tools and ways to access other guide styles. By combining each of these filter options, you can quickly narrow down channels to those that match your viewing interests.
  • Page 43: Selecting Guide Times

    Selecting guide times Highlight the menu tab. The menu shown below provides Times GUIDE TIMES easy access to future programming information. Simply select the time you want the guide to begin. After a few seconds, the selected guide appears. Setting favorites and filters...
  • Page 44: Using Access Controls

    Locking & unlocking the system How to lock the system Press Cancel to clear the locking process. If you forget your four-digit code, you must call DIRECTV. Using access controls This chapter explains: • How to lock and unlock the system (this page). •...
  • Page 45: Unlocking The System

    Unlocking the system The button used to lock the system is also used to unlock the system. Setting ratings limits Using access controls To remove the lock and its restrictions: 1. Highlight the Locks & Limits the Unlock menu button. SELECT 3.
  • Page 46: Setting Spending And Time Limits

    Setting spending and Highlight the maximum purchase price on a per-event basis. time limits To change the displayed limit: 1. Highlight the Max Spending button 2. Press Use this menu to set the specific hours and maximum hours the satellite receiver can be used for viewing.
  • Page 47 Using access controls...
  • Page 48: Appendix A Questions & Answers

    Questions & Answers Questions? Did we forget to tell you something? We have compiled some the most common questions and their answers here. We hope they help! Q I had a signal but now I am getting a message “Searching for satellite signal.
  • Page 49 Q If I have questions about my satellite system or need to have it serviced, who should I call? A For questions about your equipment, contact the Sony Satellite Information Center at 1-800-838-SONY (7669). If you need assistance with your subscription, such as adding channels, contact DIRECTV at 1-800-347-3288.
  • Page 50: Control Codes

    The RM-Y807 and RM-Y812 remote controls are compatible with most models of the following brands: TV Codes ManufacturerAND CodeODE NUMBER Sony Admiral (M. Ward) 102, 109, 114 Bell & Howell (M. Ward) 109, 114, 138 Broksonic 103, 112 Craig 120–123...
  • Page 51 Toshiba 311, 312 Wards 327, 328, 331, 332, 335 Yamaha 314, 330, 336, 337 Zenith DVD Codes (RM-Y807 Only) ManufacturerAND CodeODE NUMBER Sony Panasonic Pioneer Toshiba Manufacturers device control codes AMP (Amplifier) Codes (RM-Y807 Only) Manufacturer Code Sony 501, 521 Denon (Sharp) 516–518...
  • Page 52: Limited Warranty

    About Sony Customer Support Every DIRECTV System manufactured by Sony comes with Sony’s Express Support at no charge to you. In the event of a system failure meeting the requirements stated above which occurs within ninety (90) days from the original date of purchase, our...
  • Page 53: Software License Agreement

    User’s license confers no title or ownership in the Software and is not a sale of any rights in the Software. Sony's affiliates and/or third party suppliers may protect their rights directly in the event of any User violation of this Agreement.
  • Page 54: Specifications

    RM-Y807 (SAT-A65) Size AA Batteries (2) Access Card Audio/Video Cable S-Video Cable Coaxial (RF) Cable Telephone Line Cord VCR Controller (1) RF Antenna Optional Sony-brand Digital Satellite Receiver Accessories Satellite Antenna SAN-18D4 Satellite Antenna SAN-24MD1 Local TV Antenna ANJ-AA1 RM-Y812 (SAT-B65)
  • Page 56: Index

    A/V receiver, connecting Access card, new Advance select Aligning the antenna Alternate audio Antenna alignment values cable, connecting pointing terrestrial Audio balance balance control connection digital Azimuth angle, determining Balance, audio Batteries, installiing Brightness, video Button board, change layout Caller ID, disable Can’t Tape message Cancel purchase Changing menu language...
  • Page 57 Remote control batteries models sensor, VCR Replacing batteries Restore factory settings Saturation, video Scanning remote control codes Schedule programs Search entries Search for words SELECT control Selecting a menu item Signal indication Spanish language menus Standby mode Surround sound, Dolby Index S-Video connection System menu functions...
  • Page 58 Contact DIRECTV with questions about service or programming: 1-800-DIRECTV (347-3288) Printed in U.S.A. Contact Sony with questions about your Digital Satellite Receiver: 1-800-838-SONY (7669)

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