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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)
© 2002 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-A65A SAT-B65A © 2002 Sony Electronics Inc. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.
  • Page 2 Trademarks – Sony is trademark of Sony. DIRECTV and the Cyclone Design logo, DIRECTV INTERACTIVE, DIRECTV MOVIES THIS WEEK, DIRECTV SPORTS THIS WEEK, and DIRECTV SPORTS are trademarks of DIRECTV, Inc., a unit of Hughes Electronics Corp.
  • 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. Important Safety Instructions Heed Cautions–All cautions on the product and in the operating instructions should be adhered to.
  • Page 4 INSTALLATION Polarization – This DIRECTV Receiver is equipped with a plug that will Example of Antenna Grounding according to the National fit into the power outlet only one way. Do not modify the plug defeating this Electrical Code instructions contained in “Radio and Television feature.
  • Page 5 SERVICE Servicing–Do not attempt to service this DIRECTV Receiver yourself as Use of replacement parts specified by the manufacturer can prevent fire, opening or removing covers may expose you to dangerous voltage or other electric shock, or other hazards. hazards. There are no user serviceable parts inside. Refer all servicing to Safety Check–Upon completion of any service or repairs to this qualified service personnel.
  • 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 7: Table Of Contents

    Contents Getting started......1 New Access Card ..... . . 24 Change Receiver ID .
  • Page 8 viii Contents...
  • Page 9: Getting Started

    Getting started This chapter explains how to: • Connect the DIRECTV satellite dish antenna to your DIRECTV Receiver You may connect a second (this page). DIRECTV Receiver to the unused • Connect your DIRECTV Receiver to your TV (see page 3). LNB output.
  • Page 10: Attach The Antenna Cable

    Attach the antenna cable 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 11: 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 12: Determine Antenna Angles

    Determine antenna This section explains how to determine the proper antenna position. This is expressed in degrees of azimuth (horizontal) and elevation (vertical). Use the angles receiver front panel controls shown below to complete this procedure. 1. Press the front panel MENU button to display the below.
  • Page 13: Testing Your System

    Testing your system When you have aligned your dish antenna to the azimuth and elevation angles shown on the pane: Antenna 1. Highlight the tab. Signal 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 14 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 15: Adding System Components

    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: • Connect a terrestrial (broadcast) TV antenna (this page). • Connect the optional RF remote control antenna (this page). •...
  • Page 16: Connecting A Vcr

    Connecting a VCR 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 2). SATELLITE IN 1. Depending on your VCR, select the appropriate connection to the DIRECTV receiver: If your VCR has A/V connectors –...
  • Page 17: Test The Vcr (record/stop) (sat-a65a Only)

    7. Test the VCR control feature as described below. 8. Remove the temporary mounting tape. Attach the emitter permanently with peel-and-stick backing. This will not interfere with normal VCR operation. The VCR SETUP menu provides the settings to allow the DIRECTV Receiver to communicate with your VCR.
  • Page 18: Connecting A Home Entertainment System

    Connecting a home You can integrate the DIRECTV Receiver into your entertainment system to take advantage of enhanced audio and video capability. Follow these entertainment instructions to connect your DIRECTV Receiver. system • To connect the DIRECTV Receiver to your audio system, use A/V cables to connect the satellite receiver to the audio receiver’s jacks.
  • Page 19: 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 20 0-9 buttons - Change channels directly and enter numerical values in onscreen displays. JUMP button - Changes channels to the previously tuned channel. 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 21 MUTING button - Mutes the volume of the The MUTING, SLEEP and VOL +/- audio receiver. Press again to restore the buttons are set to control an audio volume. To operate your TV, move the device receiver unless the Device Switch is switch to TV or see Changing the remote set to “TV”.
  • Page 22 TV/AV POWER button - Turn on and off the TV. To turn on and off the DVD or VCR, move the device switch to DVD or VCR. To operate your TV, DVD, or VCR, you must first set up the remote control –...
  • Page 23: Remote Control Functions

    Remote control The navigation buttons are the most versatile (and most used) remote control feature. Using only the navigation buttons, you can perform virtually all functions on-screen functions including: • Selecting a highlighted screen menu item. • Moving the screen highlight (or cursor) up, down, left and right. •...
  • Page 24: Programming The Remote Control

    Programming the remote The RM-Y807 and RM-Y812 remote controls can be programmed to operate your other audio/video equipment. control 1. Find the code(s) for the manufacturer of the device you want to operate with this remote control. You can find these codes on pages 45 and 46. 2.
  • Page 25: Using The Menus

    Using the menus This chapter describes: • How to find the menus you need to perform common tasks (this page). • How to purchase pay per view events (see 18). • Using the Timer (see 19). • How to set and modify preferences (see 19). The table below lists the tabs, their submenus, and what they do.
  • Page 26: Purchasing Pay Per View (ppv)

    Purchasing pay per Select the menu tab to display lists of recently viewed and advance Purchases purchased pay per view events. You can choose PAST PURCHASES view (PPV) . The event channel, title, start date and time, and UPCOMING PURCHASES cost is shown for each purchase.
  • Page 27: Setting Guide Preferences

    Setting guide Highlight and tab from the . The SELECT Guide Options MAIN MENU screen (shown below) allows you to customize operation to best suit Options preferences your needs. Selecting guide options Using the Timer You can program up to 32 events in advance for viewing or unattended recording.
  • Page 28: To Schedule Or Edit An Event

    To schedule or edit an pane displays up to seven previously scheduled events at a time. Schedule If more than seven events are already scheduled, use the navigation buttons to event scroll down to view the additional events. Small arrows at the top or bottom of the list indicate that there are additional events.
  • Page 29: Using Dolby Digital Audio (sat-a65a Only)

    Adjusting Audio settings Using Dolby Digital Select the Dolby Digital audio (SAT-A65A only), then use the CHANNEL button to step through the audio tracks for the current program. For audio (CH +/–) (SAT-A65A only) programs that are offered in Dolby Digital, the double-D symbol ( ) appears with the audio track title.
  • Page 30: Adjusting Audio Balance

    Adjusting audio balance To adjust the left/right audio balance, highlight and Audio Balance. SELECT Setting left/right speaker balance Use the navigation buttons to increase or decrease the Audio Balance settings in the pop-up menu. Adjusting video Adjust video display brightness, contrast, and saturation for the best on-screen image.
  • Page 31: Using Caller Id

    Using Caller ID Your DIRECTV Receiver shows you the name and telephone number (if available) of incoming telephone calls on your TV. You can also see the name, time, and telephone number of recent calls on your TV as shown in the figure below. You must subscribe to Caller ID Highlight and SELECT...
  • Page 32: Adjusting System Settings

    Use the pop-up button board to enter search words. You can highlight and the toggle icon on the default button board (see figure) to change it SELECT to a standard keyboard layout, if you desire. Highlight the desired letter using the navigation buttons.
  • Page 33: Change Receiver Id

    • Enable or disable the button on your remote control. INPUT • Lock the system on a particular channel. • Select English or Spanish language menus. • Enable or disable Caller ID on and off. System Preferences menu pane Change Receiver ID If you are using more than one satellite receiver in the same room you may want to change the receiver ID to avoid any interference.
  • Page 34: Select Menu Language

    Select menu language The Menu Language button allows you to display on-screen menus in English (default) or Spanish. Change color schemes You may select a menu color combination, or scheme, from these choices: Ocean, Storm, Foam, or Purple. Set translucency level The Translucency level of the on-screen display may be set to Solid, Heavy, Medium, or Light.
  • Page 35: Using Program Guides

    Using program guides This chapter describes: • The different program guide styles (see page 27). • Common program guide and menu features (see page 29). • How to use the OneLine ™ Guide (see page 30). • How to set-up and use the Channel Mark Guide (see page 31). Selecting a program Personalize the program guide to show program listings that interest you.
  • Page 36: Logo Guide

    The guide time expands to two hours when active ad highlights are unavailable. You can also turn the Picture-in-Guide feature off as shown in the figure below. Grid guide with Picture-in-Guide disabled (description-only mode) To turn off the Picture-In-Guide feature: 1.
  • Page 37: Program Guide And Menu Features

    Logo guide with Picture-In-Guide disabled (description-only mode) To select a guide style: 1. Press the remote control button. MENU 2. Use the navigation buttons to highlight and SELECT Guide Options menu tab. 3. From the menu tab, highlight your selection and press Options SELECT 4.
  • Page 38: The Oneline Guide

    • Below the date and time, small icons indicating the status of the system or details about the currently highlighted program title may appear. These icons also appear in the Channel Banner as shown below. • The Channel Banner appears at the top of the screen whenever you use the button to change channels.
  • Page 39: Using Channel Mark

    Using Channel Mark The Channel Mark feature is a quick access guide to nine of your favorite channels. • While no other menus are displayed, press the button on the SELECT remote control to show the Channel Mark panel. • Use the navigation buttons to highlight the desired channel. The panel header displays the title of the program currently airing on the highlighted channel.
  • Page 40 Using program guides...
  • Page 41: Setting Favorites And Filters

    Setting favorites and filters This chapter explains: • How to create a channel list (this page). • How to rename a channel list (see page 34). • Using Auto Set, Add All, and Del All functions (see page 34). • How to use program guide Theme filters (see page 35).
  • Page 42: Renaming A Channel List

    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. Scroll up or down to view channels and descriptions. Press to add SELECT channels to your list.
  • Page 43: Filtering The Program Guide

    Filtering the program 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 guide each of these filter options, you can quickly narrow down channels to those that match your viewing interests.
  • Page 44: 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 45: Using Access Controls

    Using access controls This chapter explains: • How to lock and unlock the system (this page). • How to set maximum rating limits (see page 38). • Setting maximum spending and time limits (see page 39). provides settings to help you control the viewing restrictions of Locks &...
  • Page 46: Unlocking The System

    Unlocking the system To remove the lock and its restrictions: 1. Highlight the tab from the Locks & Limits MAIN MENU the Unlock menu button. SELECT 3. Enter the code you entered to lock the system. The button used to lock the system Once the system is unlocked, all limits and restrictions are removed! is also used to unlock the system.
  • Page 47: Setting Spending And Time Limits

    Highlight and SELECT the highest rating for violent program content you wish to allow. You may choose to Block All or Allow All instead of setting a specific limit. Setting spending and Highlight the Limits tab to set the maximum spending limit. You can set the maximum purchase price on a per-event basis.
  • Page 48 Using access controls...
  • Page 49: 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 50 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 51 A Your digital satellite receiver was reporting any pay per view activity that may have occurred. This rarely happens and only lasts for a minute or so. Q What if my question isn’t listed here? A Contact your dealer or the Sony Satellite Information Center at 1-800-838-SONY (7669). Questions & Answers...
  • Page 52 Questions & Answers...
  • Page 53: Manufacturers Device Control Codes

    The RM-Y807 and RM-Y812 remote controls are compatible with most models of the following brands: TV Codes VCR Codes ManufacturerAND CodeODE NUMBER Manufacturer Code Sony Sony 301, 302, 303 Admiral (M. Ward) 102, 109, 114 Aiwa Audio Dynamic 314, 347 Bell &...
  • Page 54 VCR Codes (continued) AMP (Amplifier) Codes (RM-Y807 Only) ManufacturerAND CodeODE NUMBER Manufacturer Code Singer Sony 501, 521 Samsung 313, 321, 322 Denon (Sharp) 516–518 Sanyo 330, 335 Harmon Scott 312, 313, 321, 323–326, 335 506–508 Sharp 325, 327, 328 Kenwood...
  • Page 55: Limited Warranty

    Every DIRECTV System manufactured by Sony comes with the telephone number listed below. Sony’s Express Support at no charge to you. In the event of a This warranty does not cover customer instruction, installation, set system failure meeting the requirements stated above which occurs up adjustments or signal reception problems.
  • Page 56: Software License Agreement

    User’s license confers no title or ownership in the Software OR ANY OF ITS THIRD PARTY LICENSORS BE LIABLE FOR and is not a sale of any rights in the Software. Sony's affiliates and/or third LOSS OF DATA OR FOR DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL,...
  • Page 57 VCR CONTROL Supplied VCR Controller RF Antenna (SAT-A65A only) LOW SPEED DATA RJ-11 DIGITAL AUDIO OUT Optical Rectangular (OPTICAL) Optional Sony-brand Digital Satellite S-VIDEO 4-pin mini DIN Receiver Accessories AUDIO L/R (2) RCA Type Satellite Antenna VIDEO (2) RCA Type...
  • Page 59: Index

    Index function overview icons A/V receiver, connecting Edit preselected program language Access card, new Elevation angle, determining tabs Advance select English language menus Menu translucency Aligning the antenna Entertainment system, Multiple box icon Alternate audio connecting Antenna alignment values Navigation buttons cable, connecting Factory settings, restore 11, 15...
  • Page 60 Restore factory settings Unviewed purchases Upcoming purchases menu Tabs, menu Tag boxes Saturation, video Telephone connection Scanning remote control codes Testing Schedule programs connecting 5, 6 results 8, 9 Search entries control cable satellite signal Search for words remote control sensor Toggle icon SELECT control SETUP menu...
  • Page 61 Contact Sony with questions about your Digital Satellite Receiver: 1-800-838-SONY (7669) Contact DIRECTV with questions about service or programming: 1-800-DIRECTV (347-3288) Printed in U.S.A.

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