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  • Page 2: Safety Information

    Blocking the airflow to the unit could impair performance or damage your receiver and other components. Do not stack the digital satellite receiver on top of a “hot component” such as an audio power amplifier.

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Step 5: Interactive Setup ............... 12 Step 6: Place Batteries in the Remote Control ......12 Step 7: Plug in and Turn on the Digital Satellite Receiver ..12 Step 8: Order Programming ............13 Using the Remote ..........15 Remote Control Buttons ...............

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    Table of Contents Pay Per View Programs ..............44 Purchasing and Previewing ............ 44 Tuning to a PPV Program ............44 Using the Purchases Menu ............. 47 Reviewing and Canceling an Upcoming Purchase ....47 Spending Limits ............... 48 Timers Feature ................48 Profiles ...................

  • Page 5: Setup And Connections

    System and show you how to use the on-screen guides and menus. Using the Remote In Setup and Connections, you’ll learn: • different ways to connect the digital satellite receiver to your TV • how to connect the VCR controller • how to order programming Program Guides •...

  • Page 6: Step 1: Unpack The Directv System

    Connect all components before plugging any power cords into the wall outlet. • Always turn off the digital satellite receiver, TV, and other components before you connect or disconnect any cables. Position Cables Correctly to Avoid Audio Hum or Interference •...

  • Page 7: Jacks And Cables

    These jacks are required for antenna or cable-TV connections. The RF RF Jack jacks on the digital satellite receiver are labeled IN FROM ANT and OUT TO TV. The coaxial cable supplied with your DIRECTV System is used to connect the RF jacks between the digital satellite receiver and your TV’s antenna input.

  • Page 8: Back Of The Digital Satellite Receiver

    Back of the Digital Satellite Receiver The diagram below describes each of the back panel jacks found on your digital satellite receiver. When connecting A/V cables, be sure to connect corresponding OUTPUTS and INPUTS (Video to Video, Right Audio to Right Audio, etc.).

  • Page 9: Basic Connection

    To view VCR recordings, tune the TV to the VCR output channel (usually channel 3 or 4) and set your VCR to play. If your VCR is a brand other than RCA, GE, or P , you may need to program the remote to control the VCR. See the next section, “Using the Remote.”...

  • Page 10: Advanced Connection

    3 or 4—CH3 or CH4 on the back of the VCR) and set your VCR to play. If your VCR is a brand other than RCA, GE, or P , you may need to program the remote to control the VCR. See the IN FROM ANT next section, “Using the Remote.”...

  • Page 11: Step 3: Connect The Vcr Controller

    VCR controller to the spot where you think the sensor is located, and then follow the steps described under “Selecting a VCR Type.” Selecting a VCR Type You need to tell the digital satellite receiver which VCR brand you are using. Press MENU on the remote to bring up the Main menu.

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    Follow the on-screen instructions to ensure that you are using the correct code. If the VCR automatically stops, then you know that the digital satellite receiver and the VCR are communicating. • Some VCR brands may not be capable of being controlled by the...

  • Page 13: Step 4: Find The Video Input Channel On Your Tv

    • If your TV brand is RCA, GE, or P , press TV on the remote control that came with your digital satellite receiver. Then press the WHO•INPUT button on the remote. • If your TV brand is not RCA, GE, or P , consult your TV Owner’s Manual.

  • Page 14: Step 5: Interactive Setup

    TV brand is RCA, GE, or P , press the TV button on the remote to turn on the TV. If your TV brand is not RCA, GE, or , see the next section, Using the Remote, for details on how...

  • Page 15: Step 8: Order Programming

    Setup and Connections Step 8: Order Programming When you order programming, you need to know your Access Card number. To get the number, select Options from the Main After you have installed your DIRECTV System, you should contact your menu, then System Options, and then service provider, DIRECTV or USSB, to receive programming.

  • Page 17: Using The Remote

    The universal remote can be programmed to control most brands of remote controllable VCRs, digital satellite receivers, and cable boxes. If you have an RCA, GE, or Using the Remote ProS component, you probably don’t need to program it at all.

  • Page 18: Remote Control Buttons

    Remote Control Buttons ON•OFF Turns the device you are controlling on or off. You can also use the power button on the top of the digital satellite receiver to turn it on and off. VCR Tells the remote to control the VCR.

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    Using the Remote CLEAR Removes the on-screen displays and returns to normal viewing. DIGIT KEYS (0 - 9) Use the digit keys to tune directly to a channel. If you are in the menu system, use the digit keys to enter numbers for the time, date, channel and passwords.

  • Page 20: The Point And Select Method

    Programming the Remote Control The DIRECTV System’s remote can be programmed to control most brands of remote controllable TVs. The remote is programmed to control most RCA, GE and P TVs. The remote needs to be programmed to control other manufacturers’ brands.

  • Page 21: Using Automatic Code Search

    Using the Remote Using Automatic Code Search The following instructions can be used to program the remote to control each of the devices connected to your TV. If you want to exit the This remote control may not operate all automatic code search without programming any of your devices, press models of the brands that are shown.

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    RF signals can control the receiver from other parts of your house–even through walls. Occasionally, due to interference or other RF devices, you may need to change the remote and digital satellite receiver RF code. Change the code in the System Options menu.

  • Page 23: Tv Codes

    ......1012, 1038, 1049, 1095, 1162, 1171, 1172 Admiral ..............1001, 1173 JC Penny 1000, 1004, 1005, 1006, 1008, 1022, 1052, 1054, RCA ..1000, 1003, 1004, 1005, 1006, 1007, 1019, 1096, Adventura ................1174 ... 1058, 1063, 1064, 1072, 1087, 1105, 1128, 1171, 1172, ....

  • Page 24: Vcr Codes

    Quartz ................2011 Hitachi ............2002, 2055, 2056 Quasar ............2021, 2022, 2125 ..........2057, 2107, 2111, 2120, 2122 RCA .............. 2000, 2001, 2003 HI-Q ..................2023 ........2013, 2021, 2055, 2056, 2082, 2083 Instant Replay ..............2021 ........2084, 2085, 2086, 2087, 2088, 2089 JCI ..................

  • Page 25: Cable Box Codes

    Pioneer ..............5033, 5034 Tandy .................. 5040 Pulsar .................. 5026 Colour Voice ............5012, 5013 Teleview ................5014 RCA .............. 5047, 5049, 5052 Comtronics ............. 5014, 5015 Tocom ............5004, 5023, 5041 Realistic ..............5009, 5049 Contec ................5016 Toshiba ................5026 Regal ................

  • Page 27: Program Guides

    Program Guides Program Guides What is a Program Guide? Setup and Connections A program guide is an on-screen programming schedule. There are several types of guides, each presenting the schedule in a different format. Using the program guide is easy as long as you remember the Using the Remote Point and Select rule.

  • Page 28: Bringing Up The Program Guides

    Program Guides Anatomy of a Program Guide The following diagram shows you the kind of information you will see in the program guides. Program titles “Family” is one of five Indicates current time and information selectable Profiles Returns you to Takes you to the previous screen Main menu...

  • Page 29: The Channel Banner

    Program Guides The Channel Banner The channel banner appears whenever you tune to a channel, exit a guide, or press INFO or DIRECTV on the remote control. Use the arrow buttons and OK to choose an item. On-screen icons represent frequently-used menu items. Some icons also change appearance to show the item’s status.

  • Page 30: Using The Guide Button

    Program Guides Using the GUIDE Button Each press of the GUIDE button takes you to an alternate type of program guide. The Grid Guide The Grid Guide shows seven channels in a time-and-channel format. with the full title of the highlighted program at the top of the guide. The Detail Guide Detail Guide The Detail Guide shows five channels in a time-and-channel format, with...

  • Page 31: Tuning To A Program

    Program Guides Tuning to a Program To tune directly to a current program listed in the guide, point to the program and press OK. To see information about a program in the guide, press INFO. The Program Details screen appears and gives you several options.

  • Page 32: Additional Program Guides

    Program Guides Additional Program Guides Besides the Detail Guide, Grid Guide, and SurfGuide, there are a few more guides: the Channel Guide, the Logo Guide and the Attractions Guide. You can access these guides by selecting the Other Guides button at the bottom of the Detail Guide and Grid Guide.

  • Page 33: The Attractions Guide

    Program Guides The Attractions Guide Displays a list of channels that show coming attractions and special events information. The Other Guides button also lets you sort the guide by different variables, such as future times, user profile channel lists, and channel groups.

  • Page 34: Sorting The Guides

    Program Guides Then, select PPV in the Channel Groups category. Channel Groups is another way to sort types of programming. Select Back, or press the GO BACK button on the remote control to return to the previous guide. You can also choose another guide format from the category list.

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    Program Guides Topics The Topics button sorts the guide according to the current user’s preferences. Select the Topics button to sort the guide. The Topics button changes to the Topics Themes button. Select the Topics Themes button to edit the current user’s themes preferences. Topics button These preferences are saved in each user’s profile.

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    Program Guides Sports Select the Sports button to list sporting events only. After selecting Sports, the Sports button changes to a Sports Themes button. Select the Sports Themes button to sort the guide to list specific types of sports, such as basketball or soccer. Sports button Sports Themes button Select a Sports Theme that interests you.

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    Program Guides AlphaSort searches for specific titles in the guide. Continue entering the specific title’s letters until it appears in the AlphaSort list. If you enter the wrong letter, select either Backspace or Clear All. Use the arrow buttons to highlight the title you are looking for. Press the OK button to select it, or the INFO button to see more information.

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    Program Guides Select Enter Text to set up a Scout. If “NBA” appears within a program title or program description, the program will be included in the Scout Results program list. The Scout will search for information when the receiver is off. (This may take up to 30 minutes for a full guide search.) You can check a Scout’s results by selecting a Scout button.

  • Page 39: The Main Menu

    Program Guides The Other Buttons Back Exits the guide and returns you to normal viewing on the current channel. Press OK to continue. Back button Help Brings up additional information about the guide. Press OK to continue. Help button Down Arrow The arrow button allows you to scroll down through other channels in the guide.

  • Page 41: The Menu System

    The Menu System The Menu System What’s a Menu? Setup and Connections The on-screen menu is a list of choices, just like a menu in a restaurant. And, just as a restaurant menu is divided into sections such as appetizers, entrees, and desserts, the on- screen menus are also separated into sections to help you find the information you need.

  • Page 42: Exiting A Screen

    The Menu System Using the Menu System Use the MENU button to bring up the Main menu, then use Point and Select to choose a menu option. To bring up the Main menu, press MENU on the remote control. Use point and select to choose an item from the Main menu.

  • Page 43: Menu Descriptions

    Use to review or cancel upcoming purchases, and to review past purchases. Timers Allows you to schedule the digital satellite receiver to tune to a specific channel at a specific time. Profiles Allows you to set ratings limits, spending limits, and viewing hours, as well as create favorite channel lists.

  • Page 44: The Program Guide

    The Menu System The Program Guide Selecting Program Guide brings up your default program guide: the Detail Guide, the Grid Guide, or the SurfGuide. Anatomy of a Program Guide The following diagram shows you the kind of information you will see in the Detail Guide and the Grid Guide.

  • Page 45: The Mailbox

    There are two ways to tell if you have mail, depending on whether the digital satellite receiver is turned on or off. • If the digital satellite receiver is turned on, the mail icon in the channel banner is highlighted. •...

  • Page 46: Pay Per View Programs

    The Menu System Pay per view Programs Pay per view programs (PPV) are programs that you purchase—like a movie ticket—on an event-by-event basis. For instance, a channel with Pay per view programs might run nothing but previews for movies. After previewing the movie, you can purchase it or find out more details about it.

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    Highlight the program name in the program guide and press INFO. You need to connect your phone line to your digital satellite receiver to be able to order PPV programs using the on-screen menus. The Program Details screen gives you several options.

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    The Menu System Using the Attractions Guide Your program providers may offer future programming events not currently listed in your Program guide. These events are called “coming attractions,” and can be previewed in the Attractions Guide. Press the GUIDE button on the remote until the Detail Guide or Grid Guide appears on-screen.

  • Page 49: Using The Purchases Menu

    The Menu System Using the Purchases Menu The Purchases menu allows you to review upcoming and past purchases. The Purchases menu shows you upcoming or past purchases, and spending limits. The list of purchases may be longer than one screen; use the down arrow keys to see more items.

  • Page 50: Spending Limits

    “Locking the System” section for details. Timers Feature The Timers feature allows you to preset your digital satellite receiver to automatically tune to a particular channel at a predetermined time. To use the Timers feature, select Timers from the Main menu to bring up the Timers screen.

  • Page 51: Setting Up Timer Recordings

    The Menu System Setting Up Timer Recordings The Timers feature allows you to set up timer recordings when you connect the VCR Controller to your digital satellite receiver, and tell the receiver what type of VCR you are using. Recording with Timer...

  • Page 52: Profiles

    The Menu System Profiles When you select Profiles from the Main menu, the first screen you see is the Master Edit control panel. In addition to the Family profile, you can create as many as four different profiles that can be easily accessed by using the WHO button on the remote control.

  • Page 53: Setting The Ratings Limit

    The Menu System channel list. Add or Delete All Channels You might be able to save time when creating a channel list by using the Add All Chans option or the Delete All Chans option to either add all channels or delete all channels before removing or adding individual channels.

  • Page 54: Viewing Hours

    The Menu System Viewing Hours Use the Viewing Hours option to limit the total amount of time, as well as the time of day, that a user can watch programming. Point to Viewing Hours, and press OK. You can limit viewing seven days a week. Use the digits on the remote control or point to the + or –...

  • Page 55: Locking A User's Profile

    The Menu System Locking a User’s Profile Each user can be assigned a personal password to lock his or her profile. When a password is assigned, the user must enter the password before he or she can view programs using that profile. Profile passwords do not allow access to, or editing of the profile limits.

  • Page 56: Choosing Your Profile

    If you enter the password to override a limit, all limits are unlocked until you turn off the digital satellite receiver. When you turn on the receiver again, the system will be locked, and the Family profile channel list will be selected.

  • Page 57: Options

    The Menu System Options The Options menu lets you set up preferences for the look and feel of the system as well as how some of the features work. The Options menu lets you change how the system works. The following sections explain your options when changing your personal preferences.

  • Page 58: Look And Feel

    System menus. Remote Control shows a descriptive list of the remote control buttons. Front Panel shows a list of the digital satellite receiver’s front panel features. Point to an item to see a brief description. Back Panel shows a list of the digital satellite receiver’s back panel features.

  • Page 59: System Options

    System Test The System Test display screen is accessed through the Options menu, and allows you to initiate diagnostic procedures on the digital satellite receiver. You should use this feature to get your Access Card number, or when your digital satellite receiver doesn’t seem to be working correctly.

  • Page 60: Audio Language

    Language display screen comes up. Point to the audio language or audio type you want and press OK. The digital satellite receiver will then automatically set the audio program to the selected audio program type or language, when available. To change the audio: •...

  • Page 61: The Dish Pointing Menu Screen

    Follow these steps to obtain your dish pointing coordinates: Turn on your television and digital satellite receiver. Tune your television to the digital satellite receiver’s output channel. Press MENU on the remote control to bring up the Main menu. Use the arrows to highlight Dish Pointing, then press OK to access the dish pointing screen.

  • Page 62: Using The On-screen Signal Meter

    Follow these steps to bring up the on-screen signal meter: Turn on your television and digital satellite receiver. Tune your television to the digital satellite receiver’s output channel. Press MENU on the remote control to bring up the Main menu.

  • Page 63: Home Control

    Home Control Setup The Home Control Data Interface connects to the HOME CONTROL jack on the back of the digital satellite receiver. Once connected, you must tell the receiver to use this jack for Home Control. Press OK to bring up the Main menu.

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    The Menu System Keep track of devices by assigning a label. Use the arrow buttons and OK to select the house and module codes that match the device’s remote module and label the module. Select Save Setup to complete the setup. Device Control Once the device is set up, there are two ways to control it: with the menu system or with a timer.

  • Page 65: Edit Fetch Menu

    The Menu System Use the arrows and OK to enter an on and off time. Point to and select Run Timer. Clear Timer removes all the timer information. Suspend turns off the timer, but saves the timer information. Edit Fetch Menu The Edit Fetch menu gives you the option of using Fetch in two ways: •...

  • Page 66: Customizing The Fetch Button

    The Menu System Select Fetch Control. Press OK to choose Show Fetch Menu. 5. Select Fetch List from the Edit Fetch menu. 6. Choose which eight menu items you would like to include in your customized menu by checkmarking them with the OK button. Choose which menu items to include in your customized Fetch menu.

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    The Menu System Choose which menu item to assign to the FETCH button. 7. Press the left arrow key to confirm your selection and return to the menu. You may press the FETCH button on the remote control and execute the assigned function at any time while viewing satellite programming.

  • Page 69: Tips & Troubleshooting

    Tips & Troubleshooting Tips & Troubleshooting Tips for Solving Problems Setup and Connections You may have some questions about using your DIRECTV System that have not yet been answered. This section provides the answers to many such questions.You will find out how to run a system test, and how to diagnose and correct problems.

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    There are batteries in the remote control, and they are working correctly. • The Access Card is installed in the digital satellite receiver. Follow these steps to run the system test: Turn on your TV and the digital satellite receiver.

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    1. Off-air/cable broadcasters send signals to your off-air antenna or through cable to your home. 2. The signal passes through the digital satellite receiver along the coaxial cable to the VCR and then to the TV. (The VCR may seem like an unnecessary link in the chain, but this setup lets you record programming and off-air...

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    Blank screen • Maybe the device (digital satellite receiver, VCR, DVD, etc.) connected to the input jack is not turned on. • Try another channel. There may just not be anything on that channel at that time. Receiver will not turn on •...

  • Page 73: Appendix A: Warranty Information

    Please have your DIRECTV System model, serial number and date of purchase ready when you call. If your unit is out of warranty, we will quote the cost of an exchange unit to you. Refer to the RCA Satellite System Limited Warranty for the repair service phone number.

  • Page 74: What Your Warranty Does Not Cover

    If the repairs are covered by your warranty, you will not be billed. Thomson assumes no responsibility of warranty shipments from the customer to the factory if not shipped in the manner prescribed by Thomson. To receive a replacement digital satellite receiver after we have received your unit: •...

  • Page 75: Product Registration

    Appendix A: Warranty Information • Shipping damage, if the unit was not packed and shipped in the manner prescribed by Thomson. • Storage fees may be charged by the exchange point if you fail to pick up the replacement unit in a timely manner.

  • Page 76: Appendix B: Fcc Regulations

    Appendix B: FCC Regulations FCC Registration Information Your equipment is registered with the Federal Communications Commission and is in compliance with parts 15B and 68, FCC Rules and Regulations. Notification to the Local Telephone Company. On the bottom of this equipment is a label indicating, along with other information, the FCC Registration number and Ringer Equivalence Number (REN) for the equipment.

  • Page 77: Appendix C: Accessories

    Appendix C: Accessories Accessory Order Form for DIRECTV Systems RG-6 Coaxial Burial Cable Description Price Part No. with weatherproof “F” RG-6 Coaxial Cable connectors 12 feet D912 $12.95 25 feet D925 $15.95 50 feet D950 $21.95 Self-Installer’s Kit contains 75 feet D975 $29.95 cable and hardware to install...

  • Page 78

    Appendix C: Accessories United States and Canada Orders Charge your order on your VISA, MasterCard, or Discover Card by To place your order by phone, have your Visa, filling in below MasterCard or Discover Card ready and call the toll-free USE YOUR CREDIT CARD ®...

  • Page 79: Index

    Logo Guide 30 scrolling 28 Detail Guide 28 Troubleshooting 67 Look and feel 56 sorting 32 Digital satellite receiver Tuning to a program 29 SurfGuide 28 back panel 6 Programming the Remote 18 connecting 7-8 to control a TV 18...

  • Page 80

    If your DIRECTV System needs service, please contact your dealer or the nearest Servicenter from the Yellow Pages. Please do not send any products to the Indianapolis address listed in this manual or on the carton, as doing so will only add delays in service for your product. 10330 North Meridian Street Indianapolis, IN 46290 100%...

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