How to Program a DirectTV Remote for an HD Receiver


When you sign up for DirecTV, you have several options regarding the level of programming and receiver quality. If you rent a DirecTV HD receiver or DVR you will also receive a remote to control it. The remote should work automatically when you set up the satellite and receiver. Most of the problems come from weak batteries or a blocked path between the remote and the sensor on the receiver. If you are using a different remote or can't get your old one to sync correctly, you can re-sync the two devices.

  • Turn on the DirecTV HD receiver and your TV, and be sure the TV is set at the correct channel (either 3 or 4).

  • Be sure new batteries are placed in the remote, and set the mode switch on your remote to "DirecTV."

  • Press and hold either the "DSS," "SAT" or "DIRECTV" button on the remote. The remote will run a test to sync with the HD receiver.

  • Press "Start" on the receiver to turn it back on. When it starts up again, the HD receiver and remote will be synced together.

Tips & Warnings

  • Navigate the DirecTV menu using the buttons on the front of your receiver. If you can do this, then there is a problem with your remote and you may need a replacement. Call DirecTV at 800–531–5000.

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