DirecTV's universal remotes work with devices from a wide range of manufacturers, so you can reduce the number of remote controls you have to deal with by programming your DirecTV remote to operate your Toshiba DVD player. Doing so allows you to turn on the Toshiba player -- as well as start, pause and reverse DVD playback -- without reaching for the player's dedicated remote.
Power on Devices
Turn on the television, DirecTV receiver and Toshiba DVD player. Later in the process, you'll confirm the success of the programming process by using the DirecTV remote to turn off the DVD player.
Access the Player's Programming Screen
Press the "Menu" button on the DirecTV remote. Use its directional arrows to scroll down to "Settings & Help" on the television screen, and then press "Select" to highlight the Settings option on the screen. Press "Select" again, and then scroll down to "Remote Control" in the onscreen list of options. Press "Select" once to choose Remote Control and again when "Program Remote" is highlighted. Select "AV1," and then select "DVD." A list of DVD player manufacturers appears.
Access Remote Codes
Press "8" on the remote's number keys to quickly advance to "T" in the list of manufacturers, and then select "Toshiba." A list of programming codes appears. The most common Toshiba code is 20503, according to DirecTV. Other possible codes listed on DirecTV's receiver are 20695, 21045, 21154, 21503, 21510, 21515, 21588, 21769, 21854 and 22277 as of early 2013.
Enter Remote Codes
Slide the "Mode" switch at the top of the remote to "AV1." Press and hold the "Mute" button. While still holding the "Mute" button, press and hold the "Select" button until a green light above the "Mode" switch flashes twice. Use the number keys to enter the first code. Test the code by pressing the "PWR" button on the remote. If the DVD player turns off, you have found a working code. If not, repeat the entry process by again pressing and holding "Mute" and "Select" before entering the next code and testing it with the "PWR" button. Make a note of the correct code for future reference.
Choose Appropriate Mode
With the remote programmed, slide the "Mode" switch to "AV1" to control the Toshiba DVD player. To resume control of the satellite receiver, move the switch to the left to select "DirecTV" mode.
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