inside i-Guide
User’s Reference Manual
The Power of i.
Table of Contents
5 Welcome
Motorola DCT6416 (Set-Top Box)
Recording Capacity
The DCT6416 Front Panel
The DCT6416 Back Panel
Important Safety Instructions
11 Basic i-Guide Navigation Tips
11 Remote Control Features
12 Your Access to Digital Cable
Main Menu
On-Screen Program Guide
Quick Menu
14 Search Categories and Listings
TV Listings
Navigating Listings
Listings By Channel
A-Z Title Search
Adult Programming
16 Program Information
17 Action Icons
18 Reminders
Setting Reminders
Reminder Options
Mini Guide and “Control the Scroll”
20 Digital Music
21 Local Weather
21 Messages
19 Smart Channel Surfing (Flip & Mini Guide)
22 Parental Locks and Purchase PINS
PINS Setup
Parental Locks Setup
View Locked Programs
Bypass or Clear Locks
Restore Locks
24 Favorites
25 Setup
Guide Setup
Cable Box Setup
Audio Setup
Screen Position Setup
Text Language Setup
27 Digital Pay-Per-View (PPV) (Optional Feature)
Ordering Pay-Per-View
Ordering Pay-Per-View By Phone
Ordering Pay-Per-View Packages
Canceling a Pay-Per-View Order
Pay-Per-View Notices
30 On Demand (OND) (Optional Feature)
Accessing On Demand
Ordering On Demand Programs
Watching On Demand Programs
On Demand Packages
33 HDTV (Optional Feature)
34 Digital Video Recording (DVR) (Optional Feature)
Control Live TV
Playback Controls - Using the Video Control Buttons
Playback Controls – Using the Remote Control Arrow Buttons
Fast Forward
Slow Motion
Instant Replay
Get Back to Live TV
SwapBetween Programs
Your Personal Video Library
Building Your Library - Recording Programs
Record Program Information
Manually Schedule Recording
Record A Series
Managing Scheduling Conflicts
View Your List of Scheduled Recordings
Modifying Recording Options
View Programs Stored In Your Personal Video Library
Managing Your Personal Video Library
Interactive Program Guide
On Demand (Optional Feature)
DIgital Video Recorder (Optional Feature)
Recording and Playback of Recorded Programs (Optional Feature)
Managing Your Recordings (Optional Feature)
Controlling Live TV (Optional Feature)
43 Frequently Asked Questions
Welcome to The Power of i™.
Introducing the all new interactive program guide from TV Guide.
i-Guide gives you The Power of i. It’s intuitive, intelligent, and inspiring. It unlocks a world
of greater choice, convenience and control as you watch television.
With Digital Cable, you have more programming choices than ever before. And with i-Guide, you can effortlessly find
the television entertainment you want to see. i-Guide puts you in control, all at the touch of a button.
i-Guide displays 90 minutes of program listings. Best of all, it’s so easy to use, you won’t need a degree in computer
science to find out what’s on. i-Guide’s Quick Menu allows you to move easily to the programming and information
you want. In no time, you’ll be able to Set Reminders, Favorites, Parental Locks, and use our Mini Guide to find out
what’s next, while you continue to enjoy great TV.
With i-Guide, the world of television is at your fingertips.
That’s The Power of i.
Use this Reference Guide to get started enjoying your Digital Cable……
Digital Cable Box (Set-Top Box)
Motorola DCT6416
Your DVR service features the Motorola DCT6416 with built in DVR (Digital Video Recorder) which gives you total
control over what you watch and when you watch it. Your DVR allows you to store and access TV programs —
functioning like a VCR, but without videotape. With your DVR you can also pause live TV and record shows through
i-Guide, across multiple channels and time slots.
Recording Capacity
The recording capacity on the DVR depends on the video format of the programming you wish to record. Here are
some guidelines for determining recording capacity:
• Analog TV Shows (not digital) – Typically analog cable channels are channels 2 through 78, but may vary
depending on your cable system. Recording capacity is up to 25 hours.
• Digital TV Shows (compressed) – Typically digital cable channels are channels 100 and above, but vary
depending on your cable system. Recording capacity is between 30 and 60 hours.
• High Definition TV Shows (HDTV) – Shows that are broadcast in HD may be recorded in the same format,
provided your DVR is connected to a High Definition Television. Recording capacity is up to 15 hours.
The DCT6416 Front Panel
Displays the channel number or time of day.
There are four indicator lights on the LED screen:
• MSGS - the DCT6208 has received Messages for you to read
• A/B - the RF bypass is active
• ON - the DCT6208 is powered on
• REMOTE - the remote control is in use
Moves the cursor around the program guide and menu screens.
Displays the Main Menu.
Turns the device on or off.
Displays the current channel and program information.
Use to manually enable the RF bypass function. You must have a cable-ready TV
for this function to operate. (Optional Feature)
Selects menu options, On Demand programming, Pay-Per-View events or
programs from the program guide.
Displays the program guide.
Changes the channels by moving up or down.
Not currently enabled – intended for future use.
There are also inputs for a Universal Serial Bus (USB), audio/video jacks and a Smart Card slot. These inputs are for future
applications under development and are not enabled on this unit.
The DCT6416 Back Panel
The rear panel of the DCT6416 consists of three types of interfaces - audio, video and data. The table following this drawing
describes each connection and its use.
The DCT6416 front panel has 12 keys and an LED display. Use the keys to perform basic functions such as access the
interactive program guide, navigate menus, and purchase On Demand (OND) and Pay-Per-View events.
This coaxial output connector is used to connect the DCT6208 to a TV or VCR
operating on channel 3 or 4.
The CABLE IN connector receives the incoming signal from your cable
service provider.
Not currently enabled - intended for future use.
These connectors are used to connect a set-top between a peripheral audio
device such as a CD player and a stereo tuner or A/V receiver. In the current
DCT6208 release, the audio from the peripheral device will pass through the
DCT6208 when it is turned off.
The orange coaxial SPDIF connector is a digital output connection that carries
Dolby Digital 5.1 audio or PCM audio.
It is used to connect the DCT6208 to a stereo tuner or A/V receiver to provide
surround-sound, theater-style audio.
The VIDEO IN connector accepts a baseband video input from a VCR, camcorder
or other video device. (Not currently enabled.)
The VIDEO OUT connector is used to deliver baseband video to an external device
such as a VCR or TV.
This AC outlet may be used to plug your TV into the DCT6208 as a convenient
additional outlet.
This connector enables the DCT6208 to control a VCR while recording a selected
program. Not all electronic program guides support this feature.
Not currently enabled - intended for future use.
Digital Video Interface. To connect High Definition monitor or High
Definition television.
The RCA phono-type connectors are used to deliver audio to a stereo receiver.
Y Pb Pr
These connectors are used to deliver component video to an HD-ready TV or
monitor. Though capable of delivering standard definition video to your TV or
monitor, these cables are necessary to deliver High Definition video.
For future use.
This connector is used to deliver high quality, standard definition video to
external devices that accept S-Video inputs, such as a high-end VCR or TV.
The OPTICAL SPDIF connector is an optical digital output connection that carries
Dolby Digital 5.1 audio or PCM audio.
It is used to connect the DCT6208 to a stereo tuner or A/V receiver to provide
surround-sound, theater-style audio.
IEEE 1394
Firewall Digital Interface. To connect High Definition monitor or High
Definition television.
For the female end of the supplied power cord.
Important Safety Instructions
Please refer to the Motorola DCT6416 User Guide for complete safety and operating instructions. The Motorola DCT6416
has been designed to operate reliably in a well-ventilated household environment. Slots and openings in the unit cabinet
are provided for ventilation. These openings should never be blocked. As such, do not place the product on a bed, sofa, rug,
or similar surface.
• Position the DCT6416 with at least 2 inches of space above and on all sides.
• Do not block the slots and openings in the DCT6416
• Do not place anything on top of the DCT6416.
• Do not position the DCT6416 in an enclosed space that would restrict airflow around the unit.
• Do not position the DCT6416 near any external heat source that could raise the temperature around the unit.
Basic i-Guide Navigation Tips
* Yellow is always the highlight color. As you navigate listings using your remote, the highlight appears on screen to
indicate your current selection.
* Press the 5634buttons on your remote to move the highlight.
* Press OK to make your selection.
* Press the EXIT button on your remote to return to watching TV.
Remote Control Features
Direct Access to Video On
Demand(VOD), where available
Replays last 15 seconds
of program
Learn more about a feature
Scroll to the next or previous page
of listings
Return to watching television
Select a highlighted item; or while
watching a program, press to
display or remove the Flip Bar or
Mini Guide
See program listings for the
current time
See listings for the next
or previous day
Press channel numbers, then
OK/SEL to tune to a channel
Direct Access to Pay-Per-View
(PPV), where available
VCR Controls
and Digital Video Recording
(if available)
Displays live television
Tune to your Favorite channels,
once you set them up
Change channels and access the
Flip Bar
Return to the previous screen or
See program information
Use to highlight guide features, or
while watching television, press to
begin browsing. Note: Arrows
control playback of recorded
programs with DVR
Enter and exit the Main Menu
Note: Remote pictured may not reflect your
actual remote. Basic functions should be the same.
*Amount of programming data varies by system.
Swap between television tuners
Your Access to Digital Cable
Main Menu
i-Guide’s Main Menu* gives you easy access to all the
features of digital cable. Simply press MENU twice on your
remote, then select from the options available, including TV
Listings By Time, viewing options by category, Parental
Locks, Favorites, Local Weather and more.
Picture In Guide
i-Guide provides you with an all new Picture in Guide,
displaying the programming you were watching while you
are in the guide. Never miss what’s happening while you
search for what’s on, schedule recordings or get more
On-Screen Program Guide
Quick Menu
The Quick Menu feature provides shortcuts to the key
features of your program guide and digital cable service.
Simply press MENU on your remote to access Quick Menu.
The Quick Menu will appear over any video or guide screens
when the MENU button on your remote is selected. The
Quick Menu is designed to allow you to launch directly into
i-Guide features without having to navigate through a series
of menus.
*Menu selections vary depending on the services you cable
provider offers.
The on-screen guide is your source for finding out what’s on
your digital cable service. The program guide for i-Guide
provides 90 minutes of listings on each screen. As you
navigate throughout the guide, your current selection is
highlighted in yellow, and a program or feature description
appears on screen. Press GUIDE on your remote to access TV
Listings for the current time.
Guide Symbols to Know – Quick Menu Icons
Guide Main Menu
Digital Recordings
Search Menu
On Demand Menu
Pay-Per-View Listings
Digital Music Listings
Favorites List
Movies Search Menu
Kids Search Menu
Listings By Time
Sports Search Menu
Guide Setup Menu
Listings By Channel
Pay-Per-View Events
Message Center
Pay-Per-View by Title
*Menu selections vary depending on the services you cable provider offers.
These icons may appear in Quick Menu*, depending on the services your cable provider offers. Highlight and select the
icon with your remote and you will immediately access the area indicated.
Search Categories and Listings
Finding something to watch is easy with i-Guide. View
program listings the way you want, including Listings By
Time and By Channel or, by category such as Movies, Sports,
Children and more. Select a Search category from the Main
Menu or Quick Menu to display listings.
TV Listings
TV Listings appear in a grid format with channel numbers
and network call letters down the left side and times along
the top. Listings are color coded to help you identify different
types of programs:
Blue – Regular programs
Purple – Movies
Green – Sports
Light Blue – Children’s programs
*Amount of programming data varies by system.
You can narrow your program options by theme using subcategories provided.*
Navigating Listings
• Make a selection from one of the i-Guide menus, or just press GUIDE on your remote to go to program listings
for the current hour.
• Use the 56buttons on your remote to navigate program titles, and the 3
4buttons to see program listings
for later that day and for future days.
• For faster searching:
• Use the PAGE 56buttons on your remote while in the listings
• Press the DAY 3
4buttons on your remote to advance ahead a day at a time.
• Press INFO on your remote to see detailed program information.
• Highlight a program title and press OK. If the program is on now, you will tune to it. If the program is on later, you
will see an information screen that provides program details and other features.
Guide Tip
Press and hold3
4to rapidly move ahead in the listings.
Listings By Channel
A-Z Title Search
A-Z Title Search allows you to find a specific program by
entering the first few letters of the program name.
• Select A-Z Title Search from the Search Menu and use the
56 buttons until the letters you want appear in the boxes.
• Advance to the next box by pressing the 4 button on
your remote.
• Continue entering letters until the program you are looking
for appears in the listings.
• Press OK to jump to see your sesarch results. Highlight a
program you want to watch and press OK.
• Select Listings By Channel on the Main Menu to see
listings organized By Channel.
• Press the 3
4 button to see listings for the next
channel in sequence.
• Use the 56 or the PAGE 56 buttons on your to
navigate listings.
• Highlight your selection and press OK to tune to
it if the program is airing now, or press INFO to see program
information if the program airs at a later time.
Adult Programming
The Adult category, accessed from the PPV Menu, provides access to listings for adult-oriented programming. Adult
programming may be purchased as a single program or as a time-block package, depending on your cable
provider’s service. For your convenience, you may also restrict Adult titles from being viewed in the listings by
setting Parental Locks. See Parental Locks section for more information.
Program Information
i-Guide provides Instant Information while you view program listings so you see a brief overview of the program
at a glance. Instant Information includes program title, start/end time, program rating, a brief program description
and helpful indicators that identify your settings, such as Reminders
and Favorites
If you want to access more information on a program while viewing listings or watching TV, press the INFO button
on your remote. Here you can read a longer description about the program as well as additional details such as
release year, category and runtime.
Action Icons
From the Program Information screen, you can perform a number of actions by using the Action Icons at the bottom of
the screen, such as set a Reminder or see upcoming air times for a program. Use the 3
4arrow buttons to highlight each
icon, and a description appears below.
Guide Symbols To Know - Action Icons
Go back to the previous screen
Watch this program
Record/Change Record Options*
Place a Lock on the program to restrict viewing
Display all the Times the program will be airing
Save the channel in your Favorites list
Order PPV and other pay services
Guide Tip
With i-Guide, you can look ahead to see listings and schedule recordings for programs
airing in the future. The amount of data you will find varies by cable system.
* Requires separate VCR Setup or use of Digital Video Recorder.
Set a Reminder for this program
With i-Guide, you can set Reminders so you don’t miss shows you want to watch.
Setting Reminders
From a Program Information screen, highlight the __ Icon from Quick Menu and press OK. Follow the on-screen
prompts to confirm the Reminder or set Reminder Options.
Reminder Options
Reminder Options let you customize the frequency and timing for Reminders.
• Use the3
4buttons to set repeating Reminders that will
appear Once, Once a Day, Once a Week, Mon-Fri or Sat-Sun.
• Determine the Start Time for the Reminder to appear on screen,
up to 15 minutes prior to the program start.
• When you set a Reminder, you have the option of
bypassing locks* you placed on the program. You
can then tune directly to the program from the
Reminder without having to enter your Locks PIN,
if you have set one up (See Parental Locks section for
more information).
* This option appears only if you have already set a lock for that program.
• Reminder End Time enables you to extend the reminder period
beyond the end of the program up to 2 hours after the program is over.
Smart Channel Surfing (Flip & Mini Guide)
The Flip Bar allows you to see program information as you change channels to help you know more about what’s on.
Information on the Flip Bar includes program name, start and end time, channel, current time and a brief program description.
• Press CHAN56 to change channels and see the Flip Bar on screen.
• When you find a program you like, press OK to make the Flip Bar disappear
or press INFO for more program details.
• To see the Flip Bar for the program you are watching, just press the
INFO button on the remote.
The Mini Guide screen allows you to watch television and view program listings without having to leave the program you
are watching or go to the full screen guide. Mini Guide is seen on the lower 1/3 of your television screen and displays two
channels and 90 minutes of listings. To access Mini Guide, press the OK button on your remote. Use the 56 arrows to see
listings on other channels and the 3
4arrows to see listings at other times. At anytime, press INFO to see additional
information about that program.
Guide Tip
Use the LOCK, FAV and INFO buttons on your remote to activate these features while
using Flip and Mini Guide.
Mini Guide (Browse)
Digital Music
Digital Music is continuous, commercial-free music in a variety of formats.
To access Digital Music:
• Select Digital Music from the Main Menu,
Icon on the Quick Menu,
• Press the
• Press the MUSIC button on the remote if available.
You can press INFO for more information on each category.
Then select a music format and enjoy the music.
As you’re listening, press INFO for more information on title, track and artist. *
Guide Tip
Digital Music channels may also be set as Favorites so you can quickly navigate through
your favorite music channels. Refer to the Favorites section for more information.
* Where available. Some digital music providers may offer title, track and artist on screen.
Local Weather
Get accurate, up-to-date local weather conditions and a 3-day forecast.
• Highlight Local Weather from the Main Menu and press OK.
• Use the 6 button to see a detailed local weather forecast.
Note: Weather service not available for all locations.
Messages may be sent occasionally by your cable company to announce new services, special promotions or other
information. If you have a Message, an envelope indicator will appear in the upper left corner on the screen and a red light
will appear on your set-top box. From the Main Menu, select Messages. Highlight the desired Message and press OK to
read it.
Parental Locks and Purchase PINS
Parental Locks allow you to restrict viewing and purchases of TV programming based on your viewing preferences.
Set a personalized 4-digit PIN and you can place Locks on selected ratings, channels and titles. You can also hide
adult titles from being displayed on screen.
PINS Setup
Set up and change your Parental Locks PIN and Purchase PIN in PIN
Setup. Your Parental Locks PIN allows you to restrict viewing of
programs. Your Purchase PIN is used to restrict pay programming
• Select Setup from the Main Menu
• Select PINs Setup
• Follow the on-screen prompts to setup, clear, or change
your PINs
Parental Locks Setup
You can also set Locks from the Setup Menu. From the Main Menu select Setup, then Locks Setup. Use the 563
buttons to make your selections, including title, rating or channel and then press OK to confirm each setting.
Set Locks anytime in the guide or while watching television. Just
press the LOCK button on your remote, or use the
Icon on an
information screen. Enter your 4-digit Parental Locks PIN and Lock
the channel, title or rating using the on-screen prompts.
View Locked Programs
To view programs and channels you have locked, tune to the program or select it from the listings. Enter your PIN when
Bypass or Clear Locks
Restore Locks
Locks may be restored in any of the following ways:
• Press the LOCK button anytime and enter your 4-digit PIN.
• Select Locks Setup from the Setup Menu, then select YES to turn Locks back on.
• Turn the set-top box off, and back on.
Guide Tip
A symbol appears in the instant information to indicate a program has been locked
To unlock, press the LOCK button on the remote and enter your 4-digit code.
Temporarily open or clear all Locks for easier viewing. Select
Master Locks from the Locks Setup screen and change the
option from No to Yes.
The Favorites feature allows you to quickly access the
channels you have designated as your Favorites.
To add channels to your Favorites listings:
• Select Setup from the Main Menu
• Select Favorites Setup
• Highlight a channel and press OK - a
indicator will appear next to the listing,
designating it as a Favorite
To remove a channel from your Favorites, highlight it in Favorites Setup
and press OK. The indicator disappears and the channel will no longer be designated as a Favorite.
Select Favorites from the Main Menu or
from the Quick Menu to see a list of your Favorite channels.
While you are in TV Listings, press the FAV button on your remote to move the highlight to your next favorite
channel. While watching TV, press FAV to quickly tune to your favorites.
You can also use the Favorites feature within Digital Music listings or while listening to
Digital Music. Press the FAV button to navigate through your favorite music channels.
Guide Tip
You can activate and customize certain i-Guide features such as the Flip Bar Posistion, Lock options, Cable Box settings, Audio
settings and Languages from the Setup Menu.
Guide Setup
Use your remote to select Setup from the Main Menu, then select Guide
Setup. Use the3
4 buttons to select from the following setup options:
• Flip Bar Position – The Flip Bar can appear either at the
top or bottom of your screen.
• Flip Bar Timeout – Change the amount of time in which
the Flip Bar will stay on your screen from 3 to 15 seconds.
• Auto-Tune –
• Yes – Automatically tunes after 2 seconds when you
enter numbers directly on your remote.
• No – Enter 3 digits or press OK after entering
numbers on the remote.
• Message – Select On to make the message envelope appear when a
new message is received.
• Reminder Notice – Adjust the amount of time before the start of a
program in which the Reminder Notice will appear from 1–15 minutes.
• Listing Grid Height – Adjust the listings for single- or
dual-height grid display.
Cable Box Setup
Time Display –
• Off - Displays the currently tuned channel on the front
of the cable box.
• On - Displays the current time on the cable box.
AC Outlet –
• Switched - Determines that power is available only when the cable box is on.
• Unswitched - Means that power is always available to the outlet on the back of the cable box.
See Configuration –
• Highlight and press OK to show the configuration screen (includes information your cable company may
need in the event of a problem with your service).
Audio Setup
Default Audio Language – Change secondary digital audio available with certain networks and programs. Press
4 buttons to change the default language to English, Spanish, French or Portuguese.
Optimal Stereo Volume • No - Volume is unchanged from the current setting.
• Yes - Volume is automatically adjusted to the optimal level.
Dolby Digital –
• ON – Turns Dolby Digital on (available only for equipment supporting Dolby Digital).
• OFF – Turns Dolby Digital off.
Audio Output - Choose if the audio output goes to your TV or to your stereo.
• TV Speaker is the default setting.
• Select Advanced to change the settings for Compression and Stereo Output.
Screen Position Setup
To alter your screen position:
• From the Setup Menu, select Screen Position Setup to Adjust the screen position.
• Use the 563
4buttons on your remote until the display arrows are centered on the screen.
Text Language Setup
Note: Changing the language of i-Guide can take several minutes. During this time, i-Guide is not accessible.
• From the Setup Menu, select Text Language Setup
and use the buttons to select the desired language.
• Select English, Canadian English, Canadian French
or Spanish to change the language of the
on-screen commands, selection bars and help
screens within i-Guide.
• To confirm, select Yes.
Digital Pay-Per-View (Optional Feature)
TV Guide’s i-Guide makes ordering and watching Pay-Per-View (PPV) programs easy.
Ordering Pay-Per-View
From the Main Menu and Quick Menu, select PPV to go to the PPV Search Menu. Then select any of the PPV
options and see programs available in a variety of categories.
When you find a program of interest, highlight the title and press OK for the Information Screen.
Icon and follow the on-screen prompts to complete and confirm
If the program is scheduled to air at a future time, a Reminder is automatically set to notify you of your order before
the program begins.
Guide Symbols to Know - PPV Information Screens
Go back to the previous screen
See all the times the program will be airing
Order the program, or cancel an ordered
Save this channel in your Favorites list
Set Recording Timers (Requires separate
VCR Setup or use of Digital Video Recorder)
Indicates the program is available as a
Place a Lock on the program to restrict viewing
To purchase a program, highlight the
your order.
Ordering Pay-Per-View By Phone
If your cable provider offers phone ordering, the order instructions
appear on-screen. Simply call the number to place your order. Then
select Continue to complete your order.
Ordering Pay-Per-View Packages
Your cable service may offer programs in a package by title, time bock,
etc. Select the package title from the listings, and if available in a
package, a
icon will appear if the program is part of a package.
Canceling a Pay-Per-View Order
Note: In some cable systems, your order will automatically be cancelled if you do not tune to the program. In systems
that use phone ordering, you will need to call in your cancellation. Please check with your cable provider for the
correct Pay-Per-View cancellation procedure.
To cancel a PPV order before the program starts:
• Select the ordered program in any of the listings menus
(there will be a $ sign in the Instant Information).
• From the information screen, select the
Icon and
follow the prompts to cancel the order.
Pay-Per-View Notices
Pay-Per-View Program Started
A Program Started screen will appear if you try to order a PPV program that is
in progress but is within the purchase window. You may still order this program,
but you may miss a portion of the program.
Note: The purchase window is established by your cable provider.
Pay-Per-View Program Missed
If you have ordered a PPV program but didn’t tune to it a Program
Missed notice will appear, asking if you would like to reschedule your
Note: This screen will not appear in systems that use phone ordering.
PPV Order Conflict
When you order a PPV program that airs at the same time as an
existing PPV order, you will be alerted on-screen with the option to
cancel an order or keep both orders.
On Demand (Optional Feature)
Watch movies and other programs whenever you want with On Demand.* When you rent an On Demand program
or package, it is reserved for a specific period of time. You can access and watch the program at your convenience as
many times as you want within the rental period. You can even pause, fast forward and rewind using your remote.
Note: Rental period is establisthed by your cable
Accessing On Demand
You can access On Demand programming multiple
ways, depending on your cable provider’s service.+
• From the Main Menu
• From the Quick Menu
• From a channel in the TV Listings
• From an On Demand Tab in the Flip Bar
Ordering On Demand Programs
The On Demand Menu displays categories of
programming. Use the 563
4buttons on your remote to select a category and access listings for the category or
access sub-category menus.**
To buy the program, highlight the
Icon, and follow the on-screen prompts to complete your order. If the
program is available at no cost+, a
Icon will appear instead of
. Your selection will begin playing immediately
and you can watch as often as you want during the period.
* On Demand not available in all areas. On Demand programs may not be
recorded with DVR (if available).
**Menu label and categories vary by cable provider.
+If available from your cable provider.
Select a title to access detailed information, including title length,
cost, program rating and a program description.
Guide Symbols to Know – On Demand Action Icons
- Go back to the previous screen
- Order the program, or cancel an ordered program
- Tune to a program (for free and subscription programming)
- Preview
- Place a Lock on the program to restrict viewing
- Resume play of the video (appears for purchased videos)
- Restart the video from the beginning (appears for purchased videos)
- Delete the title from your rented titles list (appears for purchased videos)
- Indicates the program is available as a package
- Cancel Selection
Watching On Demand Programs
Use your remote to pause, fast forward, rewind and stop the program.
• Rewind
• Fast Forward
• Play
• Stop
Guide Tip
You may also be able to use the VCR control buttons available on some digital cable
remotes. Remote control features vary.
If you have stopped a program and want to come back to it
later, select My Rentals* from the On Demand Menu.
• Highlight and select a title and see an information
screen that displays your remaining rental time and
other program details.
• Select
to start watching where you left off, or
to start the program from the beginning.
• Watch as many times as you want within the
rental period.
Guide Tip
You can also find rented titles in other On Demand listing screens. A checkmark
appears in the Instant Information to identify it as a rented program.
On Demand Packages
Some programs may be available as part of a package. If a program is available in a package, or available with a
subscription service, a notice will appear on your screen. You can select
Icon to continue with the purchase,
Icon to learn more about the package.
to cancel or
Guide Tip
If a Reminder appears during a On Demand program you are watching, you can accept
the Reminder and tune to the program, which stops the On Demand program. To return
to your On Demand program later, access it from your list of rented titles and Resume or
Restart from the beginning.
Note: On Demand programs that are free or part of a subscription may not appear on the My Rentals list. These
programs can be accessed at any time from the listings.
* Menu label varies by cable system
HDTV (Optional Feature)
High Definition (HD or HDTV) is the most dramatic change for viewers since the introduction of color TV! HD is
the highest resolution digital television format available, offering up to 5 times the resolution of standard analog
television. HD delivers theater-quality pictures and Dolby DigitalTM surround sound.
Watch your favorite shows, movies, sports and events with a wider screen, life-like picture and crystal clear sound.
Only through your local cable provider can you access all the HD programming available, including local broadcast
networks in HD, all without an antenna.
To find a listing of the HD programming available in your area, press MENU to go to the Main Menu and select HD.
You can also search for HD programs from the Search Menu.
Note: You must have HD equipment to view HD programming.
Digital Video Recording (DVR) with Dual Tuner
(Optional Feature)
Imagine…coming home to your own personal library of television programs, movies, and sports that you can watch
whenever it’s convenient for you. It’s TV for your schedule.
Pause live television! Rewind and replay programs so you don’t miss a beat.
Record up to 90 hours* of your favorite programs and view them as many times as you want, whenever you want.
You can even record High Definition TV**. All without rentals, tapes or returns.
Your Dual Tuner DVR has made recording and watching your favorite programs easier than ever. Powered by
i-Guide, now you can watch a program while recording another or record two programs at once! You have your
own personal video library, stored on your digital set-top box, so you can watch them at your convenience. You can
even pause, fast forward and rewind LIVE TV to playback the scenes you’ve missed. In fact, your DVR is one of the
first available that can actually record and play High Definition programming!**
Control Live TV
Using your DVR with i-Guide, you can control LIVE TV. Anytime you tune to a channel, the DVR begins making a
temporary recording of whatever you’re watching. So you can PAUSE if the phone rings, REWIND the scene you
missed and FAST FORWARD to skip what you don’t want to watch. Your DVR will record up to one hour of live TV+.
Playback Controls
You can play back your video reordings using the buttons on your remote using the Video Control Buttons.
These buttons function like VCR
controls. Plus, you have new DVR
control features, like Instant Replay
and SWAP.
Note: Some remotes will have an Instant Replay button.
*Recording capacity varies.
**Recording and playback of High Definition programs requires DVR connection to High Definition television.
+Recording buffer (temporary hard drive) for each tuner will record as long as you stay tuned to the same channel.
The live TV recording is not a permanent recording, unless you actually record it to the DVR’s hard drive. For live TV
recordings, the temporary recording buffer will be erased if any of the following occur:
• Turn off your DVR.
• Watch the same channel for longer than the temporary recording (buffer) period. Only the most recent
hour of the program (15 minutes of HD) is kept in the temporary recording.
• Switch to another program on the same tuner. When you change channels without using the SWAP
function, your DVR begins to store the new program. It removes the previous program you were watching
from the storage. (See SWAP section for additional information.)
• You watch watch more than one hour. After one hour, the DVR removes the earlier minutes of the
recording, so that only the most recent hour is kept in the temporary recording.
Using the Remote Control Arrow Buttons
The 563
4buttons on your remote control will control playback when you are watching a recording in progress or
while watching a recorded program.
• Play
• Rewind
• Slow Rewind from Pause
• Fast Forward
• Slow Forward from Pause
• Go to Live TV
Status Bar
The Status Bar appears whenever you pause, rewind or fast forward a live
program. It also gives you information such as the title of the program
you are watching, the source of the program and duration of time.
The yellow position bar indicates where you are in the program. Green
indicates the length of the program you are watching. Red indicates that
you are watching a recording in process. White indicates the the length of
other programs available in the buffer.
As you watch live TV and recorded programs press PAUSE
and the video on your TV screen instantly freezes. No more missing the
climactic scene of a movie or the winning play of the game! For
programs you are watching live, your DVR will remain in pause for up to
90 minutes*. Press PLAY
to resume normal play of the program.
Want to review a portion of your live show? It’s a snap with DVR. Press
. Press it again up to 4 times to increase the rewind speed.
REW, REW2, REW3 and REW4 will appear on screen. REW is the slowest
setting and REW4 is the fastest. Press REW a fifth time or press play to
resume normal play.
Fast Forward
For programs you are watching live, FAST FORWARD can be activated if
you have paused or rewound the program.
to move forward in the program. Press it up
to 4 times to increase the fast forward speed. FF, FF2, FF3 and FF4 will
appear on screen. FF is the slowest setting and FF4 is the fastest.
Note: You can only fast forward up to the point of live broadcast.
* Pause capacity depends on video format; less than 15 minutes for High
Definition programming.
Slow Motion
Your DVR is equipped with slow-forward and slow-rewind functions
to give you crisp and clear Slow Motion images. Ever wonder what
the referees are looking at when they review a controversial play?
Use Slow Motion to get an inside look. To activate slow-forward,
press PAUSE
. To use slow-rewind,
press PAUSE
and then REWIND
. To return to regular speed,
press PLAY.
Instant Replay
With Instant Replay*, you can go back to see the last play of the game or replay the last scene of your movie. Just
press PAGE 6on your remote to replay the last 15 seconds. Press PAGE 6repeatedly to continue skipping back in
15-second increments.
Get Back to Live TV
Anytime you pause or rewind a live program, the show continues to be broadcast in real time. To return to live
programming, press the 6button*.
Guide Tip
Using Parental Locks With DVR - You can restrict viewing of recorded programs, just like
any other program. If you schedule a recording for a program you have LOCKED, the
program will be recorded, however, audio is muted and no video will appear while the
program is recording. A restricted notice appear allowing you to enter your PIN to view
the program during recording. Once the program has been recorded, you can access it
from your list of recorded programs. Just enter your PIN to view it.
Because your DVR has two tuners, it can buffer two programs at the same time – one on each tuner. The SWAP
feature lets you toggle back and forth between the two live shows while giving you full control of both.
While you are tuned to a program, press the SWAP button on your remote.
• You will change tuners. Now you can select an alternate program by changing channels or using the Guide.
• Press SWAP again to toggle between the two programs.
Note: The SWAP button is the key to keeping the buffer for both programs. If you change channels without using the
SWAP key, you will lose the buffer.
Your Personal Video Library
Using your DVR with i-Guide, you can build your own personal library of programs, movies, sports, TV shows …
whatever you want. Follow the steps below to build and manage your personal video library.
SWAP Between Two Programs
Building Your Library - Recording Programs
You can set and schedule recordings three ways with i-Guide: one touch
record, interactively by program and by manually scheduling your recording.
One Touch Record
on your remote any time while watching TV or while
navigating through the guide. Recording begins immediately at the point you
pressed RECORD
for programs airing now. You can automatically schedule
recordings for programs starting at a later time or date by pressing RECORD
while in the listings. Recording will start at the program’s scheduled start time.
*Some remotes are equipped with Instant Replay and LIVE buttons.
Record From Program Information
From the listings, highlight and select a program, scheduled for a later time.
Press the INFO button and you will see an information screen. Highlight the
Icon and press OK to start a recording for the time the program is
scheduled to start.
Note: For more information on Action Icons, see the Action Icons section in this
Record Two Programs at Once
The Dual Tuner DVR allows you to set recordings for two different programs that air at the same time. While
recording two programs, you can watch and control either program up to the point of live TV by using the SWAP
button on your remote. There are several ways to record two programs at once. Here are two basic examples:
While Watching a Show:
• Press Record to record the program you are watching.
• Press SWAP to switch to the other tuner and find the second program you want to record.
From the Guide:
• Highlight a program you want to record from any listings screen.
• Press Record to set up the first recording
• Highlight the second program.
• Press Record to set up the second recording.
Manually Schedule a Recording
You can set a Manual Recording to automatically record a specific time and channel.
Step 1: Select DVR from the Main Menu, then select Set a Recording.
Step 2: Select the start and end times and the day you wish to record
and confirm your settings.
Step 3: A channel list will then appear, allowing you to select the
channel to record. Select the channel you want.
Step 4: A “Create a New Recording” Screen will appear, select Create
a Recording to confirm your settings or select the Recording
Icon for additional Recording options.
• Press Record when you locate the second program you want to record.
Record a Series
Your Dual Tuner DVR lets you record multiple episodes of a program
according to your preferences. You can set the DVR to record only
new (first run) episodes, first run episodes and repeats or all
When you set a recording from a Series Program Information screen,
you’ll have an additional icon on the preceding Recordings Overlay.
Choose this Create a Series Recording Icon to specify your series
recording options.
• Select the episode type to record, such as first run only, first run
and repeats or all episodes.
• Specify how many recording to save.
• Specify how long to save the recording – until you erase it or
until space is needed.
• To access advanced series setup features like add minutes to the
start and end times and specify which channels to record, select
the Setup
Icon to review all options.
Your series recordings’ will appear in your My Recordings list with
the show title as its label. Multiple recordings of the same show will
have the same label and will be listed beginning with the most
recent recordings first as default. To change your view, use the (arrow
left/right) buttons on your remote to View by Date, View by Channel
or View by Title.
If you schedule more than two recordings for the same time, you
will see a Scheduling Conflict screen that allows you to choose
between a previously set recording and the new recording that
is conflicting. Individual recordings always take priority over
series recordings when there are scheduling conflicts.
In case of a scheduling conflict between two series programs,
additional icons will appear at the bottom of the Scheduling
Conflict screen to help you determine which program to record.
- Return to the previous screen.
- Record highlighted series as shown above.
- Show conflicts when the new series is a high priority.
- Show conflicts when the new series is a low priority.
- Don’t record this series.
• To give your new recording the highest scheduling priority and
to capture the most number of episodes for your new recording,
select High. The screen will show you how many episodes of the
new series will be recorded and which episodes of the old series
will not be recorded because of the conflict.
• To move the new series back to the bottom of the scheduling
priority list, select Low and the screen will refresh and give you
revised results.
• Select the Record
Icon to confirm your new settings.
You may also modify the priority assigned to a series using the Series Priority List. (See next section)
Managing Scheduling Conflicts
Modify the Series Priority List
To help you manage which series get recorded when there are
scheduling conflicts, your DVR automatically creates a Series Priority List.
The first series you set to record has the highest priority and is the
program recorded in case of a conflict. If there are no conflicts, each
additional series you set to record is added to the bottom of the list. You
can easily change the recording priority of the programs so that the
programs of your choice are recorded in case of a conflict.
• Select DVR from the Main Menu or Quick Menu.
• Choose Series Priority.
• Highlight a program and use the Page +/- buttons on your remote
to modify its priorities.
Note: If you want to record two series recordings instead of an individual recording that airs at the same time, you must
delete the individual recording from the Scheduled Recordings List (See Cancel a Scheduled Recording section).
View Your List of Scheduled Recordings
Step 1: From the Main Menu or Quick Menu, select DVR*
* Menu label may vary
Step 2: Select Future Recordings.
Modifying Recording Options
i-Guide gives you flexibility to manage your personal video library. You
can change your Recording Options at any time, as often as you like.
Change Options for Scheduled Recordings
From the Main Menu
Select DVR, then select Future Recordings to see a list of your
scheduled recordings. Highlight a program title and press OK or INFO.
Step 3: See a list of all the programs you have scheduled to record,
select a title to cancel the scheduled recording or modify recording
Select the
Icon from the program information screen. Select
to delete this program from your list of Future Recordings.
to change the Recording Options, or select
Use the 563
4buttons on your remote to change
Recording Options:
• Change the frequency of the recording, such as every
day or once a week.
• Specify how many recordings to save.
• Set a Save Until parameter, either until you delete or
automatically when space is needed.
• Change the start and end times in order to catch every
minute of a program, even if it runs over.
From Listings
Select your Scheduled Recording in the listings indicated by the red
dot in the instant info.
Icon to cancel the recording, or select
From here, select
modify the Recording Options.
Guide Tip
Icon to
DVR is not a long-term storage device. To maximize
your storage space, review the contents of your library
regularly and discard the recordings you no longer
wish to save. See “Managing Your Personal Video
Library” in this manual.
Press OK or INFO and select the
View Programs Stored In Your Personal Video Library
Step 1: From the DVR Menu, select My Recordings. Use the 56buttons on your remote to search through
and highlight titles from your list of recorded programs. Press OK to select the program.
Step 2: From the Information Screen, select
Icon to resume
play from where you left off or select
Icon to restart from
the beginning.
- Go back to the previous screen
- Delete the program from My Recordings
- Play the recording
- Change the Delete Priority Rule
- Start the recording from the beginning
- Place a Lock on the program to restrict viewing
Step 3: To control playback while watching a recorded program, use either the video control buttons or the arrow
buttons on your remote. See the “Playback Control” section for more information.
Recording Starting Notice
Before a scheduled recording begins, a notice will appear on-screen giving you the opportunity to confirm or cancel
the scheduled recording. If you don’t do anything when the recording is scheduled to start, the DVR will
automatically tune to the channel and begin recording. Live TV programming that has been temporarily recorded
will be erased once the scheduled recording starts.
Guide Tip
Changing the channel during a recording
will stop the recording. You will see a notice
confirming whether you want to stop the
recording and change channels or continue
Guide Symbols to Know: Recorded Program
Information Screens
Managing Your Personal Video Library
A recorded program remains in your personal video library until you decide to delete it, unless you have it set to
delete when space is needed. Your DVR will record and store up to 40 hours of standard definition programming
and up to 40 hours of High Definition programming*. To make the most efficient use of DVR storage space, follow
these guidelines:
To Delete Recordings
From the program information screen, select the
Icon to delete the recording, or select the
Icon to modify
the Delete Priority. For example, you can tell the guide to delete the recording when space is needed.
Copy Recordings to A VCR Tape
After you watch a recording, decide to either erase it or
keep it permanently by transferring it to a VCR tape.
1. Connect the Cable Out or OUT 1 (TV) connection on the back of the DVR to the Cable IN of your VCR.
2. Put a tape in your VCR.
3. Access your list of Recorded Programs.
4. Use the 563
4buttons on your remote to highlight a program from your list of Recorded Programs. Press OK to
select a program.
5. From the Information Screen, select
to resume play from where you left off or select
to restart from
the beginning.
6. Start recording on the VCR when playback begins.
7. As the recording plays, it is taped to your VCR.
Note: Refer to your VCR User Manual for specific instructions on using your VCR.
To help you manage your personal video library,
i-Guide will advise you with an on-screen notice when
the available memory gets low or full.
If recording space becomes full during a recording, the
recording will stop. Make sure you have enough
recording space to record the entire program before
you begin to avoid missing part of the program.
When you copy recordings to a VCR tape, make sure
that the recording is displayed on the TV screen for the
entire time the recording is being copied. If you
change channels or display guide screens during the
copying process, your tape copy will contain these
images and you will not have a complete copy of the
* Recording HD programing requires a DVR connection to a
HD television.
Frequently Asked Questions
Interactive Program Guide
Q. What are the icons (little pictures) at the bottom of the screen?
A. Quick Menu Icons are available to help you find what you’re looking for faster. The Quick Menu lets you quickly
go to other areas of the guide, such as Movies or Favorites menu. Once you have selected a program title by
highlighting it and pressing OK, you can use the Action Icons on the information screens to set Reminders and
Parental Locks, schedule Recordings, BUY programs and more.
Q. How do I tell what the icons mean?
A. You will find descriptive text in the Instant Information area when you have an icon highlighted. This
information changes as you move the yellow highlight using the arrow buttons on your remote. On Program
Information screens, the Action Icons are specific to the program. For example, a BUY Icon will appear only for OND
and PPV programs. Playback Control Icons will appear only for recorded programs or rented On Demand (OND)
titles. Descriptive text appears beneath the row of these icons.
Q. I can’t see the entire program title in the listings grid.
A. Some program titles are too long to fit in the space provided in the grid. You might see “…” to indicate there is
more to the title. (For example:“Third Rock From the Sun” might look like “Third Rock…”). Highlight the program and
check the Instant Information area at the top of the grid for program title and other valuable information,
including rating, actors, start/end times, etc.
Q. How do I get information on programs?
A. i-Guide provides detailed information on programs including movies and sporting events. While in a listings
screen, you can access information by pressing the INFO button on your remote. While you are tuned to a program,
press Info once for Instant Information or twice for complete information. Information includes program details
like actors, ratings and a brief program synopsis. You can also set Reminders, place Parental Locks, order Pay-PerView movies and events and see other times the program is airing. To remove the Information Screen and return to
watching television, press the EXIT button on the remote.
Q. What is the red light on my box and/or what is the envelope on the screen?
A. Occasionally your cable provider may send a Message to let you know of new services and special promotions. To
read the message, go to the Main Menu and select Messages. You can keep or delete the message once you have
read it.
Q. How do I set my digital audio language?
A. Not only can you choose the language that displays in the on-screen commands and help text, but you can also
change the secondary digital audio that is available with certain networks and programs. Choose Audio Setup from
the Setup Menu and change the default setting. Choose from English, Spanish, Portuguese or French. This feature is
only supported on certain digital channels that provide secondary audio. If the chosen audio language is not
available, the default audio language will be heard.
Q. What if I forget my Parental Locks/Purchase PINs?
A. You must call your local cable company to have these PINs reset. All of the PINs will be cleared. Once reset, you
will need to enter new PINs.
Q. Why can’t I purchase this Pay-Per-View program?
A. There are several things that could restrict Pay-Per-View ordering:
1. Check to make sure the phone line is plugged in.
2. You may have inadvertently made too many Pay-Per-View orders. You may have to cancel one before you make
another order.
3. You may have reached your credit limit. Call your cable company and have them check your account.
Q. What if I missed a Pay-Per-View movie/event that I ordered?
A. In cities that provide impulse-ordering capability, you will not be billed for Pay-Per-View on channels that aren’t
tuned. In cities that require phone ordering, you need to call your cable company to cancel Pay-Per-View orders.
Check with your cable company to confirm canceling procedures.
Q. What is the graphic bar that appears when I change channels?
A. The Flip Bar appears for a few seconds as you’re changing channels to provide important information about
programs. You will find the name of the current program, start and end times and channel number.
On Demand (Optional Feature)
Q. Do my Parental Locks & Purchase PIN settings stay the same for On Demand purchases as with regular
A. Yes. PINs and settings apply to On Demand ratings and purchases.
Q. What if I only watched 15 minutes of my On Demand program and didn’t get to watch the rest before it
A. You will have to order it again. Refer to the On Demand section in this manual for remaining rental and viewing
time for more information on rental and viewing times.
Q. If I get to the end of a On Demand program and want to watch it again, can I restart at the beginning?
A. Yes, as long as your viewing period has not expired, you may watch it again.
Q. How do I return to watching an On Demand program after I’ve tuned to another channel?
A. Select My Rentals from the On Demand Menu and choose the program you want to resume watching. You can
either begin watching where you left off by selecting Resume, or start over with the Restart.
Q. Some of the programs appear in the listings with a checkmark or a dollar sign next to the title. What does
this mean?
A. Depending on the services your cable provider offers, you may see a checkmark or a dollar sign to indicate a
program you have ordered is available for viewing.
Q. How many On Demand programs can I order at one time?
A. Typically, there is no limit on purchases. Check with your cable operator for system-specific ordering information.
Q. When I select a category from the On Demand menu, I receive a message that says,“No program listings
A. If there are no listings for a particular category, this message will appear.
DVR (Optional Feature) and Digital Services
Q. How many hours of programming can I store on my DVR? What is the hard drive capacity?
A. The recording capacity depends on the video format that is being recorded. Your DVR can record up to 90
minutes standard definition programming or up to 20 hours of high-definition programming. The hard drive
capacity is 120GB. See “Managing your Personal Video Library” section in this manual for more information.
Q. How many tuners does my DVR have?
A. Your DVR has two tuners to that you can, 1) record two channels at the same time, 2) record one and watch the
other or 3) record two channels and watch a 3rd program from your DVR recordings library.
How do I return to live TV when I'm watching recorded programming?
Simply press the LIVE button on your remote.
Q. Can I record or watch two programs at the same time?
Q. How do I record a Pay Per View (PPV) broadcast?
A. PPV broadcasts must be recorded manually; you cannot schedule automatic recording in advance. Follow your
cable operator's instructions for viewing PPV content, then press Record on your DVR DCT6416 Cable Box.
How many other home entertainment components can be connected to my DVR DCT6416 Cable Box?
Three: your television, cable box, and one other component (VCR, DVD player, or audio).
Q. Do I have to connect my Cable Box DVR DCT6416 to a telephone or other data source?
A. The DVR DCT6416 gets all the information it needs from your cable signal, so that's the only connection required.
Q. I tried to order an On Demand program and received an error screen that said,“Unable to Process
Request.” What does this mean?
A. The “Unable to Process Request” message occurs when the set-top box is unable to communicate with the On
Demand equipment at your cable company. Try turning your set-top box off, and then turn it on again. If the
message appears again, note the time it appeared and the action you took and call your cable operator.
Q. I currently record programs on my VCR. How is a DVR different?
A. Your Cable Box DVR DCT6416 takes recording technology to a new level, capturing picture and sound digitally
(for a superior result to tape-based recording) and allowing greater viewing flexibility. With the DVR DCT6416 you
can PAUSE a broadcast while you're watching it, and restart it up to 2 hours later. And you can say goodbye to those
annoying "what just happened?" moments when you're watching a movie — simply press INSTANT REPLAY to
review the last 15 seconds, or REWIND to see a longer scene again. Yet you won't miss a moment of the action,
because the DVR DCT6416 keeps recording forward while you pause, rewind or replay scenes. No VCR can do that!
Q. Can I adjust the quality of the video recording to conserve hard disk space?
A. No, the DVR DCT6416 records at a pre-set level to ensure consistently good results.
Q. How does the Parental Control (Locks) feature work?
A. Parental Control / Locks allows you to block programs, or types of programs, from being recorded. You can set
blocks based on the program's Title or Rating, or you can block entire Channels. See Parental Locks on page 22 of
this manual.
Q. How can I find programs I want to record?
A. Using i-Guide, you can search many ways: through the search menu, by programming genre, and category, by
reviewing a listings screen, program information screen for other times or through an alphabetical search by Title.
When you find something that sounds interesting, simply press RECORD. The DVR DCT6416 will automatically record
that program for you.
Q. Can my cable operator or another company track what I record with my DVR DCT6416?
A. No. What you choose to record with the DVR DCT6416 is private.
Q. Can the DVR DCT6416 playback a high definition recording while another HD program is being recorded?
A. YES, in fact you can record two programs at once while watching a previously recorded program from the hard
Q. What kind of programs can I record?
A. You can record both standard and high definition programs which are automatically interpreted by the DVR
DCT6416. Note: Recording HD programs will take more storage space on your DVR.
Q. How much high definition programming can I save versus standard definition programming?
A. You can record up to 90 hours of standard digital TV or up to 15 hours of HDTV (depending on the transmission
bit rate). Recording times may vary.
Q. Does the DVR DCT6416 support digital video interfaces?
A. Yes, it features both DVI and 1394-DTV digital interfaces.
Q. Does the DVR DCT6416 support external storage devices?
A. Yes, it includes an IEEE1394 port that will be functional in the future.
Q. I have a home theater system. Can I record a program in Dolby DigitalTM 5.1 on my DVR?
A. As long as the program is being broadcast in digital audio, the DVR will record the digital audio portion. A Dolby
Digital indicator will appear on the Flip Bar for programs that are broadcast in Dolby Audio.
Q. What is the picture quality of recorded programs?
A. The DVR records programs in the same quality in which they are broadcast. For example, programs broadcast in
HDTV format are recorded in HDTV quality (if your DVR is connected to a High Definition television). Broadcast
quality may vary.
Q. Can I record Digital Music channels?
A. Yes, you can record and playback Digital Music. However, the playback controls (Pause, FF and REW) are not
functional for recorded digital music.
Q. Can I record On Demand and Pay-Per-View programs?
A. On Demand cannot be recorded with the DVR. You may record Pay-Per-View programs like any other program.
Q. Are there two record buttons; one for each tuner? How do you make the DVR DCT6416 record two
programs at once?
A. You can set it for two recordings using i-Guide by selecting two different programs listed with overlapping
times and pressing the record button or by manually scheduling programs which times overlap.
Recording and Playback of Recorded Programs
Q. How many recordings can I schedule for the future?
A. There is no limit to the number of recordings you can schedule as long as you do not schedule more than one
program to record at the same time and you have available recording space.
Q. What if the program I want to record runs over its scheduled airtime such as when a football game goes
into overtime. How can I make sure I record everything?
A. Change the Record Options for the program. Just adjust the start and end times for the recording to ensure
everything gets recorded.
Q. Can I watch a show I am recording before recording is completed?
A. Yes! You can either watch it in “real time” as it’s being recorded or you can rewind the program you are currently
recording and watch it from the beginning while the recording continues.
Q. Can I make a VHS tape of a recorded program?
A. Yes. As you are watching a program you have recorded on your DVR, you can record it to a tape. See “Managing
Your Personal Video Library” in the DVR Section of this manual.
Tip: Use Title Search to find all air times for a particular title. You can then set up individual recordings for any or all
episodes, no matter what time they’re on.
Q. Can I increase the Rewind and Fast Forward speed?
A. Yes. Your DVR will control rewind and fast forward at four speeds. Just press the REW or FF buttons up to four
times. The on-screen indicator will tell you at what speed you are controlling playback.
Q. Can I set the DVR to skip commercials as it is recording?
A. No. You can only fast forward through commercials if you’re watching a previously recorded program.
Q. On occasion, a recording starts a minute or two after the program has begun. Why?
A. The DVR timer is synchronized with the program guide time. If a broadcaster starts the program a minute earlier
than the program guide’s scheduled time, the DVR will miss that first minute. You can program your DVR to start
early or end late by adjusting your Recording Options.
Q. Only part of my program recorded. Why?
A. If the beginning of the program did not record, you may set it to record after the program began. If the end
of the program did not record, the DVR may have reached its storage capacity before it was able to record the
entire program.
Q. Do Parental Locks work with DVR?
A. Yes. Parental Locks restrict viewing of recorded programs. If you schedule a recording for a program you have
Locked, the program will be recorded, however audio is muted and no video will appear while the program is
recording. A restricted notice remains on screen allowing you to enter your PIN to view the program during the
recording. Once the program has been recorded, you can access it from My Recordings. Just enter your PIN to view.
Note: You can also set Parental Locks on recorded programs. Use the LOCK button on your remote or
Icon after
you have selected the program from My Recordings or you can select the Lock Icon from an Information Screen.
Managing Your Recordings
Q. How long can I keep My Recordings?
A. You can keep them as long as you want. Just remember, the recording space is limited, so you may need to delete
some recorded programs from time to time in order to make room for new ones.
Q. How will I know when I’m almost out of recording space?
A. An on-screen message will appear advising you when recording space is low (80% full) or full. You can also
manually delete recordings and manage recording space from the recorded program’s Information Screen.
If you are recording a program and run out of recording space, the recording will stop. You can always see how much
recording space is available from My Recordings. You can also manually delete recordings and set your DVR to
automatically delete recorded programs when space is needed. See:“Managing Your Personal Video Library”.
Q. Can I “bookmark” a program I have recorded?
A. Yes. When you stop playback of a recorded program, it will stop where you left off. To continue watching the
program, select Resume or Restart from the Action Icons.
Q. Does the DVR automatically delete programs when the record space is full?
A. Only if you set it up that way. The DVR will automatically delete programs if you tell it to do so by setting the
programs to be deleted when space is needed. When the record space is full, the oldest recordings that you have set
to be deleted, will be deleted first. If you do not want the DVR to automatically delete certain recordings, you can set
them so that they are only deleted by you.
Controlling Live TV
Q. How long can I pause live TV?
A. You can pause up to 90 minutes of standard programming; less with analog and HD programming.
Q. How far back can I rewind live TV?
A. You can rewind up to two hours of standard TV programming as long as you were tuned to the same channel.
Q. Can I use Instant Replay?
A. Yes. If your remote control is equipped with a REPLAY button, press it to Instantly Replay the last 15 seconds of
the program. If there is no REPLAY button, use the PAGE 6 button on your remote.
Q. If I’m watching a program in progress and want to record it, can I record from the beginning?
A. No. Currently, the DVR begins recording at the point in the program you pressed RECORD
Q. How can I catch up to the live point of a program after I’ve paused it?
A. Press the LIVE button (if available) or the 6 button on the remote. Or, you can FAST FORWARD
of live programming. The on-screen indicator will display “LIVE”.
to the point
Q. Why doesn’t the set-top box respond when I press the keys on my remote?
A. Make sure your remote is in the Cable mode. Press the CABLE button on the remote.
Q. Nothing happens when the MENU button is pushed, but I can change the channel up and down.
A. If the terminal was just installed, it takes approximately 15-30 minutes for the guide to be downloaded to the
set-top. If after 15-30 minutes nothing happens, unplug the terminal, plug it back in and wait another 15-30 minutes.
If i-Guide still does not appear, contact your cable company.
Q. I can’t see the edges of the i-Guide screens.
A. Select the Adjust Screen Position option from the Setup screen. Press the 563
4buttons until the arrows on the
screen are centered.
Q. The guide has locked up. Neither the buttons on the remote, nor the buttons on the terminal itself work.
A. Try unplugging the terminal and then plugging it back in. This will reset the terminal and allow for data to be
downloaded. It will take some time for the information to appear. If there is still a problem after the information has
appeared, call your cable company.
Q. I have no video, a snowy picture, or I cannot tune to any of the digital channels.
A. Make sure that all of the cable connections are secure and that the TV is tuned to the correct channel (3 or 4).
Also, make sure you are actually controlling the cable terminal (press the CABLE button on the remote).
Q. Why won’t my remote control respond when I press a button?
A. Go through this quick checklist to determine the problem:
1. Press the CABLE button on the remote to make sure it is in Cable mode. Try using the remote again.
Move to Step 2 if necessary.
2. If the remote is still not functioning correctly, press the CHAN 56button on the front of the terminal. If the
channel changes, there is a problem with the remote control. The batteries or the remote control itself may need
to be replaced.
Q. There are no listings in i-Guide, or the words “To Be Announced” appear in the listings screens.
A. This can happen if there has been a power failure or if the terminal was unplugged. Make sure everything is
plugged in and running. Wait 15-30 minutes as the channels and program data start to fill in.
Q. If the power goes out, do I need to reset my Parental Locks and Purchase PINs, Favorite Channels, Locks
and Reminders?
A. No. These items will not be lost if the terminal loses its power.
Q. I have a message on my screen that says ‘This feature is currently being restored.’ What does this mean?
A. This screen appears if you try to access a feature that is not available because the set-top box has not received all
the necessary data. This most commonly happens following a power loss.
Q. I have a message on the screen that says “This channel should be available shortly.” What does this mean?
A. This screen will appear when you tune to a channel that is currently not available. If the channel is not available
after 15-30 minutes, call your cable company.
Q. What do I do if I am stuck in a screen or menu I do not understand and want to get out?
A. You can always press the EXIT button to immediately return to watching TV. You can also press the LAST button
to back up one screen at a time.
Q. The displayed listing information or pricing information is incorrect.
A. Although i-Guide checks all data thoroughly before it is sent to your home, programmers do sometimes change
their schedules at the last minute without letting us know. Please report erroneous data to your cable company.
Q. What happens to my DVR recordings if my digital cable box temporarily loses power?
A. All recordings that were saved prior to the power loss are preserved, as well as future recording schedules. You
miss only the recordings scheduled to be recorded while the power was out.
Note: If you experience continued problems with your cable box, remote control or program listings, please contact
your local cable company.
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