DirecTV HIRD-E11 Satellite Radio User Manual

Owner’s Manual
Digital Satellite Receiver
Model:
HIRD-E11
HIRD-E25
Trademarks and Copyrights—
Software contained in the digital satellite receiver and this
manual is copyright © 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999 by
Hughes Network Systems. Some features are patent
pending. WatchWord, PreSelect, TurboTune, and OneLine
Guide are trademarks of Hughes Network Systems.
DIRECTV, DIRECTV PLUS and DIRECT TICKET are
trademarks of DIRECTV, Inc. a unit of Hughes Electronics
Corp., and are used with permission. “NFL,” the NFL
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This product is the subject of one or more U.S. or foreign
patents pending.
Disclaimer—Every effort has been made to ensure the
correctness and completeness of the material in this
document. No company shall be liable for errors contained
herein. The information in this document is subject to
change without notice. No warranty of any kind is made
with regard to this material, including, but not limited to,
the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a
particular purpose.
StarSight Information—StarSight ® features licensed
under one or more of the following U.S. patents: 4,706,121;
5,151,789; 5,335,277; 5,353,121; 5,479,266; 5,479,268;
and 5,532,754. Use rights reserved.
Macrovision Information—This device incorporates an
anticopy process technology that is protected by U.S.
patents and other intellectual property rights. The anticopy
process is licensed for noncommercial, home use only.
Reverse engineering or disassembly is prohibited.
Note on Recording Programming—Most television
programs and films are copyrighted. This means that
someone has legal rights governing the reproduction and
distribution of this material. In certain circumstances,
copyright law may apply to private in-home taping of
copyrighted materials. In most cases, it is permissible to
record for personal use, as long as you do not sell the
material. You must act responsibly in this area — check
into the matter if you are unsure.
Some pay per view programs may be licensed from
producers as “view only” programs. These are copyrighted
programs and may not be copied or reproduced for any
purpose without the express written permission of the
copyright owner.
DIRECTV® PLUS System Programming—For
subscription information, or to resolve problems related to
DIRECTV® PLUS System programming, call the service
provider, DIRECTV at 1-800-DIRECTV (347-3288).
DIRECTV PLUS System Hardware and Installation—
To arrange for professional installation of your DIRECTV
PLUS System, ask questions, or to resolve problems related
to your DIRECTV PLUS System, contact your dealer. If
additional information is needed, please contact the
Customer Care Center toll free at 1-800-274-8995.
Hughes Customer Care Center
1-800-274-8995
Subscriptions and PPV
1-800-DIRECTV
PLEASE MAKE NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING
INFORMATION FOR WARRANTY
System Model #: HSYS- E ____ ____ ____ ____
Receiver Model #: HIRD- E ____ ____
Receiver Serial #: ___________________________
Access Card #: __________ __________ __________
LNB Serial #: ________________________________
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
For your safety and protection, read this entire Owner’s Manual before you attempt to install or use your DIRECTV PLUS
System. In particular, read this safety section carefully. Keep this safety information where you can refer to it if necessary.
Heed Warnings—All warnings on the product and in the operating instructions should be adhered to.
Follow Instructions—All operating and use instructions should be followed.
THESE ARE DEFINITIONS FOR ALERTS USED IN THIS MANUAL
WARNING or CAUTION
Where you see this alert symbol
and the WARNING or CAUTION
heading, strictly follow the warning
instructions to avoid personal injury.
DANGER
Electric shock hazard: Where you
see these symbol and the DANGER
heading, strictly follow the warning
instructions to avoid electric shock
injury.
THESE ALERTS APPEAR IN THIS MANUAL
DANGER
WARNING
Do not select a location to install the satellite
dish antenna near power lines. You can be
killed if the satellite dish antenna comes into
contact with electric power lines.
•
Do not contact overhead power lines
•
Check the distance to any nearby power
lines before starting installation. Stay at
least 20 feet away from all power lines.
•
If any part of the satellite dish antenna or
mast assembly comes into contact with a
power line, call your local power
company. Do not try to remove it
yourself. They will remove it safely.
CAUTION
Local electric codes and the National Electric
Code (NEC) require the satellite dish antenna
to be grounded. Grounding the satellite dish
antenna helps protect against damage caused
by static voltage buildup. Grounding can also
protect against voltage surges created by
nearby lightning strikes.
For your own safety, follow these important
safety rules:
•
Perform as many functions as possible
on the ground.
•
Do not install the satellite dish antenna
on a rainy or windy day.
•
If you start to drop the satellite dish
antenna or mast assembly, get away
from it and let it fall.
INSTALLATION
Polarization—This DIRECTV PLUS digital satellite
receiver is equipped with a plug that will fit into the power
outlet only one way. Do not modify the plug defeating this
feature. If the plug does not fit, contact your electrician to
replace your outlet. To prevent electric shock, do not use
this plug with an extension cord or outlet unless you can
fully insert the blades without blade exposure.
Power Sources—Operate this DIRECTV PLUS digital
satellite receiver only from the type of power source
indicated on the marking label. If you are not sure of the
type of power supply to your home, consult your dealer or
local power company.
33, which specifies that the satellite dish antenna cable
ground shall be connected to the grounding system of the
building as close to the point of cable entry as practical.
These codes require proper grounding of the metal structure
of the outdoor satellite dish antenna and grounding of the
connecting cable at a point where it enters the house (or
other building). If you are having a professional installer
make the installation, the installer must observe installation
codes. This manual contains instructions on how to make
the installation in compliance with the NEC. If additional
local installation codes apply, contact local inspection
authorities.
Power-Cord Protection—Power-supply cords should
be routed so that they are not likely to be walked on or
pinched by items placed upon or against them, pay
particular attention to cords at plugs, convenience
receptacles, and at the point where they exit from the
product.
Overloading—Do not overload wall outlets, extension
cords, or integral convenience receptacles as this can result
in a risk of fire or electric shock.
Ventilation—Slots and openings in the cabinet are
provided for ventilation and to ensure reliable operation of
the product and to protect it from overheating, and these
openings must not be blocked or covered. The openings
should never be blocked by placing the product on a bed,
sofa, rug, or other similar surface. This product should not
be placed in a built-in installation such as a bookcase or
rack unless proper ventilation is provided or the
manufacturer’s instructions have been adhered to.
EXAMPLE OF ANTENNA GROUNDING ACCORDING
TO THE NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE
INSTRUCTIONS CONTAINED IN “RADIO AND
TELEVISION EQUIPMENT”
Water and Moisture— WARNING! To reduce the risk
of fire or electric shock, do not expose this product to rain
or moisture.
For electrical safety, power line operated equipment or
accessories connected to this unit should bear the UL
listing mark should not be modified so as to defeat the
safety features. This will help avoid any potential
hazard from electrical shock or fire. If in doubt, contact
qualified service personnel.
Lightning—For added protection for this product during a
lightning storm, or when it is left unattended and unused
for long periods of time, unplug it from the wall outlet,
disconnect the antenna and cable system, and disconnect it
from the telephone line. This will prevent damage to the
product due to lightning and power-line surges.
Heat—The product should be situated away from heat
sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other
products (including amplifiers) that produce heat.
Television Antenna Information—Installing an
outdoor antenna can be hazardous and should be left to a
professional antenna installer. Do not locate the outside
antenna system in the vicinity of overhead power lines or
other electric light or power circuits, or where it can fall
into such power lines or circuits. When installing an outside
antenna system, take extreme care to keep from touching
such power lines or circuits, as contact with them might be
fatal. If an outside antenna is connected to the digital
satellite receiver, be sure the antenna system is grounded so
as to provide some protection against voltage surges and
built-up static charges. Section 810 of the NEC, NFPA No.
70 1987, provides information with respect to proper
grounding of the mast and supporting structure, grounding
of the lead-in wire to an antenna discharge unit, size of the
grounding conductors, location of antenna discharge unit,
connection to grounding electrodes, and requirements for
the grounding electrode.
Accessories—To avoid personal injury or damage to the
digital satellite receiver, do not place the digital satellite
receiver on any unstable cart, stand, table, or bracket. Any
mounting of the product should follow the manufacturer’s
instructions.
Attachments—Do not use attachments unless
recommended by Hughes as they may cause hazards.
Satellite Dish Antenna Grounding—The outdoor
satellite dish antenna used to receive satellite signals and
the cable used to connect the satellite dish antenna to the
indoor receiving unit are required to comply with local
installation codes and the appropriate sections of the
National Electric Code (NEC) and in particular Article 81015, which covers proper installation and grounding of
television receiving equipment, as well as to Article 820-
Note to CATV System Installer—This reminder is
provided to call the CATV system installer’s attention to
Cleaning—Unplug this DIRECTV PLUS System from
the wall outlet before cleaning. Do not use liquid cleaners
or aerosol cleaners. Use a damp cloth for cleaning.
Section 820-40 of the NEC which provides guidelines for
proper grounding an, in particular, specifies that the cable
ground shall be connected to the grounding system of the
building, as close to the point of cable entry as practical.
Power Lines—Extreme care must be taken when
installing and adjusting or maintaining the outdoor antenna
and connecting cable, especially in the vicinity of overhead
power lines, electric lights, or power circuits. When
installing the outdoor antenna or cable, extreme care should
be taken to keep from touching or approaching such power
lines or circuits, as contact with them might be fatal.
Object and Liquid Entry—Never push objects of any
kind into this DIRECTV PLUS System product through
openings as they may touch dangerous voltages or “short
out” parts that could result in a fire or electric shock. Never
spill liquid of any kind on the DIRECTV PLUS System.
SERVICE
Servicing—Do not attempt to service this DIRECTV
PLUS System yourself as opening or removing covers may
expose you to dangerous voltage or other hazards. There
are no user serviceable parts inside. Refer all servicing to
qualified service personnel.
Conditions Requiring Service—Unplug this
DIRECTV PLUS System from the wall outlet and refer
servicing to qualified personnel under the following
conditions:
•
When the power supply cord or plug is damaged.
•
If liquid has been spilled on, or objects have fallen
into, the DIRECTV PLUS System or it has been
exposed to water.
•
If the DIRECTV PLUS System does not operate
normally by following the operating instructions.
Adjust only those controls that are covered by the
operating instructions. Other adjustments may result in
damage and will often require extensive work by a
qualified technician to restore the DIRECTV PLUS
System to its normal operation.
•
If the DIRECTV PLUS System has been dropped or
the cabinet has been damaged.
•
When the DIRECTV PLUS System exhibits a distinct
change in performance.
Replacement Parts—When replacement parts are
required, have the technician verify that the replacements
being used have the same safety characteristics as the
original parts. Use of replacement parts specified by the
DIRECTV PLUS System manufacturer can prevent fire,
electric shock, or other hazards.
Safety Check—Upon completion of any service or
repairs to this DIRECTV PLUS System, ask the service
technician to perform safety checks recommended by the
manufacturer to determine that the DIRECTV PLUS
System is in safe operating condition.
FEDERAL COMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC)
REGULATORY INFORMATION
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)—The
DIRECTV PLUS System complies with both Part 15 and
Part 68 of the FCC rules.
not done, the telephone company may temporarily
disconnect service.
3.
The telephone company may make changes in its
technical operations and procedures; if such changes
affect the compatibility or use of this device, the
telephone company is required to give adequate notice
of the changes. You will be advised of your right to
file a complaint with the FCC.
4.
If the telephone company requests information on
what equipment is connected to their lines, inform
them of:
Part 15 compliance—
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with
the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15
of the FCC rules. These limits are designed to provide
reasonable protection against harmful interference in a
residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and
can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and
used in accordance with the instructions, may cause
harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference will not
occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does
cause harmful interference to radio or television reception,
which can be determined by removing and applying power
to the equipment, the user is encouraged to try to correct
the interference by one or more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving satellite dish antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and the
digital satellite receiver.
• Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit
different from that to which the digital satellite receiver
is connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician
for help.
The user may find the following booklet, prepared by the
Federal Communications Commission, helpful: “How to
Identify and Resolve Radio and TV Interference
Problems.” This booklet is available from the U.S.
Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.
To meet FCC requirements, only peripherals (computer
input/output devices, terminals, printers, etc.) certified to
comply with the Class B limits may be attached to this
device. Operation with non-certified peripherals is likely to
result in interference to radio and TV reception.
To meet FCC requirements, shielded cables are required to
connect the device to a personal computer, peripheral, or
other Class B certified device.
Part 68 compliance—
1.
The FCC has established Part 68 of the FCC Rules,
which permit this device to be directly connected to
the telephone network. Standardized jacks are used for
these connections. This equipment should not be used
on coin lines or party lines.
2.
If this device is malfunctioning, it may also be causing
harm to the telephone network; this device should be
disconnected until the source of the problem can be
determined and until repair has been made. If this is
• the telephone number this unit is connected to.
• the ringer equivalence number (REN). The number
can be found on a label located on the bottom of the
equipment.
• the Universal Service Order Code (USOC) jack
required. This equipment requires a USOC RJ11
jack.
• the FCC registration number. The number can be
found on a label located on the bottom of this
equipment.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
A FIRST LOOK AT THE DIRECTV
PLUS DIGITAL SATELLITE
RECEIVER ............................................ 1-1
What You Should Do First.................................1-1
How Does All This Work?.................................1-1
DIRECTV PLUS SYSTEM COMPONENTS............1-2
The Satellite Antenna..........................................1-2
The Digital Satellite Receiver ...........................1-2
The Remote Control............................................1-4
SETTING UP YOUR DIRECTV PLUS
SYSTEM ................................................. 2-1
INSTALLING REMOTE CONTROL BATTERIES.........2-1
CHOOSING THE BEST CONNECTION FOR YOUR
ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM.......................................2-1
Hook Up the Audio/S-video Signals.................2-2
Hook Up the Audio/Video Signals....................2-3
Hook Up the RF Signals.....................................2-3
Hook Up to a Stereo System..............................2-4
Finishing Up.........................................................2-4
CONNECTING THE VCR CONTROL CABLE ...........2-5
Finding the VCR’s Remote Control Sensor....2-5
NOW YOU CAN TURN IT ON ...................................2-5
CONTROLLING THE DIGITAL
SATELLITE RECEIVER..................... 3-1
FRONT PANEL VS. REMOTE CONTROL KEYS........3-1
BASIC NAVIGATION ..................................................3-1
INSTALLING THE SATELLITE
ANTENNA.............................................. 4-1
DETERMINE W HERE TO POINT YOUR SATELLITE
DISH A NTENNA .........................................................4-2
The INSTALLATION screen ..............................4-2
ALIGNMENT RESULT Pop-up Panel.............4-3
CHOOSING THE ANTENNA INSTALLATION SITE ...4-4
SELECTING A M OUNTING OPTION..........................4-5
INSTALLING THE SATELLITE DISH A NTENNA ONTO
A W OODEN SURFACE ...............................................4-6
INSTALLING THE SATELLITE DISH A NTENNA ONTO
A BRICK SURFACE ....................................................4-9
INSTALLING THE SATELLITE DISH A NTENNA ONTO
A CINDER BLOCK SURFACE ..................................4-10
INSTALLING THE SATELLITE DISH A NTENNA ONTO
A M ETAL POLE ........................................................4-12
ATTACHING THE REFLECTOR ONTO THE LNB
SUPPORT A RM .........................................................4-13
Assembling the Satellite Dish Antenna......... 4-13
ATTACHING THE SATELLITE DISH A NTENNA
A SSEMBLY TO THE MAST OR POLE ......................4-14
GROUNDING THE M ETAL POLE M OUNT ..............4-14
GROUNDING THE BASE PLATE..............................4-15
INSTALLING AND ROUTING THE LNB COAXIAL
CABLE.......................................................................4-16
CONNECTING THE COAXIAL CABLE TO
THE LNB...................................................................4-17
Installation Procedure..................................... 4-17
ATTACHING THE LNB TO THE LNB
SUPPORT A RM .........................................................4-17
ROUTING THE LNB CABLE TO THE SATELLITE
RECEIVER.................................................................4-17
CONNECTING THE SATELLITE DISH A NTENNA ..4-18
POSITIONING THE SATELLITE DISH ANTENNA ...4-18
The INSTALLATION Screen........................... 4-19
Pointing the Satellite Dish Antenna Using the
“Box” Method................................................... 4-19
A UTHORIZING YOUR SERVICE ..............................4-21
WATCHING PROGRAMS ON
DIRECTV PLUS .................................... 5-1
BASIC CHANNEL CHANGING...................................5-1
The Channel Banner...........................................5-1
The Information Banner.....................................5-1
The OneLine™ Guide.........................................5-2
TurboTune™........................................................5-2
AlphaTune™ ........................................................5-2
A LTERNATE SERVICES .............................................5-3
Alt. Audio..............................................................5-3
THE ON-SCREEN GUIDES ................ 6-1
Choosing the Guide Style...................................6-1
Descriptions.........................................................6-2
General On-Screen Guide Features.................6-2
Using PreSelect ...................................................6-3
PreSelecting Programs for Taping ..................6-3
PreSelecting Programs for Viewing.................6-3
Canceling PreSelecting Programs ...................6-3
THE PROGRAM GUIDE (SM. CELL) ................6-4
THE PROGRAM GUIDE (LG. CELL).................6-5
THE TITLE GUIDE..................................................6-6
THE LOGO GUIDE..................................................6-6
THE WATCHWORDTM GUIDE..............................6-7
FILTERING THE GUIDES............................................6-7
Theme Filters........................................................6-8
Channel List .........................................................6-8
Guide Times..........................................................6-9
Class Filters .........................................................6-9
THE INFORMATION SCREEN ..............................6-9
Done.................................................................... 6-10
View .................................................................... 6-10
PreSelect............................................................ 6-10
PreSelect To View ............................................ 6-10
Cancel PreSelect .............................................. 6-11
Buy $ ................................................................... 6-11
Buy Options....................................................... 6-11
Cancel Purchase............................................... 6-11
Show Times........................................................ 6-12
DIGITAL SATELLITE RECEIVER’S
MENU SYSTEM .................................... 7-1
Menu Overview....................................................7-1
M AIN M ENU ..............................................................7-2
Setup ......................................................................7-2
Scheduler ..............................................................7-2
Check Mail ...........................................................7-2
Purchases..............................................................7-2
Help........................................................................7-2
Lock/Unlock .........................................................7-2
SETUP MENU .............................................................7-3
Preferences ...........................................................7-3
Limits .....................................................................7-3
Chan. Lists............................................................7-3
TurboTune™........................................................7-3
Installation ...........................................................7-3
VCR Setup.............................................................7-3
WatchWord ...........................................................7-3
Current settings overview..................................7-4
SCHEDULER ...............................................................7-4
Editing an event ...................................................7-4
CHECK M AIL .............................................................7-5
Message.................................................................7-5
Page .......................................................................7-5
Erase......................................................................7-5
PURCHASES ................................................................7-6
History/Upcoming...............................................7-6
Purchase History.................................................7-6
Upcoming Purchases..........................................7-6
LOCK/UNLOCK ..........................................................7-6
Locking Procedure..............................................7-7
Unlocking Procedure..........................................7-7
Temporarily Overriding the Lock .....................7-7
PREFERENCES ............................................................7-8
Advanced ..............................................................7-8
MultiColor............................................................7-8
Chan. Tags............................................................7-8
Chan. Sort.............................................................7-8
Scheme...................................................................7-8
Language ............ Error! Bookmark not defined.
Filters ....................................................................7-8
A DVANCED PREFERENCES.......................................7-9
Receiver ID ...........................................................7-9
Phone Prefix....... Error! Bookmark not defined.
Screen Ratio .........................................................7-9
Channel Lock .......................................................7-9
Input Key...............................................................7-9
Demo Mode........................................................ 7-10
Factory Defaults............................................... 7-10
LIMITS.......................................................................7-10
TV Timer............................................................. 7-10
Max Rating ........................................................ 7-11
Max Spending ................................................... 7-11
CHANNEL LISTS.......................................................7-11
Rename ............................................................... 7-12
Auto Set .............................................................. 7-12
Clear................................................................... 7-12
Set........................................................................ 7-12
Tag Boxes........................................................... 7-12
TURBOTUNE™........................................................7-13
Set Channel ....................................................... 7-13
INSTALLATION ........................................................7-13
System Test......................................................... 7-13
New Card ........................................................... 7-13
Satellite .............................................................. 7-13
Transponder #................................................... 7-14
Receiver ID ........................................................ 7-14
Dish Type ........................................................... 7-14
Position .............................................................. 7-14
SYSTEM TEST ..........................................................7-15
Receiver Test ..................................................... 7-15
Cable Test.......................................................... 7-15
VCR SETUP .............................................................7-15
Brand.................................................................. 7-15
Code.................................................................... 7-15
Test (Record/Stop)............................................ 7-15
W ATCHW ORD .........................................................7-16
WatchWord # ..................................................... 7-16
PROGRAMMING YOUR REMOTE
CONTROL ............................................. 8-1
PROGRAMMING THE REMOTE CONTROL ...............8-1
Programming Mode............................................8-1
Code Scan .............................................................8-1
Code Entry............................................................8-1
U SING THE REMOTE CONTROL ...............................8-3
Switching the Remote Control to Operate
Additional Digital Satellite Receiver ...............8-4
Identifying Codes that Have Been Stored .......8-4
Controlling Other Components Using the AUX
Button ....................................................................8-4
A FIRST LOOK AT THE
DIRECTV PLUS DIGITAL
SATELLITE RECEIVER
1
Congratulations! You’ve selected one of the most advanced digital video and audio components
available today. You now have the capability to receive hundreds of channels of video programming
and CD-quality audio.
What You Should Do First
Your DIRECTV PLUS System is both a sophisticated technical product and an easy-to-operate source
of entertainment. You should complete the following steps to achieve the greatest performance from
your system:
•
Read this manual to familiarize yourself with the system.
•
Install the digital satellite receiver.
•
Install your satellite dish antenna and cable.
•
Align the satellite dish antenna.
•
Arrange for programming from DIRECTV.
•
Enjoy endless hours of TV entertainment.
How Does All This Work?
Many film studios, news organizations and other broadcasters (1) provide their video, audio, and data
services to the DIRECTV uplink center (2).
DIRECTV then digitally transmits the signals 22,300
miles into space to a grouping of high-powered
satellites (3) built by Hughes Electronics. These
satellites are located in geostationary orbit. This
means that after installation of the DIRECTV PLUS
System, which includes aiming the satellite dish
antenna at the satellites, no adjustment will be
necessary to change channels because everything
comes from the same locations in the sky. The
satellite dish antenna never has to track the satellite,
so there's no waiting for the picture to come in. From
the satellites the digital signals are beamed back to
earth where they are received by your satellite dish
antenna (4). The signals then go into the digital
satellite receiver (5) where they undergo extensive
processing to determine if you are authorized to
access them. The signals are then reconverted into
high-quality video and audio that you can enjoy on
your television. The telephone connection (6) is used
by the digital satellite receiver to report back to
The DIRECTV network
DIRECTV (7) any purchase activity.
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DIRECTV PLUS SYSTEM FROM HUGHES NETWORK SYSTEMS - OWNER’S MANUAL
DIRECTV PLUS System
Components
There are three main components of your DIRECTV PLUS System. They are the satellite dish
antenna, the digital satellite receiver, and the remote control. Take a few minutes to read about each
one.
The Satellite Antenna
The satellite antenna is the component that receives the digital signals. It must be mounted to a solid
outdoor surface that allows a clear view of the southern sky.
The large dish-shaped part is known as the reflector. Your reflector
may be fairly round (18”) or oval shaped (18” high by 24” wide).
At the end of a tubular arm that is attached to the satellite antenna,
there is a low noise block (LNB) assembly. Satellite antennas come
in a variety of LNB configurations. Your assembly may provide for
receiving signals from multiple satellites and/or distributing the
signal to one or more satellite receivers.
The mounting bracket and base plate make adjustments easy during
installation. Once the satellite dish antenna has been properly
positioned to point toward the satellites, you should never need to
adjust it again.
Refer to the instructions in Chapter 4, “Installing the Satellite
Antenna” or other satellite antenna installation instructions to
determine the type of antenna you have.
The satellite dish antenna
The Digital Satellite Receiver
This digital satellite receiver is one of the most compact available today. The basic features for setup,
installation, and viewing programming can be accessed from the front panel keys.
The front of the digital satellite receiver
Your access card is located behind the door on the right side of the digital satellite receiver. This
special card contains information about your level of service and holds pay per view purchase activity.
This card should not be removed except to protect the digital satellite receiver from unauthorized use
or to replace the card when DIRECTV supplies a new one.
The power key (
) is used to turn the digital satellite receiver on and off. The power light (located
next to the power key) will illuminate when the unit is on. Any off-air signal, such as
cable TV or local programming, connected to the IN FROM ANT jack is passed through
to the OUT TO TV jack when the digital satellite receiver power is off.
The two directional keys, up ( ) and down ( ) are used to navigate the highlight around
the menus. They also provide access to the OneLine™ Guide when menus are not
displayed.
The select key (
) is used to choose a highlighted menu item. Also, pressing
when no other instruction is being shown over video, a description of the current
program and an additional press will display any available synopsis of the program.
Some keys can be pressed in combination to achieve other functions. These include:
combined with
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to restart the system (known as a “soft boot”)
The DIRECTV PLUS
System Access Card
A FIRST LOOK AT THE DIRECTV PLUS DIGITAL SATELLITE RECEIVER
combined with
to access the INSTALLATION screen
HIRD-E1
HIRD-E2
The rear of the digital satellite receiver.
The rear of the digital satellite receiver has numerous jacks for connection to your audio/video
entertainment system. You will also find the power cord permanently connected to the back.
Note: Model HIRD-E1 does not provide the upper row of audio and video jacks, the VCR CONTROL
or the RF REMOTE.
The SATELLITE IN F-type jack is for connecting the cable from your satellite dish antenna to the digital
satellite receiver. Be sure that you use RG-6 cable only.
The IN FROM ANT F-type jack is an input where you can connect the cable from an RF terrestrial
source such as an off-air antenna or cable TV service. This is not where you should connect the cable
from the satellite dish!
The OUT TO TV F-type jack is an RF output which you may connect to your TV or VCR (depending
on your entertainment system). Note that the CH3/CH4 switch on the upper left enables you to select
the channel for your TV on which the DIRECTV PLUS System programming appears.
The phono-type AUDIO output jacks, labeled and color coded (L is white, R is red) to indicate left and
right, can be used for connection to your TV, VCR, or audio system. The phono-type composite
VIDEO output jack is color-coded yellow. You may use this jack for connection to your TV or VCR.
The multiple-pin S-VIDEO jack is for high-quality output of DIRECTV PLUS System video. Use this
jack to achieve the clearest picture for your TV or VCR. Only newer high-end TVs, SVHS VCRs and
Hi8 VCRs support S-video connections.
The standard RJ-11 modular PHONE JACK is for connecting the digital satellite receiver to your
phone line. This phone connection is necessary to access certain program offerings from DIRECTV.
Any calls generated by the digital satellite receiver are toll free. The telephone line connection will not
normally interfere with your telephone operation. The digital satellite receiver will, however, call a
toll-free number briefly to report any purchased pay per view programs.
The VCR CONTROL mini-jack, found only on model HIRD-E2 receivers, is for connecting the VCR
control cable included with the system. With this cable, the digital satellite receiver can interface with
most popular brands of VCRs to record selected programs automatically.
The RF REMOTE jack is for future accessories.
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The Remote Control
The HRMC-1 and HRMC-5 remote controls can control your DIRECTV PLUS System and most TV
brands, as well as VCRs. The HRMC-5 can additionally control many other auxiliary devices such as
cable boxes, amplifiers, and laser disc players.
The remote control uses an invisible infrared light to send signals to your components when you press
the keys. You must aim the remote control toward the component for it to receive the command.
The mode keys across the top of the remote control enable you to specify the device you intend to
control. This is important since many devices share the same keys, such
as the
key and the numeric keys. You must press the
appropriate device key before pressing a command key to make sure
the remote control sends the right signal to the right device. The only
keys that deviate from the rule are the blue keys, as they are always
associated with the digital satellite receiver.
Four directional keys will cause the on-screen highlight to move in the
direction you want. The keys will be referred to as , , , and .
The select key (
) is one of the most important keys. Pressing the
key will tell the digital satellite receiver that you wish to choose
the highlighted item.
The arch of keys below the power and mode keys control frequently used
functions. These include special action (
), information (
),
guide (
), exit (
), and favorite (
) keys.
The
key is unique because it does nothing by itself. Pressing it
displays the action icon in the upper left corner of your screen for a few
seconds. During that time, other keys may be pressed to access special
functions indicated in yellow above the keys. Each will be described
later in this manual.
The following chart describes the
Key
Combination
Feature
MENU
LIST
SERVICES
key functions for easy reference:
Function
Displays the MAIN MENU from any screen
Displays the CHANNEL LISTS screen
Displays the Alternate Services menu
MOVIES
Filters the on-screen guide to movies only
SPORTS
Filters the on-screen guide to sports only
NEWS
Filters the on-screen guide to news only
ALL
The HRMC-1 and HRMC-5 remote controls
Resets the on-screen guide filters
The remaining keys are digital satellite receiver-specific keys and common device keys including
numbers, channel up and down, etc. The functions of these keys change depending on the device
currently selected.
Please refer to “Controlling the Digital Satellite Receiver” for more remote control capabilities and
“Programming Your Remote Control” for setting your remote control to handle other audio/video
components.
Descriptions and details of each individual key will be given in the appropriate sections throughout this
manual.
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DIRECTV PLUS
SYSTEM
2
It is recommended that you have your DIRECTV PLUS System professionally installed. This is due to
safety issues, electrical codes, and assurance of a quality installation. If you should choose to perform
the installation yourself, please pay special attention to the precautions in the front of this
manual and refer to the chapter “Installing and Pointing Your Satellite Dish Antenna." You may
also want to obtain the Do-It-Yourself Installation Kit, sold separately.
This chapter provides step-by-step instructions for setting up your DIRECTV PLUS System and
connecting it to your television or entertainment system.
The carton includes the digital satellite receiver itself, an access card (already installed in the digital
satellite receiver behind the door), a remote control (batteries included), cables, and documentation.
Contact your dealer if anything is missing or damaged. Please save all packing materials until the
installation of your system is complete in case anything needs to be returned.
You now need to decide where you want to place the digital satellite receiver. Choose a location near
your TV where the power cord or cables will not be inadvertently disconnected. The location should
also be well ventilated. Do not set electronic components or other objects (including this manual) on
top of the digital satellite receiver or otherwise block its cooling vents.
Installing Remote Control
Batteries
Before the remote control can be used, the supplied batteries need to be installed. First, unsnap the
battery cover from the back of the remote control. Install each fresh
battery as shown, making sure that the + and - on each battery line
up with the marks in the battery compartment. Next, snap the cover
back onto the remote control.
Refer to “Programming Your Remote Control” for setting the codes
to control the devices in your entertainment system.
Battery installation
Choosing the Best
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Connection for Your
Entertainment System
There are a number of ways to connect the digital satellite receiver, depending on the other audio/video
equipment you wish to use. The simplest hookups are described in the following sections.
Possible connections
Note that the HIRD-E1 does not include the 2nd set of audio and video jacks, the VCR control jack, or the RF remote jack.
Before connecting the digital satellite receiver to your entertainment system, you should connect the
phone line. This can be done by plugging one end of the provided telephone cable into
the PHONE LINE jack on the back of the digital satellite receiver and the other end
into a telephone wall jack. If you do not have a telephone jack within reach, you may
The Phone line and jack
have a new one installed or reorient the digital satellite receiver to be within reach of a
telephone wall jack.
You may need to purchase additional connectors and/or cables to suit specific needs from your dealer
or electronic hardware stores. Choose which hookup method to use based on:
•
The capabilities of your TV and VCR.
•
Your desire to pass local programming through the digital satellite receiver.
•
Any other devices you want to include in the system (stereo, second VCR, etc.).
Before attempting to connect anything, position yourself so you are looking at the back of your
components. Note the various input and output receptacles, their shapes, and how they are labeled.
Then read through the rest of this hookup section before going ahead with actual hookup.
Do not turn on the power yet. For your safety, make sure the digital satellite receiver, TV, VCR, and
any other devices to be connected are unplugged from the wall outlet while hooking them up.
Hook Up the Audio/S-video Signals
Only the newest, high-end TVs and VCRs have S-video inputs. VCRs that support S-video include Hi8
and SVHS types. Look on the back of your TV and VCR for this special jack. It will
probably be labeled S-VIDEO IN. If you are unsure, you can see the type of connector
that you are looking for on the back of the digital satellite receiver. If neither the TV
The S-video cable and jack
nor VCR has this jack, proceed to the “Hook Up the Audio/Video Signals” section.
This hookup will give you the sharpest picture of any of the hookups. Also, this hookup will allow you
to view DIRECTV® PLUS System programming and local terrestrial broadcast simultaneously on
TVs with “picture in picture” (PIP) feature.
When using this hookup, you cannot use the digital satellite receiver as a switch to choose between
DIRECTV PLUS System programming and local terrestrial broadcasts. Instead, you will use the input
selection that your TV and/or VCR offers to select the source.
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If your VCR has S-video input…
use an S-video cable to connect the digital satellite receiver’s S-VIDEO output to the S-video input on
your VCR. Also connect one pair of the digital satellite receiver’s audio outputs (Left and Right) to the
audio inputs on your VCR.
If your TV has S-video input…
connect an S-video cable from the S-VIDEO output (either from the digital satellite receiver if
available or the VCR) to the S-video input on the TV. Also connect the left and right audio outputs
from the same device that the S-video is coming from and connect them to the TV.
If you have a stereo system…
you may be able to achieve big speaker sound. See the “Hook Up to a Stereo System” section for the
necessary connections.
If your hookup is complete…
move on to the “Finishing Up” section.
Hook Up the Audio/Video Signals
Most high-end TVs and VCRs have phono-type audio and video inputs. Look at the back of your TV
and VCR for three jacks—possibly color coded yellow, white and red. They will
be labeled something like IN (L and R), AUDIO IN, and VIDEO IN. If you are
unsure, look at these connectors on the back of the digital satellite receiver. If
The phono-type video cable and jack
you have no jacks like these on your TV or VCR, skip this section and proceed
to the “Hook Up the RF Signals” section.
This video hookup will give you a clearer picture than an RF hookup. Also, this hookup will allow you
to view DIRECTV® PLUS System programming and local broadcast simultaneously on TVs that offer
a “picture in picture” (PIP) feature.
When using this hookup, you cannot use the digital satellite receiver as a switch to choose between
DIRECTV® PLUS System programming and local broadcasts. Instead, you will use the input selection
that your TV and/or VCR offer to select the source.
If your VCR has a video input…
use an audio/video cable to connect the digital satellite receiver’s VIDEO output to the video input on
your VCR. Also connect the pair of the digital satellite receiver’s audio outputs (Left and Right) to the
audio inputs on your VCR.
If your TV has a video input…
connect an audio/video cable from the VIDEO output (from either the digital satellite receiver, if
available, or the VCR) to the video input on the TV. Also, connect the left and right audio outputs from
the same device that the video is coming from and connect them to the TV.
If you have a stereo system…
you may be able to achieve big speaker sound. See the “Hook Up to a Stereo System” section for the
necessary connections.
If your hookup is complete…
move on to the “Finishing Up” section.
Hook Up the RF Signals
Look at the back of your TV and VCR for RF inputs. These may be labeled 75-OHM, 300-OHM,
CABLE, FROM ANTENNA, VHF or UHF. These could appear either as a pair of screws or
an F-type connector as on the back of the digital satellite receiver.
The RF cable and jack
If your TV or VCR does not have threaded F-type connectors you will need to obtain
adapters which convert the round F-type RG-6 or RG-59 cable to the connectors on your
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TV and/or VCR. These are sold separately and should be available from your dealer or an electronics
hardware store.
To connect your VCR…
use a coaxial cable to connect the OUT TO TV from the digital satellite receiver to the RF input section
on your VCR. This is the first place where an adapter may be needed if your VCR doesn’t have the Ftype connector.
To connect your TV…
connect a coaxial cable from the RF output (from either the digital satellite receiver’s OUT TO TV, if
available, or the VCR) to the RF input on the TV. This is the other place where an adapter may be
needed if your TV doesn’t have the F-type connector.
Set the channel 3/4 selector switch on the back of the digital satellite receiver to the channel that is not
broadcast or has the weakest signal in your area. This will be the channel that you need to set your TV
and/or VCR to for viewing or recording DIRECTV® PLUS System programming.
You can also use the digital satellite receiver as a switch to select between DIRECTV® PLUS System
programming and local broadcasts. This can be accomplished by pressing the
key on the remote
control while the remote is in SAT mode. Also, you must connect your local signal, either from an
antenna or cable service, to the IN FROM ANT on the back of the digital satellite receiver. If your
antenna wire is not a coaxial type you will need an adapter as described earlier.
If you have a stereo system…
you may be able to achieve big speaker sound. See the “Hook Up to a Stereo System” section for the
necessary connections.
If your hookup is complete…
move on to the “Finishing Up” section.
Hook Up to a Stereo System
To achieve high-quality sound from the digital satellite receiver through a stereo system, simply
connect the AUDIO outputs (Left and Right) to an available input on your audio
system. First, look for an input labeled AUX. If you aren’t using a compact disc
player or laser disc player, you can use one of those inputs, if available. The only
input that you should not use is one that is specified for a turntable/phonograph.
Finishing Up
The phono-type audio cable and jack
You can mix and match the different hookups described above to suit your entertainment system’s
available connections. For example, you could connect the VCR using audio/video, while the TV is
connected with the RF signal. Always try to achieve the highest quality and greatest flexibility
available.
Once all connections have been completed, plug in the TV, VCR and digital satellite receiver to the
wall outlet, appropriate extension cord, or surge protector. See Important Safety Instructions described
in the front of this manual.
Note: If you have connected a VCR into your entertainment system in a way that routes the cables
from the digital satellite receiver to your VCR before the signal reaches the TV, you may experience
a distorted picture if you attempt to record a copy-protected program. These programs are identified
by a “Can’t Tape” symbol in the banner area of the screen. If this occurs, simply stop the recording
process and your picture will automatically correct itself.
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Connecting the VCR Control Cable
With the proper connections you can have the model HIRD-E2 digital satellite receiver control your
VCR for unattended recording. First, plug the VCR Control cable into the back of the
digital satellite receiver. Then proceed to the next section to determine where the
other end of the cable should be attached.
The VCR Control cable and jack
Finding the VCR’s Remote Control Sensor
So that the digital satellite receiver can control your VCR, the emitter end of the VCR control cable
must be attached where the VCR’s remote control sensor is located.
This is labeled on some VCRs. You may also find a diagram in your
VCR manual indicating the sensor position. It is commonly
identifiable by a small dark plastic window. For reference, see the
sensor on the digital satellite receiver located in the center.
Look for indications of the remote control sensor
If the sensor is not labeled or documented, you will need to scan the
front of your VCR with your VCR remote control. Use the following
procedure to accomplish this:
• Hold the VCR remote control about ½-inch from the front left
side of your VCR.
• Slowly move the remote control to the right repeatedly pressing
the remote control’s power key on and off.
Scanning for the remote control sensor
• Once your VCR responds to your pressing the remote control
power, note the position. This should be the location of your VCR IR
sensor.
Once the sensor position has been determined, temporarily attach the emitter to the area with a piece of
tape until the system can be tested. Refer to the “VCR Setup” section in the chapter “The Digital
Satellite Receiver’s Menu System” to program and test the VCR Control feature.
Upon verifying that the VCR control is functioning properly you can remove the tape and permanently
attach the emitter using the peel-and-stick backing. This attachment should not interfere with normal
VCR operation.
Now You Can Turn It On
Once you have connected everything, you can begin powering up the components. Turn the TV on and
set it to the DIRECTV PLUS System channel (3 or 4) or input (video or S-video). Do the same for the
VCR, if applicable. Now turn the digital satellite receiver on. You will see the start-up screen for
several seconds, followed by a black screen with the message at the bottom:
“Searching for satellite signal. To access related utilities, press
If so, this is good! If not, try pressing the
doesn’t work, check all of the connections.
.”
key while the remote control is in SAT mode. If that
You’re well on your way to enjoying your DIRECTV PLUS System.
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CONTROLLING THE
DIGITAL SATELLITE
RECEIVER
3
Now it’s time for you to take control. Take a few minutes to read through this chapter to begin to
understand how to operate your system. Let’s begin with a couple of simple rules. First, there is
nothing that you can do using the front panel keys or the remote control keys which could harm the
digital satellite receiver in any way. Once you understand the capabilities and options available in your
receiver, you will be able to undo any changes or settings that you make.
The next important rule is to have fun. The features of the digital satellite receiver are intended to
make watching TV more enjoyable. It is not necessary to know everything your system can do right
away. Learn the capabilities a little at a time. The more you use the digital satellite receiver, the more
the techniques necessary to control it will become second nature.
Front Panel vs. Remote Control
Keys
The front panel provides basic controls needed to access and use the primary features of the digital
satellite receiver. It is not intended to be a substitute for the remote control. Rather, it will provide
access to the basic setup features and simple channel changing. If you begin to access menus and
screens from the remote control, do not assume that you can access or navigate those same screens
with the front panel keys.
The remote control has additional keys to provide shortcuts or access to extended features of the digital
satellite receiver. Most of the remote control keys can also be used to control other components in your
entertainment system. For this reason, you must remember to press the
key, putting the remote
control in digital satellite receiver mode, when you want to control the digital satellite receiver.
Basic Navigation
Two distinct keys on the digital satellite receiver front panel represent the and direction keys. On
the remote control, the direction keys are represented by the keys surrounding the
key. These
keys are primarily used to move the highlight (also known as a cursor) around the screen. The
key should be pressed to indicate that a highlighted item is the one that you wish to choose.
Another key you will be using frequently is the
key, located only on the remote control. This
key is used when you want to display the current on-screen guide. Once you are in the guide, pressing
the
key while a program title is highlighted will display the Guide pop-up menu.
Another key appearing only on the remote control is the
key. This key is used to retrieve
descriptive information about a currently airing event and to provide access to scheduling information
(and purchasing information for pay per view) about highlighted programs in the on-screen guide.
Unless there is some message indicating otherwise, pressing the
key on the front panel will
perfom a similar function.
Another key that appears on both the remote control and the front panel is the
key. Make sure
the remote control is in SAT mode for the
key to apply to the digital satellite receiver. When
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you power the digital satellite receiver off, it has not actually stopped using electricity. Rather, it goes
into a standby mode which enables it to continue monitoring data sent from DIRECTV, call in status
reports to DIRECTV, monitor for programs you have scheduled, receive messages, and perform other
background activities. The only apparent changes occurring in the standby mode are that the video
goes black, the IN FROM ANTENNA connector signals are passed through to the OUT TO TV
connector, and the power light is off.
There are three keys on your remote control that most people use frequently. They are the
, and
keys.
,
After you have established favorite channel lists, as described in the chapter “The Digital Satellite
Receiver’s Menu System,” you will want to cycle through them quickly and easily. Do so by pressing
the
key. Each press will advance to the next list of channels. After stepping through the favorite
lists it will cycle back to “All Channels.”
At any time, you can exit the on-screen guide by selecting Video in the Guide pop-up menu. An even
faster way is to press the
key.
The
key is only useful if the digital satellite receiver is connected to your entertainment system
through the OUT TO TV connector, rather than VIDEO or S-VIDEO. If you are using OUT TO TV,
pressing the
key will switch the output between DIRECTV PLUS System programming and
local broadcasts similar to the way the
key works.
Knowing these few keys should enable to navigate through almost every digital satellite receiver
feature and menu.
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INSTALLING THE
SATELLITE ANTENNA
4
There’s a cluster of satellites way out there in space, and just as a telescope is pointed at a star, you
need to point your satellite dish antenna at the satellites. In this chapter we will explain the basic
process for determining where to mount and how to point your satellite dish antenna.
It is recommended that you have your DIRECTV PLUS System professionally installed. This is
due to safety issues, electrical codes, and assurance of a quality installation.
Read the contents of this chapter, as well as the important safety information in the front of this
manual. These instructions are intended for an installer experienced in performing the various
tasks described here. Depending on how you intend to install the antenna, you may be required to:
•
Climb a ladder and work on your roof.
•
Use a power drill to drill holes in your house.
•
Determine if there are water pipes, electrical wiring, or gas lines hidden in the walls near
where you will be drilling.
•
Route coaxial cable through the foundation wall, under floors, and through interior walls.
•
Ground the antenna and coaxial cable as recommended in the National Electrical Code (by the
National Fire Protection Association, Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02269).
If you are unsure about your ability to perform these tasks or comply with installation
requirements, contact your DIRECTV PLUS System dealer for information regarding professional
installation.
Successfully installing and obtaining the satellite signals can be a time consuming and tedious
task. For that reason, it is highly recommended that you contact a professional installer to get you
up and running. The warranty covering your DIRECTV PLUS System assumes professional
installation and may not apply in self installation situations since improper installation could
damage the various components or cause undesired performance.
If you decide to install the satellite dish antenna yourself, we recommend you purchase the Do-ItYourself Installation Kit. It contains many items you will need to complete most installations.
You will need some of the following tools, depending on your installation:
•
Electric drill
•
•
Wrenches (3/8-inch,
5/16-inch, 7/16-inch)
Drill bits (1/8-inch,
3/16-inch, 1/2-inch
masonry)
•
Hammer
•
Hole digging tools
•
Wheelbarrow or
concrete mixing box
•
Hacksaw
•
Carpenter’s level
•
Pencil or chalk
•
Tape measure
•
Sledge hammer
•
Flat blade screwdriver
•
Phillips screwdriver
•
Cinometer or
protractor
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For the traditional 18” satellite dish, confirm that you have all of the components listed below.
•
Steel reflector (1)
•
LNB (1)
•
Flat head screws (4)
•
Mast (1)
•
¼-inch nuts (5)
•
•
Base plate (1)
•
Retainer screw (2)
¼-20 x ½-inch
grounding bolt (1)
•
LNB support arm (1)
•
Cable clip (1)
For the larger, oval, multi-LNB satellite dish, refer to the assembly documentation included with
the satellite dish.
If you are missing any parts contact the Customer Care Center at 1-800-274-8995.
Your satellite dish antenna will need to be pointed at a satellite cluster located 22,300 miles in
orbit above the equator. To aim the satellite dish antenna at the satellites you need to know the
azimuth and elevation angles. The digital satellite receiver will assist you in determining these
angles. If you see the message:
“Searching for satellite signal. To access related utilities, press
.”
press the
key. Otherwise, press keys in the following order to navigate to the
INSTALLATION screen:
•
•
to display the MAIN MENU
or
•
•
•
to move the highlight over the Setup Menu button
to display the SETUP MENU
or
to move the highlight over the Installation button
to display the INSTALLATION screen
Determine Where to Point Your
Satellite Dish Antenna
The INSTALLATION screen
When you press
you will see a screen that assists you with the satellite dish antenna
pointing and signal strength utilities.
Move the highlight to the Dish Type button and press
. You
will need to specify the style of dish you have so that the pointing
information will be accurate. Press the or keys on the remote
control or receiver front panel until your preferred selection is
highlighted.
SINGLE – Refers to the traditional 18” satellite dish. This
dish will be configured with an LNB with either one or two
outputs.
DUAL – Refers to the larger, oval, multi-LNB satellite
dish. This dish will be configured with two LNBs in the
positions marked “SAT A” (101°) and “SAT B” (119°).
Each LNB will have one or two outputs.
The INSTALLATION screen
TRIPLE - Refers to the larger, oval, multi-LNB satellite dish. This dish will be
configured with three LNBs in the positions marked “SAT A” (101°), “SAT B” (119°)
and “SAT C” (110°). Each LNB will have one of two outputs.
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Note: When “Satellite 1” is used in reference this is equivalent to “SAT A.” Likewise,
“Satellite 2” equates to “SAT B” and “Satellite 3” equates to “SAT C.” Choosing the
correct dish type is necessary to obtain correct pointing results.
After highlighting the appropriate dish type, press
.
Next, move the highlight to the Position button and press
. You will need to determine
your location by either ZIP code or by your latitudinal and longitudinal position. Press the or
keys on the remote control or receiver front panel until your preferred selection is highlighted,
then press
.
You will now see a pop-up panel with space to enter your information. Enter your location. If you
are using the remote control, press the
key, followed by the five appropriate digits. From
the remote control or receiver front panel you can also use the or keys to increase or decrease
the highlighted digit value, and the
key to advance to the next digit. Use the key on the
remote control to back up to correct any mistakes. When you are finished, highlight the OK button
and press
to continue.
ALIGNMENT RESULT Pop-up Panel
The ALIGNMENT RESULT will display the proper elevation and azimuth for pointing the
satellite dish antenna calculated from the information you entered.
Take a moment to write down the pointing results.
The Alignment Result pop-up panel.
AZIMUTH:
_________
ELEVATION:
_________
ROTATION (Tilt):
_________ (Dual and Triple dishes only)
The values displayed are fairly accurate; however some fine-tuning
may be necessary. Use these values when choosing a mounting
location for your satellite dish antenna and remember that you will
need an unobstructed view in that direction.
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Choosing the Antenna
Installation Site
WARNING
For your own safety, follow these important safety rules:
•
Perform as many functions as possible on the ground.
•
Do not install the antenna on a rainy or windy day.
•
If you start to drop the antenna or mast assembly, get away
from it and let it fall.
Perform the following steps to select the best site to install the antenna:
1)
Go to the location where you plan to install the antenna.
2)
Using a compass like the one shown, hold the compass level so that the needle can rotate
freely. When the needle stops rotating, it will be pointing north.
Doing so carefully so as not to disturb the needle, rotate the
body of the compass so that the 0° or N marks printed on the
compass align with the painted end of the needle. The compass
is now aligned with magnetic north.
Note: Large metal structures, such as air conditioning units
and steel beams near the compass may greatly reduce its
accuracy. If you are near such structures, move several feet
away and repeat the measurement to verify the readings.
3)
Draw an imaginary line from the center of the compass to the
azimuth value you recorded above. This is the direction for
pointing the satellite dish antenna toward the satellites. Use a
rock or some other object to mark the location where you are
standing; then pick a landmark in the distance that aligns with
the magnetic azimuth bearing, or mark the azimuth in some
way.
4)
Verify that there are no obstructions (such as buildings or trees)
blocking the view to the satellite, as shown in the diagram. Remember that trees that are small
or do not have leaves now could grow to ultimately block the clear line of sight.
5)
Make sure that the site you have chosen is not where people or equipment could hit the
satellite dish antenna.
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DANGER
Do not select a location to install the satellite dish antenna near power
lines. You can be killed if the satellite dish antenna comes into contact
with electric power lines.
•
Do not contact overhead power lines.
•
Check the distance to any nearby power lines before
starting installation. Stay at least 20 feet away from all
power lines.
•
If any part of the satellite dish antenna or mast assembly
comes into contact with a power line, call your local power
company. Do not try to remove it yourself. They will
remove it safely.
Selecting a Mounting Option
Now that you have chosen where you want to install your satellite dish antenna, you need to select
the appropriate mounting. Use the options described below to determine the section of this chapter
that you should advance to.
All installations require grounding per NEC 810-15 and NEC 820-33.
Installing the satellite dish antenna on
the side of your house. Do not install
on vinyl or aluminum siding. See the
section titled “Installing the Satellite
Dish Antenna Onto a Wooden
Surface.”
Installing the satellite dish antenna on
the rail or floor of a deck. See the
section titled “Installing the Satellite
Dish Antenna Onto a Wooden
Surface.”
Installing the satellite dish antenna on
a brick surface. See the section titled
“Installing the Satellite Dish Antenna
Onto a Brick Surface.”
Note: If you will be installing the satellite
dish antenna base plate and mast using a
mounting configuration other than the
ones recommended here, do so as
follows:
Installing the satellite dish antenna on
a cinder block or masonry surface.
See the section titled “Installing the
Satellite Dish Antenna Onto a Cinder
Block Surface.”
Installing the satellite dish antenna on
a metal pole. See the section titled
“Installing the Satellite Dish Antenna
Onto a Metal Pole.”
1.
Install the base plate and mast.
2.
Verify that the mast is level.
3. Go to the section titled “Attaching
the Reflector Onto the LNB Support
Arm.”
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Installing the Satellite Dish
Antenna onto a Wooden Surface
The satellite dish antenna can be installed onto several types of wooden surfaces. This section
describes installing the satellite dish antenna base plate and mast onto the side of your house or on
a deck rail or floor.
Do not mount the satellite dish antenna onto composite (also called particleboard or fiberboard)
surfaces unless there is a wall stud or rafter located where you will be installing the mounting
hardware. Composite materials are not strong enough to support the satellite dish antenna during
strong winds and other violent weather conditions.
Have the following tools and materials handy during this process. Items marked with an asterisk
(*) indicate that they are included in the Do-It-Yourself Installation Kit (sold separately).
•
Drill bits
3/16-inch)
•
Carpenter’s level
•
Pencil or chalk
•
Electric drill
(1/8-inch,
•
Silicone sealant *
•
Washers * (5/16-inch,
Qty. 4)
•
Wrenches
7/16-inch)
•
Lag screws * (3-inch x
¼-inch, Qty.2; 2-inch x
5/16-inch, Qty.4)
(3/8-inch,
Installation Procedure
1)
Select a secure site to install the satellite dish antenna base plate:
Wall Mounting
Deck Mounting
•
On the side of your house. Locate a wall stud onto which you can install the antenna base
plate as shown. Wall studs can most easily be found by looking for the line of nails that
shows where siding is attached to the house or by using a stud finder.
•
On a deck railing or floor. You can install the base plate onto a deck rail or on the deck
floor as shown.
2)
Place the base plate so the center holes align with the centerline of the rafter or stud (see
diagram). While holding the base plate in place, use a pencil to mark the location of the top
center hole onto the mounting surface. This mark indicates where you will be drilling later.
3)
Using a carpenter’s level, plumb the antenna mast in at least two different locations on the
side of the mast, as shown. These two measurements should be at right angles to each other. If
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the mast is plumbed (aligned vertically with the bubble level), go to step 5. Otherwise, loosen
the pivot bolt and adjustment nuts (see diagram).
4)
Rotate the mast until it is plumb with the
level, then tighten the pivot bolt and alignment
nuts. If you are still unable to align the mast with the level, try using wooden shims. If they do
not correct the problem you will need to find another site to install the satellite dish antenna.
5)
Set the mast aside and drill a 1/8-inch x 3-inch pilot hole where you made the pencil mark.
6)
Install the mast assembly onto the mounting surface using a 3-inch x ¼-inch lag screw.
Tighten the screw enough to secure the base plate, but leave it loose enough to enable you to
adjust the base plate.
7)
Verify that the mast is still plumb and adjust if necessary.
8)
Mark the locations of the outside holes and remaining center hole on the mounting surface.
9)
Remove the base plate from the mounting surface.
10) Drill a 1/8-inch x 3-inch pilot hole for the lower center hole.
11) Drill four 1/8-inch x 2-inch pilot holes for the outside holes.
12) While holding the base plate in place, apply silicone sealant onto the six pilot holes and
around the bottom edge of the base where it contacts the
mounting surface (see diagram). Doing so will help
prevent water from seeping into your house.
13) Install four 2-inch x 5/16-inch lag screws and four 5/16inch washers into the outside holes on the base plate.
14) Install two 3-inch x ¼-inch lag screws into the center
holes on the base plate.
15) Tighten all screws.
16) Apply additional silicone sealant to cover the tops of the
lag screws.
With the base plate and mast installed, proceed to the section
titled “Attaching the Reflector Onto the LNB Support Arm” later in this chapter.
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Installing the Satellite Dish
Antenna onto a Brick Surface
The satellite dish antenna can be installed onto brick surfaces. This section describes installing the
satellite dish antenna base plate and mast onto the side of your brick house or on a chimney.
Have the following tools and materials handy during this process. Items marked with a asterisk
(*) indicate that they are included in the Do-It-Yourself Installation Kit (sold separately).
•
Masonry drill bit (3/8inch)
•
Machine screws * (¼inch x 3-inch , Qty. 4)
•
Carpenter’s level
•
Pencil or chalk
•
Silicone sealant *
•
Expansion anchors*
(Qty. 4)
•
Washers * (5/16-inch,
Qty. 4)
•
Wrenches (3/8-inch,
7/16-inch, or
adjustable)
•
Hammer
Installation Procedure
1)
Select a flat and secure site to install the satellite dish antenna base plate.
2)
Place the base plate so the outside holes are positioned over the brick surfaces. Do not drill
into the mortar between the bricks.
Front view
Side View
3)
Using a carpenter’s level, plumb the satellite dish antenna mast in at least two different
locations on the side of the mast, as shown. These two measurements should be at right angles
to each other. If the mast is plumb (aligned vertically with the bubble level), go to step 5.
Otherwise, loosen the pivot bolt and adjustment nuts (see diagram).
4)
Rotate the mast until it is plumb with the level, then tighten the pivot bolt and alignment nuts.
If you are still unable to align the mast with the level, try using wooden shims. If they do not
correct the problem you will need to find another site to install the satellite dish antenna.
5)
Use a pencil to mark the location of the top left outside hole of the base plate (see diagram)
onto the brick surface.
6)
Set the mast aside and drill a 3/8-inch x 3-inch hole where you made the pencil mark.
7)
Clean out the hole and insert an expansion anchor. The anchor should fit snugly, so you may
have to use a hammer to gently tap the anchor until it is flush with the brick surface.
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8)
Install the mast assembly onto the mounting surface using a 3-inch x ¼-20 machine screw
(see diagram). Tighten the screw enough to secure the base plate, but
leave it loose enough to enable you to adjust the base plate.
9)
Verify that the mast is still plumb and adjust if necessary.
10) Mark the locations of the other three outside holes on the
mounting surface.
11) Remove the base plate from the brick surface.
12) Drill three ½-inch x 3-inch holes for the outside holes.
13) Install the base plate using the 3-inch x ¼-20 machine screws
and four 5/16-inch washers.
14) Tighten the four machine screws.
With the base plate and mast installed, proceed to the section titled “Attaching the Reflector Onto
the LNB Support Arm” later in this chapter.
Installing the Satellite Dish
Antenna onto a Cinder Block
Surface
The satellite dish antenna can be installed onto cinder block surfaces. This section describes
installing the satellite dish antenna base plate and mast onto a cinder block or masonry surface.
Have the following tools and materials handy during this process. Items marked with a asterisk
(*) indicate that they are included in the Do-It-Yourself Installation Kit (sold separately).
•
Masonry drill bit (½inch)
•
Silicone sealant *
•
•
Togglers* (Qty. 4)
Machine screws * (¼inch x 3-inch , Qty. 4)
•
Washers * (5/16-inch,
Qty. 4)
•
Carpenter’s level
•
•
Pencil or chalk
•
Electric drill
Wrenches (3/8-inch,
7/16-inch, or
adjustable)
•
Hammer
Installation Procedure
1)
Select a flat and secure site to install the satellite dish antenna base plate.
2)
Tap the cinder blocks with a hammer to locate the hollow center cores.
3)
Place the base plate so the outside holes are positioned over the hollow center cores of the
cinder block. Do not drill into the mortar between the cinder blocks.
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4)
Using a carpenter’s level, plumb the satellite dish antenna mast in at least two different
locations on the side of the mast, as shown. These two
measurements should be at right angles to each other. If the
mast is plumb (aligned vertically with the bubble level), go to
step 5. Otherwise, loosen the pivot bolt and adjustment nuts (see
diagram).
5)
Rotate the mast until it is plumb with the level, then tighten the
pivot bolt and alignment nuts. If you are still unable to align the
mast with the level, try using wooden shims. If they do not
correct the problem you will need to find another install site.
6)
Use a pencil to mark the location of the top left outside hole of
the base plate (see diagram) onto the cinder block surface.
7)
Set the mast assembly aside and drill a ½-inch hole where you
made the pencil mark.
8)
Clean out the hole.
9)
Install the toggler as follows: Holding the ring end of a toggler,
fold the metal channel flat against the toggler and insert it into
the drilled hole until you feel the channel open inside the hollow
core of the cinder block. Rotate the toggler and gently pull the
ring to ensure the metal channel is flat against the inside of the
cinder block. While pulling the toggler toward you to apply tension, slide the push-cap until it
is snug against the cinder block. Break the ring along the center perforation and bend the two
straps away from each other until they break at the push-cap.
Toggler installation steps.
10) Install the mast assembly onto the cinder block surface using a 3-inch x ¼-20 machine screw
(see diagram). Tighten the screw enough to secure the base
plate, but leave it loose enough to enable you to adjust the base
plate.
11) Verify that the mast is still plumb and adjust if necessary.
12) Mark the locations of the other three outside holes on the cinder
block surface.
13) Remove the base plate from the cinder block.
14) Drill three ½-inch holes for the outside holes.
15) Repeat steps 8 through 12 to install togglers in the three drilled
holes.
16) Install the base mast assembly using the 3-inch x ¼-20 machine
screws and four 5/16-inch washers.
17) Tighten the four machine screws.
With the base plate and mast installed, proceed to the section titled “Attaching the Reflector onto
the LNB Support Arm” later in this chapter.
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Installing the Satellite Dish
Antenna onto a Metal Pole
The satellite dish antenna can be installed onto a metal pole. You will not be using the base plate
or mast included with the satellite dish antenna for this procedure. Store these items in case you
decide to move the satellite dish antenna to a new location in the future.
Have the following tools and materials handy during this process.
•
Hole digging tools
•
•
Wheelbarrow or
concrete mixing box
Guy wires and
wooden stakes
•
Hacksaw
•
Carpenter’s level
•
•
Pencil or chalk
40-pound bag of
quick setting concrete
(Qty 4)
•
Metal pole (1¼-inch
inside diameter
schedule 40
galvanized water pipe
- 6-foot length
minimum)
Installation Procedure
1)
Use a hacksaw to cut the bottom edge of the pole at a 45° angle, as shown. This prevents the
pole from rotating in the concrete over time.
2)
Dig a hole at least 8-inches in diameter and 36-inches deep. If you live in an area where the
frost line goes deeper than 30-inches, dig the hole at least 6-inches
deeper than the frost line.
3) Place the pole into the hole and place rocks (for example)
around the pole to stabilize it in a vertical position.
4) Fill the hole with prepared quick drying cement. Shape the top
of the concrete with a slope to improve drainage.
5) Using a carpenter’s level, plumb the pole in at least two
different locations on the side of the pole, as shown. These two
measurements should be at right angles to each other. When the pole
is plumb, secure it with the rocks, or attach guy wires to hold it
upright.
6) Let the cement dry for 24 hours before you remove the guy
wires or attempt to attach the satellite dish antenna to the pole.
With the pole installed, proceed to the section titled “Attaching the Reflector Onto the LNB
Support Arm” later in this chapter.
Attaching the Reflector onto the
LNB Support Arm
If your satellite dish is not the traditional 18” style (meaning it is the larger,
oval, multi-LNB style), refer to the assembly documentation included with the
satellite dish. After assembly, resume this manual starting on page 4-17 at the
section titled “Positioning the Satellite Dish Antenna”.
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Assembling the Satellite Dish Antenna
1)
Insert a flat-head screw into one of the holes in the face of the reflector, as shown.
2)
Install the mounting bracket of the LNB support
arm onto the four flat-head screws, as shown.
3)
Loosely install a ¼-inch nut onto the portion of
each flat-head screw that sticks through the back of
the reflector and mounting bracket.
4)
Tighten the four ¼-inch nuts. The heads of the flathead screws must be flush on the inside surface of
the reflector to be securely fastened to the LNB
support arm.
5)
Install the cable clip as shown.
Attaching the Satellite Dish
Antenna Assembly to the Mast
or Pole
Now that you have assembled the satellite dish antenna you are ready to mount it on your
previously installed mast or pole. While the diagrams may show a
satellite dish antenna model that differs from the one you have, the
same procedures apply.
1)
If necessary, slightly loosen the azimuth nuts on the LNB
support arm.
2)
Slide the satellite dish antenna assembly onto the mast or pole
until the top of the mast stops at the bolt at the top of the
mounting assembly.
3)
Tighten the azimuth nuts enough so that the satellite dish
antenna assembly can rotate easily on the mast or pole.
4)
The next step is to ground the satellite dish antenna.
CAUTION
Local electric codes and the National Electric Code (NEC) require the satellite
dish antenna to be grounded. Grounding the satellite dish antenna helps protect
against damage caused by static voltage buildup or nearby lightning strikes.
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Refer to the following:
•
Go to the section titled “Grounding the Metal Pole Mount” if your satellite dish antenna is
installed on a metal pole.
•
Go to the section titled “Grounding the Base Plate” if you satellite dish antenna is installed on
the supplied satellite dish antenna mast.
Grounding the Metal Pole Mount
Have the following tools and materials handy during this process. Items marked with a asterisk
(*) indicate that they are included in the Do-It-Yourself Installation Kit (sold separately).
•
1½-inch ground
clamp
•
#8 aluminum
grounding wire *
•
5/8-inch x 8-foot
ground rod and
ground rod clamp
•
Cable ties *
•
Adjustable wrench
•
Sledge hammer
Installation Procedure
1)
Approximately 1 foot from the pole’s cement pier foundation, use a sledge hammer to drive
the ground rod 8 feet into the ground.
2) Install the grounding clamp approximately 1 foot from the base
of the pole.
3) Install the #8 aluminum grounding wire onto the ground clamp
in accordance with National Electric Code 810-15..
4) Route the ground wire from the clamp to the ground rod. Use
the ground rod clamp to attach the grounding wire to the ground rod.
5)
Secure the ground wire to the pole using the cable ties.
You can now proceed to the section titled “Installing and Routing
the LNB Coaxial Cable.”
Grounding the Base Plate
Have the following tools and materials handy during this process. Items marked with a asterisk
(*) indicate that they are included in the Do-It-Yourself Installation Kit (sold separately).
•
5/8-inch x 8-foot
ground rod
•
ground rod clamp
•
Adjustable wrench
•
Sledge hammer
•
#8 aluminum
grounding wire *
•
Cable ties *
Installation Procedure
1)
Use a sledgehammer to drive the ground rod 8 feet into the ground near where you installed
the satellite dish antenna base plate.
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2)
Insert the ¼-20 x ½-inch bolt through the grounding hole on the
base plate.
3)
Install the ¼-inch nut onto the bolt.
4)
Wrap the #8 aluminum grounding wire around the bolt between
the star washer and the base plate in accordance with National
Electric Code section 810-15, then tighten the nut.
5)
Route the ground wire from the base plate to the ground rod.
Use the ground rod clamp to attach the ground wire to the
ground rod.
6)
If necessary, secure the ground wire to the wall using insulated
U-shaped tacks.
Remove Star washer
Installing and Routing the LNB
Coaxial Cable
This section describes routing and installing the coaxial cable between the LNB and the grounding
block. Depending on the routing of the coaxial cable, you may
choose to use a cable that can be buried. When normal coaxial cable
is buried, its outer cover decays in the soil, and the cable’s life is
shortened. Cables that are suitable for burial use a special outer
cover that resists breakdown. Some of these cables also have a
special coating on their ground shields. This coating resists corrosion
if water gets into the cable. Anytime the coaxial cable is buried, use
cable that is suitable for burial. Doing so will help prevent problems
in the future.
An important goal of your cable installation is to protect the cable
from physical damage and moisture penetration. To protect the cable
from physical damage, secure it to walls or another stable surface
with cable clips. This prevents the cable from sagging and being
damaged by people stepping on it or running over it with yard
equipment. Prevent moisture penetration by using weatherproof connectors, or by sealing any
connection that is exposed to the elements. Drip loops provide a connection with additional
protection by preventing moisture from traveling down the cable and entering the connection.
Have the following tools and materials available:
•
Phillips screwdriver
•
Hammer
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•
#14 (or larger)
insulated grounding
wire
•
Flat-blade
screwdriver
INSTALLING AND POINTING YOUR SATELLITE DISH ANTENNA
Installation Procedure
1)
Select the location where you will install the ground block. Choose a site that will be near the
cable entry point into the building. Also, plan a short and straight
path for the ground wire to the grounding rod.
2) Select a length of cable that can be routed easily from the LNB
to the ground block. If your system is equipped with a dual-output
LNB, select a second cable that’s the same length.
3) Secure the grounding block to a stable mounting surface with
two screws, then connect the cable(s) to the grounding block.
4) Secure the cable(s) with cable clips. Do not forget to form the
drip loop and secure it in place with cable clips.
For single LNBs or dual LNB installations using only
one side, a single coaxial cable will be used.
5) Install the #14 insulated ground wire on the ground terminal of
the ground block in accordance with National Electric Code section
820-33.
6)
Route the ground wire to the ground rod.
7)
Connect the ground wire to the ground rod. Remember to secure the wire to a wall or some
surface to protect it.
Connecting the Coaxial Cable to
the LNB
Installation Procedure
1)
Make sure your satellite receiver is unplugged. Connecting the LNB cable to the LNB while
the satellite receiver is plugged in could permanently damage your
LNB.
2) If you installed the satellite dish antenna assembly onto a metal
pole, go to step 3. Otherwise, route the coaxial cable(s) through the
mast and LNB support arm, and then continue on to step 4.
3) Route the coaxial cable(s) along the outside of the pole and
inside the LNB support arm.
Note that your LNB style may vary slightly
5)
4) Insert the cable into the cable clip. This ensures that there will
be enough slack in the cable if you need to remove the LNB later. If
you are routing two cables, use a cable tie to bind the cables
together, then insert one of the cables into the cable clip.
Attach the coaxial cable(s) onto the LNB as shown.
Attaching the LNB to the LNB
Support Arm
1)
Slide the cable connection end of the LNB into the D-shaped opening in the LNB support arm
so that the LNB points toward the reflector. The end of the LNB may be rectangular or Dshaped, however either type will fit.
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2)
Insert the correct size retainer screw into the LNB mounting hole. Two sizes of this screw are
provided to accommodate either LNB style.
3)
Use the appropriate screwdriver to tighten the screw.
Routing the LNB Cable to the
Satellite Receiver
During this step of the installation, route the LNB cable from the ground block to the satellite
receiver. In most installations, there is more than one way to get the
LNB cable to the adapter from the grounding block. If the adapter is
near an inside wall, use the crawl space, basement, or attic area.
When routing the LNB cable to the digital satellite receiver, take the
shortest possible path and always protect it from physical damage.
1)
After verifying that there are no wires or pipes blocking the
location where you near to feed the coaxial cable into the
building, drill a ½-inch hole. If you are routing two coaxial
cables, drill a second ½-inch hole near the first.
2)
Connect one end of the cable to the ground block. Repeat this
step if you are routing two cables.
3)
Form a 3-inch to 5-inch drip loop in the cable(s) before inserting
it in the access hole.
4)
Secure the drip loop(s) and cable(s) to the wall with cable clips.
5)
Inside the building, route the cable(s) to where the satellite receiver(s) are located. Depending
on the installation site, this could be through a floor or wall, directly to the rear of the satellite
receiver. If the cable goes straight through a wall, you can use a wall plate at the access point.
6)
Seal the access point into the building with silicone sealant.
The satellite dish antenna and cable are now completely installed.
Connecting the Satellite Dish
Antenna
You must connect the satellite dish antenna cable to receive a signal. To protect your LNB from
damage, you should unplug your digital satellite receiver from the
power outlet prior to making this connection. Once the satellite dish
antenna has been mounted and the satellite cable has been run from
the satellite dish antenna to the digital satellite receiver, you are
ready to monitor the signal strength while adjusting the satellite dish
antenna pointing. Make sure that you are connecting the cable to the
Connecting the satellite dish antenna cable
SATELLITE IN jack - not the IN FROM ANT jack.
Positioning the Satellite Dish
Antenna
Pointing accuracy is very important. You must be pointing the satellite dish antenna exactly at the
satellites for you to receive a signal. Please follow these instructions carefully to achieve a
successful installation.
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In the following procedure you will be referring to the meter on the INSTALLATION screen. If
this screen is not currently displayed, press the
key, shutting the system down, and then
press the
key to start the system up again.
If you see a black screen with the message:
“Searching for satellite signal. To access related utilities, press
.”
press the
key. Otherwise, press keys in the following order to navigate to the
INSTALLATION screen:
•
•
to display the MAIN MENU
or
•
•
•
to move the highlight over the Setup Menu button
to display the SETUP MENU
or
to move the highlight over the Installation button
to display the INSTALLATION screen
You should see a meter displaying your signal strength.
The INSTALLATION Screen
The INSTALLATION screen shows the quality of the signal that you are receiving. Because you
have not adjusted the direction of your satellite dish antenna, you
probably have a signal strength of 0. To let you know that it is
“looking,” you should hear a short beep every few seconds.
Even though a signal strength of 50 will give you the same highquality picture and sound as a reading of 90, you should maximize
your signal as much as possible, because rain or snow can cause the
signal strength to drop significantly. This signal reduction is known
as “rain fade.” As soon as the signal can penetrate the rain cloud or
snow, your picture will return automatically.
The INSTALLATION screen
Pointing the Satellite Dish Antenna Using the “Box”
Method
Pattern of scanning the sky
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The easiest way to find the satellite signal is by scanning the sky in the general direction that the
satellite is located. While you could possibly achieve this by trial and error, you should be able to
find the signal in just a few minutes using the “box” method. What you are effectively doing is
scanning the sky in a pattern similar to the way a farmer plows a field.
It will be easiest to fine-tune your satellite dish antenna with someone else’s assistance, calling out
the signal strength while you make the adjustments. In addition, you should turn up the volume of
your TV so that you can hear the beeps while you make adjustments. When there is no signal,
beeps will occur every few seconds so that you know it is searching. As the signal strength
increases, the beeps will become much more rapid.
Before you begin make these quick checks:
•
Verify that there are no obstructions such as trees, buildings, etc., blocking the signal.
•
Verify that you are using the proper cable type (RG-6) between the satellite dish antenna
and the digital satellite receiver. Also, be sure that the connections are tight and the center
wire in the cable extends about 1/8th -inch beyond the end of the connector.
•
Verify that the azimuth and elevation values that you determined earlier are correct for
your area.
•
Get a 7/16-inch wrench (not included) to loosen and tighten the satellite dish antenna’s
bolts.
•
Find the initial direction to point your satellite dish antenna using a compass.
The “box” method begins by subtracting 10 degrees from the azimuth and subtracting 4 degrees
from the elevation values that you determined earlier.
We’ll begin by adjusting the elevation. First, loosen the nuts securing the two (one on each side)
elevation bolts just enough so that you can easily tilt the reflector up and down. Next, line up the
elevation indicator with the tick mark corresponding to the elevation calculated earlier (result
minus 4 degrees). This indicator is the leading edge of the metal just to the left of the bolt. It
is recessed inside the slot. Do not use the bolt or nut as a point of reference. Finish adjusting
the elevation by lightly tightening the bolts when the indicator is aligned with the correct tick
mark. Make sure that the satellite dish antenna doesn’t slip out of position while you are tightening
the bolts.
Next, we’ll adjust the azimuth. For this part of the procedure, a compass (such as the one included
in the Do-It-Yourself Installation Kit) will make it possible to point in the proper direction. This is
done by first loosening the azimuth bolts just enough in order to turn the satellite dish antenna
smoothly with a little pressure. Stand behind or beneath the satellite dish antenna reflector and,
while grasping the outer edges of the reflector, rotate the satellite dish antenna until it is pointing
toward the azimuth value determined earlier (result minus 10 degrees). Be sure that as you do this
you do not lean on the reflector, as that would affect the alignment. Don’t tighten the bolts just
yet!
1)
Slowly turn the satellite dish antenna 20 degrees towards and past the actual determined
azimuth. It should take about 20 seconds to make the sweep of the sky.
2)
If no signal was found in this pass, increase the elevation by 1 degree and slowly turn the
satellite dish antenna back the other direction. If you do find a signal, go to step 4.
3)
If you have done this for 9 passes (now 4 degrees above the determined elevation), start back
at the beginning point and try again. If you cannot achieve any signal after several tries,
recheck that the LNB satellite cable is connected to the SATELLITE IN jack - not the IN
FROM ANT jack. For additional support, call your dealer or the Customer Care Center at
1-800-274-8995.
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4)
To have reached this step it is assumed that there is some degree of signal. A numeric value
for the strength ranges from 0 to 99. While your signal strength may vary, refer to the
following map to determine the suggested signal strength goal for your area:
Typical signal strength results. Your actual signal strength may vary.
5)
Gently continue turning the satellite dish antenna reflector a small amount as you were
turning it when you began receiving a signal. Continue to adjust the satellite dish antenna in
this fashion until the signal strength meter reaches the highest possible reading. Tighten the
azimuth bolts.
6)
Slowly tilt the satellite dish antenna up and down to try to improve the signal strength reading.
When you are satisfied that you have achieved the strongest signal, tighten the elevation bolts.
You may choose to try different transponders. Each transponder transmits multiple programs at a
time. The transponder displayed when entering the screen represents the one associated with the
last viewed program (or “02” if no program has been viewed). By moving the highlight to the
transponder area, you can enter a number from 01 to 32. Different transponders may show varying
signal strengths. This is not indicative of any problem unless the variations are extreme (such as
40 and 90). In the event of signal reception problems, customer service representatives may ask
for information such as signal strength on a different transponder. Do not change transponders
trying to find the best signal since the transponder will automatically change to the one that
corresponds with the satellite channels that you view.
Authorizing Your Service
To confirm that the satellite dish antenna is properly adjusted to receive signals, try to receive
promotional channels from DIRECTV. If you can receive them, you can now arrange to receive
your DIRECTV® PLUS System programming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at the following
number:
DIRECTV
1-800-DIRECTV (347-3288)
You can enjoy over 200 available channels of digitally delivered sports, movies, news, and family
entertainment. Check with DIRECTV regarding details available offerings and packages.
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PROGRAMS ON
DIRECTV PLUS
5
This chapter will reveal many different ways to find the programs you want to watch. The first thing
you should know is that channels in the DIRECTV PLUS System world are arranged differently. Local
programming delivered via satellite (if available) is located in channel numbers below 100. Channels
that are not traditionally local broadcasts start at channel 100 and could go as high as 9999.
Remember; do not assume that the front panel keys are a substitute for the remote control keys.
Basic Channel Changing
There are many ways to “surf” through the available programming. You already know at least two
ways to change channels. The first of these is by using the
and
keys. Each key press takes you
to the next available channel in the direction that you selected. The second way is to enter the number
of the desired channel. For example, to go to the Direct Ticket movie previews, simply press
.
If the channel does not change right away, press
to instruct the satellite receiver that you are
finished entering digits. You can enter the number for any channel you wish.
The Channel Banner
Every time you tune to a channel, a banner will be displayed at the top of the screen. You can also
display the Channel Banner any time by pressing the
key.
The
key on the front panel of the digital satellite receiver will
also provide this functionality, if there are no other messages
indicating otherwise. Pressing
will remove the banner
immediately.
This banner contains information about the program, including the
program start and end times, title, rating, channel call sign or logo,
channel number, and program or channel-related symbols where
applicable. Symbols , as shown below, could include alternate audio,
data, new mail, can’t tape, closed caption, and/or the lock status. See
the section called “Alternate Services” later in this chapter for
information on accessing alternate audio or data services.
The CHANNEL BANNER
Icon
Meaning
DATA
SVCS.
ALT.
AUDIO
Other audio
Pay Per View Data available available
NEW
MAIL
Closed
caption
available
Unread mail
CAN’T
TAPE
Limits
enforced
Limits
override
DOLBY
DIGITAL
Dolby Digital
Taping not
audio
allowed
available
The Information Banner
Pressing the
key (or the front panel
key) a second time while the Channel Banner is
displayed will replace the information with any available description of the current program. This is
called the Information Banner. Either of these banners will go away after a few seconds, or you can
press the
key or
key to clear it on demand.
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The OneLine™ Guide
If you’d like to know what’s on another channel without switching from your current channel, use the
OneLine Guide. Simply press or and begin browsing. You can
see the channel call sign and number, titles, and program start and
end times. When you see something you like; then press
to
tune to the channel.
You may also directly enter a channel number to advance the
OneLine Guide to that channel. The other filter keys, including
for movies,
for sports, and
for news,
as well as the
key will also control the content of the
OneLine Guide.
Pressing the
key will cancel the OneLine Guide.
The OneLine Guide
TurboTune™
The TurboTune feature provides access to nine of your preferred channels on top of the current video.
The TurboTune panel is displayed by pressing the remote control
key while watching video as long as there are no messages
prompting you to press
for some other purpose. TurboTune
is not accessible from the front panel
key. The TurboTune
panel displays nine channel tags. These channels can be specified
via the TurboTune button on the SETUP MENU. The header area of
the panel displays the title of the program currently airing on the
highlighted channel tag. You can choose one of the nine by moving
the highlight over the desired channel and pressing
.A
shortcut to moving the highlight is to press the remote control
numbers that corresponds with the on-screen position of the desired
channel. In the example on the right, press 7 for CNN.
The TurboTune panel
AlphaTune™
AlphaTune enables you to tune to a channel by spelling a channel’s call sign rather than by number. To
enter the AlphaTune mode, you must first press the
key located on the lower right on the
keypad. The
symbol appears on the screen. You can now enter the numbers and letters
(located above each of the number keys) to spell the desired channel call sign. For example, to tune to
ESPN, press
. All special symbols (i.e., &, /, +, !, etc.) are located on the key. As
soon as the receiver can determine which channel you are seeking, it will tune to it automatically. No
additional keys need to be entered. If the channel call sign is fewer than four letters, you may need to
press
to indicate that you are finished. If more than one channel shares the same set of key (i.e.,
“CNN” and “COM”, both using
), the next matching occurrence is used. If that was not the
channel you wanted, just press
to find the next occurrence of that key sequence. It
is important that you enter the channel call sign exactly. With experience, you will become more
familiar with the channel name abbreviations that are used.
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Alternate Services
The digital satellite receiver can support alternate audio services. To determine if the services are
available for a particular program, look for their icons below the date
and time in the Information Banner or on the on-screen guide. To
access these services when available press the
key on the
remote control. The Alternate Services banner will appear at the
bottom of the screen. Highlight and select the Alt. Audio to
temporarily change the audio language.
Alt. Audio
The Alternate Services panel
Once you have selected the Alt. Audio button you can use the and
keys to step through the audio tracks offered for the current
program. To choose the highlighted language, press
. On
occasion an audio track may be offered that is not being broadcast. If
this is the case for the selected track, the audio you hear will either
be unchanged or silent.
Changing channels will restore the audio track to the one that is specified on the PREFERENCES
screen. See the chapter “The Digital Satellite Receiver’s Menu System” for information on setting the
default audio.
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GUIDES
6
The most powerful feature of the digital satellite receiver is the on-screen guides. You may customize
the on-screen guide you can see a page of channels or program listings to include only programs of
interest to you. Other advanced features available from the on-screen guides, such as scheduling and
program information, will help plan your viewing. Continue reading to learn the real power of the
digital satellite receiver’s on-screen guides. At any time you can press the
key to display the
current on-screen guide.
The on-screen guides are not accessible from the front panel keys. However, the front panel
will access the INFORMATION screen described later in this chapter if it is being pressed in
response to a message such as "Press
to order."
key
This digital satellite receiver offers a variety of on-screen guides. Each guide has its own design to
make finding programs of interest an easy task. These guides include the PROGRAM GUIDE
(SM.CELL), PROGRAM GUIDE (LG. CELL), TITLE GUIDE, and LOGO GUIDE. The
HIRD-E2 model digital satellite receiver also offers the WATCHWORD™ GUIDE.
Each guide can be filtered into smaller channel groupings, as specified in your personalized favorite
Channel Lists. You can also reduce the displayed listing by specifying a Theme of interest, and then
narrow the offerings further by specifying a type within the Theme. Additional settings, such as Guide
Times and Classes, may be specified to determine the guide content. A full description of the filtering
options can be found later in this chapter.
Choosing the Guide Style
To display on-screen guides, press the
key. Press the
key again to display or remove the
guide pop-up menu. The guide menu provides buttons to access the
MAIN MENU, exit to Video, ways to narrow your search, and
Guide Style.
To choose a guide style, simply highlight the Guide Style button and
press
. A pop-up menu offering each of the guide styles will
be displayed. Highlight your selection and press the
key. The
guide will be redrawn to display your selection.
Familiarize yourself with the benefits of each guide style:
PROGRAM GUIDE (SM. CELL) - This guide style displays
several rows of channels with columns indicating the time period of
the programming. Cells occupy the main portion of the screen with
The Guide pop-up menu
program titles in them. This layout makes it very easy to se what
programming at what time is being offered. The "SM. CELL" portion of the guide style name refers to
the fact that there is only one line of text associated with each program title. While this could cause the
title to be cut short, it also allows for a large number of channels to be displayed simultaneously.
PROGRAM GUIDE (LG. CELL) - This guide style, like the SM. CELL style, displays several rows
of channels with columns indicating the time period of the programming. Cells occupy the main
portion of the screen with program titles in them. This layout makes it very easy to see what
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programming at what time is being offered. The "LG. CELL" portion of the guide style name refers to
the fact that there is two lines of text associated with each program title. While this provides more
space for the program titles and for channel tags, it also reduces the number of channels to be
displayed simultaneously.
TITLE GUIDE - The guide style is convenient when you are looking for a program that is coming on
in the next few hours that you know the title of, but just don't know the channel it will be on. In this
guide style, program titles are listed in alphabetical order with reference to times and channels
displayed as supplementary information.
LOGO GUIDE - This guide style offers the greatest number of channels displayed simultaneously. It
is also the most colorful. For those viewers that choose their programming more by the channel, rather
than by program title, this is the best option. Almost every channel is represented by the logo.
WATCHWORD GUIDE - This is a special guide available in the HIRD-E2 model digital satellite
receiver. It creates a list of program titles based on various keywords that you specify. First, you have
to enter your keywords on the WATCHWORD SETUP screen Then, when you are not using your
digital satellite receiver, turn it off. It is during the "off time" that the digital satellite receiver scours
the thousands of program titles and their descriptions looking for matches to your keywords. To fully
complete this process, several hours are needed. So, it is best if you let your system do this for you
while you are asleep. When you return, selecting the WATCHWORD GUIDE style will provide you
with a list of matching programs that it was able to find.
As you can see, there are various guide styles to suit various tastes and needs.
Descriptions
One guide option is to automatically display descriptions for highlighted program titles. The
descriptions usually provide information such as actors’ names, a program synopsis, and additional
rating information. Sometimes the description may be only a message describing what type of
program is highlighted, such as “Current News.”
This option is chosen via the Descriptions button on the guide pop-up menu. Displaying the extra
information reduces the number of channels or titles that can be displayed at one time.
Remember that you can always access program descriptions by pressing the
the Descriptions button is selected.
key, whether or not
General On-Screen Guide Features
While there are different ways the guides can appear, there are some things they have in common.
The guide name will always appear in the upper left corner. It may be something simple like
“PROGRAM GUIDE.” If you have filtered the guide, it could be more descriptive such as “COMEDY
MOVIES GUIDE.” (See “Filtering the Guides” section later in this chapter.)
•
Immediately below the guide title are indicators showing how the guide is further filtered. The
label to the left of the bullet specifies the current class filter setting. To the right of the bullet you
will see the current channel list.
•
In the upper right corner of your screen the current day, date, and time are displayed.
•
Just below the time you may see small icons indicating the status of the system or details about the
currently highlighted program title. They are the same icons that appear in the Channel Banner.
•
The primary body of the guide screen displays channels or program titles. You can press
on a currently airing program to tune to it. Pressing
will take you to the INFORMATION
screen described later in this chapter in the section called “Getting Program Information.”
•
If a program title cannot entirely fit in the space provided, an ellipsis (…) indicates that a portion
of the title is missing.
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Using PreSelect
With the PreSelect feature you can select viewing choices in advance to avoid missing them. Use
PreSelect to plan your evening viewing; your DIRECTV PLUS System will automatically change
channels according to your selections and control your VCR for unattended recording.
To PreSelect a program, find an upcoming program you wish to watch and press the
key.
PreSelecting Programs for Taping
If you have the HIRD-E2 model digital satellite receiver, you can utilize this feature commonly known
as StarSight One-Touch Record (OTR). Programs that have been scheduled to be taped
will be identified with a videotape icon ( ) before the program title on the on-screen
guide. If you do not want to have the PreSelected program recorded, press the
key
again to change the setting to be automatically tuned to for viewing.
When using the Schedule To Tape feature the following steps must be completed for the
digital satellite receiver to perform unattended recording:
•
Attach the VCR Control cable (see chapter “Setting Up Your DIRECTV PLUS System.”)
•
Use the VCR SETUP screen (see chapter “Your Digital Satellite Receiver’s Menu
System.”)
•
Set your VCR to match the output of the digital satellite receiver. This could be either RF
(channel 3 or 4) or A/V (phono or S-video).
•
Insert a recordable videotape of sufficient length in the VCR.
•
Leave the VCR turned ON.
PreSelecting Programs for Viewing
Programs that are PreSelected for viewing will be identified on the on-screen guide with a check mark
(ü) before the program title. An additional press of the
key will return the status to not
scheduled.
Canceling PreSelected Programs
To cancel a PreSelected a program, find the upcoming program you wish to cancel and press the
key until the check mark (ü) or videotape icon ( ) is no longer shown.
If the program is currently airing, you will need to delete the event from the SCHEDULER screen
accessed from the MAIN MENU.
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The PROGRAM GUIDE (SM. CELL)
The PROGRAM GUIDE (SM. CELL) without
descriptions
The PROGRAM GUIDE (SM. CELL) with descriptions
The PROGRAM GUIDE (SM. CELL) displays 1½-hours of programming. Up to 12 channels can be
seen at one time. This number is reduced to 9 if the program description option is enabled.
The largest area of the PROGRAM GUIDE (SM. CELL) made up of cells is known as the program
grid. Some cells have arrows indicating that the program started at an earlier time or continues until a
later time than displayed in the grid. Each grid cell approximates the duration of the associated
program.
A time line spanning the width of the guide indicates the show times of the programs being displayed.
The list of blocks running down the left-hand side are the “channel tags.” Depending on the Channel
Sort (Name or Number) option specified in your system’s PREFERENCES screen (described in “The
Digital Satellite Receiver’s Menu System”) the tags may display the channel numbers or call signs.
This will dictate whether the channels are listed by channel number or alphabetically by call sign.
To navigate the guide, use the , , , and
more program offerings onto the screen.
keys. You can continue to press the
Pressing
on any title will direct you to the INFORMATION screen.
Use
to scroll through the guide entries a full page at a time.
and
or
keys to scroll
When the highlight is in the grid, use the and keys to move left and right. If you move the
highlight onto the channel tags, they will temporarily change to the opposite of what they were before
(either channel numbers or call signs).
Move the highlight to the right to move the grid area to reveal later time periods. Sometimes, after
scrolling a few hours ahead, there may be a brief delay while more information is received from the
satellite.
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The PROGRAM GUIDE (LG. CELL)
The PROGRAM GUIDE (LG. CELL) without
descriptions
The PROGRAM GUIDE (LG. CELL) with descriptions
The PROGRAM GUIDE (LG. CELL) displays two hours of programming. Up to 8 channels can be
seen at one time. This number is reduced to 6 if the program description option is enabled.
The largest area of the PROGRAM GUIDE (LG. CELL) made up of cells is known as the program
grid. Some cells have arrows indicating that the program started at an earlier time or continues until a
later time than displayed in the grid. Each grid cell approximates the duration of the associated
program.
A time line spanning the width of the guide indicates the show times of the programs being displayed.
The list of blocks running down the left-hand side are the “channel tags.” Depending on the Channel
Tag (Name/Number or Logos) option specified in the system’s PREFERENCES screen (described in
the chapter, “The Digital Satellite Receiver’s Menu System”) the tags may display the channel
numbers and call signs or network logos. Also, the Channel Sort (Name or Number) option specified
in the system’s PREFERENCES screen will dictate whether the channels are listed by channel
number, or alphabetically by call sign.
To navigate the guide, use the , , , and
more program offerings onto the screen.
keys. You can continue to press the
Pressing
on any title will direct you to the INFORMATION screen.
Use
to scroll through the guide entries a full page at a time.
and
or
keys to scroll
When the highlight is in the grid, use the and keys to move left and right. If you move the
highlight onto the channel tags, they will temporarily change to the opposite of what they were before
(either channel numbers or call signs).
Move the highlight to the right to move the grid area to reveal later time periods. Sometimes, after
scrolling a few hours ahead, there may be a brief delay while more information is received from the
satellite.
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The TITLE GUIDE
The TITLE GUIDE without descriptions
The TITLE GUIDE with descriptions
The TITLE GUIDE displays up to 12 program titles at any one time. This quantity is reduced to 9 if
the program description option is enabled.
The largest area of the TITLE GUIDE is the first column that displays the program titles in
alphabetical order. If a program title cannot fit entirely, an ellipsis (…) indicates a portion of the title is
missing. The second column indicates the start time of the program. If the program is going to be
airing several times within the next few hours, the word “Multiple” will appear in this column. The
third column indicates the program channel. If the program is going to be airing on several different
channels, the word “Multiple” will appear in this column. Pressing
on any title will direct you
to the INFORMATION screen where you can select Show Times to determine which showings best
suit you.
To move around the guide, use the or keys. You can continue to press the
more program offerings onto the screen.
To speed up the process of reviewing the guide, you can use
entries a full page at a time.
or
or
keys to scroll
to page through the guide
The LOGO GUIDE
The LOGO GUIDE without descriptions
The LOGO GUIDE with descriptions
The LOGO GUIDE displays up to 56 network logos at a time. This number is reduced to 42 if the
program description option is enabled.
The title of the program currently airing on the highlighted channel appears in the header area
immediately above the logo grid. Only current programming is available from the LOGO GUIDE.
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To navigate the guide, use the , , , and
more program offerings onto the screen.
keys. You can continue to press the
Pressing
on any title will direct you to the INFORMATION screen. Use
through the guide entries a full page at a time.
or
and
keys to scroll
to scroll
The WATCHWORDTM Guide
The WATCHWORD guide is only available on the HIRD-E2 digital satellite receiver.
The WATCHWORD guide lists programs matching one of the
eight words you have specified on the WATCHWORD screen
(accessed from the SETUP MENU).
Note: For the WatchWord Guide to have the opportunity to find
programs with matching words, your digital satellite receiver must
be turned off for a period of time. It is recommended that you allow
your system to look for your words while you sleep or when you are
at work. It cannot search for words while it is turned on.
The WATCHWORD Guide
The WATCHWORD guide displays up to 8 program titles that can
be seen at once. To navigate the guide, use the or keys. You can
continue to press the or keys to scroll more program offerings
onto the screen.
The first column displays the program titles. The second column indicates the start time of the
program. The third column indicates the channel that the program is or will be airing on. The fourth
and final column indicates the keyword that was found in the program title
Pressing
on any title will direct you to the INFORMATION screen.
To speed up the process of reviewing the guide, you can use
entries a full page at a time.
or
to page through the guide
Filtering the Guides
Searching through hundreds of programs can be overwhelming. The digital satellite receiver will help
you find what you are looking for. By pressing the
key while already in a guide, a pop-up menu
will display, providing the filtering tools and ways to access other guide styles.
By combining each of these filter options, you can quickly narrow down 200+ channels to those that
meet your viewing interests. Once you exit to view your program, all filters except for the favorite list
will reset to an unfiltered condition.
You should also be aware that some guide styles do not provide access to certain filter options. The
unavailable filters will not appear in the Guide Menu.
Theme Filters
When the Theme Filters button is highlighted and
is pressed, a pop-up menu appears. This
menu offers all the available category groupings of programs. After
choosing a category (other than All), the drop-down menu is
replaced by another menu called Types.
The Category pop-up menu
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The Types pop-up menu allows you to break down your chosen theme by type. For example, if you
chose Movies for the category, you can now choose a type of movie
such as Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi, etc. After selecting one of these, the
guide will be further filtered to show only those channels offering
programs of the selected category and type.
Popular categories can be quickly selected from your remote control
by pressing
followed by a number key. You will see labels on
the remote control for filtering the guide to movies, sports, news, and
all. Press
for movies,
for sports, or
for news and the guide will filter accordingly. Pressing the key
sequence a second time or pressing
will restore the guide
to show all themes.
The Types pop-up menu
Channel List
The Lists pop-up menu enables you to filter the guide to display only channels from the selected list. In
addition to All Channels, you can choose one of your own defined
lists. See the “Fav. Lists” section of “The Digital Satellite Receiver’s
Menu System” to learn how to set your favorite lists.
You can use the
key to cycle through the lists at any time in
the on-screen guide without using the drop-down menu. The Top-10
list can only be selected via the drop-down menu.
The “Top 10” favorite list is automatically maintained by the digital
satellite receiver. The digital satellite receiver monitors the channels
viewed in your household and compiles the ten most watched
channels on the list. As viewing habits change, the list will update
itself accordingly.
The Lists pop-up menu
It should be noted that all channel lists are maintained privately
within the digital satellite receiver for your use only.
Guide Times
The Guides pop-up menu ordinarily provides easy access to future programming information. Simply
select one of the hour offsets from the current time. After a few
seconds, the selected guide will appear.
Another type of guide that may be offered is a list-type guide. These
guides do not represent channels and time, but rather a list of
possible options. These guide types are very rare.
The Guide Times pop-up menu
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Class Filters
Another way to filter the guide is by using the Classes menu. From this menu you can select
classifications including the following:
• Subscrptn will exclude the PPV channels from the on-screen
guide.
•
PPV will list only channels offering PPV programs.
•
Schedule will list channels that have events you have scheduled.
• Other options may be listed since DIRECTV can update this list
via the satellite.
The Classes pop-up menu
The INFORMATION Screen
To obtain more information about a particular program while viewing one of the various on-screen
guides, press the
key. This screen is also displayed when
pressing the
key on the remote control or front panel in
response to a message such as "Press
to order."
The INFORMATION screen offers the same program description
explained earlier, and more. You can see displayed the program’s
actual start time and duration, the program rating, and a variety of
options associated with the selected program.
The INFORMATION screen
Many variations of button combinations exist. The button on the left
side of the Things to Do area could be View, PreSelect, or DeSelect.
Another button that could appear refers to pay per view programs
only. Unless your receiver is authorized to make such purchases this
button will not be displayed. It could be Buy $, Cancel Purchase, or
Buy Options.
The following buttons may be available:
Done
When you highlight the Done button and press
channel offering a purchase.
, you will be returned either to the guide or to the
View
After reading the program description and related information, you may choose to view it by
highlighting the View button and pressing
. If the program is a PPV event, you may need to
complete the purchase process (either on-screen or by calling DIRECTV) before the program can
actually be viewed.
PreSelect
PreSelect is one of the handiest features of your DIRECTV PLUS System. You can use it to plan your
evening or weekend viewing, then let the system do the rest. PreSelect will initiate a drop-down menu
offering your PreSelect options.
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You can perform the PreSelect capability from within the on-screen guides. Simply highlight the
program you want schedule and press the
key. Each press of the
key cycles through the
available options.
To View will mark the selected program to be automatically tuned in when it airs. At the right time the
digital satellite receiver will turn on and tune to the appropriate channel. Your selected programs will
be identified on the on-screen guide with a check mark (ü) before the program title.
To Tape is on offered on the HIRD-E2 model. It is very similar to To View; however, if you have
connected your VCR to the digital satellite receiver via the IR cable and have properly set the VCR
code from the Setup Menu, the chosen program will be recorded at the correct time. If the digital
satellite receiver turned itself on to record the program, it will also remember to turn itself back off
after the program ends. Programs you have scheduled for taping will be identified with a videotape
icon ( ) before the program title in the on-screen guide.
When using the PreSelect To Tape feature the following steps must be completed for the digital
satellite receiver to perform unattended recording:
•
Attach the VCR Control cable as described in the chapter “Setting Up Your DIRECTV
PLUS System.”
•
Use the VCR SETUP screen as described in the chapter “The Digital Satellite Receiver’s
Menu System.”
•
Set your VCR to match the output of the digital satellite receiver. This could be either RF
(channel 3 or 4) or A/V (phono or S-video).
•
Insert a recordable videotape of sufficient length in the VCR.
•
Leave the VCR turned ON.
Don’t Schedule is used if you initiate the drop-down menu and then choose not to schedule anything.
PreSelect To View
The PreSelect To View option appears when the unattended recording capability is not available (such
as with the model HIRD-E1 digital satellite receiver) or when a program is not authorized for taping.
In this case, the digital satellite receiver can still be scheduled to tune to it when it comes on.
Cancel PreSelect
Once a program has been scheduled for viewing, previewing, or taping, you have the option of
canceling the action. Schedules can also be canceled directly from the on-screen guide by highlighting
a scheduled program and pressing the
key.
If you wish to switch between To View and To Tape or vice versa, you must cancel the current
selection first, then choose the newly desired action. Canceling a scheduled program will also remove
the check mark or videotape icon preceding the program title on the on-screen guide.
If the program is currently airing, you will need to delete the event from the SCHEDULER screen
accessed from the MAIN MENU.
Buy
Buy is used for pay per view programming. The price of the event is displayed under the title of the
selected program. After highlighting the button and pressing
, you will be given the opportunity
to confirm your purchase.
If you are not authorized to make the purchase directly from the digital satellite receiver, you will need
to contact DIRECTV for assistance.
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Buy Options
The Buy Options button is similar to the Buy $ button. This button will initiate a drop-down menu with
three purchase options: View, Tape, and Don’t Purchase.
The View Only price indicates the cost to view the program only. A purchase of this type excludes the
possibility of taping the event for later viewing.
The Tape/View price indicates the cost to record the event for later viewing. Of course, you can also
view the event when it airs if you select this option.
After choosing either View or Tape, you may either confirm or cancel the purchase.
If neither purchase option is of interest to you, highlight Don’t Purchase and press
.
Cancel Purchase
Some events may allow cancellation after they have been purchased, depending on the event type, and
whether the event has been viewed. Unviewed purchases can usually be canceled. If the Cancel
Purchase button is displayed, you are allowed to cancel the previous purchase. If this button is not
offered, then most likely a portion of the event has already been viewed, committing you to the
purchase.
Show Times
The Show Times button provides a simple way to display a concise list of other presentation times for a
certain program. Use this button to find a more convenient viewing
time.
After selecting an alternate viewing time, you will be returned to an
updated INFORMATION screen.
The SHOW TIMES screen
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The digital satellite receiver offers much more than fantastic audio and video. The Main Menu is the
primary location where you can access system management functions. From the MAIN MENU you
can access the on-screen guide, customize system features, read DIRECTV messages, lock and unlock
your system, and more.
Most of the menus and screens described in this chapter cannot be accessed from the front panel. One
exception to this is the INSTALATION screen and the LOCK OVERRIDE pop-up panel. When
there is no satellite signal detected, pressing the
key will initiate the INSTALLATION screen
described in this chapter. If there is a message indicating that the selected program is locked, pressing
the
key will provide the opportunity to override the lock as described in this chapter.
Menu Overview
Digital satellite receiver menus have been designed to provide a logical and convenient way to access
system features and settings. The basic screen layout of each menu is divided into several distinct
areas. They are as follows:
•
Title, date, and time – Across the top of the screen you will see the title of the current menu on the
left-hand edge, and the date and time on the right-hand edge.
•
Advisory messages – Along the bottom of the screen you will see an area that is dedicated to
providing a brief explanation of the currently highlighted on-screen button.
•
Places to go – Down the left-hand edge of the screen is a variety of buttons. These buttons usually
navigate you to different screens. The top two buttons on the list are always Done and Video. The
Done button will take you back one level. The Video button will return you to the most recently
watched channel. This button is provided in case you are using the digital satellite receiver’s front
panel and don’t have access to the remote control. If the remote control is handy, pressing the
key is an easier way to return to your program. The information banner will appear briefly
or you can erase it quickly by pressing the
key again.
•
Things to do – This largest portion of the screen is dedicated to topics associated with the current
menu. Contents usually include buttons for changing settings or checking the status of some
feature. You will also see information regarding the current menu.
Some buttons contain small icons inside them, indicating their function:
The current setting will cycle through the possible settings with each press of the
key.
A list of options will be offered. This list appears in what is referred to as a “Pop-up Menu.”
A series of boxes will appear used to specify numbers and/or letters for the particular feature.
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Main Menu
From the MAIN MENU you can access the on-screen guide, customize your system features, check
incoming mail, lock and unlock your system, and more.
There are two ways to get to the MAIN MENU. First, you can press
the
keys on the remote control. Or when one of the
on-screen program guide is displayed, you can press the
key
to reveal the pop-up GUIDE MENU, then select the Main Menu
button.
Places to go from the MAIN MENU
The Guide button takes you from the MAIN MENU to the onscreen guide. You can use the guide to display what’s available at a
given time. The guide also offers a pop-up menu of buttons that are
useful for filtering the guide or changing the style of the on-screen
guide. See the chapter “The On-Screen Guides” for information.
The MAIN MENU
A quicker way to access the on-screen guide from the MAIN MENU or any other menu is by pressing
the
key, either on the remote control or on the digital satellite receiver’s front panel.
The remaining buttons provide access to those features described in greater detail in this chapter.
Setup
The Setup button will take you to the SETUP MENU, which provides access to infrequently changed
setup options of the digital satellite receiver.
Scheduler
The Scheduler button takes you to the SCHEDULER screen, where you can program and edit
automated channel-changing events. Events can be programmed to occur either once or multiple times.
Check Mail
The Check Mail button takes you to the CHECK MAIL screen. The mail feature enables DIRECTV
to inform you about upcoming special events, programming changes, offers, and other important
information.
Purchases
The Purchases button takes you to the PURCHASES screen, where you can review your recent pay
per view activity, including past and advance purchases.
Help
The Help button takes you to the ASSISTANCE screen. It should be your first stop when you need
help or have a question. Think of this feature as a quick reference manual.
Lock/Unlock
This bottom button displays a pop-up panel to activate or deactivate the LOCK. It is labeled either
Lock or Unlock indicating the option available depending on the current status of the digital satellite
receiver lock. If the digital satellite receiver is locked, you will see a small lock icon just below the
date and time at the top of the screen.
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Setup Menu
Many functions of your digital satellite receiver can be customized. These settings may be modified
and reviewed in the SETUP MENU.
Places to go from the SETUP MENU
The remaining buttons provide access to those features described in
greater detail in this chapter.
Preferences
The Preferences button takes you to the PREFERENCES screen,
where you can customize the appearance of the on-screen guides and
various menus.
The SETUP MENU
Limits
The Limits button takes you to the LIMITS screen, where you can establish restrictions on the use of
the digital satellite receiver. These restrictions include program rating limits and pay per view
spending limits.
Chan. Lists
The Chan. Lists button takes you to the CHANNEL LISTS screen, where you can preset your favorite
channel selections into four groupings. Three lists can be named and used by different household
members. A fourth list is labeled “Family” and can be used to restrict access to channels to be viewed
by everyone in the household.
TurboTune™
The TurboTune button takes you to the TURBOTUNE SETUP screen, from which you may set the
channels associated with the TurboTune feature. See the chapter “Watching DIRECTV PLUS System
Programming” for more information on using TurboTune. Refer to the “TurboTune” section later in
this chapter for information about programming the TurboTune feature.
Installation
The Installation button takes you to the INSTALLATION screen, which contains utilities to facilitate
installation of your satellite dish antenna. You can also evaluate your system’s signal strength via the
INSTALLATION screen.
VCR Setup
The VCR Setup button on the HIRD-E2 model digital satellite receiver takes you to the VCR SETUP
screen, which is used to allow the digital satellite receiver to be able to perform unattended recording
on a VCR. You will need to tell the digital satellite receiver what your VCR brand and the code used to
control it.
WatchWord
The WatchWord button on the HIRD-E2 model digital satellite receiver takes you to the
WATCHWORD screen, which is used to specify key words in program titles and descriptions that are
of interest to you. After specifying up to eight different words, the digital satellite receiver will search
for program information containing one or more of these words while the digital satellite receiver is in
standby mode.
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Things to do in the SETUP MENU
Current settings overview
An overview of the current settings can be reviewed without having to access each associated screen.
Scheduler
The digital satellite receiver is equipped with a SCHEDULER that allows up to 32 events to be
programmed. You can use the SCHEDULER feature along with
your VCR to record programs unattended. The SCHEDULER can
be used to automatically tune to a program at a specific date and
time or at a specific time on a repeating basis.
With the model HIRD-E2 digital satellite receiver you can have
programs taped automatically. If you have the model HIRD-E1
digital satellite receiver you may choose to also program your
VCR’s timer to achieve unattended recording.
When using the PreSelect To Tape feature on the model HIRD-E2,
the following steps must be completed for the digital satellite
receiver to perform unattended recording:
The SCHEDULER screen
•
Attach the VCR Control cable as described in the chapter
“Setting Up Your DIRECTV PLUS System.”
•
Use the VCR SETUP utility as described in the chapter “The Digital Satellite Receiver’s
Menu System.”
•
Set your VCR to match the output of the digital satellite receiver. This could be either RF
(channel 3 or 4) or A/V (phono or S-video).
•
Insert a recordable videotape of sufficient length in the VCR.
•
Leave the VCR turned ON.
Things to do in the SCHEDULER screen
The EVENT TIMER screen displays up to seven rows of events. You can use the
through the events.
key to scroll
There are multiple settings for the On column: a check mark (ü) for viewing only, or on the HIRD-E2
model, a videotape symbol (
) for taping.
Editing an event
The “Events” portion of the screen displays up to seven previously scheduled events at one time. If
more than seven events are already scheduled, you may use either the key to scroll down, or the
key to view the additional events. A small arrow at the top or bottom of the event list indicates that
there are additional events.
Once you have highlighted the event you wish to set or edit, press
. You will be prompted with a
pop-up menu. If you choose the scheduling option, the digital satellite receiver will turn on (if
necessary) and tune to the specified channel at the correct date and time. If the Schedule to Tape
option is provided and is chosen, and you have successfully completed the VCR setup procedure, the
digital satellite receiver will allow recording of the event. To remove a previously scheduled event,
select the Delete option. If you inadvertently pressed
, select Cancel.
After choosing a scheduling option, a pop-up panel appears for channel selection. You can enter the
desired channel using either the number keys on the remote control or the and or
and .
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After specifying a channel, press the
key or select OK when you are ready to continue.
Next, enter a Start time using either the number keys on the remote control or the
to continue.
and
keys. Press
You then must specify whether the time you entered is AM or PM (or N for noon, or M for midnight if
the time specified is 12:00) using the and keys. To continue, press .
Using the same procedure as setting the start time, set the program Duration as hours and minutes. As
before, use to advance to the Frequency column.
The Frequency column is very versatile. Using the and keys, you can specify when, or how often,
the event occurs. Your choices are: Today, Tomorrow, Every Mon, Every Tue, Every Wed, Every Thu,
Every Fri, Every Sat, Every Sun, Everyday, Mon-Fri, or “/” to specify an exact date. If you are
specifying a date, enter the numbers using the remote control in month/day format. The year will be set
automatically. Events can be scheduled up to eleven months in advance. Once you have set the
Frequency, advance using the key.
Review your settings and choose OK. Otherwise, choose Cancel to delete the edits made to this event.
Check Mail
The CHECK MAIL feature of the digital satellite receiver enables DIRECTV to notify you about
important information, upcoming special events, offers, and other
promotional programming.
When new messages are received, a “new mail” icon appears at the
top of all menu screens. This indicator will remain on the menus
until you have read the new message.
When you highlight the Check Mail button, the advisory message at
the bottom of the screen indicates if there are any messages to read.
If there are, you can press
to access the CHECK MAIL
screen.
The CHECK MAIL screen
Things to do in the CHECK MAIL screen
Message
The Message button will allow you to cycle through multiple messages if more than one piece of mail
is available. Highlight the Message button and use the and keys to step through the messages.
Page
The Page button will allow you to cycle through the pages of a multi-page message. Highlight the
Page button and use the and keys to step through the pages.
Erase
The Erase button will remove a piece of mail from your mailbox. Please be aware that once a piece of
mail has been erased, it cannot be retrieved. Messages will self erase if they become outdated or if
space is needed to hold newer incoming messages.
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Purchases
The PURCHASE screen displays recently viewed and advanced purchased pay per view events. You
can choose between Purchase History and Upcoming Purchases by selecting the History button or
Upcoming button located in the Places to Go area of the PURCHASES screen.
For each purchase, the event channel, title, start date and time, and cost is listed. If there are more
events than can fit on the screen, use the key or advance a page at a time using
to view them
If you need to discuss an event with DIRECTV, highlight the questioned event and press the
key. An advisory message will appear containing additional information that DIRECTV may need.
Places to go from the PURCHASES screen
History/Upcoming
The History or Upcoming button appears only on the complementary screen. This means that if you
are viewing history on the PURCHASES screen, you will have the Upcoming button offered.
Conversely, if you are viewing upcoming on the PURCHASES screen, you will have the History
button offered in the Places To Go area.
Things to do on the PURCHASES screen
Purchase History
The Purchase History displays recently viewed pay per view events that will be or have been charged
to you. You will not see events you purchased but later canceled, or cancelable events that were
purchased but which the digital satellite receiver never tuned to, will not appear. Events that were
ordered by directly calling DIRECTV will also not appear on this list. You cannot remove events from
this list. Reported events will disappear from this list as the digital satellite receiver needs space to log
more recent purchases.
You will see the event channel, title, the start date and time, and the cost for each purchase. There may
be more events than can fit on the screen. You can access these by using the key or
key.
If you need to discuss an event with DIRECTV, highlight the questioned event and press
Additional information will be displayed.
.
Upcoming Purchases
The Upcoming Purchases screen displays PPV events you have purchased but not yet viewed, or
purchased but never viewed. Events that were ordered by calling DIRECTV will not appear on this list.
You will see the event channel, title, the start date and time, and the cost for each purchase. There may
be more events than can fit on the screen. You can access these by using the key or
key.
If you would like to cancel an event, highlight the event in question and press
. A pop-up panel
will be displayed where you may be given the opportunity to cancel your purchase. Be aware that
cancellation of some events may not be possible.
Lock/Unlock
When you first receive your satellite system, it will be unlocked; (i.e., no limits or restrictions are in
effect). To enforce the limits (spending, ratings, and “Family” favorite list), you must lock the system.
When the button on the MAIN MENU reads Lock, no lock symbol appears at the top of the menu
screen, indicating that the system is unlocked.
NOTE: Once the digital satellite receiver is locked, only existing Family list channels will be
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unlocking the digital satellite receiver. To avoid this inconvenience, verify the contents of the
Family list before locking the digital satellite receiver.
Locking Procedure
When the Lock button is selected, the LOCK SYSTEM pop-up panel is displayed. Use the and
keys or the remote control number keys to enter a four-digit
passcode of your choosing. If you enter the code using the number
keys, you will not see the numbers appear on the screen. After
entering a four-digit passcode, highlight and select OK to proceed.
Otherwise, choose Cancel to cancel the locking process.
If you continue, you will be asked to confirm the code by entering it
again in the same fashion as before. Once again, highlight and select
OK to proceed. Otherwise, choose Cancel.
The LOCK pop-up panel
Once OK has been selected, the digital satellite receiver is locked.
You will need code whenever you wish to unlock or override the
lock. The button used to lock your system is now used to unlock
your receiver. A lock symbol appears at the top of every menu
screen to remind you that the digital satellite receiver is locked.
Unlocking Procedure
To remove the lock and its restrictions, highlight the Unlock button and press the
key.
When the SYSTEM UNLOCK pop-up panel appears, you can use
the and keys or the remote control number keys to enter the
four-digit passcode that you used to lock the digital satellite receiver
earlier. If you enter the code using the number keys, you will not see
the numbers appear on the screen.
After entering the passcode, highlight and select OK. Once the
digital satellite receiver has been unlocked, all limits and
restrictions are removed! Otherwise, choose Cancel to keep the
lock in effect.
If you forget your four-digit code, call DIRECTV for assistance.
The UNLOCK pop-up panel
Temporarily Overriding the Lock
There are times you may wish to temporarily remove the restrictions imposed by locking. You can do
this without unlocking the digital satellite receiver. When you press
, when prompted, the LOCK OVERRIDE pop-up will be
displayed. It looks and navigates just like the SYSTEM UNLOCK
pop-up.
The LOCK OVERRIDE pop-up panel on menus
Note: Once the correct four-digit code is entered, the digital
satellite receiver will remain unlocked until you power the
digital satellite receiver off. At that time all locks and limits will
be enforced again.
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Preferences
By changing the various options on the PREFERENCES screen, you can customize the digital
satellite receiver to operate in the way that best suits your needs.
You can access the PREFERENCES screen at any time and as
often as you like to change any of these settings. Making changes
cannot harm your DIRECTV PLUS System in any way.
Places to go from the PREFERENCES
screen
Advanced
When you select Advanced, the ADVANCED PREFERENCES
screen will be displayed. Here, you can set options including your
digital satellite receiver ID, phone prefix, and screen ration. You can
also reset all options to the factory default settings.
The PREFERENCES screen
Things to do in the PREFERENCES screen
MultiColor
The MultiColor option allows you to choose whether or not programs in the on-screen guide will be
color coded to indicate their category. When enabled, programs that are movies will appear on a rose
background, sports on a green background, and news on a brown background. All other program
categories will continue to appear on a blue background.
Chan. Tags
The Chan. Tags option will influence only the appearance of the PROGRAM GUIDE styles. With
this control, you may choose whether the channel tags will appear as channel numbers and call signs or
as network logos.
Chan. Sort
By default, “Channel Sort Option” is set to Number. This numerically lists channels in the program
guide. Setting this option to Name will display channels in alphabetical order.
NOTE: If you sort the channels by Name, please take note. Using the
and
keys to step
through the channels will appear to change channels a random order when, in fact, the channels
are sorted and tuned to in alphabetical order.
Scheme
The SCHEME pop-up menu enables you to select a color scheme for the on-screen guides and menus.
Audio
The DEFAULT AUDIO pop-up menu enables you to specify the audio track for programs you watch.
While English is the default audio, you may choose an alternate audio track. If your chosen audio track
is available for the program, you will hear it. Otherwise, you will hear will be the primary audio track
in which the program produced.
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Language
The LANGUAGE option enables you to specify the language in which menus and messages are
displayed. While English is the default language, you may choose Spanish. Be aware that program
titles and descriptions will continue to be in English since that text is broadcast.
Filters
The default setting for Filters is “Temporary.” With a setting of “Temporary,” each time you leave the
on-screen guide, all filters other than Channel List will reset (all categories and complete class). If you
change the Filters setting to “Persistent,” any filtering that you should happen to do will survive
exiting the on-screen guide and be in effect for the OneLine Guide and even later when returning to
the on-screen guide at a later time.
Advanced Preferences
The ADVANCED PREFERENCES screen contains options that are less likely to require changes
once they are set. Most users will not make any changes to this
screen. This screen also provides a means to reset all preference
options to the factory defaults.
Things to do in the ADVANCED
PREFERENCES screen
Receiver ID
Someday, you may choose to get a second digital satellite receiver.
If both receivers are in the same room or if you are using an RF
remote control or a remote control extender, you may experience
The ADVANCED PREFERENCES screen
interference between signals. To avoid this “cross talk,” simply
highlight the Receiver ID button and press
on the remote control to be used for that specific
digital satellite receiver. Remember to set your remote control to the desired code first. For information
regarding changing the remote control code, see the chapter “Programming Your Remote Control.”
Screen Ratio
Screen Ratio should be set to 4:3 for most televisions, which is the default. This indicates that you are
using a standard format television screen. However, if you have a wide-screen television, you may
want to change this setting to the 16:9 option. While setting this option to the wrong format will not
harm your TV, it may cause a distorted picture.
Channel Lock
The Channel Lock setting provides a way for you to set your digital satellite receiver to permanently
stay on a specified channel. When the setting is anything other than “- - - -” the digital satellite receiver
will always power up on that channel and will ignore any attempts to change the channel. To allow
channel changing to function again, set this option back to “- - - -.”
Input Key
The Input Key option allows you to enable or disable the functionality of the
key on your
remote control. This is useful if you are not using the local TV pass through capability of your digital
satellite receiver and want to avoid getting a snowy picture from inadvertent presses of the
key.
Please note that the pass through capability happens automatically when the digital satellite receiver is
powered off.
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Demo Mode
The Demo Mode is a feature that is primarily intended for in-store presentations. When enabled, the
digital satellite receiver will step through a variety of features and display messages decribing these
features. While pressing any key will allow you to regain operation of your digital satellite receiver,
this is only temporary. After several minutes of non-interaction, the demonstration will begin again. To
stop the demonstration mode permanently, disable the Demo Mode via this button.
Factory Defaults
If you ever want to reset the digital satellite receiver preferences, select the Factory Defaults button.
Limits
The LIMITS screen provides settings to help you control the viewing restrictions of satellite
programming. These limits, when accompanied by the CHANNEL
LISTS, put a great degree of control in your hands.
For the TV Timer, Rating and Spending limits to be enforced,
the digital satellite receiver must be locked, as described earlier
in this chapter.
Places to go from the LIMITS screen
The LIMITS screen
TV Timer
The TV Timer is only available on the HIRD-E2 digital satellite receiver.
When you select TV Allow, the TV TIMER screen will be
presented. If your receiver is locked, you will need to enter your
passcode to access this screen.
From the TV TIMER screen you can specify the hours that satellite
programming can be viewed on your receiver. This is done by
highlighting each of the days you wish to control and pressing
. After selecting a day of the week, you can set an acceptable
start and end viewing period or a total viewing duration.
The TV TIMER screen
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Things to do in the LIMITS screen
Max Rating
Program ratings indicate the suitability of a program’s content for a given audience. For families with
younger children, a lower rating limit may be desirable. Other
families may choose to allow viewing of more sophisticated
programming. The LIMITS screen leaves this choice and control up
to you.
Highlight the Max Ratings button and press
to display the
MAX RATING pop-up menu where you set the limit. When the
digital satellite receiver is locked, the passcode must be entered to
change the ratings limit.
The RATING pop-up panel
Determine the highest allowable rating for your family and highlight
it. When you press
all ratings up to and including the chosen
rating will be checked. All higher ratings will be cleared. You may
choose to Lock All or Allow All instead of setting a specific limit.
Max Spending
Pay per view access enables you to purchase special, limited-broadcast events such as sporting events
and movies. You can set the maximum purchase price on a per-event
basis. To change the displayed limit, highlight the Max Spending
button and press
to display the SPENDING LIMIT pop-up
panel. When the digital satellite receiver is locked, the passcode will
be needed to change the ratings limit.
Use the number keys on the remote control to set the limit or use the
and keys to increase or decrease each digit. Use the and
keys to highlight the digit that you want to change. The maximum
limit is $655 per event.
Highlight OK and press
to confirm the entered amount.
The SPENDING pop-up panel
Channel Lists
Channel Lists are provided to help you organize the hundreds of available channels into groupings that
suit the needs of your household. Each list can contain as many or as
few channels as you would like. You can customize these groupings
in a variety of ways. For example, Fav. A could be Dad’s favorite
channels, Fav. B could be Mom’s favorites, Fav. C could be the
kids’ channels, and Family could be all channels that Mom and Dad
have deemed appropriate for the entire family. Each of the lists, with
the exception of Family, can be renamed.
The CHANNEL LISTS setup screen
NOTE: Once the digital satellite receiver is locked, only existing
Family list channels will be accessible. If the Family list has not
had channels added to it, no channels can be viewed without first
unlocking the digital satellite receiver. To avoid this
inconvenience, set up the Family list before locking the digital
satellite receiver.
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Rename
When you highlight the Rename button and press the
key, a Rename List pop-up menu appears.
You can choose any of the first three lists to be renamed. The All, Family, and Top 10 lists cannot be
renamed. Once you have selected a list, a Rename List entry keyboard pop-up panel appears. You can
highlight the desired letter using the , , , and keys. Press
to enter the letter. When you
have finished, choose OK.
Auto Set
AutoSet is designed to help in the initial programming of your channel lists. When you select the Auto
Set button, a pop-up menu appears showing each of the channel lists. Highlight and select a channel
list to be programmed. Once selected, the Auto Set Progress pop-up status panel appears. It will take
several minutes for the digital satellite receiver to scan through all channels and determine which ones
you are authorized to receive. The results of this scan will be stored in the designated channel list.
Note: Auto Set may exclude some channels such as the Music Choice channels or include some
pay per view channels. This does not mean that the digital satellite receiver is faulty. These
channels were excluded or included due to the digital satellite receiver’s analysis process. You
may edit the lists manually to correct these oversights.
Clear
You may decide to remove all channels from a particular list later on. Selecting Clear will allow you to
clear all channels from a chosen list. You may then add channels back in.
Set
If you decide to include all channels in a particular list, selecting Set will allow you to specify the list.
You may then remove channels from this list if you so choose.
Things to do in the CHANNEL LISTS screen
Tag Boxes
The four columns of small boxes on the right hand side of the screen are the Tag Boxes. The first three
columns are the lists traditionally known as Fav.A, Fav.B, and Fav.C. The farthest right hand column
is the Family list.
In the CHANNEL LISTS screen, use the , , , and keys to highlight the button that corresponds
to the channel number and list that you wish to change. Press the
key to add or remove the
check mark, which indicates that the channel in that row is included in the list shown at the top of the
column.
To help you decide whether to include or exclude a certain channel, the title of the currently airing
program for that channel will appear at the top of the screen.
Remember that when the digital satellite receiver is locked, only channels in the Family list can
be viewed. This means that even though a channel appears on the Fav. A, B, C, or All Channels list,
the selected channel must also be on the Family list in order to see or hear it.
For the Family List limit to be in force, the digital satellite receiver must be locked. Locking is
described earlier in this chapter. When the system is locked the passcode will be needed to modify the
settings of the channel lists.
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TurboTune™
The TURBOTUNE SETUP screen is used to specify which nine channels that will appear in the
TurboTune pop-up panel that shows over video when
is
pressed.
Things to do in the TURBOTUNE
SETUP screen
Set Channel
Using the , , , and keys, highlight one of the nine channel
boxes. You can enter the desired channel using the number keys on
the remote control, or by using the
and . Pressing
while
highlighting
one
of
the
channel
boxes
will
also
initiate
a
pop-up
The TURBOTUNE setup screen
panel that will allow you to set the channel using the and keys
on the remote control or the digital satellite receiver’s front panel.
Installation
The INSTALLATION screen provides the utilities that makes the setup and testing of your system
simple and convenient.
Places to go from the INSTALLATION
screen
System Test
The System Test button takes you to the SYSTEM TEST screen.
New Card
The NEW CARD screen provides a way DIRECTV to distribute
new access cards. Should you be issued a new card, you will need to
activate it. Follow the on-screen instructions carefully to initialize it.
Once the process has begun, your old access card will no longer allow viewing. You should not
interrupt the process once it has begun. An interruption could cause both the old and the new card to
become invalid. When the process is complete, your new access card will be usable, while the old card
will no longer be valid.
The INSTALLATION screen
Satellite
This button only applies for oval dishes that are equipped with LNBs that receive signals from 101°,
119° and possibly 110°. Each time this button is selected, the satellite being monitored for signal
strength will advance.
Transponder #
You may want to try different transponders to troubleshoot satellite signal reception problems. Each
transponder transmits multiple programs at a time. The transponder shown when the screen first
displays represents the one associated with the last viewed program. By moving the highlight to the
transponder area, you can enter a number from 01 to 32. Different transponders may show varying
signal strengths. This is normal unless the variations are extreme (such as 40 and 90). In the event of
signal reception problems, customer service representatives may ask for signal strength on a different
transponder. Do not change transponders trying to find the best signal since the transponder will
automatically change depending on the channel you want to view.
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Another signal strength utility that you may find useful is the Cable Test that can be found in the
SYSTEM TEST screen.
Receiver ID
Someday, you may choose to get a second digital satellite receiver. If both receivers are in the same
room or if you are using an RF remote control or a remote control extender, you may experience
interference between signals. To avoid this “cross talk,” simply highlight the Receiver ID button and
press
on the remote control to be used for that specific digital satellite receiver. Remember to
set your remote control to the desired code first. For information regarding changing the remote control
code, see the chapter “Programming Your Remote Control.”
Dish Type
The Dish Type button will initiate a pop-up menu where you can choose the style of satellite dish you
are using. The following options are provided in that menu:
SINGLE – Refers to the traditional 18” satellite dish. This dish will be configured with an
LNB with either one or two outputs.
DUAL – Refers to the larger, oval, multi-LNB satellite dish. This dish will be configured with
two LNBs in the positions marked “SAT A” (101°) and “SAT B” (119°). Each LNB will have
one or two outputs.
TRIPLE - Refers to the larger, oval, multi-LNB satellite dish. This dish will be configured
with three LNBs in the positions marked “SAT A” (101°), “SAT B” (119°) and “SAT C”
(110°). Each LNB will have one of two outputs.
Note: When “Satellite 1” is used in reference this is equivalent to “SAT A.” Likewise, “Satellite 2”
equates to “SAT B” and “Satellite 3” equates to “SAT C.” Choosing the correct dish type is necessary
to obtain correct pointing results.
Position
After selecting Position from the INSTALLATION screen a pop-up menu called Alignment Mode
will appear. You can enter your location by either Align by ZIP or Align by LAT/LONG. After making
your selection, the appropriate pop-up entry panel will appear. Use the and keys or use the
numeric keypad to change the value of the digits. Press the key to advance or the key to back up.
Once you have entered all of the correct digits, select OK. The calculated results on the proper
direction to point your satellite dish antenna will be displayed.
Things to do in the INSTALLATION screen
Here, the quality of the satellite signal is automatically displayed. In addition to using this at
installation time, you can use it to troubleshoot if you experience loss of signal, momentary video
freezing, or similar problems.
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System Test
Whenever you experience a problem with your satellite system, you can use the SYSTEM TEST
screen, which runs a series of internal diagnostics that will provide
you with basic information about the status of your system.
Things to do in the SYSTEM TEST
screen
Receiver Test
Depending on your test results, you may be able to remedy the
problem yourself. For example, if your Access Card is missing,
verify that it is facing the right direction and try reinserting it. A “No
Dial Tone” message indicates that the phone line is in use or the
SYSTEM TEST screen
digital satellite receiver is disconnected from the phone line. If you
cannot remedy a problem yourself, call your dealer or the Customer Care Center at 1-800-274-8995
and provide the technician with a complete description of the problem and the results of the system
test. The technician will assist you with additional repair information and instructions.
Cable Test
When Cable Test is selected the digital satellite receiver scans through all transponders and displays
the signal strength for each. If there are any detectable problems, you will be notified of the most likely
cause of the problem. Otherwise, you may simply find this test to be a convenient way to analyze your
signal quality.
VCR Setup
The VCR SETUP screen on the HIRD-E2 model digital satellite receiver provides access to the
settings that will allow the digital satellite receiver to communicate
the record and stop commands to your VCR.
Things to do in the VCR SETUP screen
Brand
Search through the various brands of VCRs that are supported using
the and keys. Related brands that share the same control codes
may be suggested. You may want to experiment with these if you are
having difficulty finding a functioning code under your VCR’s own
brand name.
The VCR SETUP screen
Code
More than one code may be assigned to your brand of VCR. Try each of the codes offered by using the
and keys to step through each code. Alternate between this procedure and testing the code.
Test (Record/Stop)
The testing function allows you to verify that the specified brand and code will control your VCR. To
run the test, the VCR Control cable must be properly attached, a recordable tape must be in the VCR
and the VCR powered on.
Use the front panel of the digital satellite receiver, rather than the remote control, when testing the
codes. This is because signals coming from the remote control at the same time as signals coming from
the VCR Control cable could give unreliable test results.
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Be sure to test both the Record and the Stop commands, which are necessary for successful taping
capability. If either Record or Stop fails to function, try other Codes associated with your VCR brand.
If you are unsuccessful in the test process after trying all available codes, recheck your VCR Control
cable connections and IR emitter placement.
WatchWord
The WATCHWORD setup screen found on the HIRD-E2 model digital satellite receiver is used to
specify up to eight different words that can be used to identify
programming of interest to you. While the digital satellite receiver is
in standby mode the program titles and descriptions in the guide will
be searched. Programs which contain matching words, will be
included in the WATCHWORD on-screen guide.
Note: For the WatchWord Guide to have the opportunity to find
programs with matching words, your digital satellite receiver must
be turned off for a period of time. It is recommended that you allow
your system to look for your words while you sleep or when you are
at work. It cannot search for words while it is turned on.
Things to do in the WATCHWORD
screen
The WATCHWORD setup screen
WatchWord #
Highlighting one of the eight choices and pressing
will initiate a pop-up panel where you can
define a search word. If “CAGNEY” and “ALIEN” were specified, the “CAGNEY” search word
might find movies in which James Cagney performed in, as well as the TV series “Cagney and Lacey.”
The “ALIEN” search word might find the movie “Aliens” as well as any program which includes the
word “alien” in the description. Partial words work as well.
Entering the desired words is easy using the pop-up keyboard. You can highlight the desired letter
using the , , , and keys. Press
to enter the letter. Once
the word in entered, choose OK.
The WatchWord pop-up keyboard
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PROGRAMMING
YOUR REMOTE
CONTROL
8
You can use the remote control that came with your digital satellite receiver to control other
components in your entertainment system. The remote control will control
your digital satellite receiver and other devices in your entertainment system.
Programming the Remote
Control
There are two ways to program your remote control to match your
equipment: code scan and code entry. Code scan can take some time, but it
avoids having to refer to this manual to program your remote control. Code
entry saves some time but you will need to look up the codes assigned to the
devices.
Programming Mode
Keep your remote control aimed at the device you want to control during this
process. The remote control will send out the “power” command for the
device being programmed.
While holding down the device key (i.e., TV) that you are programming,
press the “Mute” key for one full second. Then release the keys. The device
key should light and stay lit. If it doesn’t, repeat the process.
Then choose either the code scan or code entry method.
Code Scan
Once you are in programming mode, repeatedly tap the
key to step
through the codes, sending out the power command. This could take some
time since there are could be many for each type of device. When your device
shuts off, you have found the code. If you inadvertently go past a code that
responded, or realized that you may not have been aiming the remote at the
device, you can use the
key to step backward through the codes. Press the
key to verify that you haven’t missed the code. In order to lock in the
code, press the device key again. The remote will remember the code until
you reprogram it.
Code Entry
First, look up the device type and brand in the following charts. You will find
a list of numbers; one or more of which should operate your device. If there is
more than one code, you will need to try each of them to find the one that
works best.
The remote control.
Model HRMC-1 does not have the AUX key.
Once you are in code entry mode, enter the three-digit code. Press the device
key being programmed once again to lock in the entered code. The remote
will remember the code until you reprogram it.
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Test if the entered code matches your device by pressing the
key. If the device works, you’re all
set. Otherwise, repeat the process using the next code for your brand or try the code scan procedure.
TELEVISION
Admiral
A Mark
Akai
Amstrad
Anam
AOC
Audiovox
Blaupunkt
Bruette
Candle
Capehart
Cetronic
Citizen
Classic
Concerto
Contec
Coronado
Craig
Crown
Curtis Mathes
CXC
Daewoo
Daytron
Dynasty
Dynatech
Electrohome
Emerson
Fisher
Funal
Futuretech
GE
Goldstar
Hall Mark
Hitachi
Infinity
JBL
JCPenny
Jensen
JVC
KEC
Kenwood
Kloss
KMC
KTV
Kuehn
Lodgenet
Logik
Lauxman
LXI
Magnavox
Marantz
Matsui
Memorex
Metz
MGA
Minerva
Mitsubishi
MTC
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CODE NUMBER
072 081 160 161
112 143
070 146
052
043 054 056 080 112
070 004 058 112
076 120
088
572
070 002 003 004
058
043
070 002 003 004 043
103 143
043
004
043 050 051
143
043 054 191
043 143
070 101 143 004
043
076 103 004 016 043
120 127 143 128 136
044
004 143
043
062
024 076 120 143
004 005 028 043 047
050 051 076 120 143
153 154 155 070 096
007 057
028 043
043
160 165 161 070 008
034 056 073 074 130
167 004 145
004 106 110 112 119
143 193
004
011 004 009 010 012
075 143 007 072
164
164
070 004 008 009 030
101 160 024 143 156
013
038 001 083 034
043
070 001
002 059
143
043 143 154 070
722
072
072
004
007 015 052 081 160
164 059 070 003 004
061 063 064 022 094
160
070 164
164
004 007 072
088
024 070 004 024 028
088
024 004 040 042 028
070 004 062 101
TELEVISION
NAD
NEC
131
101
114
192
048
151
191
009
155
127
023
065
060
127
042
146
CODE NUMBER
015 025
070 040 016 056 024
134 019 004
Nikei
043
Onking
043
Onwa
043
Optonica
019 081
Panasonic
034 080 056 164
Philco
164 070 003 059 060
004 056 063 024
Philips
164 093 038 005 059
070 003 004
Pioneer
025 070 004 018 023
Portland
004 143 065
Proscan
160 161 167 145 065
Proton
004 058 131 143 171
Quasar
034 056 080 164
Radio Shack
004 019 043 127 143
RCA
160 161 156 165 065
004 023 024 056 074
167 145
Realistic
007 019 043 047
Runco
072 130
Sampo
070 004 058
Samsung
101 004 050 089 105
127 143 133
Sanyo
007 020 053 057 082
Scott
004 028 043 048 143
Sears
015 030 028 094 004
057 082 143 160 167
Sharp
081 004 014 019 022
143 029
Siemens
088
Signature
072
Sony
001 085 126 166 079
Soundesign
028 003 004 043
Spectricon
112
SSS
004 043
Supre Macy
002
Sylvania
070 003 059 060 063
127 160 164 044
Sylvester
917
Symphonics
194 052
Tandy
081
Tatung
056 062
Technics
034 080
Techwood
004
Teknika
002 003 004 024 028
072 101 143
Telerent
072
Tera
173
Tmk
004
Toshiba
015 030 007 040 062
Universal
008 009
Video Concepts 146
Vidtech
004
Wards
004 019 064 008 009
060 061 063 072 074
164 165
Westing House 076 120
Yamaha
070 004
York
004
Yupiteru
043
Zenith
072 073 095 103
Zonda
112
VCR
Aiwa
Akai
130
064
127
190
173
070
152
160
007
028
064
043
101
028
143
CODE NUMBER
034
016 043 046 124 125 142
146
VCR
Ampro
Anam
Audio Dynamics
Brooksonic
Canon
Capehart
Craig
Curtis Mathes
Deawoo
CODE NUMBER
072
031
012 023 039 043
035 037 044 129 152
028 031
108
003 040 135
031 041 156
117 119 005 116 007
065 108 110 112
Daytron
108
Dimensia
156
DBX
012 023 039 043
Dynatech
034 053
Electrohome
059
Emerson
006 029 035 025 027
036 037 046 101 129
138 017 031 044 152
153
Fisher
003 008 009 010
Funai
034
GE
031 072 144 147 063
107 109 156 126
Go Video
040 132 136
Goldstar
101 123 012 013 114
Harman Kardon 012 045
Hitachi
004 026 034 063 137
156
Instantreplay
031
JCL
031
JCPenny
012 013 040 101 156
Jensen
043
JVC
048 050 043 130 060
031 150 055 158
Kenwood
014 034 047 048 023
Lloyd
034
LXI
034 003 009 017
Magin
040
Magnavox
067 031 034 041 068
160 064
Marantz
067 069 031 067 012
Marta
101
Matsui
027 030
MEI
031
Memorex
102 101 003 010 014
034 053 072 139 134
MGA
045 046 059
Minolta
013 156
Mitsubishi
059 061 046 051 142
045 162
MTC
034 040
Multitech
024 034
NEC
012 023 043 048 039
Nordmende
043
Optonica
053 054
Panasonic
070 133 031 066 161
Pentax
013 031 063 156
Philco
031 034 067
Philips
031 067 034 101 054
Pilot
101
Pioneer
021 013 048
Portland
108
Quartz
002 014
Quasar
070 133 161 031 066
Radio Shack
123
RCA
107 109 144 147 151
041 034 040 156 031
Realistic
003 008 010 014 031
040 053 054 101
Rico
058 078
010
034
131
157
151
150
066
012
154
023
031
013
071
013
140
034
PROGRAMMING YOUR REMOTE CONTROL
VCR
Salora
Samsung
Sansui
Sanyo
Scott
Sears
Sharp
Shintom
Signature
Sony
Soundesign
STS
Sylvania
Symphonic
Tandy
Tatung
Teac
Technics
Teknika
TMK
Toshiba
CODE NUMBER
014
102 040 032 104 107
112 113 115 120 122
159
043 048 135 022
003 010 102 007 014
017 037 044 129 131
159
003 008 009 010 013
017 081 101
031 054 053
024
034
056 057 058 003 052
031 155
034
013
031 059 034 067
034
010 034
039 043 023
034 039 043 023
031 070
031 019 034 101
006
112 008 131 047 059
013 042
040 101
040
012
Totevision
Unitech
Vector
Research
Video Concepts 012 046
Videosonic
040
Wards
003 013
053 054
Yamaha
012 043
Zenith
072 080
058
Aux
Audio Access
Adcom
Amc
Arcam
109
125
134
112
014
149
082
034 141
024
017
034
056
031 034 040
131
039
048 034 101
CODE NUMBER
095
146 149 227 244
082 083 084
100
Aux
CODE NUMBER
Audio File
093 098
Audio Techinica 221
Aiwa
111 114 117 156 170 199
203 219 231 241 254
Akal
181 233
Anam
180
Bose
064 137 219
B&K
150 152
Carver
013 091 098 107 126 129
160 163 164 220 245 249
Casio
076
Clarion
151 169
Denon
101 133 191 202 208 246
247
Enlightened
078 153
Audio
Fisher
107 129 157 163 176
Fosgate
113 228 248
Audionics
GE
216 123
Goldstar
110
Harman Kardon 073 195 248 249
Haital
119
Hitachl
088
JCPenny
109 154 178
Jesen
099
Jerrold
141
JVC
112 198 252
Kenwood
096 104 119 125 148 151
163 171 173 242
Krell
223
Lexicon
215 250
Luxman
066 071 120 134 205 206
229
LXI
123 177
Magnavox
126 162 185 186 224 228
Marantz
074 091 105 126 128 139
155 162 164 186 232
McIntosh
251
Mondial
069 070 077 225 226
MCS
108 178
Mitsubishi
253
Merldian
013 067
NAD
128
Aux
Nakamichi
Niles
Onkyo
Optimus
Panasonic
Parasound
Philips
Pioneer
Quasar
RCA
Realistic
Rotel
Sansui
Sanyo
Samsung
Scientific
Atlanta
Scott
Sharp
Sherwood
Sony
Soundesign
Soundstream
SSI
Starcom
Symphonic
3M
Teac
Technics
Toshiba
Wards
Yamaha
Zenith
072
236
079
211
121
131
085
136
087
168
131
109
103
177
204
196
157
068
142
180
096
193
089
097
237
243
135
197
130
141
124
217
102
131
202
175
163
092
065
222
CODE NUMBER
212 234 235
094
255
125
144
086
186
093
189
187
213
122
179
218
214
129
115 116 207 209
140
187
090
126
132
195
181
200
197
138 210 165
201 081 230
166
123 124 172 174
180 194
239
126 139 075 197
190
125 151 161 169 182
127
117 147 183 200 253
238 188 192 080 063
159 180 062
143 184 145 187 200
208 165
120 166 240 125 169
216
061
Using the Remote Control
Once your codes are entered, you are ready to start using your universal remote control. The device
keys allow you to switch from one device to another. Some keys behave in a special way. They control
one device while you are actually in another device mode. For instance, while in SATellite mode,
pressing Volume +/- controls your TV’s volume—not a digital satellite receiver volume. This is
because the remote control knows that there is no volume control on the digital satellite receiver.
Advanced feature keys (i.e.
,
) are not supported for devices other than your digital
satellite receiver. For other devices, only the primary keys (i.e.
and ,
) will function.
•
For Sony-brand devices, use the
•
For RCA-brand devices, the device key (i.e., “TV” or “VCR”) might be the “power on” key and
is the power off key.
key as the “Enter” key.
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Switching the Remote Control to Operate Additional
Digital Satellite Receiver
Your remote control can be reprogrammed to operate additional digital satellite receivers. This may be
necessary in situations where multiple digital satellite receivers are located in the same general area
and can pick up signals intended for each other.
To switch the remote control, simply press and hold the
key while entering the receiver ID.
The receiver ID can be 001 through 008. Do not forget the two zeros. Remember to access the
ADVANCED PREFERENCES screen using the keys on the front of the digital satellite receiver to
pair it with the remote control.
The other way to program your remote control to match you digital satellite receiver is to scan for the
correct code.
1.
Keep your remote control aimed at the device you want to control during this process. The
remote control will send out the “power” command for the digital satellite receiver.
2.
While holding down the SAT key, press the “Mute” key for one full second. Then release the
keys. The SAT key should light and stay lit. If it doesn’t, repeat the process.
3.
Once you are in programming mode, repeatedly tap the
key to step through the codes,
sending out the power command. This could take up to eight presses. When your digital
satellite receiver shuts off, you have found the code.
4.
Press the
key to verify that you haven’t missed the code. In order to lock in the code,
press the SAT key again.
The remote will remember the code until you reprogram it.
Identifying Codes that Have Been Stored
You can determine the codes that are stored in your remote control. This may be useful for
reprogramming additional remote controls later on.
1. Press the device key and the “Mute” key simultaneously.
2. Press the
key and count the number of times the red light on the top of the remote control
blinks. Each digit of the three-digit code is separated by a 3-second period the light is off. For example,
if the code number is 021, the light will blink 10 times (for “0”), pause three seconds, blink twice,
pause three seconds, and blink once.
Controlling Other Components Using the AUX Button
Some additional features are available when the remote control is in the AUX mode. These instructions
apply exclusively to the universal remote control (HRMC-3).
Volume Control in AUX Mode
Note that when the remote control is in TV, VCR, or SAT mode, the volume keys control the sound
volume for the television. When you’re in AUX mode, if your auxiliary component has audio output,
the volume keys control that component’s sound volume. If your auxiliary component doesn’t have
audio output, you can program the volume button so that it continues to control the TV volume when
your remote control is in AUX mode:
1. Press the “AUX” key and the “Mute” key simultaneously.
2. Press the “Volume Up” key.
Once you perform these steps, whenever your remote control is in AUX mode the volume keys will
control the television volume. In the event that you reprogram the “AUX” key to control a different
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component at some future time, you can restore the remote control’s capability to control the auxiliary
component’s volume by simply repeating these two steps.
Assigning a Device to a Different Device Key
You can assign a component to a mode key that has a different label. For example, you can assign a
second TV to the AUX key.
1. Begin the programming process as described earlier. (i.e. Press and hold the “AUX” key and then
press the “Mute” key. Then release both keys.)
2. Press the device key associated with the type of device you wish to assign to the AUX key.
3. Establish the correct code, either by scanning or direct code entry.
4. Press the “AUX” key to store the code onto the “AUX” key
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QUESTIONS
AND
ANSWERS
APPENDIX
A
Questions? Did we forget to tell you something? Many people, over time, have questions about their
DIRECTV PLUS System. We have compiled the most common of these questions and the
answers in this appendix. We hope they help!
Q
I had a signal but now I am getting a message “Searching for satellite signal. To access related
utilities, press
.” What happened?
A
Rain clouds and snow can affect the satellite signal reception. This loss of signal is temporary.
Also check for new growth on trees and bushes that could be blocking the signal. One other
possibility is that the wind or someone has moved the satellite dish antenna.
Q
Why can’t I control my TV?
A
Before you can control your TV, VCR, or any other device, besides your digital satellite
receiver, you must program your remote control to match your different devices. See the
chapter, “Programming Your Remote Control” in this manual for specific instructions. If you
have already successfully programmed your remote control, try pressing the appropriate
device key to put your remote in the proper mode. Then try controlling that device. Also,
make sure that the batteries in the remote control are good.
Q
My digital satellite receiver does not respond when I press keys. What’s wrong?
A
Most likely, if the front panel keys work but the remote control doesn’t work, try pressing the
“SAT” key before trying to control the digital satellite receiver. If that doesn’t work, press the
“SAT” and “Mute” keys together and try again. If that doesn’t work, or if the front panel keys
don’t work either, unplug your digital satellite receiver for 30 seconds, then plug it back in.
Since your digital satellite receiver is a computing device it is susceptible to erratic changes in
power and/or signal, just as any other computer, and these sudden changes can cause it to
become “confused.”
Q
Some channels look good, while others freeze or indicate that no signal is available. What’s
wrong?
A
The most common causes for this behavior relate to an improperly grounded satellite cable.
Check the cable between your digital satellite receiver and the satellite dish antenna. Confirm
that RG-6 (not RG-59) cable is used and does not exceed 100 feet in length. Longer cable
runs require amplification. This special amplifier is available from your dealer.
Q
How can I watch one satellite program while recording another?
A
With only one digital satellite receiver, unfortunately, you can’t. Each receiver can only
decode one channel at a time.
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Q
I’m getting a message to call some extension. Why?
A
There are many different reasons for this. If you want to watch the channel that is displaying
the message, call DIRECTV at 1-800-DIRECTV (347-3288).
Q
Why don’t I have an on-screen offer to purchase pay per view programs?
A
There are three possibilities; your digital satellite receiver must be connected to a phone line
and it is not, or DIRECTV doesn’t realize that your phone line is connected or has disabled
your ability to make on-screen purchases. Call DIRECTV at 1-800-DIRECTV (347-3288), for
assistance.
Q
Can I receive my local TV programs through my digital satellite receiver?
A
There are three ways to receive local programming:
1)
If you have an oval dish configured with two or three LNBs (not simply a standard dual
output LNB) and you are in an area where local programming is available via satellite,
contact DIRECTV to arrange for the necessary subscription package.
2)
Install a traditional antenna (i.e. roof mounted, attic mounted or rabbit ears) or “lifeline”
cable TV.
3)
Arrange for basic or “lifeline” cable service from you local cable company.
If you should select item 1 above, you local programming will appear in the program guide
just as any other channel. For options 2 or 3, connect the local signal to the IN FROM
ANTENNA on the back of your digital satellite receiver. Use the
key to switch
between satellite programming and local programming provided on the OUT TO TV
connector.
Q
If I have questions about my DIRECTV PLUS System or need to have it serviced, who should
I call?
A
For issues regarding your equipment, contact us directly at 1-800-274-8995. If you would
like, call your dealer first. They are most familiar with your installation and needs. Also, they
are likely to be local to you.
If you need assistance with your subscription, such as adding channels, contact DIRECTV at
1-800-DIRECTV (347-3288).
Q
I think I set an event to record on my VCR, but when I played the tape back nothing was
there. What could be wrong?
A
There are several possible reasons for this. First, check that the VCR was programmed
correctly and left turned on and the input matches the output from your digital satellite
receiver. Confirm that you were authorized to tape the chosen program.
Q
I picked up my telephone and it was making a hissing and squealing sound. Why?
A
Your digital satellite receiver was reporting any pay per view activity that may have occurred.
This happens very rarely and lasts for only a minute or so.
Q
What if my question isn’t listed here?
A
Call your dealer or the Customer Care Center at 1-800-274-8995. We will do our very best to
answer your questions.
LIMITED WARRANTY
Hughes Network Systems (HNS) provides the following limited warranty on your DIRECTV PLUS System from Hughes
Network Systems.
This limited warranty is in lieu of all other warranties, whether express, implied, or statutory, including, without limitation,
the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. HNS shall not be liable for damages in
excess of the purchase price of the product less reasonable amount for use and wear, or for any incidental, special,
punitive, or consequential damages of any nature whatsoever, or for any delays, loss of use, time, profits, revenue or
savings, any commercial loss, inconvenience, damage to buyer's or to other person's property, arising from the use or
inability to use the product, or otherwise for any failure to perform. HNS neither assumes nor authorizes any customer
care center or any other person or entity to assume any other obligation or liability beyond that which is provided for in
this limited warranty. No oral or written information or advice given by HNS, its dealers, distributors, agents or employees,
shall create a warranty or in any way increase the scope of this warranty.
Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, or limitations of implied
warranties, so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to Purchaser.
This Limited Warranty gives specific legal rights to Purchaser, and Purchaser also may have other rights, which may vary
from state to state.
PROVISIONS
Your HNS DIRECTV PLUS System equipment (the satellite dish antenna, the digital satellite receiver, and the remote control) is warranted
against defects in materials/workmanship for parts and labor:
HIRD-E1
Satellite Receiver
90 days parts
Warranty Period
1 year labor
This l imited warranty does not cover:
Part
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•
•
a unit that has been modified
damage from misuse, negligence, or
accident
any installation, or damages caused
by installation
•
•
•
HIRD-E2
Satellite Receiver
HRMC-1 or HRMC-5
Remote Control
HANT-xx
Dish and LNB(s)
1 year parts & labor
90 days parts
1 year parts
shipments to HNS that are damaged
in transit
removal and reinstallation of
equipment for repair
loss of programming
•
•
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•
damage due to lightning (for
example, power surges, nearby
strikes)
acts of God
cost of shipping to HNS
batteries or cables after installation
This limited warranty is not transferable and is valid only in the United States
SERVICE
If you have any questions or encounter any problems, you may contact your authorized HNS dealer or call our Customer Care Center, at
1-800-274-8995. To ensure prompt and efficient service, please have your model and serial numbers handy. Space to note these numbers
is provided inside the front cover of this manual. In the event of repair or replacement, you will need these numbers, along with your bill of
sale.
RETURN PROCEDURES
In the event that your equipment must be repaired or replaced, you can:
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contact your authorized HNS dealer or call our Customer Care Center to find the authorized service center nearest you.
OR
choose the “replace after receipt” option, whereby you must ship HNS your defective equipment and, once your unit is received, a
new or refurbished unit (at the sole discretion of HNS) will be shipped to you.
OR
•
choose the “advance replacement” option, whereby a new or refurbished unit (at the sole discretion of HNS) will be shipped to you
after you have provided an accepted credit card number for collateral purposes. Once you receive the replacement part from
HNS, return your defective equipment within the specified time period to avoid being charged for the advanced part.
1.
Call the Customer Care Center. The Customer Care technician will give you an RMA (Return Merchandise Authorization) and a
mailing address for returning your unit.
2.
If you are returning the digital satellite receiver, please keep your access card and return only the digital satellite receiver . HNS will
not replace any additional parts that you may send. Replacement of those parts will be at your expense.
3.
Pack the unit in the original box and packing material, if possible, or in other packaging that provides adequate protection for
shipping. Include your name and address, the model number, the serial number, and a copy of the bill of sale.
4.
Write: "Attention: RMA #" (the number given to you by the Customer Care technician) on the return shipping label.
5.
Shipping the unit is at your expense. We do advise that you ship via a traceable means and insure the shipment for the full
replacement value.
PACKING INSTRUCTIONS FOR EQUIPMENT TO BE RETURNED
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