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    Re: DIRECTV Tips & Tricks

    Order a Movie on DIRECTV CINEMA™ via SMS Text Message



    Order Hollywood’s biggest hits on DIRECTV CINEMA™ by texting—anytime. There’s no ordering fee. Simply text MOVIE to 223322 from your cell phone; then type in the movie you want to watch or choose from a list of new releases.
    Note: Pay Per View events and Adult programs can’t be ordered via SMS text message.

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    ScoreGuide™




    Know the score.

    If you’re a sports fan, you’ve experienced this: You’re watching one game and can’t take your eyes off of it, but you’re dying to know what the score is in that other big game. DIRECTV’s ScoreGuide is for you.
    Whenever you’re watching a game on any national network that cover sports primarily (like ESPN), the 700 channels used for sports subscriptions (for example, NFL SUNDAY TICKET™, MLB EXTRA INNINGS™, NBA LEAGUE PASS™, etc.) or a Regional Sports Networks, just press the RED button on your remote and ScoreGuide pops up on your screen. You’ll see scores for major sporting events, a list of the DIRECTV channels carrying those events, and the ability to tune directly to those channels.
    ScoreGuide is available 24/7, whenever you need to know the score.

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    Recent Search




    If you’ve ever used the Search feature to find a movie, actor or your favorite professional or college team, there’s a quick and easy way to find the same listing again. Use DIRECTV’s Recent Search option–it’s easy as 1-2-3:
    If you have an SD receiver or a DVR:

    1. Press MENU on your remote and hit Search for Shows
    2. Select Recent Searches
    3. Then scroll down the list of recent search items to find the subject, actor or title you’re looking for and then click Select

    If you have an HD receiver or an HD DVR:

    1. Press MENU on your remote control
    2. Select Search & Browse
    3. Select Smart Search.
    4. Select Recent Searches below the letterpad.
    5. Then scroll down the list of recent search items to find the subject, actor or title you’re looking for and then click Select

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    QuickTune



    Get quick access to your favorite channels.

    • Tune to a favorite channel and press the UP arrow on your remote. You’ll see a grid of nine squares, which you can fill with any channels you want.
    • Use the arrow keys to select the first square you want to fill, and then press the GREEN button on your remote

    The square you selected is now filled with the channel number you’re on. Tune to eight other favorite channels and repeat. You now have your very own channel guide with your favorite channels! Just press the UP arrow whenever you want to bring up QuickTune. Use the arrow keys to highlight the channel you want and press SELECT to tune to that channel.
    QuickTune is available with a DIRECTV Plus® DVR (model R22 or above) or a DIRECTV Plus® HD DVR.

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    Increase Recording Capacity on Your DVR or HD DVR




    Want to record even more hours of your favorite shows, movies and sports? You can increase the recording capacity of your DVR or HD DVR simply by connecting an external hard drive with greater storage than the receiver’s internal hard drive.
    First, make sure you have a compatible receiver. Check the model number inside the small door located on bottom right corner of the front of the receiver. The model number should read either R22 (DIRECTV Plus® DVR) or HR20 or above (DIRECTV Plus® HD DVR).
    You’ll need an external hard drive that uses an eSATA connection. The following hard drive models are recommended:

    • Western Digital 500GB (model WDG1S5000)
    • Western Digital 1TB (model WDG1S10000)
    • Seagate 1TB (model ST31000SCA109-RK and model STAP1000100)
    • Seagate 500GB (model ST30500SCA109-RK)

    Follow these steps to connect the external hard drive:

    1. Turn off your receiver by unplugging the power cord. (Do not rely on the power button.)
    2. Look for the port on the back of your receiver labeled SATA.
    3. Connect the eSATA hard drive with an eSATA cable. Make sure the cable is firmly connected on both ends.
    4. Turn on the eSATA hard drive and give it several seconds to spin up to speed.
    5. Plug in the power chord of your receiver.

    When your receiver reboots, it will automatically see the newly-connected hard drive. The hard drive inside your receiver will be disabled.
    You now have expanded recording capacity. With a 1TB hard drive, you can record up to 200 hours of HD programming.
    Because the content on the external drive is paired with the HD DVR receiver it’s connected to, you will have to reformat the external drive if you want to connect it to a different HD DVR receiver. Reformatting means you will lose the recordings you made with the original HD DVR receiver.
    Please note: We offer this tip because we want to help you get the most out of your DIRECTV experience. It is recommended for advanced users who are comfortable working with electronic hardware. This modification of your DIRECTV system is not officially supported by DIRECTV. DIRECTV, Inc. expressly denies any liability relating to any and all injuries and damages of any and every kind from the use of above equipment. User is responsible for the loss of or damage to the above equipment and assumes the costs and expenses of all necessary servicing and repairs. DIRECTV expressly denies any guarantee or warranty, either express or implied regarding the quality and performance of the above equipment.

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    Re: DIRECTV Tips & Tricks

    Active Channel




    Your one-stop shop for timely information.

    Push the ACTIVE button on your remote and DIRECTV’s Active Channel brings you useful, up-to-the-minute information, like:

    • Five-day weather forecasts
    • What’s playing on Pay Per View
    • Lottery results
    • Horoscopes
    • Special offers from DIRECTV

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    Re: DIRECTV Tips & Tricks

    Parental Controls





    DIRECTV helps you make family-friendly viewing decisions.



    DIRECTV makes it easy for you to limit or block any programming you consider to be inappropriate for your children. Our powerful Parental Controls feature, available with every DIRECTV receiver, lets you restrict unsupervised TV viewing, block specific channels, limit viewing times and set spending limits for DIRECTV CINEMA™ movies or live Pay Per View events
    To set up Parental Controls on your SD receiver or a DVR:

    1. Press MENU on your remote control
    2. Select PARENTAL, FAV’S & SETUP
    3. Select PARENTAL CONTROLS
    4. Select EDIT SETTINGS

    To set up Parental Controls on your HD receiver or an HD DVR:

    1. Press MENU on your remote control
    2. Select Settings & Help
    3. Select Parental Controls

    If you want to watch a restricted channel or program, just enter your PIN when requested.

    Need More Help?

    • Learn how to set up Parental Controls on both Hughes and RCA receiver models
    • Tune in to DIRECTV BASICS channel 201 with your remote
    • Consult your system manual for details

    Not sure about a movie or a show? Learn how to use The Guide to find out ratings and detailed info about its content.

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    Re: DIRECTV Tips & Tricks

    Clean Up Your DVR Playlist




    Delete everything at once.

    When you want to clear your DVR playlist and start anew, there’s no need to delete programs one at a time. Just do this:

    • Go to your Playlist and press the YELLOW button on your remote. Then select “Mark programs to delete.”
    • Use the arrows and SELECT button to choose the programs you want to remove
    • Move the cursor to the right and click “Continue”
    • Select “Delete.”

    That’s it!

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    Re: DIRECTV Tips & Tricks

    One-Line Guide




    When you don’t want the channel guide to fill your whole screen…

    Just press the BLUE button on your remote. You’ll see a one-line guide on the bottom of your screen that shows you one channel at a time as you scroll. This way, you still have the show you’re watching full screen and can still run through the other channels. When you’re done, press the BLUE button again and the guide disappears.

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