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How Do I Set Up My DIRECTV Remote Control?

Need to set up your DIRECTV RC65X or RC65RX remote control?  Use this easy guide from Solid Signal to program your DIRECTV remote control.

 Do you have a white RC65X or RC65RX remote control?  These devices are designed to operate a TV, AV receiver, DVD player, and any DIRECTV receiver made since 2003.  Whether you have to program these remote controls or not depends upon what DIRECTV receiver you use.  If you have one of DIRECTV’s newer receiver models, your RC65X or RC65RX remote control will be self-programming.  If you have an older DIRECTV receiver, you’ll have to program your remote control.  Let us walk you through this five-step plan to program your DIRECTV remote control.

Programming Your DIRECTV Remote for Legacy Receivers

There are many DIRECTV customers who still use older satellite receivers.  These viewers will have to program their DIRECTV RC65X or RC65RX remote controls in order to use them.  Fortunately, these remote controls are pre-programmed with hundreds of codes. DIRECTV legacy receivers all look different but often look something like this:

Legacy Receiver

Here’s how to program your DIRECTV remote control:

  • Press the MENU button on the remote.
  • Use the down arrow to get to “Settings & Help.”
  • Press the SELECT button, then with “Settings” highlighted, press the SELECT button once more.
  • Arrow down to “Remote Control,” then press SELECT.
  • From there, simply follow the instructions on the screen.  

Program Your DIRECTV Remote: Video

We at Solid Signal understand that people learn in different ways.  While many will be able to use the instructions above, others might prefer to see the information in order to absorb it.  To that end, we provide this video that shows you how to program your DIRECTV remote.  Remember to also follow the instructions on your screen, as they might differ from what’s in the video.

We also offer a how-to for programing your DIRECTV remote controls in this easy-to-follow PDF format.


Self-Programming DIRECTV Remote

If you have an RC71 or later Genie remote, these devices are self-programming. When you activate a new receiver, you’ll be prompted to program the remote.  If you’re replacing a remote, press the Volume Up button on the new remote and it should pop up a prompt that asks you to program the remote.  Simply follow the step-by-step instructions on the screen.  All Genie DVRs and clients are self-programming. This also is true for DIRECTV’s H24, HR24, HR34, H25, and C31 receivers.  Don’t know your model number?  No problem.  You won’t have to worry about programming your remote control if your receiver has a flat front with one physical button or no physical buttons.

DIRECTV Receiver

We’re Your DIRECTV Expert

The information presented here will help you program your DIRECTV RC65X or RC65RX remote control.  While we’ve covered everything you need to know about this topic, we know that other questions can come up.  As a DIRECTV Authorized Dealer, we can help you with anything you want to know about DIRECTV and satellite TV installation and programming.  If you have more questions, give us a call at 877.312.4547.

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