How to Program Your DirecTV Remote Control to a New Television

By Editorial Team

Updated July 21, 2017

If you have DirecTV, and you plan to purchase a new TV, you must set up your DirecTV remote control to your new TV. This is a fairly simple process that is no different than programming any universal remote to control your entertainment devices.

Program Remote From Setup Menu

Go to your DirecTV main menu by clicking the "Menu" button on your DirecTV remote control. Scroll down and choose "Parental, FAVS and Setup." Choose the "System Setup" option from the drop-down menu.

Scroll down and choose the "Remote" option. Choose the "Program Remote" option from the window that appears.

Choose the "AV1" option from the next window. Choose the "TV" option and select your brand of television from the list.

Follow the programming steps prompted by DirecTV to program your remote to your new TV.

Program Remote Using Codes

Navigate to DirecTV's website at and run a search for "remote codes" in the search engine.

Pull up the remote code list DirecTV offers and look up the control codes for your particular TV. Write the codes down.

Turn your TV on.

Switch your DirecTV's remote to the "TV" option at the top of the control.

Engage and hold your "Mute" button while simultaneously holding down the "Select" button. Release both when the green light on top of the remote flashes twice.

Enter the first code from your list of codes and wait for the remote's green light to flash twice again.

Hit the "PWR" button on the DirecTV remote to try and turn off your TV. If your new TV turns off, this is the correct code for your remote control.

Repeat Steps 5, 6 and 7 until you find the correct code if the first code did not work. You might have to try all of the codes before finding the right one.


If you cannot find a code for your TV's model, search for the appropriate code. Press and hold the "Mute" and "Select" buttons until the green light flashes twice. Enter "9911" to put your remote into search mode. Press the "Channel Up" button repeatedly until your TV turns off. Wait a few seconds before each tap to give the remote time to see if the code works.