Program your Genie remote for RF with this easy step

One of the nicest things about DIRECTV’s Genie Remote is that for the same price as DIRECTV’s older infrared remote, you get an RF one that can shoot through walls. There’s practically no reason not to program your remote for RF, but most people don’t know how to do it and since the remotes don’t come set for RF, this feature goes unused.

Real, quick, here’s why they don’t come set for RF
The process for setting up a remote for RF involves “pairing” it just the same way you would pair a Bluetooth headset. The remote comes set for IR so it does have the basic functionality you need when you get it, otherwise it would just be a doorstop until you program it. Since the hardware for IR is needed in order to control your TV, it’s nice that DIRECTV does let you use it for your receiver as well.

Setting up a Genie Remote for RF is super easy. Just press and hold {MUTE} and {ENTER} at the same time until you get a message that remote is set for RF. This takes about three seconds and is much better than the older method of pressing {MUTE} and {SELECT} then pressing 961, page up, {ENTER}, swinging a dead chicken over your head and chanting a hymn of praise to Chthulu (ok those last two parts are optional.)

Just make sure it’s actually {MUTE} and {ENTER}, in other words the button to the right of the zero, not the big round one in the middle. That’s where a lot of people get confused.

This step doesn’t program the remote to control your TV. You’ll have to do that separately if you want it done. You’ll still have to press {MENU} then go to Settings, Remote Control, Program TV to get there. The good news is that if your TV is connected via HDMI and if it’s fairly modern, the receiver will automatically sense the TV’s manufacturer and model information and it will be a simple matter of standing there while the remote programs itself. This is a big change from the days when you had to look through long lists of five-digit codes just to find one that could “possibly” work with your equipment.

You know I have to say this kind of little improvement is just why DIRECTV is so popular. They concentrate a lot of effort on the day-to-day experience that makes TV watching enjoyable. I know, I hear it all the time that such-and-such provider has this feature or carries that channel, but when you look at the experience, there’s no provider that does a better job of providing those little touches that make it easy to settle in for an evening of TV enjoyment. And that, my friends, is what it’s all about.

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Stuart Sweet
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