How to set DIRECTV Parental Controls

With DIRECTV Parental Controls, it’s easy to limit or block any programming you consider inappropriate for children. Every show has a parental ratings tab on its information page which details the show’s overall message and contents (sexual content, violence, etc.) to help determine whether programs are appropriate for the household.

Parental Controls are available with every DIRECTV receiver and allows you to restrict unsupervised TV viewing based on rating, block specific channels, limit viewing times, and set spending limits for DIRECTV CINEMA movies or Pay Per View events.

To set or manage Parental Controls with DIRECTV HD receiver or HD DVR:

  • Select a show or movie.
  • Press INFO on your remote.
  • Select Parental.
  • Select Parental Controls.

For more information on your DIRECTV receiver’s Parental Controls feature, see your owner’s manual or watch the video.

If you have an SD receiver or a DVR:

  • Press MENU on your remote control
  • Select SETTINGS & HELP

If you select LOCK NOW, you will be asked for a personal identification number (PIN). To watch a restricted channel or program in the future, just enter your PIN when requested. For more information on your receiver’s Parental Controls feature, see your owner’s manual.