How to set Parental Controls

With 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 on every receiver and allows you to restrict unsupervised TV viewing based on rating, block specific channels, limit viewing times, and set spending limits for DIRECTV Movies or Pay-Per-View events.

To view parental ratings on a DIRECTV HD receiver or HD DVR:

  • Select a show or movie
  • Press INFO on your remote
  • Scroll right to Parental
  • Select Parental Controls


To set Parental Controls on your receiver:

  • Press MENU on your remote control
  • Select Settings
  • Select Parental Controls

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.