Create a custom channel guide

Written by Sidney Rogers

Creating a custom DRE Guide to only show purchased channels.

Below are the steps to make any DRE receiver (not hooked up to a managed DRE server) default back to residential software. This would enable the following features in the receiver.

  • Enable 480i display for non HD capable televisions
  • Create a custom channel guide.

The first step is to make sure the receiver has a software version of 8694 or higher. Any software older than this, will not work.

You will need to force the download for the newest DRE software by:

Reset the receiver by pushing the RED reset button.

When the blue boot up screen appears, type on your remote 0 2 4 6 8 then SELECT.

This will start the software download if newer version is available.

This process can take up to 15 minutes to complete.

Now that you have the most current software version you can move to the next step.

Push the MENU button on the DIRECTV remote.

With the arrow button scroll over to Smart Search option.

Type in DREINSTITUTIONON arrow over and hit SELECT.

Next option will give you  choices to search, choose ALL, then hit SELECT.

Receiver will take up to 5 minutes to reset.

Once complete, you will be able to access the residential menu setting to make changes.

To create a custom channel guide you will need to be on a DIRECTV channel (any channel)

Press INFO on your DIRECTV remote.

Once you are in the info bar use the arrows on your remote to highlight FAVORITES and press SELECT.

Select “Set Up Custom” from the list.

Select the channels you would like shown in the guide.