How to Program DIRECTV Remote to TV Without Receiver

If you already have a smart TV at home and you are wondering how to program your DirecTV remote to the TV without a receiver, then you are in the right place.

With the DirecTV remote, you can easily control your TV and other audio equipment because most people have smart TVs and the remote in their house.

When it comes to these remotes, there are different codes for different TV remotes, and it’s necessary to know them before you can use them.

Basically, there are two main types of DirecTV remotes and they are distinguishable by their color and size.

The DirecTV Genie remote lights up when you use it and it mostly requires you to have a receiver, but you can choose the wireless Genie Mini, which doesn’t require you to be moved around the room very quickly. Keep reading to find more details in this guide.

program directv remote to tv without receiver

What is DirecTV?

DIRECTV is one of the most popular satellite service providers here in the United States. With over hundreds of channels, subscribers get access to these digital satellite television and audio content for their entertainment are home.

Subscribers receive a set of streaming equipment which includes a receiver and a controller.

What is a Remote Control?

Remote control is an electronic device that is used to operate another device from a distance. In-home theater system, a remote control is generally used to control the television, receiver, and other devices wirelessly.

Mostly, they work on a line of sight technology. This means you have to point it to the device you which to control direction before you can control it.

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Types of DirecTV Controls

There are two types of DirecTV remote controls. They are distinguishable by their color, shape, and size.

There is a universal remote control that you can use to program 4 devices; TV, DVD player, gaming console, and sound system.

The other is the Genie remotes which work with DirecTV-ready TVs. This remote can perform self-programming without a line of sight.

This means you can don’t have to point the remote directly at the TV to control it. These include remotes like RC71B, RC73B has backlit.

The latest Genie remote control has black and silver in color. While the older universal control has a silver color with On and OFF buttons located at its upper right corner.

How to Program a DirecTV Remote to a TV Without a Receiver

Finally, we have gotten to your question which is whether you can program a DirecTV remote to a TV without the receiver.

Well, what is been known is that you need a receiver through which you can now program and control your DirecTV remote for the TV.

However, if your TV has a TV with a built-in receiver, you can program the DirecTV remote to the TV without a receiver.

Below are the steps to follow to program the direct remote without the receiver. This can be accomplished in two ways; thus manual and automatic pairing.

Let’s start with automatic pairing.

Methos 1: Automatic Pairing

If you want the easiest and hassle-free way, then automatic pairing is the way to go first.

However, if this method does not work out, you will still have to revert to the manual pairing which is somehow complex.

Below are the steps to follow to guide you throughout the process:

Step 1

Take the remote and press both the Enter and Mute buttons while pointing it at the TV. Hold the buttons until you see the green light blink twice on the top of the remote control.

Step 2

Afterward, you will receive the “Applying IR/RF Setup” message on your screen, indicating that the setup is ready.

Step 3

Select the Menu button on your controller, and then navigate through the Settings & Help menu.

Step 4

Look for the Settings submenu, and then click on the Remote Control option.

Step 5

Select the Program Remote tab and choose your TV’s brand and model among the listed devices.

Step 6

Follow the On-Screen instructions and you are ready to go.

Method 2: Manual Pairing

This method is quite harder than the one above. Here are the steps to follow:

Step 1

Take your remote, press and hold the mute button until the top of the remote glow green and starts to blink

Step 2

Press 9-6-1 with the remote, look for Channel up, press it then presses enter.

Step 3

At this point, you will receive a message that indicates that the remote has been successfully set up. Then press the OK button.

Step 4

Select the menu button on the remote, then navigate through the settings & Help menu.

Step 5

Other instructions are the same as ‘Auto’ pairing.

Method 3:  Pairing with a DIRECTV-READY TELEVISION

If you already have a DirecTV-ready television at home, then you will need to follow these steps to program the remote to your TV.

Step 1

Start by pressing the Enter and Mute buttons on your remote control while pointing it at the TV. Press and hold both buttons until the remote light indicator blinks green light twice.

Step 2

You will receive an “Applying IR/RF Setup” message on your screen, which indicates that the setup is ready. Make sure that the DIRECTV-Ready television is on.

Step 3

Press and hold the Select and Mute buttons on your remote control until the light indicator blinks twice.

Step 4

Type in your TV and remote controller code and after that, you can complete the process by following the instructions on the screen.

Other Methods You Can Also Try

  • Slide the slider to the TV on top of the remote
  • Press Menu and a menu will appear on TV
  • Select settings> remote control> program remote
  • Follow the step-by-step command to complete.


  • Turn on the TV
  • Slide the switch to TV
  • Press Mute and Select and hold
  • Look for the green light which should blink 2 times
  • Give the TV code and again green light glows twice
  • Press PWR and the TV will turn off
  • Bring back the slider to its initial position
  • Power on the TV and check whether you can adjust the volume

Below is a video on how to program your DirecTV remote to the TV.

How to Find DirecTV Remote Codes and DirecTV TV Codes

To find your DirecTV remote codes, check the top left corner of the remote control. You will also need to have a look at AT&T’s remote code page.

Final Thoughts

The steps above are to help you program your DirecTV remote to your TV without a receiver.

But for these steps to work well, it is important to know your DirecTV remote control number and also your smart TV DirecTV remote control number.

With these numbers, you are ready to set up the remote to the TV and follow the instructions above depending on your setup.

Other light indicators that you may also need to know are; that a pure green light at the top of the remote indicates the batteries are strong.

Blinking green lights indicates the batteries need to be replaced and the slow flash green light also shows the batteries need to be changed now.

In case your remote gets faulty, you can also ask for a replacement and with these steps, you should be good to go.

There are other ways to also program a DirecTV remote to a TV. The methods above are in cases where there is no receiver and there’s also a built-in receiver in the TV.


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