Satellite Controls

Use your satellite service parental controls to block unwanted programming by channel, restrict programming using the TV Ratings, establish spending limits on pay-per-view purchases, and limit television viewing hours.

Grab your remotes, satellite customers! Using parental controls is easy.


DIRECTV makes it easy for you to limit or block any programming you consider to be inappropriate for your children. Our powerful Parental Controls feature, available with every DIRECTV receiver, lets you restrict unsupervised TV viewing, block specific channels, limit viewing times and set spending limits for DIRECTV CINEMA™ movies or live Pay Per View events. In addition, DIRECTV has teamed up with Common Sense Media, a non-profit, independent organization that provides age-appropriate ratings and reviews for TV shows and movies. Now you can make informed decisions on what is okay for your kids to watch based on program descriptions, details on a program’s language, violence and sexual content and the Age Appropriate Scale.

To set up Parental Controls on your SD receiver or DVR:
  1. Press MENU on your remote control
To set up Parental Controls on your HD receiver or HD DVR:
  1. Press MENU on your remote control
  2. Select Settings & Help
  3. Select Parental Controls
To access Parental Ratings (available on HDDVRs only):
  1. Press INFO on your remote control
  2. Select More Info
  3. Select Parental Ratings or Parental Info

DISH Network

  1. Press the "Menu" button on your remote to access the Parental Controls and System Locks feature.
  2. Select "Locks".
  3. Choose the locks appropriate for your family.
  4. Lock the system and set your password.

After the controls are in place, you can watch the shows you like by entering your personal identification number (PIN) or password.

Don't have satellite TV?

You may be able to block programming with your TV's V-Chip.