Using Parental Controls on DIRECTV
DIRECTV understands how important it is to have control over what your children watch on TV. With hundreds of channels and thousands of programs it can be difficult to monitor everything they could stumble on to.
To set up your Parental Controls, follow these four easy steps:
- Press then Menu button your remote
- Select Parental, Fav’s & Setup
- Select Parental Controls
- Select Edit Settings
From there just follow the simple on-screen prompts to edit your settings. Repeat the steps above any time you need to change a parental control setting.
The DIRECTV parental controls come with a powerful "Locks and Limits" feature, which provides several options for monitoring your children's access to DIRECTV programming:
- Lock out entire channels. If you know a certain channel has programming that your children should not be watching under any circumstance, then you can block the whole channel. They won’t be able to access it at all.
- Set limited viewing times. This feature helps you limit how much time they spend in front of the TV. Set the TV to shut off after a set period, or to not turn on when it’s not the appropriate time.
- Allow viewing based on MPAA ratings or block specific movies. The MPAA ratings make it easy to quickly determine what’s okay for your child’s age. You can block programs outside of their age. Sometimes movies are in the appropriate age range, but you might want to block them anyways. DIRECTV gives you the option to block specific movies and programs.
- Establish spending limits on pay per view. With simple click to buy features, it can be easy to spend more than you meant to with pay per view. By setting a spending limit you can effectively give your child a pay per view allowance—they can purchase the entertainment they want until they reach their spending limit.
Using the Locks and Limits feature is easy. By selecting "Profiles" from the "menu" button, you will see your options. Once you select your option just follow the on-screen directions. Once you have your controls in place, you can access any of the programming that you want to watch by entering your personal identification number (PIN). Make sure to change your PIN on a regular basis to ensure security.
For a demo, tune in to DIRECTV BASICS on channel 201 and learn how to setup Locks and Limits if you have the HUGHES or RCA receiver models.
DIRECTV Parental Controls Frequently Asked Questions
I want to block a specific movie without blocking the channel, can I do that?
Yes, you can block specific movies and programs by selecting them in the parental controls menu. If there’s a channel your child likes to watch, but they are going to show a movie you don’t want them to see, just block that movie and don’t worry about having to constantly block and unblock that channel.
Can I still see programs I want to watch if I have restricted the channel?
Yes. If you’ve blocked a channel because of content inappropriate for children, you can still watch programs or movies on that channel, just select what you want to watch and enter your personal identification number.
What if I forget my personal identification number?
If you forgot your PIN, you’ll need to call DIRECTV and let them know you forgot or lost your parental control personal identification number. The representatives on the phone will ask you a few questions to confirm your identity, then reset your password.
Can I set limits on content and on time? Yes, with DIRECTV’s parental control options you can block inappropriate content and set limits on time spent watching TV. It’s perfect if you can’t be home and you want to make sure your children aren’t spending all their time in front of the television.
TV Parental Guidelines
Need help distinguishing appropriate and inappropriate content? The TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board has ratings to help you quickly understand what programs are safe for your kids and what should be avoided.
TV Y — Content appropriate for all children
TV Y7 — Content directed to older children
TV Y7 FV — Content directed to older children, contains fantasy violence
TV G — Content appropriate for general audiences
TV PG — Parental guidance suggested
TV 14 — Parents strongly cautioned
TV MA — Mature audiences only
The Motion Picture Association of America has their own rating system. Check these ratings before watching movies. Remember you can block movies by rating using the parental controls.
G — General Audiences. All ages admitted
PG — Parental Guidance Suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children
PG-13 — Parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13
R — Restricted. Children under 17 require accompanying parent or adult guardian.
NC-17 — No one under 17 and under admitted.