How to Program My Dish Remote for My New Philips TV

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How to Program My Dish Remote for My New Philips TV
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Most of the time, it's easy to program a new TV to a DISH network remote. The receiver provides an automated process to pair your DISH remote to the TV, so you don't have to worry about looking up codes or pressing an arbitrary sequence of buttons. For most remotes and most brands of TV, it's a simple matter of following the on-screen prompts.

Don't Worry About the Codes

Philips is one of the world's powerhouse manufacturers of electronics products, but on this continent, it's not a major TV brand. That doesn't mean you have to scour a manual or the internet to find DISH remote codes for a Philips TV, though. The automated pairing process usually works just fine as long as you follow the instructions in the manual or on the programming page.

Programming the DISH Remote

Current DISH Network remotes use either the Home or Menu button, depending on the model, to handle their setup and other functions. Start by pressing that button twice on your own remote to bring up the receiver's main menu. From there, choose Settings and then Remote Control to bring up a screen where you choose the device you're programming.

Arrow down to the Devices menu and select TV. From the next screen that pops up, choose TV Pairing Wizard. Arrow your way down the alphabetical list to O-P and choose Philips from the list of manufacturers. Press Next. The receiver automatically selects the first code for Philips TVs.

Press the Volume Up button and see if the TV volume changes. If it does, the remote is programmed, and you can select Finished. If not, select Try Next Code and repeat the process until the TV works.

Two Additional Methods

If the automatic technique doesn't work, you have a couple of other options. If you were given a specific code for your TV by DISH Network's technical support or if you have a list of codes to try, choose the Enter Pairing Code option from the TV pairing menu. Enter the code and then press Volume Up to test the TV, as you did before. If it works, select Finished and if not, select Try Next Code.

In a worst-case scenario, choose Teach Commands and have your DISH Network remote learn the codes from your factory original Philips remote. If some functions work, but not all, choose Add Commands from the next menu. If you can't get it to work at all, choose Clean Slate to teach it every command from scratch.

Place the two remotes head-to-head on a flat surface, no more than 4 inches apart. Press a button on the DISH remote, to let it know which one you're training. The Mode light should light up. Now press and hold the corresponding button on your original remote. The Mode light should go out. If not, repeat the process a few more times until it does. Now, repeat that process for every other button you need it to learn.

Programming Older 20 and 21 Series Remotes

If you have one of the older 20-series or 21-series remotes, programming your new Phillips TV takes a bit more patience and a few more steps. If you still have the manual for your remote, open it to the section where TV codes are listed and find the codes for Philips TVs. If you don't have the manual, go to DISH network's remote controls support page and select Other for the older remotes.

Point the remote at the TV. Press and hold its TV button until all four Mode buttons flash and then enter the first code. For example, if your remote is DISH's EZ Remote, the most-used code is 566. The TV button will light up. Press the # key, and the TV light will flash three times. Finally, press the Power button to test the code. If your TV shuts off, it's probably the right code. If not, repeat the process with the remaining Philips codes.