How to Set Up a DirecTV Receiver

By Nick Miles

DirecTV offers comprehensive television programming through its satellite broadcast network. In general, you can have a DirecTV technician install your system, or you can set it up yourself. If you choose to do it yourself, you will need to hook up a receiver box after you install the satellite dish. The receiver will connect the satellite dish with your TV to bring DirecTV broadcasts into your home. You have the option of upgrading to an HD or DVR receiver to watch high-definition broadcasts or record programs.

Things You'll Need

  • HDMI cable
  • Component cable
  • Composite cable
  • S-video cable
  • Receiver ID number
  • Access Card number
  • Credit Card

Step 1

Connect the cable line from the satellite dish to the dish input port on the back of the receiver.

Step 2

Connect the receiver to your TV. If you have a standard receiver, you will use either an S-video or composite cable. If you have a high-definition receiver, use an HDMI or component cable. To receive Full HD 1080p broadcasts, you must use the HDMI cable.

Step 3

Connect the receiver to a power outlet.

Step 4

Turn on your TV and receiver.

Step 5

Choose your language.

Step 6

Continue to the Welcome Screen. If you installed the dish yourself, the setup guide will guide you through positioning the satellite and testing the system. You will also be guided through programming the remote for other devices.

Step 7

Call DirecTV at 1-800-531-5000 to activate your subscription. You will need to have your service address, Social Security number and credit card, as well as your receiver ID and access card numbers ready to complete the process.