Using the DSR 500 HD Series Remote

Your HDDSR 505 and DSR 500 HD remote operates your Shaw Direct receiver plus your TV, VCR and any other auxiliary items like a DVD player.

The function of many buttons changes depending on what mode it is in. It's important to remember this as you operate the remote. If it's not doing what you're expecting it to, check the mode.

What the buttons do

DSR 500 HD remote

Your remote is designed to be easy to operate. Its menus and navigation are logical. The key to smooth remote operation is to understand what the buttons do.

So, we'll tell you, from top to bottom.

Power: This is the button with the star. It turns the component on or off. Not working? Check the mode. It must be in TV mode for it to work the TV.

Keys specific to satellite television You'll notice a group of six keys under the four arrows arranged in a circle. Use them to browse through the Interactive Program Guide and the menus specific to satellite television to enjoy the advanced features of your receiver, like parental controls and timers.

Source: This controls where the image is coming from. Chances are, you won't use it, because you'll always want your TV image to come from the Shaw Direct receiver.

Some people may need it if they hook an old-fashioned rabbit-ear antenna or maybe a PlayStation or Nintendo game to an older-model TV set.

Getting a snowy screen? It could be that you hit the Source button by mistake.

TV: Sets the remote to control the TV.

VCR: Sets the remote to control the VCR.

SAT: Sets the remote to control the Shaw Direct receiver.

AUX: This will control a component of your home theatre system, such as a DVD player.

DVR List: This is not functional with the DSR 500 HD or HDDSR 505, but will be with the next generation of receiver. It will display a list of recorded programs.

Go Back: This returns you to the previous menu.

Exit: This gets you out of where ever you are. If you're watching a show and you turn on the guide, press exit to return to the show. If you're in the guide, click on a show to see it. Then, press exit to return to the guide.

Arrow keys: These keys have a function similar to computer cursors and are used to display highlighted selections from menu screens. They are also used to browse through the Interactive Program Guide.

Enter: Press ENTER to select a highlighted menu option, or press ENTER to tune in the channel number you have selected.

Guide: Launches the Interactive Program Guide. It shows you the program on all of the Shaw Direct Channels. Press it again to launch the Mini-guide or press the Exit key to return to your show.

Info: Displays detailed program information about the current program or a highlighted program in the Guide.

VCR Keys: Use these keys to operate the VCR. Also controls playback and recording using DVR (on select models). It can also control the DVD player while in the Auxiliary mode. When using the Interactive Program Guide, the fast forward key (on the right hand side) will quickly move you forward in time by up to six hours.

Number Keys: Use these buttons to enter passwords, channel numbers and select items from various menus. For example, instead of scrolling down to the No. 4 option with the arrow keys, you can jump there by pressing 4.

Vol + and -: This adjusts the volume on your TV. Remember, if you want to control the TV volume, you'll have to program the remote to do this. Regardless of the mode you are in, these keys will always default to the TV.

Mute: Turns the sound off on the TV. Once again, it must be programmed to do this with your TV or stereo.

Channel + and -: Depending on the mode you're in, this will change the channel on the receiver, TV or VCR. You can also use this button to scroll through entire screens in the Interactive Program Guide.

Last Channel: This returns you to the last channel you were watching With hundreds of channels available, this may become your favourite button.

Interests: Displays the Interests menu of the Interactive Program Guide. This means you can see all of one type of program, sports, or movies, for example. Highlight what you'd like to see and press enter. Press Interests again, or Exit, to return to your show.

Browse: Used to view Interactive Program Guide information in an easy-to-read format that takes up only a quarter of the screen. Therefore, you can continue to watch a program while checking for other possible choices, broadcasted now or later.

Use the up or down arrows to change the channels, and the left or right arrows to change times. If you select a program you would like to watch on another channel, highlight your selection and press ENTER. Press Browse or Exit to exit the browse screen.

PPV: This allows you to access the Pay Per View screens. Press this button to bring up a list of what is or will be playing on each Pay Per View channel. To purchase a movie or event, use the arrow keys to highlight a program in yellow. Hit Enter, and your system, which is hooked to a phone line, will call Shaw Direct to make the purchase. This can happen only after your account has been activated for Instant Pay Per View.

Favourites: This allows each member of the family to create their own list of favourite programs that they can customize for their own viewing.

Locks: Displays the parental controls menu. In the past parents could lock out specific channels. Now parents can also lock out programs according to ratings given to movies and TV shows. Parents can unlock the controls for their own viewing. To reinstate these locks, just turn the receiver off.

Options: This gets you to the very important Options menu. Here you find controls for many of the technical and diagnostic features of the receiver. You'll find menu items that allow you to change or determine Installation Settings, Signal Strength, Timers and Parental Locks.

Help: We've built some useful information into the help screens. You can go here to see a directory of icons and what they mean. As well, you'll find some basic information about your system. Press it again, or press Exit, to turn off the help screens and return to your program or menu.

Enter: Press ENTER to select a highlighted menu option, or press ENTER to tune in the channel number you have selected.