Talking Guide is a text to speech setting on your Genie®
DVR that allows audio output to accompany your DIRECTV on-screen menus and guides. If you are visually impaired, this feature significantly improves your television experience by empowering you to make informed decisions about entertainment, making it easier to find information about unfamiliar channels or content.
If you already have a Genie DVR, follow the instructions below to enable the Talking Guide feature. If you do not have a Genie DVR or are having problems enabling the Talking Guide feature, call 800.531.5000
- Press the INFO button on your DIRECTV remote control.
- When the banner appears, press the right arrow once. A menu appears which contains options for closed captions as well as the Talking Guide.
- Press the down arrow three times. The receiver will start speaking and will alert you to press SELECT to turn the Talking Guide on. If you do not press SELECT, the speech output will stop.
- Press SELECT. The Talking Guide is now activated.
Note: Once you enable the Talking Guide, your settings have been saved. Audio output will remain on until you disable it. You can manage additional Talking Guide settings such as speaking rate by pressing MENU, navigate to Settings, press SELECT, and then choose display. From there, press SELECT and choose talking guide. Press SELECT, and choose Settings.
- To disable the Talking Guide feature, repeat the steps above.
You can also enable or disable the Talking Guide by navigating to settings and help, press SELECT on settings, then choose the display option. Once in display, scroll down to talking guide, press SELECT, then highlight the choice to turn on the guide and press SELECT again.
Starting at the top of the Genie remote, there are two rubber buttons on the left and right sides of the remote, with a slight indentation in the middle. The one on the left is ON; the one on the right is OFF.
Just below that is a row of three rubber buttons:
- The button on the left is GUIDE, where you can find currently airing programming in a grid format, with channels as rows and time (in half hour increments) as columns. The guide has information for shows and movies, everything airing on every channel from the current time up to 14 days in the future.
- The button in the middle is MENU, where you can change settings, browse for TV shows and movies, and search for something.
- The button on the right is LIST, where you would be able to find recorded TV shows and movies as well as any movie rentals or purchases.
With your finger starting on the middle menu button, move your finger straight down until you feel a smooth round button. This button is SELECT, which allows you to choose a selection. Surrounding the smooth, round select button is a directional cross, with keys for up, down, left, and right. Each of the directional keys has a raised triangle indicating the direction as well. The left arrow also doubles as a back button, which allows you to leave the current screen or interface and go to the previous screen.
With your finger on the right directional arrow, there are rubber buttons immediately above and below it. The one below the right arrow is INFO and the one above the right arrow is EXIT. INFO gives you more information about something, while EXIT allows you to quickly exit the interface back into live TV.
With your finger back on the smooth, round SELECT button, move to the down arrow, and then slightly below there. You will feel two distinct raised ridges with a gap in the middle. The ridge on the left is for volume, and the ridge on the right is for channels. The ridges are toggles, with a single toggle up increasing volume or channel number, and a single toggle down will decrease volume or channel number. Holding the channel or volume toggles up or down will quickly increase or decrease volume and channel number.
The lower third of the remote has rubber buttons for a number pad, arranged like a telephone number pad. You can easily identify the bottom of the remote face because there is a flat smooth slope below the last row of rubber buttons.