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Set up DIRECTV parental controls

Learn how to use DIRECTV parental controls to limit watching times, set spending limits, and block shows and channels.




What to know about parental controls

With DIRECTV parental controls, you can:
  • Limit TV watching times
  • Set spending limits for DIRECTV Movies or live Pay Per View events
  • Block shows and channels based on ratings or parental preference
  • Check the ratings for movies and shows to see if they're OK for your child to watch (to see a rating, select a program, choose info, and scroll down)

Heads up: DIRECTV parental controls don't work on third party streaming apps. If you use apps, like SHOWTIME or HBO MaxTM, set up parental controls in each app's settings.

Also, parental controls don't carry to or the DIRECTV App. Set the parental controls on each platform your family uses. For example, set parental controls on the DIRECTV App on your child’s phone if they use it to stream content.

Set up parental controls on DIRECTV using your remote

It's easy to select your parental controls with your remote.
  1. Press MENU on your remote.
  2. Choose Settings or Settings & Help (what you see depends on your receiver).
  3. Select Parental Controls and follow the prompts to review or edit your settings.
  4. Select Lock Now and enter your DIRECTV parental controls PIN.

Turn on parental controls for and the DIRECTV App

If your family uses streaming apps to watch DIRECTV, here's how to set up parental controls.

Heads up: You'll need your DIRECTV parental controls PIN. Don't remember it? Learn how to reset it.


  1. Sign in to your DIRECTV account or go to
  2. Select My Settings.
  3. Choose Enable Parental Controls and follow the prompts to set them up.

In the DIRECTV App

  1. Open the DIRECTV App on a smartphone or tablet.
  2. Tap the main menu.
  3. Select Enable Parental Controls and follow the prompts to set up.

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