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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.

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What you can do with parental controls

DIRECTV parental controls can:
  • Limit TV watching times
  • Set spending limits for DIRECTV CINEMA movies or live Pay Per View events
  • Block shows and channels based on ratings or parental preference

Heads up: DIRECTV parental controls don’t work on other TV apps.
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Set up parental control using your remote

Using parental controls is easy. Select your settings with your remote. Or, you can use your computer or smartphone to turn them on for directv.com streaming and the DIRECTV App in a few short steps.

You can check the ratings for movies and shows to see if they’re ok for your child to watch. To see the rating, select a program, choose info, and scroll down.

Good to know:
Parental controls don’t automatically carry over from DIRECTV to directv.com or the DIRECTV App. You must set up parental controls on each of the platforms.

Watching DIRECTV through an HD receiver or HD DVR

  1. Select a show or movie.
  2. Press INFO on your remote.
  3. Choose Parental Controls.
  4. Edit your settings.
  5. Select Lock Now and enter your personal identification number (PIN).

Watching DIRECTV through an SD receiver or DVR
  1. Press MENU on your remote control.
  2. Choose Settings & Help.
  3. Select Parental Controls.
  4. Edit your settings.
  5. Select Lock Now and enter your personal identification number (PIN).
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Turn on parental controls for directv.com and the DIRECTV App

Now that you know how to set parental controls on DIRECTV, get info to

Heads up: DIRECTV parental controls don’t work on other streaming apps. If you use streaming apps, like the SHOWTIME app or HBO GO, be sure to set up parental controls in their account settings.

Streaming from directv.com

  1. Sign in to your DIRECTV account.
  2. Select My Settings.
  3. Choose Enable Parental Controls and enter your Personal Identification Number (PIN).
  4. Edit your privacy settings in the Parental Controls menu. 

Activating parental controls in the DIRECTV App

  1. Open the DIRECTV App.
  2. Tap the main menu.
  3. Select Settings & Help.
  4. Choose Parental Controls and enter your Personal Identification Number (PIN).
  5. Set the restrictions you want on your device.
Don't remember your PIN? Learn how to reset it
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