Hide Duplicate Channels on a DirecTV HD Receiver

7 quick steps on your remote control

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Note: DirectTV plans to discontinue Standard Definition channels in 2019.

If you're an HD subscriber, you probably aren't interested in seeing the SD channels next to the HD channels in your DirecTV program guide. These standard definition channels are appropriate for people without an HDTV, but you don't need to see them. The last thing you want is to be required to flip through all of these unnecessary channels to find their high-definition equivalents.

The same is true in reverse. If you don't have an HDTV, you'd rather see just the standard definition channels. You can disable the duplicate channels on your remote.

How to Hide Duplicate DirecTV Channels

One way to hide duplicate channels is to press the GUIDE button on the remote twice, and then choose HDTV Channels so that you only see the HD options (or the reverse to see SD channels). However, when all SD channels are hidden, you're bound to miss out on some channels that aren't available in HD and are thus hidden.

Here's what to do instead:

  1. Press Menu on the remote.

  2. Select Parental, Favs & Setup.

  3. Choose System Setup.

  4. Select Display.

  5. Scroll to Guide HD Channels and press Select.

  6. Highlight Hide SD duplicates in yellow and press Select.

  7. Press Exit on the remote.

If that doesn't work or those options are not available on the menu of your remote, try this path to disables the duplicate channels:

  1. Press Menu.

  2. Find the Settings & Help section.

  3. Access the Settings > Display > Preferences menu.

  4. Find Guide HD Channels and press Select.

  5. Choose Hide SD Duplicates.

  6. Press Exit to leave that screen.

You also have options to disable standard definition channels or to show every channel that's available.