how to connect directv remote to roku tv

How to connect DirecTV Remote To Roku TV? Is it even possible? Roku TVs are incredible due to the numerous features provided by the system.

But when you are a DirecTV user, you might want to use the amazing remote that comes with the service rather than the Roku controller.

Fortunately, you can do that!

To connect a DirecTV remote to Roku TV, find device info like serial numbers. With this info, easily sync your remote to control your TV.

Follow all the instructions closely so you can connect both systems!

How To Connect DirecTV Remote To Roku TV?

connecting directv remote to roku tv

Preparation Steps

How to connect Roku TV to the DirecTV remote? Before starting, ensure that the remote control is functional.

Test this by pressing any button on the remote and checking for a response from the receiver.

If the remote’s LED does not flash, replace its batteries with fresh ones. 

There are other things you must ensure before trying to pair both systems:

Step #1: Connect Roku To The Internet

connecting roku to the internet

You must ensure your Roku TV is connected to the internet and the connection is good enough.

That might be necessary in some situations where the system will verify the DirecTV programming code.

Do the following:

  1. Navigate to the Roku network settings.
  2. Go to “About.”
  3. Check “Signal strength” and “Internet download speed.”

The signal strength must be listed as good or excellent. Also, an acceptable internet download speed is at least 20MB/s.

Note: If your Roku TV is not connected to the internet, you must connect it now. Select a 5GHz Wi-Fi and enter the credentials to access it.

Step #2: Update The Roku Firmware

updating the roku firmware

You might face glitches in the pairing process if your Roku TV doesn’t have the latest firmware.

Here is how you can update its firmware before trying to pair the DirecTV remote:

  1. Access TV settings.
  2. Go to the “System” menu.
  3. Choose “System Update.”
  4. Select “Check Now.”

Download the update if the TV prompts its availability.

Step #3: Connect The DirecTV Receiver

connecting the directv receiver

Your DirecTV system needs to be connected to the Roku TV you want to control.

That is how you will be able to control the DirecTV remote in the first steps. 

  1. Connect the DirecTV receiver to the power.
  2. Connect its HDMI or coaxial cable to the TV’s port.
  3. Turn both devices on.
  4. Ensure your TV recognizes the DirecTV receiver.

Step #4: Update The DirecTV Receiver

updating the directv receiver

What was said about the Roku firmware is also valid for the DirecTV receiver.

An outdated receiver might cause issues when you try to pair both systems.

So here is what you need to do:

  1. Power on your DirecTV receiver.
  2. Press the “Menu” button on your DirecTV remote.
  3. Navigate to “Settings.”
  4. Select “System” or “System Information.”
  5. Choose “Software Update.”
  6. Select “Check for Updates” or “Software Update Check.”
  7. Download it if a recent version of the firmware is available.

Method #1: Using Universal Remote Control

using universal remote control

Directv’s Universal remote control exhibits versatility, accommodating control over multiple devices, including TVs, gaming consoles, DVD/Blu-ray players, and soundbars.

To program this remote for your Roku TV, follow these steps:

  1. Press the Select and Mute buttons simultaneously.
  2. Wait for a double green light flash.
  3. Input the code “960.”
  4. Wait for another green light flash.
  5. Switch the mode to Directv.
  6. Access the Menu on the remote.
  7. Navigate through Parental Favs & Setup.
  8. Enter “System Setup”>”Remote Control”>”Program Remote.”
  9. Select device type, and if necessary, input the Directv remote code again.

After that, a few on-screen instructions will show up, but those are very brief and easy to follow.

Your remote should be paired in a few seconds.

Method #2: Using The Genie Remote Control

using the genie remote control

Some DirecTV users might have the DirecTV Genie remote.

That is different from the Universal remote and depends on more devices.

The device you have (whether HD DVR, Genie Mini, or Wireless Mini) will also take part in the pairing process.

Check below the two ways:

Automatic Pairing

automatic pairing of directv remote

DirecTV Genie remote allows you to pair very quickly through automatic pairing.

Here are the steps:

  1. Point your Genie remote towards the HD DVR, Genie Mini, or Wireless Mini.
  2. Simultaneously press Enter and Mute.
  3. A green light must blink twice.
  4. The TV will display “Applying IR/RF Setup.”
  5. Enter the Roku system.
  6. Access the Menu.
  7. Go to Settings & Help>Settings>Remote Control>Program Remote.
  8. Ensure the Roku device or Roku TV recognizes your remote.
  9. Follow the on-screen prompts.

Manual Pairing

manual pairing of directv remote

For Genie remote users, if automatic pairing does not work, try the manual pairing method.

Follow the steps carefully and ensure that you are using the correct manufacturer code for your Roku TV.

  1. Point the remote at the HD DVR, Genie Mini, or Wireless Genie Mini.
  2. Simultaneously press Select and Mute.
  3. Wait for a double green light flash.
  4. Input the code “961.”
  5. Press the Channel Up button.
  6. Hit Enter.
  7. An on-screen indication should show up.
  8. Enter the Roku system.
  9. Go to Settings & Help>Settings>Remote Control>Program Remote.
  10. Ensure the Roku system recognizes your DirecTV Genie control.
Note that the Genie control should be recognized very quickly with the input code "961". If that doesn't happen, you might need to restart the devices. 

Method #3: Pair Using The Roku Code

pair with the roku code

There is a different method that uses your Roku TV’s manufacturer code on the Genie DVR’s system.

That way, your TV will be linked to the DVR system and answer to the remote control. 

Here are the steps you must follow:

  1. Point the remote to the Genie DVR.
  2. Simultaneously press Enter and Mute.
  3. Wait for a double green light flash.
  4. Ensure ‘Applying IR/RF Setup.’ shows up.
  5. Switch to the Roku system.
  6. Hold the Select and Mute buttons.
  7. Wait for another double green light flash.
  8. Enter the Manufacturer code for your Roku TV.

The remote is now paired and ready to control Roku.

Tip: If the Roku TV doesn't respond post-pairing, power cycle both devices. Unplug, wait a few minutes, and reconnect to fix minor glitches.

Method #4: Using The Remote’s Model Number

use the remote's model number

Similar to method #3, the method we are about to teach you also uses a serial number.

However, this time, we will use DirecTV’s remote serial number.

You will also need to access DirecTV’s site to learn the code you must use.

  1. Identify your Directv remote model number (usually located in the upper left corner).
  2. Access Directv’s remote control site.
  3. Choose your remote’s model number from the list.
  4. Enter “Roku” as the Brand name and search.
  5. Locate the code you need for the pairing.

Next, turn on the TV and the DirecTV device:

  1. Simultaneously hold the Select and Mute buttons.
  2. Wait for a double-green light flash.
  3. Input the code for Roku TV.
Note: If the TV doesn't recognize the pairing code, re-enter it and follow steps for your remote model. For ongoing issues, consult the manual.

Quick Recap

How to connect DirecTV Remote To Roku TV? We have seen that pairing both systems is possible and easy.

DirecTV has two remote models supported by the Roku system, which means you can control the Roku TV however you want.

Check the rest of the blog if you need help with Roku or DirecTV!