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Every Dstv decoder comes with its own remote control unit (RCU) that operates it. However in the case of non functioning of the RCU, the DSTV universal remote control (or PVR Remote Control) is available for purchase. This universal RCU works on all types of decoders and can be programmed to operate other audiovisual equipments like TVs and Amplifiers.




The SHIFT button is used to access the secondary functionality.
Press SHIFT followed by the required button.
The four buttons at the top of the remote control each have a secondary function. The TV, ALT, TV GUIDE and LANGUAGE buttons are active during normal use.
After pressing SHIFT, it will flash / blink, confirming the mode of the remote control (i.e. the “shifted functionality” has been activated). It is not necessary to hold both buttons down at the same time.
If not used, the SHIFT function will cancel itself after 20 seconds. The SHIFT function can also be cancelled by pressing SHIFT again.

To go to the Audio Bouquet, press SHIFT followed by the TV button.
To go to the ARC (Aspect Ratio), press SHIFT followed by the TV GUIDE button.
To display the Subtitles / Teletext options, press SHIFT followed by the ALT button (only available on selected channels).
To go to the Parental Control menu, press SHIFT followed by the LANGUAGE button.

NOTE: The SHIFT button can also be used to change between TV1 and TV2 modes of extra views in recent single view DSTV remote controls. The red remote control light blinks on the mode being used.



The Dial is used for different TV environments and can be customised for use with TVs and other audiovisual equipment in your home. The position of the dial can be seen through the mode window. In the example below the remote control is in 2B mode.
Whenever a button is pressed, the mode window will blink confirming that the command was sent in that mode.


The different sections of the dial are called modes. The basic functions are the same in each mode however each mode also allows control of additional devices.

The Dial modes are TV1, TV2, A, B, C, D or 1, 2, 3, 4, A, B, C, D in more recent Dstv Universal remote controls.

Turning the Dial
Place a thumb on each side of the ring (next to the left and right arrow buttons) and push upwards with one thumb. The dial can turn both clockwise and anti-clockwise.



The remote control has various ways of indicating specific conditions. Examples:
Quick blink = OK
Slow blink(s) = error
SHIFT button blink = advanced mode
No blink = invalid button

The SHIFT button will blink continuously when SHIFT is active
The mode window will blink whenever a button is pressed to confirm that the command has been sent in that mode
If there is no blink, the button being pressed is invalid.
With certain functions, the SHIFT button blinks when a command is sent, instead of the mode window (Advanced Functionality). This indicates that a special mode is active and that the mode displayed in the mode window is inactive (not being used). These special modes are all subject to a 20 second timeout.

If any button on the remote control is held down continuously for longer than 30 seconds, the remote control will automatically switch off. This is done to conserve batteries, for example if you sit on the remote control or a book is placed on top of it, etc.
Note: If left alone for more than 20 seconds, the remote control will always return to normal operation for the selected mode


The universal RCU sometimes needs to be reprogrammed to work with some versions of decoders (some DSD 990 and earlier versions or Dual views).
You can do this as follows:
Turn the dial on the remote control to any of the programmable positions.
Press and hold the [SHIFT] key until the light blinks 3 times indicating the dial position.
*NOTE: If the remote immediately gives two slow blinks when you press the [SHIFT] key, you may need to change the mode you selected on the dial.
Enter the 5 digit code (21363 for single view (TV1) & 21463 for dual view TV2). The light will again blink 3 times to indicate success.