Parental Controls – DIRECTV

Parental Controls – DIRECTV

Setting Parental Controls in DIRECTV

As we know parental controls have been available on smartphones, computers, and other social media sources. The objective is to block inappropriate content for your children and find only educational programming. DIRECTV is not the exception, you can easily block certain channels that might contain sexual, violent or obscene content. 

All DIRECTV shows have a parental guide tab that provides overall information and rating about the content of the show. You can tell your Genie HD DVR what to show based on ratings, and viewing hours. 

How to block a channel?

  • Choose the show or movie
  • Press the Info button on your remote
  • Choose Parental and then Parental Controls
  • If it is your first time, you need to enter a 4-digit code that will block and unblock the content. (Make sure to use a meaningful combination of numbers)

If you are using a DIRECTV to watch shows on your mobile devices, you need to launch the app and set Parental Controls there too. 

You can also block entire channels based on categories by shows or movies that you don’t want your kids to watch. 

Shows & movies rating

Every show or movie will have a code category that indicates what age is the content appropriate for. Here is a list of codes for a better understanding: 


Shows Ratings

TVY – Content appropriate for all children

TV Y7 – Content directed to older children

TV Y7 FV- Content directed to older children, contains fantasy violence. 

TV G- Content appropriate for general audiences. 

TV PG- Parental guidance suggested. 

TV 14 – Parents strongly cautioned. 

TV MA – Mature audiences only. 

Movies Ratings

G – General Audiences.

PG – Parental guidance suggested.

PG-13 – Parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

R – Restricted. Children under 17 require accompanying parent or adult guardian. 

NC-17 – No one under 17


These Parental Controls are only applicable for shows and movies through your DIRECTV subscription. They don’t apply to the integrated Apps. 

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