The Guide is easy to use. It's logical. If you want to get out of a menu or area, just press Exit and you'll be back on your TV program. With the most recent range of receivers, such as the 209, 319, 505, 530, Essential HD Receiver (600), Advanced HD Receiver (605) and Advanced HDPVR (630) you can even browse the on-screen guide while you watch your favourite shows.
When you press the 'GUIDE' button, the onscreen guide will appear with the channel you're watching highlighted. If you own one of the newer model receivers, you will also see the video from the current channel in the upper corner of the screen. Use the arrow buttons to navigate through the listings, moving up or down, left or right. For faster scrolling, use the channel up and down keys to scroll through a whole screen of listings.
On the older model receivers, if you want to scan for programs, use the Mini-guide. You'll get this feature by pressing the 'GUIDE' button twice. It will show you two lines of the guide on the bottom third of the screen. You can see what's on other channels while continuing to watch a program. Press the 'GUIDE' button again to return to your program or press the 'GO BACK' button to return to the full onscreen guide.
On the legacy satellite receivers such as the DSR 401, DSR 315, DSR 205 or DSR 421, there are 5 colors used to help you find the program you are looking for.
The programs are colour-coded, so you can easily find what to watch:
Pink – Movies
Green – Sports
Purple – Pay Per View
Blue – All other programming. Network shows, news, education and children's programming.
Yellow – Shows you where the cursor is
On newer model receivers such as the DSR 209, DSR 319, HDDSR 505, HDPVR 530, Essential HD Receiver, Advanced HD Receiver, or Advanced HDPVR, there are a few more colors to find your favourite programs even easier.
You can learn more about the symbols and colors in the on-screen guide here.
If you press Info while watching a channel, you'll get the details on the show you're watching. This can include parental ratings, cast listings, HD content and more.
If you're in the guide, highlight the listing in yellow and press Info to get program details.
No Info? Or limited information? This information hasn't been made available from the broadcaster. For example, we don't get detailed programming information for most radio stations. These channels won't have information listed.
Use the arrow buttons to scroll through channels and times.
Like the larger Guide, the Browse feature will bring up the guide at the channel you're watching.
On a newer model receivers such as the DSR 209, DSR 319, HDDSR 505, HDPVR 530 your selection will be slightly different. You fine-tune your selection from the following categories:
Highlight one of the options and press the 'ENTER' button to limit your guide to only show those types of channels. If you choose Sports, for example, your onscreen guide will only list programs that have sports.
You can set up to four Favourites lists, so everyone in the family can program his or her channels into the Guide.
Here's how to program Favourites:
Using the newer receivers such as the DSR 209, DSR 319, HDDSR 505, HDPVR 530 setting up the program Favourites is still just as easy:
You can easily edit your list. Simple go back to the menu, highlight a checked channel and press Enter. The check will disappear. You can add or subtract channels from your Favourites lists at any time.
To set up parental controls, you need to choose a password for your system.
This is an important step. A secure password prevents kids from viewing certain channels or programs with rated content. It also must be entered before buying any Pay Per View movies or events. This ensures you can monitor all charges on your system.
Choose a password, up to 4 or 8 digits (depending on your receiver model), that is easy for you to remember. But don't make it so easy that children or others can guess it.
On the DSR 209, DSR 319, HDDSR 505 or HDPVR 530
On all other receivers:
The system will prompt you to enter a password up to eight digits. Enter a numeric password and press the 'ENTER' button.
Write down your password and store it in a secure place. If you want to change a password, you must enter the old one.
If you forget a password, you can call a Customer Service Representative at 1.888.554.7827 and we can reset your system.
However, we encourage you to set up a verbal password on your account to ensure that you are the only one able to call and make a request like that over the phone. Our representative will ask for that password before changes are made on your account.
This feature allows you to program the guide to prohibit children from seeing certain channels and programming.
You can lock out channels that carry programming inappropriate for children. To watch programs on locked channels, you need to enter a password.
This ensures you know what is being watched.
It's very handy for taping programs that are on while you're out if are using a VCR. When using the Shaw DirectHDPVR 530, you can simply opt to set up a recording in place of a reminder and your show will be ready to watch when you are.
On older receivers, when you have a timer set, you won't be able to change channels or turn on or off the receiver. This is a fail safe to ensure your program tapes.
If you have a 401, 405, or DSR 315 model receiver, a clock icon will light up on the front of the machine to tell you there is a timer set. If you have another model, you'll have to look for the clock icon on programs in the Guide or call up the list of timers to find out what timers are set.
If you have a DSR 209, DSR 319, HDDSR 505 or HDPVR 530, hit "Options" on your remote control and then chose "5" to set a new timer.
From the Guide
Once you've set your reminders, auto-tunes, or recording you can check up on them by visiting the Timers screen in the options menu.
When scanning the Guide, you'll see a clock icon appear for each show that has a timer set.
If you own an older model receiver, there are two different ways to set timers. When you're in the Guide and find what you want to watch you can simply click on the program to set a timer. If you know the time and the channel of the program, you can just enter them from the Options menu.
From the Guide
This can also be used to order a Pay Per View movie or event in advance of the airing. When setting up the timer, you can choose to order your purchase now. This is handy if you are ordering a Pay Per View movie or event for your kids to watch when you're out. Authorize the purchase when you set the timer, so they don't need to enter a password when the movie comes on. This protects your password.
Scan the Guide. You'll see a clock icon appear for each show that has a timer set.
From the Options Menu