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Apple TV remote control navigation for DIRECTV NOW

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Welcome to the DIRECTV NOW Apple TV streaming experience! Here are some quick tips on how to navigate the DIRECTV NOW application on your Apple TV.

Use your Siri remote control to complete Apple TV (4th generation) streaming setup. Use the Home or Menu buttons to navigate to the Home or Menu screens. Navigate up, down, left, and right using the glass touch surface. Press Play/Pause to start or stop content. Turn sound up and down using the Volume button. Use the Siri button to activate voice controls:

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  • While in the Top Menu, swipe up using the glass touch surface to access the DIRECTV NOW Main Menu.
  • While in the Main Menu, swipe down using the glass touch surface to access the DIRECTV NOW Top Menu.

In the DIRECTV NOW Top Menu, you will have access to Search, Guide, Watchlist, and Settings.

  • Search: Search for content available in DIRECTV Now.
  • Guide: Choose live content options from the TV Channel Guide.
  • Watchlist: Populate this list with your favorite shows and movies.
  • Settings: Set up or update your Account, Preferences, and About information, or Sign Out. 

In the main menu, you will have access to the Home screen. Home screen features include overviews of popular live TV shows, movies, and networks:

  • Movies: View On Demand Movies based on what’s included with your subscription.
  • Shows: View On Demand TV shows based on what’s included with your subscription.
  • Networks: Choose the network of your choice to show all content belonging to the selected  network.

When viewing live TV, you can use your Apple TV remote to surf between channels:

  • Swipe left on the glass touch surface to go to the next channel.
  • Swipe right on the glass touch surface to go to the previous channel.

You can also access the Guide to navigate to specific channels. Visit Live TV to learn more about the Guide.

DIRECTV NOW supports the use of your universal remote control. In order to program and use your universal remote successfully with DIRECTV NOW, you may need to enable the Universal Remote Support feature.

This feature enables right and left clicks on your Apple TV remote, allowing universal remotes to receive IR signals they require for use with DIRECTV NOW.

To enable Universal Remote Support:

  1. From the main menu, select Settings and then Preferences.
  2. Scroll to Universal Remote Control Support.
  3. Tap the glass touch surface to change Universal Remote Control status to On.

While Universal Remote Support is on, right and left clicks on your Apple TV remote will be enabled. This may result in unwanted actions (like accidental channel changes) when using your Apple TV remote. For the best experience using your Apple TV remote with DIRECTV NOW, simply disable Universal Remote Support.

To disable Universal Remote Support:

  1. From the main menu, select Settings then Preferences.
  2. Scroll to Universal Remote Control Support.
  3. Tap the glass touch surface to change Universal Remote Control status to Off.

To learn More about the Apple TV remote, please visit Apple support.

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