How to Update a Satellite Receiver

Updated February 21, 2017

Satellite receivers require periodic updating to receive the latest programming information for your guide. Depending on the type of satellite receiver you have, you may or may not need to do anything to perform satellite receiver updates. If you have a television reception-only (TVRO) satellite receiver, you need to visit the manufacturer website to update a receiver. If you have a satellite receiver from Dish Network or DIRECTV, the satellite receiver updates automatically.

Log onto the website of the manufacturer. Look for a “Downloads” or “Updates” page to find the information you need to conduct satellite receiver updates.

Click to download the most recent updates for your satellite receiver model. Updates come in the form of software that you can upload onto your satellite receiver, which will improve the way it functions.

Follow the on-screen prompts to finish your satellite update.

Run a network cable from your Internet router to the back of your satellite receiver.

Leave your Internet router turned on at all times. Your satellite receiver will download the updates it needs through the Internet.

Press “Menu” on your satellite TV remote control to set the time you want your satellite receiver to update. Select “Preferences” then “Updates.” Use the “Up” and “Down” arrows on your remote control to set the time you want the updates to occur.

Plan not to watch satellite TV when it’s time for satellite receiver updates. The satellite receiver will reboot after it completes the updating process.

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