How to Get Rid of the Red Button on DTV

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One of the most exciting facets of digital TV is its interactive aspect. The "red-button" feature of set-top boxes allows the viewer to choose an alternate camera angle, play games, watch backstage footage or extra material and vote on reality shows. However, some viewers might prefer to watch TV the old-fashioned way and want to learn how to remove the red-button feature.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Digital TV remote

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  1. 1

    Press the "BACKUP" button on your remote, which should make the red-button icon disappear from the screen temporarily.

  2. 2

    Press the green button to permanently remove the red-button icon from the screen if watching Freeview. For Sky TV, press "BACKUP"; for Virgin Media or Virgin V+ PVR, press the blue button; and for Freesat, press the green or black button.

  3. 3

    Open the menu option on your TV if you have Sky+. Go to "PICTURE SETTINGS" on the TV's menu screen, and enable "ON SCREEN ICON TIMEOUT" This should remove the red-button icon automatically from shows after 30 seconds. Another trick with Sky+ is to press "PAUSE," then press "PLAY" after a few seconds and watch your TV shows with a slight time-lag, which will remove the red-button icon.

  4. 4

    Set the output of the box to 16.9 letterboxed and the TV to zoom 16:9 on Freeview+ PVR to keep the red button from being visible on the screen.

  5. 5

    Buy a Topfield set-top box and enter the special TAP code number, which can be found online, to prevent the red-button icon from showing.

Tips and warnings

  • Topfield boxes are expensive but will provide a permanent and reliable solution to the red-button problem.
  • The Topfield box cannot record from Sky or other cable boxes.

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