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You may possess the Universal DISH Remote which has the power to control your entire home theatre and more, but to wield this immense power is another matter altogether. If you want your remote to get more than just your DVR under control, you will have to program it. Luckily, it isnt that difficult and if you correctly follow the instructions laid out, you wont fumble at all. Youll have your supreme controller ready in no time, all set to browse through the Spectrum channel lineup with great ease. So, wondering what exactly do you have to do?

Well, to start off you should be aware there are two methods by which you can program the DISH remote. Which one you should choose depends on the model of the remote you have. If you own DISH remote models 54.0, 52.0, 50.0, and 40.0 which are the more recent ones, you should follow the first method. If your remote is from the older 20 or 21 series, you should follow the second method.

Quick Tip:

If you are confused as to which model you own, simply use Google Lens and take a picture. The app will be able to tell you in no time.

Method 1: How to Program the Newer DISH Remote Controls

You may have bought the Universal DISH Remote to ease the hassle of switching between remotes, but you probably stuck trying to figure out how to program it. You are not the only one though. So if you are looking for answers, you have come to the right place. We kept the instructions simple so they are easy for everyone to understand and follow, and anyone who reads through is able to program their remotes without a glitch.

If everything still seems to be in order then congrats, you now hold the power to unleash your Universal DISH remote. If you find the remote isnt working correctly, however, repeat the process laid out above until you get it right. It may take some time, but you will get the result your seeking! With WOW! TV on your home theatre now easily managed by your remote, the fun time can begin.

Method 2: How to Program an Older DISH Remote Control

If you own an older DISH remote from the 20 to 21 series, the process is a little different - requiring you to undertake the Power Scan. The Power Scan keeps firing device codes until it comes across one that works. Sounds simple? Well, it is. Just follow these steps and you will have everything set up in no time.

There you go, congratulations! You have successfully programmed your DISH remote. Just repeat the process for all devices you want to pair the remote with, and you will have your home theatre set up in no time. Wasnt that a piece of cake then, to pair your DISH remote control with your TV?

How to Pair DISH remote with a Joey or Hopper DVR

This is a question often asked by many. When you call your TV provider for installation of services, the tech team connects your top boxes and DVR to the remote so you are probably covered. There is only a slim chance that your Spectrum Silver package was installed without the Hopper or Joey DVR being connected to the remote. So, you need not worry about it. If however, that is not the case, simply follow these instructions, and you will have everything connected in no time.

  1. Press the button System Info which you will find on the front panel of your Joey or Hopper 3.
  2. Next, press the SAT button on the remote, which you will find either at the front or the side of the remote, depending on which model you have in possession. 
  3. Then press the Cancel button or the Back button. When you do that, the system info screen will disappear from your TV signaling that the pairing process has been completed.

See, this was easy. If you are still having a hard time figuring it out or you find yourself stuck, worry not. You can always give Spectrum Customer Service a call in case you are subscribed to their TV service.  

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know which model of DISH remote I have?

You can check the manual that came with the remote to learn what the model number for your remote is. If you have misplaced it, worry not. Each remote has a distinct appearance and by clicking a picture through Google Lens you will find out within minutes. You can also compare pictures of remotes but that would consume a lot of time.

Does DISH replace remote for free?

This is dependent on if the remote you own is covered under warranty, and whether or not it is broken or faulty. There is no charge in such cases. If you dont know whether or not the device would be covered, visit the DISH customer support page and ask for a replacement. Who knows, you may get lucky and get free of cost replacement.

How to reset DISH remote?

Technically, you cant reset your DISH remote. What you can do though is relink it to your receiver. To do so, press the SAT on your remote, next press System Info on the receiver, and lastly SAT on the remote again. Ta-Da! You are done.