How to turn off DirecTV screen saver?

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Is there a way to turn off the screen saver that pops up after so many minutes? It's so annoying that I have to press a button on the remote to get it to go back to what I was watching.


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I think perhaps disabling power saver will disable the screen saver:

Click the MENU button on your remote, select Settings, and then select Power Saving. To turn off the power-saving feature, select Off.

I may be wrong, since its been years since I had DirecTV. Anyone else on the forum have an answer for our guest?


Screen Saver is different Than Power Saver

This does not disable screen saver. DTV suggests pressing info every hour to hour and a half to prevent it and be able to keep record options. This is the most ignorant feature for a playing/moving picture. It is not going to burn the Mavs game into my tv screen!! UGH


After the power saving is on it turns to black screen and will not turn on unless i push the on button and it turns off tv. i turn on the on button again to turn on the tv. and it goes away.

I don't like the DirecTV screen saver!

DTV scams you

DTV F'ing us and our customers

I have customers that their houses were wired years ago before HDMI. Some are component and others are composite while others are a modulated signal on channels we created.
First they took away the ability to watch HD 1080i at local tv while watching a remote TV (menu and guide give the retarded "Press and hold exit) to change resolution.
Then the stupid screensaver that pops up when you don't do anything for an hour or two. Power saver and scrolling are off.
We built your company and now your F'ing us and our customers by this garbage.
Guess we will start doing FTA and the like.
It costs less and you get so much more.
I knew things would get worse when AT&T hijacked DTV and I was right.
Call their service number. IF you can get someone that you can understand, good luck.
Youre F'ing yourselves by wasting money on DTV

Larry R

how to turn off the screen saver that autonacticly comes on after a couple of hours

I'm having the same problem. I have an HR44 Genie this problem seem to be just a couple of months old. I check and saw that the firmware of the box was updated 11-10 @ 3:00 AM. It seem that this is when the problem started.
Direct tech support has been no help. the last tech person I spoke with said to also check on twitter. I don't tweet but I may have to now. If you find a solution PLEASE post it.



It is now September 2017. I'm a new DirecTV subscriber and my screen saver turns on about every 15 minutes while actively watching live TV. Um... what?????? Has this really been going on for as long as this thread states and without a solid solution?


I have an older tube tv that is connected with a/v cables. The screen saver never comes on. The full hd tv we have is connected with the HDMI cable. That tv has the screen saver problem. So, if you sacrifice the hd, no more screensavers.

Utah Guest

Stop Direct TV from going to Sleep!

I'm having the same frustration, Direct TV sleeps after 2.5 hours. After 45 min on the phone with tech support all they can say is this is built in so the receiver doesn't overheat. Power saving mode is off, and this just started recently. I'm assuming some firmware upgrade put it in place.

This accomplishes nothing but frustration. If I want to watch a movie or event longer than 2.5 hours why should I have to remember to adjust volume or something to keep it on? That doesn't mean I can't keep bumping in on for hours and hours and it would then overheat. Something is fishy here.

All the years I had DishNetwork or DT and watched TV for hours and hours I've never had a receiver overheat.

Alva B.

Yes, experience the same thing. Just started recently. Every 2-2.5 hours, if no channel change or other activity, then it goes into screen saver mode. Very annoying!


AG Texas info added

OK, I have 6 receivers and they all do this...I have better things to do then stop whatever I am doing to correct this...How about finding an attorney to do a class action suit for DTV not giving us full access full time when we are paying full price...also states attorney generals have consumer protection departments for this also...

Here is the AG's info for TEXAS:
No one really knows the solution and others would say that it is seemingly impossible to fix. Perhaps, the best thing to do is to contact support here at "Contact Us" section.

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No one really knows the solution and others would say that it is seemingly impossible to fix. Perhaps, the best thing to do is to contact support here at "Contact Us" section.

This Forum is NOT associated with DirecTV, although we have a category for those who are interested in discussing that source of television entertainment.

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You might have to stop all program recordings in your settings. If you have future options that are programmed to recording channels, then your screen will default to screen saver mode.
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