When you first start using DIRECTV, you may not know how to make the most out of your service. That’s not to say that DIRECTV is challenging to use for first-time subscribers. In fact, you’ll find that your DIRECTV® remote and on-screen guide are quite user-friendly. There are, however, several tips and tricks you can take advantage of to make watching TV more convenient, more enjoyable and more entertaining.

Try these tips and tricks when you get your DIRECTV service

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Get easy-to-read subtitles

Do you like to watch programming with subtitles? Have you ever noticed that the text on the screen is sometimes hard to read? With DIRECTV Subtitles, you get an easy-to-read version of text on your screen so you can spend more time reading and less time squinting. Just press the yellow button on your remote, highlight the DIRECTV Subtitling option and choose “Select” to activate the subtitles.

Find exactly what you’re looking for

Don’t fumble around trying to find your favorite TV show or the network premiere of a popular movie ever again. With DIRECTV’s Smart Search feature, you can find exactly what you’re looking for in seconds. Just click on the MENU button on your remote, go to “Search & Browse” and select “Smart Search.” You’ll use a letter pad to enter the program you’re looking for and immediately be presented with likely results as you type. Before you know it, you’ll be able to pick exactly what show you’re looking for.

Search and watch YouTube videos

Want to watch entertaining videos that aren’t broadcast on mainstream channels? YouTube is a great option, and you can browse and search videos directly from your TV. All you have to do is enter the video you want to watch from the Smart Search menu and, in addition to TV programs that match your search, you’ll get to choose from relevant YouTube results.

Access your favorite channels easily

Are you one of those TV viewers who only watches a select few channels? Take advantage of DIRECTV’s favorite channels list to quickly access the channels you love whenever you decide to watch TV. For standard receivers and DVRs, just pick “Favorites” on your DIRECTV remote, choose “Set up Custom 1″ and choose your favorite channels. For HD receivers and HD DVRs, choose “Settings and Help,” select “Favorite Channels,” select “Custom 1″ and then assign the channel you love to that slot.

Keep track of the scores of all the games around the league

Want to stay tuned to scores and results from multiple sports while you watch regular programming? Take advantage of DIRECTV ScoreGuide™, which displays scores from professional and college sports – right on your screen. Just press the red button on your remote and the ScoreGuide™ will pop up on your screen, allowing you to get up to speed on the day’s action.

Stream online music on your TV

Do you like music as much as you like TV? With DIRECTV, it’s no problem to get great music streamed right through your TV. Using Pandora’s online streaming service, you can listen to music from all sorts of genres and artists right through your TV. Just press the MENU button on your DIRECTV remote, select the “Extras” option and then select Pandora. If you don’t have a Pandora account, you’ll have to create one. Otherwise, start listening to great music right from your TV.

Like these features? They’re only the beginning of what DIRECTV can do. Subscribe today to learn more about all the capabilities of your premium satellite TV service.