Programming DirecTV remote to control Vizio soundbar

I bought a Vizeo sound bar because the speakers on many of these flat-screen TVs suck. I don't watch TV, but my mom does and one big annoyance was having to use the Vizio remote to control the sound instead of the DirecTV remote, and so i started hunting for a solution.

Controlling the volume and mute functions of the Vizio soundbar with the DirecTV remote is easy enough once you program the remote to operate the soundbar from either the AV1, AV2 or TV modes on the remote, which you have to do anyway, but it isn't at all convenient because you have to switch the remote mode switch back and forth between the DTV mode and whatever mode (AV1, AV2 or TV) you used to control the soundbar.

As it turns out this can be simplified and everything you need to know is in the DirecTV manual for the RC65 remote (other remotes may be similar), but i disregarded the instructions because the manual states "DIRECTV Receivers don’t have volume control, so the remote will not allow the user to lock volume to the DIRECTV mode.". I interpreted that to mean the volume keys on the remote would not work for controlling volume on the speaker bar while the remote was in the DTV mode. Wrong!

In my case the setup is a DirecTV RC65 remote with a Vizio SB3621n-E8 soundbar, however this solution may/should work with other soundbars or any other audio equipment for which you want to control the volume and mute functions using the DirecTV remote, and it may not be specific to the RC65 remote either.

I don't take any credit for this because the solution is clearly in the manual, but i didn't realize it until i saw this post by 'thelavenders' on the AVS Forum. Here's what you need to do:

  1. Set the DTV remote to a mode you're not using (AV1, AV2 or TV)
  2. Program the DTV remote to operate your soundbar (the instructions and codes are likely in the manual for your remote - the RC65 manual is here)
  3. Slide the MODE switch back to DTV
  4. To change the volume lock function of the DTV remote:
    1. Press and hold the MUTE and SELECT keys until the green light under the DIRECTV position flashes twice, then release both keys
    2. Using the number keys, enter 9-9-3 (the green light will flash twice after the 3)
    3. Press and release the VOL+ key (the green light flashes 4 times)
  5. To lock the remote volume, while in DTV mode, to the mode used to operate the soundbar:
    1. Slide the MODE switch to the same position you used in step 1 (AV1, AV2 or TV)
    2. Press and hold the MUTE and SELECT keys until the green light under the selected switch flashes twice, then release both keys
    3. Using the number keys, enter 9-9-3 (the green light flashes twice)
    4. Press and release the SELECT key (the green light flashes twice)
  6. Slide the MODE switch back to DTV

Now the DirecTV remote should control the volume and mute functions of your soundbar while the mode switch is set to DTV.

5 thoughts on “Programming DirecTV remote to control Vizio soundbar”

  1. I have a vizio model SB2920-D6 soundbar. I am trying to get it to work with my time warner cable remote. I don t know the brand or model number for the remote but it has the code RC122 on the back. I have tried the codes for the vizio soundbars and none of them seem to work.

    1. sorry, but i only have experience with the TV and remote i referenced in the article – i did a search for ‘RC122’ and the manual and guides are easy to find – i assume you already read that stuff?

  2. Wow, I have been switching back and forth between DTV and AV1 to control my Bose Sound speaker for the last year using the RC65 remote. I followed your instructions exactly and kaboom, it worked! What a luxury to control both my direct tv channels and Bose volume WITHOUT changing the switch. So glad I came across this! Thank you!

  3. Thank you SO MUCH! It is so much easier now to watch TV and adjusting the volume without having to switch the inputs on the remote! Your instructions worked perfectly! You are awesome! THANKS!!!

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