STEP 1: Determine your remote model
Most people have a white DIRECTV remote like the one above. However, there are several models of DIRECTV remote, each with slightly different capabilities. It's important that your remote have an "R" as the last letter or second to last letter, as you see here:
This is an RC65RX. If it were an RC65R, that would be ok, but if it were an RC65X, that would not be ok.
If you have an HR44 Genie:
The HR44 Genie comes with an RC71 remote that works very similar to the X-series self-programming remotes. The earlier white remotes can be used in IR mode with the HR44 Genie, but they will not self-program even if you have an X-series remote.
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