Revealing Hidden Secret Service Menu in Dish TV DTH Set Top Box

There are many DTH (Direct-To-Home) television service providers in India such as Tata Sky, Dish TV, Airtel Digital TV, Reliance Big TV, Videocon D2H, Sun Direct, etc and Tata Sky and Dish TV are the most popular brands among them.

In past we have shared a secret trick to access hidden service menu in Tata Sky and Airtel Digital TV Set Top Box which allows you to setup LNB, format hard disk, perform master reset and much more:

Revealing Hidden Secret Service Menu in Tata Sky and Airtel Digital TV DTH Set Top Box

Today its turn of Dish TV. Last week my cousin sister got a new Dish TV connection. It was an HD+ connection i.e. the set top box provides a few HD (high-definition) channels and also allows to pause, rewind, record live TV channels.

When the service guys finished installation of dish antenna, she asked me to check the quality of new connection and adjust various built-in settings. When I was looking into menus, I found an interesting menu "Utility" present in STB Info -> Setup section. When I tried to open the menu, it asked for a password.

I tried various password combinations such as 0000, 1234, 12345, 123456, 1111, etc but none of them worked. I was not able to access the Utility menu. I contacted Dish TV customer care and asked them about the password but as usual they had no idea about it. Then I contacted one of my friends who works in Dish TV and he told me the correct password. When I entered the password, I was able to access a hidden secret service menu in Dish TV set top box which was quite similar to Tata Sky service menu.

So today in this article, I'm going to tell you the correct password of Utility menu present in Dish TV set top box settings which will help you in accessing a secret service menu.

If you are a Dish TV user, you'll definitely love it.

DISCLAIMER: This information is intended for experienced users. Please do not try any of following methods if you are not familiar with set top boxes. We'll not be responsible for the use or misuse of this information, including loss of data or hardware damage. So use it at your own risk.

1. Open Dish TV settings and go to Help tab. Now open STB Info option as shown in following image:


2. It'll open a new page where some information is shown related to Dish TV STB. Now press Red button on your remote to enter into STB Setup screen.


3. It'll open "Installation Main Menu" screen where you'll find various menus such as Home frequency, LNB Setup, Forced software upgrade, Restore factory settings, etc.


4. Among all options present in "Installation Main Menu" screen, you'll find Utility option present at 7th position. Try to open it and it'll ask for password. The correct password of Utility menu is 86427531. Enter the password and now you'll be able to open Utility menu.


Utility menu contains following 2 options:

  • Download
  • Format Hard disk

I have no idea what the "Download" option does. It might be possible that this option was put to download and install latest firmware of Dish TV set top box but I'm not sure.

"Format Hard disk" option will format the USB device attached to set top box which is used to record TV programs.

Please keep in mind that both these options don't ask for confirmation. If you select any option, it'll immediately start performing its action. So think twice before selecting any option.

That's it. If you are a Dish TV DTH subscriber, feel free to test the password and service menu and share your feedback in your comment...

Also Check:

PIN / Password of Signal Setup in Tech Settings of DEN Set Top Box


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  • I have Dishtv at my home but didn't know about this trick. Thnx for sharing VG. :)

  • yeah VG!
    taking rest and watching TV.
    good idea. huh!

  • i also tried many combinations but it never worked thanks for providing password

  • is it possible to access and control dishtv , through computer? like a combination of hardware and software to change channels from the computer inc/dec volume, record multiple channels etc. :D

  • Hey guys - Does anyone know the details of how to record Series in Dish Tru+ HD? And is there a way to record channels while watching another channel?

  • VG

    ^^ Dish TV doesn't support series recording feature.

    Regarding 2 channel recording, Dish TV comes with a single tuner so you can't watch one and record another channel. If two channels are on same transponder, then you may do this but its not possible for normal users to find out which channels share same transponder so practically its not possible.

  • How to watch the channel in dish tv without paying. If am not pay free channel also i can't able to see. any way to watch free channel without paying.

  • Thanks for this useful article.Its really helpful for me in feature. Can you plz tell about internet based set top box

  • I don't understand, formatting disk is how a super feature ? what is the use of formatting disk?

  • Does anyone know the operating system of the Dish TV set top box ? thanks in advance....

  • VG

    ^^ Almost all set top box use Linux based OS.

  • hello sir,
    thankyou for article


  • How can I open a Dish business?

  • Please help me.

    I was out for about a month and my subscription had expired. Before returning from leave, I had done a recharge as per the offer. But my channels were not activated. Someone told me that I should do a force software update. When I did that it seems that it got corrupt. Now everytime I try to do sw update it ends up with error. The receiver does not come to any channels. It just shows the error in update page. How do I rectify the problem and force update to the correct software. I am abroad so cannot contact DishTV India.

  • VG

    ^^ It seems a hardware problem in the set top box. Only Dish TV engineers can help you.

  • don't show System Setup in installation main menu my Dish TV STB.
    How can I erase EPG and Flash FS

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