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.

I'll also tell you a secret trick to change home transponder frequency of Dish TV to watch FTA (Free-To-Air) channels or to use Dish TV in places where you don't receive NSS-6 satellite signals.

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

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.


3.A. To Change Dish TV Home Transponder (TP) Frequency:

Select "Home Frequency" option and it'll show a list of all Dish TV TPs. By default Dish TV doesn't allow you to modify transponder values but there is a hidden secret code to edit TP settings. Select any TP using the up/down buttons and press 9523 buttons on your remote quickly. It'll open a secret screen which will allow you to enter new values for the transponder. You can enter any desired frequency and other TP details for example you can enter DD Direct+ (aka Free Dish) TP details to watch its FTA channels. Once you enter correct parameters, you should get good signal quality and strength for that TP. Save the changes and exit from the screen. Dish TV STB will restart and now you can perform channel search. It'll add all channels available on your selected transponder. Before modifying transponder values, make sure to write down old default values so that you can restore them later.

3.B. To Access Hidden Secret "Utility" Menu:

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.

Following video will show you the whole process live in action:

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...

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  • Awesome. Thank u so much for sharing it.

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

  • Well how much time does Dish TV takes for downloading the new firmware ? I selected this option but it still showing downloading for about 15 minutes..

  • what does the update do? any freebies????

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

  • VG

    ^^ lol. Not actually. I dont like watching TV but I love finding secret stuffs in gadgets. ;)

    @Dev and Nikhil
    I'm not sure about the "Download" option. Its still a mystery what the option actually does. I assume it downloads the firmware.

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

  • Open hidden settings in Samsung TV's:

    Info + Menu + Mute + Power


  • 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

  • VG

    ^^ You'll need a TV tuner card.

  • 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.

  • Hi Thanks fot this information,

    Is ther anyway with which I can see normal SD channels pack on my Dish Thru HD+ box ?

    Since DIshtv does not allow to purchase SD channel pack on HD box....rediculous Dish TV (I never suggest anyone to buy DIsh TV)

    Thank you,

  • VG

    ^^ No. You can only subscribe to available packages for your set top box type.

  • Dear sir,
    Can i update software by using other frequency 12522/40700 instead of default 20688/27500 which is not avlbl on ASIASAT 05.

  • Also advise how to change this default frequency.

  • VG

    ^^ You can change the frequency using installer setup menu which has been shown above. But I dont think it'll work for you if your area is not getting signals for that frequency.

  • Secret Code of VideoCon D2H advanced setting password is 4,6,8 and 10 th digit of card no

  • Thank u verymch for this article...
    I am using dish true hd plus in saudi we cant get signals from nss 6.only get signals of asiasat 5..m using hd world morning when i switchd on my dish shows updating epg...but it dosntcomplet bcz of its home transponder is on nss6..i lost all channels and i cant search evn chnnls...bcz thr s no signl frm nss6...after mny searchs on google i got ur artcle n follwd instructions on ths.....i chnged home trnspnder to asiasat 5...nw its working smoothly....

  • Excellent sharing.
    My problem was different.
    This hits made me to try some thing and solved the issue it was simple loose connection and want to fix as per their procedure.
    But I want to try the above hint.

  • from where i can get DD Direct+ transponders parameters

  • VG

    ^^ Here you go:

    10990, V, 27500
    11070, V, 27500
    11150, V, 27500
    11490, V, 27500
    11570, V, 27500

  • Hi VG,

    My query is on editing the TP values so as to get the FTP Channels - do I edit only the "Home Frequency" values ? or do I edit all the lines ? Secondly, once I edit - would I lose all the existing channels / HD channels ? What values do I give to get the best FTP Channels as well as my regular Dish channels ? Appreciate your clarification on this...Thanks

  • VG

    ^^ You need to change only home frequency. You can change it to DD Free Dish home frequency to receive its FTA channels on your DishTV STB.

  • Thanks VG - of the following values - which one do I enter as home frequency ?

    10990, V, 27500
    11070, V, 27500
    11150, V, 27500
    11490, V, 27500
    11570, V, 27500

  • VG

    ^^ Try the first one.

  • What is iVC
    It appears under 5.1 sound option & above Virtual Surrou pind

  • I have purchased one new dish tv Hd set and now tried to use in middle east. I connected it in old lnb that I used before. But I cannot view Hd channels. Is it required to use new lnb that given along with hd set top box to watch hd channels?

  • mere set top box mai EPG & flash FS Erase ho gye on karta hu to,"Error occrres when software upgrade. Please prees 'ok' to setup transponder and 'back' to cancel upgrade" likha hua aa rha hai. or jab utillity code daalta hu to 'downloading...' lekha hua aata h or kuch nhi hota kya karu.

  • my dish TV is deactivated its show message( recharge dish ) so how can i add free channels on dish tv without activating card pls ans me
    Thank u

  • VG

    ^^ Not possible. You'll need to recharge your account first.

    Try to put following values in Transponder details when asked

    12688 V 27500

    Sorry cant help much in this issue.

    Seems related to sound settings.

  • please write how to watch pakistani channels on dishtv

  • VG

    ^^ You can try to change Home frequency to 12170 H 40700 from 12688 V 27500 to watch extra channels from Sri Lanka and Pakistan.