Wondering how to stop shared viewing on Dish? The process is really simple.
All you need to do is make sure the correct mode is selected and then disable the shared viewing. In this post, we’ll cover all that in a step-by-step tutorial at your disposal.
First, make sure your receiver is in dual mode. Next, press the MENU button on your DISH remote and select the “System Setup” tab. Select “Shared View” and use the slider to adjust the setting to on/off state.
Sometimes simply disabling the feature won’t work, and you’ll have to perform some additional steps.
This is why we’ve created an ultimate guide to help you disable the shared viewing without any difficulties. Let’s get started!
How To Stop Shared Viewing Session On Dish? – Steps!
The shared viewing on your DISH is a feature that only works while your receiver is in single mode.
This mode basically mirrors the TV1 output, directly on the TV2.
While this feature is enabled, both your remote control #1 and the remote control #2 that work with your satellite receiver, will control both TV1 and TV2.
The dual-mode on the other hand will allow the outputs for TV1 and TV2 to be different, therefore providing you with an alternative DISH interface for each TV.
Let’s learn how to disable the shared viewing on your DISH Hopper, with some easy steps:
The first step is to make sure your DISH Hopper is running. The outputs can be managed only while your device is active or otherwise the changes will not be saved.
In addition, also turn on both of the TVs that you would like to turn off the shared viewing for.
You will know that the shared viewing is enabled, once you play something on TV1 and TV2 plays the same thing automatically.
In order to disable the shared viewing for your DISH Hopper, you must first access the respective settings.
To configure this feature, you must go to Settings and then access the System Setup tab.
Note: Shared viewing can only be disabled from the TV1 output, thus, the original signal transmitter.
Since TV2 is dependent on TV1, disabling the feature from the secondary output is impossible.
From there, you will be able to configure all of the settings, including the Shared Viewing feature that makes the output on your TV1 and TV2 the same.
Once in the System Setup configuration, you must locate the “Shared Viewing” tab.
There you will find a slider that will allow you to adjust the feature to the ON/OFF state.
In your case, you want to disable the feature so press the slider once. Make sure it is on the right side, meaning “OFF”.
At this point, you should check if your TVs are now broadcasting different feeds. If yes, then you’ve successfully disabled the shared viewing and it wouldn’t be necessary to complete the steps.
For some users, this might not be enough to stop the shared viewing session so if your TV1 and TV2 are still broadcast the same feed, proceed with the rest of the steps.
Not switching the modes when changing the setting for your shared viewing is a big mistake.
As we’ve mentioned above, your TV1 and TV2 are dependent on the mode your receiver is set to.
Note: Keep in mind that you will not be able to turn off the mode on your DISH receiver.
The device must ALWAYS have a mode and it could be either a single-mode or a dual-mode.
Here is how to enable dual mode:
- Press the Menu button on the receiver.
- The light should move from single to dual.
- If the light does not move, press the Menu button two times in a row.
Once the receiver is switched to dual-mode you can check your TVs. If they are now displaying different contents, it means that you’re done.
However, if the shared viewing doesn’t seem to be disabled yet, proceed with a hard reset to apply the recently made changes.
Sometimes the shared viewing changes might not take effect from the first time.
This is why we suggest hard resetting your Dish receiver to reset all services and resolve any delay issues.
To hard reset your Dish receiver, follow the steps down below:
- Turn OFF your Dish receiver using the power button.
- Unplug its power adapter from the wall socket.
- Wait for ~5 minutes before reattaching the cable.
- Insert the cable back in the power.
- Turn ON your hopper and wait for it to load.
This is how to stop a shared viewing session on Dish and at this point, your TVs should no longer broadcast the same feed.
Once you’re done with the steps, turn on your receiver and the dual-mode should now be disabled, thus the shared viewing will not be working.
If the shared viewing is still active, we suggest resetting your Dish receiver in order to resolve the issue.
This will revert ALL settings to default and you will have to re-enable the dual-mode in order to stop the shared viewing.
Here is how to reset your Dish receiver:
- Locate the reset button on your receiver’s hardware.
- Press it and hold for 15 seconds.
- Release the button once the receiver starts blinking.
- Wait for the reset to complete.
Your Dish receiver will reboot now and once it is done, you will be able to adjust all of the settings, regarding the shared viewing.
You might only need to complete step #3 and step #4 to disable the Shared Viewing, but after the factory reset, there should be no more issues.
In case you’re experiencing trouble with disabling the shared viewing and our steps did not work at all, then you should contact Dish customer service.
They might have the answer to your problem, so don’t hesitate to contact their support team if you’re having functionality difficulties.
Thus, to stop shared viewing on your Dish receiver, head to the “System Setup” tab and turn OFF the feature from the settings menu. Using the hardware button, set your receiver to dual-mode and if it does not work, perform a hard reset, followed by a factory reset.
Now that you know how to stop shared viewing on Dish, you should be able to control both of your TV’s outputs.
After all, single-mode is intended for specific needs and in a normal household, almost nobody would like to watch the same thing on both TVs.
However, you can always switch back to single-mode and enable the shared viewing whenever you need it.
If this post was helpful to you, but you have another issue that needs to be taken care of, feel free to check our blog and discover the solution you’re looking for!
Finn Wheatley holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from UCL, London. He helped small data science consultancy firms, helping large corporations to grow their data capabilities, deploy advanced machine learning-based analytics and troubleshoot tech-related issues.