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Shadow Report: Acoustic Research Remotes to support DIRECTV RF

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Stuart Sweet, Jan 10, 2009.

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  1. Jan 11, 2009 #41 of 275
    Mike Bertelson

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    I read about these remotes a few months ago an a "Centralized Remote" forum but it didn't say anything about DirecTV RF.

    This very cool and and I can't wait to try one. :D

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    Do they work off the 'activity' concept like the Harmony/Logitech remotes do?
     
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    Mike Bertelson

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    SDizzle

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    I agree 100%! I have absolutely EVERY button for all my devices in my harmony, I NEVER have to grab the OEM remotes.
     
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    Phew. Thanks!

     
  6. Jan 11, 2009 #46 of 275
    spartanstew

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    Well, since there's a button on the remote labeled "Activities" and the picture of the remote has "Activities" as one of the prominent displays on the screen, I'd say the answer is.....



    wait for it.....





    Yes.
     
  7. Jan 11, 2009 #47 of 275
    bonscott87

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    From looking at it the one button placement I don't like is the record button right below the FFW button. I could see hitting that by mistake easily.

    I wonder (and hope) that you can learn/program buttons up on the LCD like on the MX series. I often put more obscure commands on the LCD. Anyone know if the LCD is just for activities or can you put commands on there as well (such as a button to change the TV's aspect ratio for each activity).
     
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    spartanstew

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    Since it looks like there's arrows for multiple screens, I would imagine they're customizable.
     
  9. Jan 12, 2009 #49 of 275
    hdtvfan0001

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    Saw that too...and I suspect a number of folks will welcome that news.

    Nice photos...thanks for sharing the news and pictures! :)
     
  10. Jan 12, 2009 #50 of 275
    Mike Bertelson

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    I either has it already in it's database or it can learn from any remote.

    Either way you won't have to use more then one remote.

    Mike
     
  11. Jan 12, 2009 #51 of 275
    Stuart Sweet

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    Yes this is a learning, activity-based, customizable remote like a Harmony. Is their back end as well-designed as Logitech's? That's what I'd like to know as well, and it will be interesting to find out.
     
  12. Jan 12, 2009 #52 of 275
    Mike Bertelson

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    I've read where it has web based programming.

    Does anyone know if this is how AR does it now?

    I have both a Harmony and a URC MX-810/MX-700 and familiar with both the web based and PC based programming. I prefer the PC based systems.

    The article says it is programmable right out of the box and the PC programming is in addition to that. I wonder if that means that it is programmed through the touch screen. Now that would be cool.

    I also really like the color buttons. I have them programmed onto the LCD of my MX-810.

    I know it’ll do macros does anyone know how many steps other OneForAlls will do?

    Mike
     
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    Maybe its just me but I have other things i can spend $250 on than a remote. Dont get me wrong they are pretty nice looking but hey its a remote. As long as it changes the channel, volume, etc im good. My $12 remote controls everything i ever need. lol
     
  14. Jan 12, 2009 #54 of 275
    Stuart Sweet

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    Yes it is programmed through the touch screen. There is a guided setup process that can take an average user all the way to a working remote without going to the PC if desired.
     
  15. Jan 12, 2009 #55 of 275
    spartanstew

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    It all depends on the equipment you have.
     
  16. Jan 12, 2009 #56 of 275
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    Thank you Stuart, I've been fantasizing about an RF/IR mix. :)
     
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    bonscott87

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    Very true. For what I have there is no $12 remote that could handle everything. I'd need at least a $100 remote to do everything and at that point I might as well pay a bit more and get something decent.
     
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    Other OneForAlls do 15 steps per macro. Hacking them with JP1, you can get unlimited steps. So who knows what this new beast will do.

    Also depends on how much spare time you have. Hacking my $10 remote with JP1, I control 10 devices, including my lights, video camera and my car radio, just for the heck of it. I push one button to watch a dvd or tv or whatever, just like harmony. I've got a couple dozen fairly complex macros/activities to do just about everything I've been able to dream up. Of course it would be nice to have a touch screen and all that, but mine works just fine. And the family and babysitter have no problems. I'm hoping this new xsight will be just as hackable, so I can bypass the web wizard and set it up exactly the way I want.

    It's about time UEI finally came out with a PC programmable remote. Hackers have been programming UEI remotes from their PC's for nearly 10 years. In the mean time, Logitech has left them in the dust.
     
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    I'm sure that the jp1 folks will give it a shot on these remotes but I haven't seen anything indicating they've gotten their hands on them.

    I'd expect the remotes to work really will with DirecTV receivers since the OEM is the same one that makes DirecTv's remotes.

    These remotes are still a fair bit out of my personal price range but I can understand wanting something of this calibre. The more complex your setup becomes the more you need a remote that can make is simple for WAF etc.
     
  20. Jan 12, 2009 #60 of 275
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    I have chime in my vote for Pronto, too. I know some people prefer hard buttons over touchscreens, but it solves so many problems, like not having all the right buttons or having them in the wrong places, or giving macro functions a meaningful label. Also, my house is fully controlled through X10. I have photos of the rooms on the Pronto screens with on/off buttons for the lights. I've had non geeks walk into my house and grab the remote and immediately understand how to control everything.

    By the way, if anyone needs any Pronto help, feel fre to PM me.
     
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