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The New DirecTV Remote Control

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Drucifer, Jan 9, 2013.

Do you like it smaller with fewer buttons?

  1. YES

    19.9%
  2. NO

    80.1%
  1. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    The RC71 may well be the future of DIRECTV® remotes. In any event, I am spoiled with RF, for though my DVR is in plain view, I can operate right though my laptop screen, or point it at the kitchen, or though the dog, etc.
     
  2. peds48

    peds48 Genius. DBSTalk Club

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    we are heading down the wrong path then....
     
  3. Cavicchi

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    Yes, I tend to agree with that. Buttons and functionality seem to be easier on the older remote.
     
  4. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

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    I think its the right path overall,just missed out on a couple key things that could have been done with this form factor that would have made it perfect. Most of which could still be addressed by software changes to be honest.
     
  5. peds48

    peds48 Genius. DBSTalk Club

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    I think if DirecTV had made the "improvements" keeping the same form factor as the predecessor, thing would have turn out for the better. The mistake, IMO, was to "improve" while taking functionality away
     
  6. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

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    Interesting. I think the new form factor is much better myself, and less buttons is generally good. But they took away one to many. The pause button. And they should have made the volume and channel buttons wider and further apart and made them push in instead for mute and prev instead of making separate buttons for those two things. IMHO. Everything else can be addressed with better software I think.
     
  7. Tygh

    Tygh New Member

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    I am not too happy with the new remote. Had the RC65RBX for years. I miss the STOP button!!!
     
  8. Prea

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    The channel/volume button things look really annoying to me. Any opinions on them?
     
  9. Go Beavs

    Go Beavs Hall Of Fame

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    That's one thing I really like about the RC71. The volume and channel toggles have a nice tactile feel to them.
     
  10. FHSPSU67

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    Until you hit the 'channel' toggle by accident and lose the live buffer. It's very easy to do.
     
  11. RAD

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    Been there, done that. Really wish they'd add a warning if you will dump the buffer, at least make it an option the customer can select.
     
  12. Go Beavs

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    Yeah, I get ya on that... But the toggle is still nice for the volume... :lol:
     
  13. peds48

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    Yes, the button "rockers" do have a better "feeling". although I think how long they will last as moving parts tend to break faster then just pushing a button. top slide switch anyone?
     
  14. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

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    Oh the volume and channel buttons are so much nicer and faster responding for me.
     
  15. RunnerFL

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    They are nice, very responsive and when you use them you actually feel like you're doing something but they are in the way. As others have said it's pretty easy to hit them by mistake.
     
  16. GordonT

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    With the removal of the color buttons (except red), am I correct in assuming that the "Clear NVRAM" function no longer works? That's where you can tune to channel 1 and then press red-red-blue-blue-yellow-green.

    I use that often to fix problems with the Myapps function instead of having to reset the DVR.
     
  17. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

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    Just tune to channel 1 and wait 30 seconds or more, no color buttons needed.
     
  18. lucky13

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    Is there a workaround for putting a bookmark on the timeline with the RC71?
     
  19. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

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    No, bookmarks went away a while back. I don't even think you can place them with an older remote any more.
     
  20. lucky13

    lucky13 New Member

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    Not so. I'm placing bookmarks all time on Genie44 with 65 and older remotes.
    The bookmarks are an important feature to me, as I'm often watching recordings in pieces, while other users are viewing the recording in between, so just hitting PLAY won't do--especially if it brings me to the end of a ballgame.
     

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