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#1 OFFLINE   1953

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Posted 03 June 2010 - 09:42 PM

Has anyone purchased the backlit DirecTV remote control? Does anyone regardless of having purchased it have an opinion or comments about this alternative to a aftermarket remote?

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#2 OFFLINE   drpjr

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Posted 03 June 2010 - 09:55 PM

I like them. I have several. I use them strictly as a D remote so I can't comment on multifunction use on other equipment. They are all programed to operate each of my DVRs. The backlight feature works well. It can be turned on and off easily. The NFL remotes are backlit and are available for about $20 on the D website. I use them in RF mode and they work very well. No complaints.
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Posted 04 June 2010 - 12:03 AM

Agree. I like my backlit remotes.
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Posted 04 June 2010 - 12:06 AM

I do to, they light up nice especially when the power goes out. :lol:

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 12:07 AM

worth getting cause you can change channels in the dark and in RF mode under the sheets :D I got mine for free just by calling and asking a question about it

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 12:09 AM

What kind of question?

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 01:36 AM

The backlight goes off during each button push, which I find very annoying and distracting, so I usually leave the backlight turned off (luckily it's an option).

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 01:41 AM

I've had backlit remotes for quite some time. I find that my fingers know where to go without the light.

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 06:09 AM

Has anyone purchased the backlit DirecTV remote control? Does anyone regardless of having purchased it have an opinion or comments about this alternative to a aftermarket remote?


I've got three and prefer them to the normal remotes.

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 06:16 AM

I just got an RF/IR one about a week ago and I think it is great

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 07:11 AM

I like my back lit Harmony 650.

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 07:13 AM

I got a NFL Bears one when they went on clearance on the directv website and they were the cheapest remote, it also lights and and is RF. I love it. It's a good aftermarket remote but it doesn't understand more complicated setups (eg. I can't set the TV Input to control my audio amp input)
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Posted 04 June 2010 - 09:00 AM

We use a backlit remote in the bedroom and it is nice to see the buttons with the lights off.

I will say I wish they would make the backlight work a little differntly, since the button on teh side enables and disables it as well as turning the light on. Once its on, you have to hit a button to make it light up. SInce you can't see, you have to either hit the backlight button twice to light it (once, which turns the light off, then again to turn it on) or hit a random button on the remote, which depending on what screen you are could be different, so it is not easy to always do.

They should have an enable disable button in the back with the battery (theres room rfor a DIP switch right on the baord beside the bottom battery) and have the side button just function to light the remote each time.


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Posted 04 June 2010 - 09:06 AM

My favorite backlit remotes have a motion sensor to turn on the backlight when you pick it up. The ideal solution would be to also have a light sensor to disable the backlight during the day, as well as a switch to enable/disable at will.

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 09:47 AM

My favorite backlit remotes have a motion sensor to turn on the backlight when you pick it up. The ideal solution would be to also have a light sensor to disable the backlight during the day, as well as a switch to enable/disable at will.


Yeah, we use a Harmony in teh Living room because the system is much more complicated and I do like the motion sensitive backlight and it would be awesome if the DirecTV remote had that too. But at the cost , I can see why they don't.


DirecTV, please don't make me have to go back to watching March Madness in standard Def! Oh, and the usual begging for AMC and BBC America. You are so close to actually being the HD Leader.

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 09:59 AM

It's great. I have used one for several years. The only issue I have is that the battery life is short (as would be expected) and if the battery is a tight fit it's not that easy to change.

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 10:27 AM

whatever you do, if you buy one get it from from directv!, best buy sells the backlit D* remote for $49.99!!!.I think directv sells it for around $25.00.:eek2:

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 11:04 AM

My favorite backlit remotes have a motion sensor to turn on the backlight when you pick it up. The ideal solution would be to also have a light sensor to disable the backlight during the day, as well as a switch to enable/disable at will.


My Sammy came with a motion sensor for it's backlit remote and it has the worse battery life of any remote I have ever had. 2 AA last about 3 weeks and then are completely dead.

I have 3 DTV backlight remotes and they are nice but my finger just know whrere the buttons are anyway.

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 11:26 AM

We use the Directv backlight in our bedroom. It's ok and pretty easy to use.

Biggest issue is switching between some TV and Directv functions are a little bit of a pain because of the switch on the top of the remote. IE.. using Sleep on the TV.

Also.. it's annoying having the Directv box constantly remind us that we switched modes... thanks but no thanks..

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 08:53 PM

http://www.directv.c...rts/nfl_remotes

$21.95 not a bad price.

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 09:07 PM

not a bad price on the NFL remote. do not forget the $1 and change in tax, but still cheap.

M harmony downstairs is perfect but I have yet to use it to control my D* reciever.

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 11:10 PM

I've got three and prefer them to the normal remotes.

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I don't. I can't quite put my finger on it (no pun intended), but there is something different about the feel that I dont like. Actually bought it for the wife so I can have a remote that doesnt disappear. Every time I grab hers I toss it to the side and grab mine.

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 06:47 AM

They just sent me a backlit remote (RC65RB) as a replacement for an old dieing RC34. I had forgotten I had a couple of remotes in a drawer still in the original bag.:lol: So now I think I have at least one of every model in inventory (RC34, RC64, RC64R, & RC65RB)
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Posted 07 June 2010 - 07:59 AM

I looked in a couple of drawers the other day and realized I have 4 or 5 DirecTV remotes at least. a Couple of the RC34s and a few RC64s. Too bad they are worth almost nothing.


DirecTV, please don't make me have to go back to watching March Madness in standard Def! Oh, and the usual begging for AMC and BBC America. You are so close to actually being the HD Leader.

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Posted 07 June 2010 - 07:39 PM

As mentioned above - just go for the NFL remote as it is both RF as well as backlit. I honestly never use the backlight but I could see where if you have not had the remote for a long time and fingers are still learing the buttons it would be useful on "movie night."
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