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The New DirecTV Remote Control


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Poll: Do you like it smaller with fewer buttons? (396 member(s) have cast votes)

Do you like it smaller with fewer buttons?

  1. YES (139 votes [35.10%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 35.10%

  2. NO (257 votes [64.90%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 64.90%

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#41 ONLINE   Steve

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:34 AM

Can it control a TV and AV receiver? I don't see a slide switch.

Yup.
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#42 OFFLINE   Sixto

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:37 AM

Can it control a TV and AV receiver? I don't see a slide switch.

Thanks

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:59 AM

I know it is a show for new products , but I thought this remote came as an option with the HR34 also.


No.

I'm sure Directv can't wait to get their hands on your unit.

 
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 10:35 AM

I like this remote. All I have is a tv, satellite receiver, and a Bose audio system so I don't necessarily have a need for a harmony remote. I like this new remote and it'll suit my needs just fine as the current directv remote does. Sign me up for one.
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 11:09 AM

This would have made a good third option for the poll.

3) N/A - I use a universal remote

Digging the new Harmony Touch I picked up last week. Shelved the 880 and 900 and haven't looked back.


I use a universal but I still voted "don't like" because the removal of the yellow, blue and green buttons has made the GUI less useful, so it affects the old remotes (and universal remotes) usefulness as well.
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 11:10 AM

I doubt I go to the guide once per week.


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Posted 11 January 2013 - 11:12 AM

I use a universal but I still voted "don't like" because the removal of the yellow, blue and green buttons has made the GUI less useful, so it affects the old remotes (and universal remotes) usefulness as well.


While the buttons are removed from the new remote the color buttons on the old remotes still work like they did before so unless they remove the code in the boxes to ignore those buttons it doesn't effect the old remotes.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 11:25 AM

Also, the GREEN-YELLOW-BLUE functionality is still there with the new remote. The functions have just been assigned to other buttons. Now << and >> to move 12 hours in the GUIDE, e.g.
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 11:39 AM

I have no issues with the current remotes which I've used for so long there is no need to ever look at it. The new one looks no better than the old and I don't see that it does anything new or better so I'll stick with the old. Having 5 DVR's in the house would make it not only inconvenient to have a different remote but also expensive to replace all. I see no benefit in the change and there is nothing about any remote, even the harmonys that I would say looks good. Function is all I care about and unless there is vast improvement, stick with what you know. I do not believe in change for the sake of change.
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 11:40 AM

I use a universal but I still voted "don't like" because the removal of the yellow, blue and green buttons has made the GUI less useful, so it affects the old remotes (and universal remotes) usefulness as well.


While the buttons are removed from the new remote the color buttons on the old remotes still work like they did before so unless they remove the code in the boxes to ignore those buttons it doesn't effect the old remotes.

Those aren't the buttons removed that "seem" as important as:

  • input,
  • format,
  • stop,
  • a dedicated play,
  • slider for more than one device,
  • power for just the device the slider is set to
Some of these are available through the GUI [requiring multi-steps] and some just plain aren't there.
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 12:31 PM

I use the D* remote in only the bedroom and although not aesthetically pleasing a smaller one like this would be nice. For the other two systems I'll stick to the Harmony.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 12:51 PM

The whole world uses remotes that have a stop button and a separate pause button. I can understand removing the color buttons as long as the replacements make sense. But using 1 for move to top, dash for options, etc. - what were they thinking?

On top of all the functionality issues, it's still ugly.

If I ever get stuck with one of these, it will never get out of the junk drawer. I'll keep my universal remotes.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 12:54 PM

Wow now that looks ugly like a cheaply made remote from the 90's, I would be embarrassed to show this on the CES showroom

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 12:59 PM

Can somebody expand on this? I use several of the color buttons quite often (yellow while in the guide, for instance). If the only way to do some of these direct-access functions is by a series of steps via the menus, that is NOT progress.

It's to conform to RVU standards of not using additional buttons.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 01:11 PM

It's to conform to RVU standards of not using additional buttons.

Not sure that is the case, since the C31 is an RVU client, yet still works fine with the RC65RX and it's colored buttons.

What we're seeing here with the RC70, is a shift to supporting SHEF standards.
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 01:54 PM

I use an RC65 in my bedroom to control a HR via RF and blu-ray + TV via IR. Not being able to control the blu-ray IR device means that, if I replaced that receiver with something that uses the RC71, the RC71 would just go to the back of the junk drawer and I'd use a harmony, etc. to control all via IR instead.

Also, regarding the design for just the receiver, my wife and I hate the combined play/pause that affects all remotes and the resulting fiasco of play/pause in list. My wife curses directv (and requests a new provider) every time she tries to pause live TV in the list and instead plays the current selection. The play/pause fiasco is sheer customer indifference on DirecTV's part in designing this simplified remote. There must have been an unused remote code that existing HRs would respond to that could have been mapped to a new function "play toggle" from the RC71 (if indeed it was necessary for these remotes to work in IR with existing HRs at all), with the original codes left to function properly as play and pause.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 02:27 PM

I voted YES only because there's no ACTIVE button!
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 02:39 PM

Is there a button to replace the red delete button in the list screen?

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 02:41 PM

Is there a button to replace the red delete button in the list screen?


The red button is still there.
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 02:43 PM

The red button is still there.


Which, of course is confusing since record is a red button....

You'd think that if they would get rid of the color buttons and keep one, it would NOT be the red button.

Ah well, they went backwards on the GUI and on the remote, why think it makes any sense.
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