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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)

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

    Percentage of vote: 64.90%

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#51 OFFLINE   BosFan

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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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#52 OFFLINE   bakers12

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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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#53 OFFLINE   acostapimps

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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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Posted 11 January 2013 - 02:49 PM

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

Actually, record is orange, but hard to tell the difference in subdued lighting. Good it has the 'R' stamped on it.
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 03:45 PM

Dig through the trash


I ordered the DIRECTV RC70H from Solid Signal. :blush:
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 03:47 PM

I ordered the DIRECTV RC70H from Solid Signal. :blush:

Some of the buttons are in different places.
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 04:37 PM

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


Record is orange.
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 04:38 PM

I ordered the DIRECTV RC70H from Solid Signal. :blush:


The remote in the pic has "RC71" on it. Probably not the same.
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 04:42 PM

I never used their remote because I've always used a Logitech Harmony for all of my gear. When I do use the default remote, I find it to be bulky.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 04:47 PM

I do like the new remote because its simpler and the DVR buttons are in the middle of the remote, instead of the awkward circle and placement on the current remote.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 04:51 PM

I ordered the DIRECTV RC70H from Solid Signal. :blush:

You might want to check with SS to see if it will even be compatible with your receiver(s).
"By design" hotel remotes aren't.

The DIRECTV RC70H is a new remote designed for DIRECTV Residential Experience. It includes all the features of the RC50 hotel remote in a more attractive package. It cannot be used with home DIRECTV systems and is labeled on the back, meaning less reason for theft. This is not compatible with DIRECTV RVU systems.


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Posted 11 January 2013 - 04:52 PM

Some of the buttons are in different places.

Yeah, that is what I hate. A change without any improvement is extremely annoying.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 05:09 PM

If I signed up for D* and this is what came with the receiver, I'd make a quick trip to Best Buy for sure. Hello Logitech Harmony 1! :D

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 05:29 PM

You might want to check with SS to see if it will even be compatible with your receiver(s).
"By design" hotel remotes aren't.


I've spent $17.00 more foolishly before. :D
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 05:34 PM

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Do you like it smaller with fewer buttons?

Looks like these two remotes are very similar in design, but different in button layouts.

Edited by Drucifer, 12 January 2013 - 01:06 AM.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 05:47 PM

Looks like there are two RC70H


Can't make up my mind which is uglier.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 05:49 PM

Looks like there are two RC70H

Left is the RC71, and the right is the RC70H
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 05:52 PM

Most (if not all) of the color button functions have been changed to a different button, such as DASH now replacing YELLOW in most cases.

Within Quicktune, GREEN replaced by ENTER to add a channel; Within Live TV, BLUE replaced by ENTER for Mini-Guide; Within Guide, RED replaced by REW (<<) for -12 hours, GREEN replaced by FFWD (>>) for +12 hours, YELLOW replaced by DASH for options; Within Playlist, YELLOW replaced by DASH for options, BLUE replaced by ENTER for Keep; Within Series Manager, GREEN replaced by "1" to move a series to the top.


I still don't see what is wrong with the color buttons. This makes more sense to me than using FF and Dash etc.

Also, when you're watching a recording or live feed, what replaces the yellow button? It can't be Dash since that gives you SWiM Connected, etc. The yellow allows you to get to a menu for Messages, CC, PIP (HR34).




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