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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?

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#126 OFFLINE   inkahauts

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 03:26 PM

I will agree if you make it "less thought in design leads to less buttons."


This Is the key. They have to make the stuff you access faster if they want to reduce the buttons IMHO. Still they should have had a separate pause button.

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#127 OFFLINE   tonyd79

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 06:46 PM

This Is the key. They have to make the stuff you access faster if they want to reduce the buttons IMHO. Still they should have had a separate pause button.


While not taking away functionality.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 10:33 AM

This Is the key. They have to make the stuff you access faster if they want to reduce the buttons IMHO. Still they should have had a separate pause button.


What advantage does a separate pause button add?

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:21 PM

What advantage does a separate pause button add?


Let's you keep the ability to press play to see where you are in a recording without having to pause it.
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 01:16 PM

On the Harmony remotes its a rocker switch and that wouldn't violate the current layout much if at all.

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Let's you keep the ability to press play to see where you are in a recording without having to pause it.


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Posted 14 January 2013 - 01:21 PM

I haven't read the whole thread but I hope someone pointed out that for the foreseeable future, any DIRECTV RC-series remote will control future products in IR mode. So if you have a few of them around the house, might be good to keep them. Might also be good to scout out sources for new ones at low prices.
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#132 OFFLINE   RunnerFL

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 01:34 PM

On the Harmony remotes its a rocker switch and that wouldn't violate the current layout much if at all.

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A pause/play rocker would have been much nicer.
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#133 OFFLINE   inkahauts

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 02:15 PM

Let's you keep the ability to press play to see where you are in a recording without having to pause it.


Plus they could have left us with at least pause in the pig.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 02:59 PM

I haven't read the whole thread but I hope someone pointed out that for the foreseeable future, any DIRECTV RC-series remote will control future products in IR mode. So if you have a few of them around the house, might be good to keep them. Might also be good to scout out sources for new ones at low prices.

It would have been cool if they would have had a USB dongle to receive the old RF frequency. ;)

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 03:45 PM

Don't really like it, but as long as they don't go and get rid of all the old IR codes then I don't really care since I use Harmony Remotes pretty much everywhere.

I really wish they would consider adding a special IR codeset just for programmable remotes like Harmony, URC, Pronto, etc. They could give us back the color buttons, seperate pause/play buttons, direct button access to stuff like CC and PiP, all without changing anything on the DirecTV remotes. Many other electronic manufacturers do stuff like this already. Discreet on and off commands are actually pretty common for most devices even though the manufacturers remotes seldom have them, same with discreet input codes for most name brand TV and AV receivers.
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:27 PM

Don't really like it, but as long as they don't go and get rid of all the old IR codes then I don't really care since I use Harmony Remotes pretty much everywhere.

I really wish they would consider adding a special IR codeset just for programmable remotes like Harmony, URC, Pronto, etc. They could give us back the color buttons, seperate pause/play buttons, direct button access to stuff like CC and PiP, all without changing anything on the DirecTV remotes. Many other electronic manufacturers do stuff like this already. Discreet on and off commands are actually pretty common for most devices even though the manufacturers remotes seldom have them, same with discreet input codes for most name brand TV and AV receivers.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 02:09 PM

No, I do not want fewer buttons and smaller. If there is a change, I would want more buttons and bigger. Among remote users, I do believe one can find both anti-button people and pro-button people. Not everybody has to be the same. I have a collection of universal remotes, and most of them have many buttons.

However, there are a few things about the new design that I think are better. It's good to have the trick-play buttons below the other non-numeric buttons, since this is more like other remotes. I never liked the slide switch, but I need modes for other devices -- I just would rather have buttons for other device modes (and preferably indicator lights to show the currently active device.).

I won't miss Active.

I wish there could be several different remotes that we could choose among. I don't like enforced uniformity.
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Posted 15 January 2013 - 03:22 PM

I wish there could be several different remotes that we could choose among.


There are. The DirecTV remote is only one option.
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Posted 15 January 2013 - 03:58 PM

not sure how to answer...

Do I like it smaller w/fewer buttons? Sure do.

Do I think the design is functional and makes sense for how I use the DTV remote? No. Why the hell did they put the MENU button in the middle on the top? Why not LIST or GUIDE? What a horrible design and just continues to prove that DTV doesn't know what they are doing when it comes to designing anything customer facing.
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Posted 17 January 2013 - 07:55 PM

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 08:58 PM

I recently had a Samsung RVU client installed and was told DIRECTV would drop ship a RC70. A week later I contacted DIRECTV and asked if it had shipped, got a response that they don't send out any RC70's anymore, tell you to just use the Samsung remote which still has all the color buttons.

Is this still true? My Samsung remote doesn't have many of the DirecTV's functions.


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Posted 29 May 2013 - 09:05 PM

The new RC71 genie remote will be the standard for RVU tv installations as soon as it is more available.
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Posted 29 May 2013 - 09:32 PM

The new RC71 genie remote will be the standard for RVU tv installations as soon as it is more available.

The Genie been out a year and half. If RC71 hasn't happen by now, I doubt if they ever make 'em freely available to Genie owners.

 

Ten years from we'll be looking at four color buttons and wondering why they have no functions.


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Posted 29 May 2013 - 09:50 PM

Wow, Drucifer, I guess you haven't seen this: http://www.directv.c...hnology/remotes

The rc71 Genie Remote is rolling out with the hr44...you can get one now, although they are in relatively short supply.
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Posted 30 May 2013 - 08:48 AM

Customer support mentioned I needed the RC70.  Stuart, The RC71 will be compatable on an RVU setup (Samsung)? They mentioned that the RC70 was for RVU systems & the RC71 was for the new HR44.   


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Posted 30 May 2013 - 09:00 AM

Customer support mentioned I needed the RC70.  Stuart, The RC71 will be compatable on an RVU setup (Samsung)? They mentioned that the RC70 was for RVU systems & the RC71 was for the new HR44.   

The RC70 was a VERY short lived RVU remote. As for the RC71 and Samsung RVU support, see thread http://www.dbstalk.c...ny-rvu-clients/

 

If worst comes to worst and you can't talk them into it you can just order a RC71, DIRECTV and SolidSignal both have them.


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Posted 30 May 2013 - 09:10 AM

Customer support mentioned I needed the RC70.  Stuart, The RC71 will be compatable on an RVU setup (Samsung)? They mentioned that the RC70 was for RVU systems & the RC71 was for the new HR44.   

 

Yeah, the RC71 replaces the RC70 for RVU setups for the Samsung and Sony TVs. The RC71 is also the remote shipped with the HR44/C41.


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#148 OFFLINE   Stuart Sweet

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 02:48 PM

Customer support mentioned I needed the RC70.  Stuart, The RC71 will be compatable on an RVU setup (Samsung)? They mentioned that the RC70 was for RVU systems & the RC71 was for the new HR44.   

 

Customer support is wrong. The RC70 is no longer made. The RC71 can be programmed to control both Samsung and Sony RVU TVs with this procedure: http://forums.solids...rol-your-RVU-TV

 

I have tried this and it works.


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Posted 30 May 2013 - 03:29 PM

Thank you!


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Posted 13 June 2013 - 07:12 PM

What button do you select to have the RC71 control the volume of your AVR as opposed to the TV?
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