And obsolete all the Harmony remote setups, or other smart remotes, out there if you upgrade or get a unit with a new IR codeset as a replacement? No thanks... All because people don't want to have to hit pause before bringing up their playlist? Doing that is not that "big of a deal" to me.
I agree taking away the functionality sucks but it's water under the bridge now and completely changing the IR codeset is not the answer.
Again, coming up with a new codeset for the new remote wouldn't change anything for anyone that already has an old receiver and remote.
Also, Harmony and other smart remotes would still work just fine as Logitech would update their remote database with the new IR codeset so anyone who gets a new receiver and wants to use the new codeset would be ok too. Logitech adds new remote IR codesets to their database all the time as new electronics are released. Do you really think that Sony TV this year uses the exact same IR codeset as one from 10 year ago, no sony came out with a new IR codeset, and Logitech added it to their database so it works fine now. Every now and then you might have to learn the Ir commands, or wait a couple weeks for Logitech to get the IR commands from the manufacutrer, or get another user to learn them all, but eventually the codeset will get added. I remember when I first got my Toshiba HD-DVR player, half of the IR commands were missing since it was a brand new IR codeset. A couple weeks later most of the commands were there, but they still didn't have the discreet power on and power off commands. I actually emailed the HEX strings for the commands to Harmony support and they were able to get them added too. That is the whole point of these internet enabled programmable remotes, their device libraries can constantly be updated. That's why my Harmony 880 manufactured 6 years ago can still control new devices that come out every year.
As far as it being water under the bridge, yes it is now. But it was a very poor decision on DirecTV's part. When is the last time you heard of Samsung changing their remote design for the new TV they were coming out with, and because of that they changed how all the old remotes worked on their old TVs. That doesn't happen, and it shouldn't have happened here either.
Edited by Beerstalker, 19 April 2013 - 03:30 PM.
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