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DIRECTV Remote Shootout

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by Stuart Sweet, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. Oct 19, 2011 #81 of 149
    Kevin L

    Kevin L AllStar

    Nov 16, 2005
    I have my three HR20-100s, TiVo Premiere XL, and all my other A/V equipment and computer servers in one closet. Each of the TV locations has an IR eye that goes to the closet to control the equipment. I have three Harmony One remotes that control all the equipment.

    I've been very pleased with the Harmony One. Only major complaint is each remote has to have a separate login for programming and you can't copy one setup to the other. Any change has to be done separately for each remote.

  2. Oct 19, 2011 #82 of 149

    lugnutathome Hall Of Fame

    Apr 13, 2009
    Woodburn, OR
    I have 11 DTV receivers in 5 home theaters with audio equipment and external DVD/BlueRay players/changers, etc. And 5 "stand alone" bedroom or office setups.

    Harmony 700 does 2 (my favorite if it only did more devices)
    Harmony ONE does 3 (one is a dupe to the 700)
    Harmony 880 does 1 (a dupe to the other 700)

    All the above rooms have one or more Direct TV remotes in the rooms as well to facilitate simple satellite TV viewing without having to know or fire up the band so to speak.

    One of the HTs (my wife's) is on the Direct TV remote running RF so she can use the location free TV in her beading and sewing rooms. She likes the remote clutter and refuses to let me take that pain away.

    Additional Direct TV remote running RF in my office as the HR's proximity to the TV creates issues using IR.

    4 guest bedroom sets running the Direct TV remotes

    Don "really like the Harmony remotes" Bolton
  3. Oct 19, 2011 #83 of 149

    kymikes Icon

    Jan 15, 2008
    Harmony 880 in Family Room in conjunction with DTV remote (IR) - Media Center
    DTV remotes in 2 bedrooms and basement (IR) - DVR or Receiver and TV only

    Sure would love to see DIRECTV do an android equivalent for their current IPad app so I would have confidence that they aren't going cripple the IP control for the independent android devs.
  4. Oct 19, 2011 #84 of 149

    Shades228 DaBears

    Mar 18, 2008
    I was using a WR7, just gave it to a friend today actually, but mainly because I keep going back to the RF remote. From now on I'm going to start looking at ip control as a feature of a device as using my android remote works great as well.
  5. Oct 20, 2011 #85 of 149

    bill875 Cool Member

    Jun 15, 2010
    Living Room:
    Logitech Harmony 550
    [​IMG]It's an older model, but works well despite it not having the four dedicated color buttons.

    RC65RX in RF Mode
  6. Oct 20, 2011 #86 of 149
    Scott Kocourek

    Scott Kocourek Well-Known Member

    Jun 13, 2009
    I broke down last night to give the DIRECTV Remote Pro app by Wired DFW for my Android phone. The nice thing is the ability to see what is on any tv in the house, the bad is the lack of real buttons leaves you looking at the phone while using the remote. Time will tell.
  7. Oct 20, 2011 #87 of 149

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    I have the same issue with touch-screen remotes. They're often more-useful alternatives to managing your playlist, scheduling recordings and the guide, but when it comes to cruise controls for video playback, it's hard to beat real buttons, IMHO.

    And don't foget volume control. :p
  8. Oct 20, 2011 #88 of 149

    CaMS Cool Member

    May 31, 2007
    Use RTI Control system..

    This in my Den remote on non Football Sundays


    Master bedroom

  9. Oct 20, 2011 #89 of 149

    Herdfan Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2006
    My first URC remote was the MX-3000. Looked awesome and got lots of oooh's and ahhh's from friends and family, but when it came to functionality it fell short. I finally got to the point where I could control a DVR without looking, but decided in the end I preferred a wand type remote with hard buttons.

    Now in a dedicated theater where you mainly watch movies from a BR or server and not much TV, or at least not DVR'd TV, a touchscreen would be fine.
  10. Oct 20, 2011 #90 of 149
    Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
  11. Oct 20, 2011 #91 of 149

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    Nice thing about that remote are what look to be 3 programmable "hard" buttons, which today I'd probably program for REPLAY, 30SKIP and maybe FF. At least those could be used without taking my eyes off the screen. :p

    I wonder if DirecTV could program the iPad's "hard" volume keys as REPLAY and 30SKIP? :lol:
  12. Oct 20, 2011 #92 of 149
    Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    The three hard buttons were macro buttons. I used them to power on the system in different configurations.
  13. Oct 20, 2011 #93 of 149

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    Ya. That makes sense. I thought maybe they could have dual functions. Some remotes do one thing if you press, but another if you press and hold, e.g.
  14. Oct 20, 2011 #94 of 149

    dshu82 Icon

    Jul 6, 2007
  15. Oct 20, 2011 #95 of 149

    balboadave Legend

    Mar 3, 2010
    I guess it depends on how many total activities and devices you have for all of your locations, but if they all fit on one remote:

    From the Harmony Help files:
    Two Remotes With One User Cofiguration(sic)
    If you have identical remotes with the same configuration:

    * Only one login ID is needed
    * You may update the remotes from the same login ID
    * Do a connectivity check before updating, to ensure the configuration is generated correctly for each Remote
  16. Oct 20, 2011 #96 of 149

    gully_foyle Hall Of Fame

    Jan 18, 2007
    Los Angeles
    Except for one-button macros that turn on the TV and AVR and set the AVR inputs to the correct source, or another that turns off everything that's on that needs to be turned off.

    But yes, with enough keypresses. I'd rather tell the wife: push this button to turn it all on, and this other one to turn it all off, instead of some arcane sequence.
  17. Oct 20, 2011 #97 of 149
    David Ortiz

    David Ortiz Save the Clock Tower!!

    Aug 21, 2006
    Fresno, CA
    Harmony One in the home theater. I wish it had hard 4 color buttons. :(
  18. Oct 20, 2011 #98 of 149

    gottahavit Legend

    Dec 24, 2004
    Harmony 550 in the bedroom
    Harmony One in the living room, along with the Logitech revue which works pretty much identical to the Harmony Link plus has Google TV. I have my own Android Remote App for GTV/Revue and of course the RF keyboard hat it comes with.

    P.S. If you have a Revue, or any Google TV you can grab my app over at gtvhacker.com in the apps forum.
  19. Oct 20, 2011 #99 of 149

    bobnielsen Éminence grise

    Jun 29, 2006
    Somehow I didn't notice this thread before now....

    My favorite is the Harmony 650 (like the 700 except the batteries are not rechargeable). The 600 and 620 are quite similar.

    I also have used Directv Remote Pro on my Nook Color (running CyanogenMod 7.1 Android software).
  20. Drew2k

    Drew2k New Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    Has anyone seen the new $30 Harmony 300 remote? Only a limited number of devices supported, but it now has a dedicated hard button key for "LIST" and "LIVE".

    I'm imagining that there will soon be updates to the 900 that include these new keys.


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