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The New DirecTV Remote Control

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Drucifer, Jan 9, 2013.

Do you like it smaller with fewer buttons?

  1. YES

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  2. NO

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  1. lugnutathome

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    The new remote has a better overall feel and the button response is improved (I've opened up factory sealed packs on several of the older style for direct age/use comparing). I do feel however they woefully missed the mark not having discrete stop or pause buttons plus it wrankles me that they would issue a "bedroom class" device to control their flagship DVR which *screams* for a dedicated PIP control section. Technically, PIP functions well, using it is truly cumbersome. Sigh

    Maybe they created the "universal model first to support across the newer product line and they'll go back and make an HMC class version.

    There is this move to use smartphones and such as remotes across the industry but when you really think about it. . . on, swipe to enter, (password protected? type that in), hope remote app is still resident, issue commands. I think this is a great novel concept that in reality will become a relic for everyday use.

    I do see tablet like devices being leveraged however as a central control panel to schedule recordings, check schedules, etc eventually though but maybe thats my meds talking.

    Don "remembering when I had to get up to change the TV to get the other channel, we're miles ahead of that now" Bolton
     
  2. mcees4life

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    I have the new remote but I can't program it to control my Samsung tv. I have an HR-34 and I input all of the provided Samsung codes and none of them work. Any suggestions?
     
  3. JohnBoy

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    I miss the format/aspect button from the 65's on these RC71 as there are many weird aspect ratio ondemand programs (ie. AGT) .

    Is there a work around for the format button without going 10 steps into the menu?
     
  4. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    Just tried to find a button that'd bring it up, but couldn't; I did think there was one.

    I.a.e., if you keep it on original format and native, and keep the TV at 16:9, it may well work for just about everything.
     
  5. inkahauts

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    I miss the format/aspect button from the 65's on these RC71 as there are many weird aspect ratio ondemand programs (ie. AGT) .

    Is there a work around for the format button without going 10 steps into the menu?


    You can access it via the info banner.
     
  6. Stevies3

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    I wish they would fix the input/enter button as it won't change inputs with Samsung sets.
     
  7. RAD

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    I'm using the RC71 on three different Samsung TV's and all of them will change the input by holding the input button for 3 seconds when set for use with DIRECTV clients. Now if you're talking about using a RV71 set to operate a Samsung TV's RVU client then yes that doesn't work.
     
  8. jimmie57

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    Using my Old RC65 on my Samsung if you press the Input button it will bring up a menu. Moving the arrows will not navigate the menu.
    However, a second press of the Input button will move the highlight to the next input.

    Have you tried multiple press and holds of the input/enter button ?
     
  9. Stevies3

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    Yes, I use my RC71 with my Samsung as an RVU client
     
  10. RAD

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    Yes, I use my RC71 with my Samsung as an RVU client

    Yea, that doesn't work.
     
  11. adamson

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    Personally I do not care for the new remotes. My installer left all remotes and cords from the HR24's. Cords went to E waste and new remotes in a drawer without the batteries.
     
  12. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    Well, so at least you got some new batteries! The RC71 is quite a hot topic among some regulars here. My main gripe is the Exit button is far away from the Pause/Play button which means I have to see the Progress bar longer than a split second.
    I suppose you could E-Bay them.
     
  13. westyjoe

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    I like the shape of the new controller, however there are some issues that I do not like at all which makes me long for the older controller. First, there is no dedicated stop button. I liked it because I could hit stop when watching a recorded item and it would go right to the menu where I can delete. Now I have to hit list, then the show, then delete. Second, and most infuriating, is that the Guide, Record and Power buttons are so close to each other it is easy to hit on by mistake. As these three buttons are used often, putting them in such close vacinity, with no significant difference in their general shape and feel, this gets frustrating. Last, I don't like that every button on the top half has a click noise. When in bed and I am changing the channels, surfing the guide or changing the volume, you get a constant click click click that disturbs my wife.
     
  14. jimmie57

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    You can still use the RC65X remote on your system. They are less than $6 on Ebay.
     
  15. peds48

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    Press the LEFT arrow to do the same
     
  16. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    Why not use an iPhone or iPad to change channels?
    I have not had a problem with the three buttons you mention. Again, IP control would solve that for you.
    The lack of a Stop button does require that extra step; I know of no cure for that.
     
  17. randyk47

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    One day may not be fair but I've been using Harmonys for so long, and liking them, that getting used to a new remote is remote. I'll stick with Harmony.
     
  18. tonyd79

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    Does the left arrow work differently on the genie? It goes to the last action when not acting as a left arrow on my receivers. If your last action was the guide, it goes there. It does not act like the stop button at all.
     
  19. RunnerFL

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    Left is not the same as stop, not by a long shot.
     
  20. juniormaj

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    I think what peds48 meant is that after you press EXIT to stop playback, a LEFT arrow press will return you to the playlist in the way westyjoe requested.
    This only works when you haven't used the remote for any other menu functions since selecting the program on the LIST. If you happened to explore any other menus during playback, it won't take you straight back there.
     

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