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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

    19.9%
  2. NO

    80.1%
  1. Jan 11, 2013 #41 of 356
    Steve

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    Yup.
     
  2. Jan 11, 2013 #42 of 356
    Sixto

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    For volume and INPUT, yes, but not dedicated.
     
  3. Jan 11, 2013 #43 of 356
    spartanstew

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    No.
     
  4. Jan 11, 2013 #44 of 356
    mcees4life

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    I like this remote. All I have is a tv, satellite receiver, and a Bose audio system so I don't necessarily have a need for a harmony remote. I like this new remote and it'll suit my needs just fine as the current directv remote does. Sign me up for one.
     
  5. Jan 11, 2013 #45 of 356
    tonyd79

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    I use a universal but I still voted "don't like" because the removal of the yellow, blue and green buttons has made the GUI less useful, so it affects the old remotes (and universal remotes) usefulness as well.
     
  6. Jan 11, 2013 #46 of 356
    tonyd79

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    How do you know what is on?
     
  7. Jan 11, 2013 #47 of 356
    RAD

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    While the buttons are removed from the new remote the color buttons on the old remotes still work like they did before so unless they remove the code in the boxes to ignore those buttons it doesn't effect the old remotes.
     
  8. Jan 11, 2013 #48 of 356
    Steve

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    Also, the GREEN-YELLOW-BLUE functionality is still there with the new remote. The functions have just been assigned to other buttons. Now << and >> to move 12 hours in the GUIDE, e.g.
     
  9. Jan 11, 2013 #49 of 356
    txtommy

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    I have no issues with the current remotes which I've used for so long there is no need to ever look at it. The new one looks no better than the old and I don't see that it does anything new or better so I'll stick with the old. Having 5 DVR's in the house would make it not only inconvenient to have a different remote but also expensive to replace all. I see no benefit in the change and there is nothing about any remote, even the harmonys that I would say looks good. Function is all I care about and unless there is vast improvement, stick with what you know. I do not believe in change for the sake of change.
     
  10. Jan 11, 2013 #50 of 356
    veryoldschool

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    Those aren't the buttons removed that "seem" as important as:

    1. input,
    2. format,
    3. stop,
    4. a dedicated play,
    5. slider for more than one device,
    6. power for just the device the slider is set to
    Some of these are available through the GUI [requiring multi-steps] and some just plain aren't there.
     
  11. Jan 11, 2013 #51 of 356
    BosFan

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    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.
     
  12. Jan 11, 2013 #52 of 356
    bakers12

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    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.
     
  13. Jan 11, 2013 #53 of 356
    acostapimps

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    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
     
  14. Jan 11, 2013 #54 of 356
    Drucifer

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    It's to conform to RVU standards of not using additional buttons.
     
  15. Jan 11, 2013 #55 of 356
    veryoldschool

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    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.
     
  16. Jan 11, 2013 #56 of 356
    johnr9e

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    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.
     
  17. Jan 11, 2013 #57 of 356
    BAHitman

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    I voted YES only because there's no ACTIVE button!
     
  18. Jan 11, 2013 #58 of 356
    Christopher Gould

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    Is there a button to replace the red delete button in the list screen?
     
  19. Jan 11, 2013 #59 of 356
    RunnerFL

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    The red button is still there.
     
  20. Jan 11, 2013 #60 of 356
    tonyd79

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    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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