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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. lugnutathome

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    Do I call you Rat or Mr Patrol?:grin:

    I did get your point and stated the condition IF RF is not needed. However with the new small form factor it is possible to locate this in an area where RF is not required I should think.

    Yeah work arounds I agree. As I rambled earlier in this discourse, I hope this is the proof of concept remote and that a real beer drinkin, NASCAR lovin, gadget addicted man's remote comes along that will suit our perceived needs.

    No matter what gets done, somebody is left out. Focus groups need be constructed without an agenda. I've a marketing background and know how surveys and focus groups are frequently designed to lead to a pre desired conclusion.

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  2. gadgetfreak-dbs

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    I think I would prefer the smaller layout..especially if the "active" button is gone. But I really like the backlighting on my current remote -- hope they make a new backlit version.
     
  3. Rtm

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    Yes less buttons = less thought. Look at the Apple TV remote (bad example) but it's simple.

    I think having more buttons ultimately makes it require more brain power to use.

    I just hope this remote can control samsung soundbars
     
  4. Drucifer

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

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    These same people with brain power issues also get upset if they have to press a series of buttons in order to get something done.
     
  5. tonyd79

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

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    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.
     
  7. tonyd79

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    While not taking away functionality.

    I will always be ticked that they screwed up trickplay in the pig.
     
  8. Rtm

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    What advantage does a separate pause button add?
     
  9. RunnerFL

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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.
     
  10. lugnutathome

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

    Don "one of many little things that might make this thing smell a bit better" Bolton

     
  11. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    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.
     
  12. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

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    A pause/play rocker would have been much nicer.
     
  13. inkahauts

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

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

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    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.
     
  16. veryoldschool

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    Think you're getting close to why the RF was changed.
     
  17. GregLee

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    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.
     
  18. Hoosier205

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    There are. The DirecTV remote is only one option.
     
  19. DrummerBoy523

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    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.
     
  20. RichManitoba

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    I want THIS one!!
     

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