Which Remote Is The Worst Remote You've Ever Used?

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  1. Rich

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    There is no such button on the Function remote. Only the Menu button. I'm sitting here staring at both remotes and I really can't figure out how to access that panel. No matter what I do I can't bring that panel up. I know what you want, I'll keep trying.

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    It does seem odd that a remote advertised as an ATV replacement remote wouldn't have that functionality.
     
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    Yeah, that button is too important to leave out...or is it? As I said, the Power button on the Function shuts everything down correctly, just as the Home button does on the ATV remote...I just tried every button, every combination of button presses that made some sense and nothing brings up that panel.

    IIRC, that panel with the clock is a new feature, one we got a couple updates ago.

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    Perhaps it was designed and manufactured before that update came down to us? I don't recall seeing that panel with the clock prior to that update.

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    I'm thinking the Function was designed before anyone knew what that update was gonna contain. If the update had never occurred I don't think we'd be having this conversation.

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    Another weird thing about the Siri remote. You can't just talk to Siri by saying the name. You have to pickup the remote and hold the Siri button down to talk. You don't have to do that with Alexa on my Fire TV Cube.
     
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    True, but all the other Fire TV devices' remotes work the same way the Siri remotes work. You have to hold the button down to talk. Don't the Rokus work the same way too?

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    Yes the Roku’s do it the same way. Hold button and speak. That seems to hold true for all but the FireTV Cube.

    On the AT&T Osprey box’s remote it is the same though as I found out, having a Google smart display sitting next to me caused some interesting things to happen on occasion.
     
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    I guess it makes sense because if someone on the TV says "Alexa" or "Siri" and some words it might wake them up although I've never seen it happen on the Cube with Alexa. Still seems wrong though. Voice pause video on Cube: "Alexa pause". Voice pause video on ATV: Pick up the remote. Hold down the Siri button. "Siri pause". Which seems easier? On the ATV the easier option would be: Pick up the remote. Press pause. :)
     
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    I have a Cube on every TV I use and they respond to wake-up calls regularly. When that happens they mute the audio output.

    Yeah, I tried using voice controls when I got the Cubes. Using a remote is faster. Didn't take long to figure that out. And you have to be on the Amazon app for the voice controls to truly work well. I still use the Cubes but just for switching HDMI inputs for the most part.

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    That’s true on all the devices I’ve fiddled with. Voice controls for trick play only work in some apps and not others. Interestingly the Roku Ultra seems to support trick play with voice on more apps though certainly not all.
     
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    The main thing I use Siri for is spelling out passwords instead of trying to use the remote. Using the remote for 'secure' passwords is horrible.
     

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