<snip> I don't get why you have so many remotes, I think we need some more info to understand that.
I know you where looking for a shortcut, but to view upcoming, I hope you have found that if you hit the info button, the option is there. YOU can also select info on a channel name in the guide and get the list of just whats on that channel.
With a larger hard drive than you had before, I believe you may not have to worry about recording things that far in advance. You can always add a esata hard drive as well and never worry about space again if you like.
I think if you explain your setup, and what you would like to do in the end, and don't necessarily look for it to work the same as before, it might be easier to help you figure it out.
OK - With E*, in the past year, I had fourteen (yes, 14) receivers. 722, 722K, and 922. Not at the same time, only one at a time.
- use search function, and receiver reboots - about 20% of the time.
- 2nd tuner quit working, would only record one event at a time. If events overlapped, it would record the remainder of the 2nd event when the 1st one finished. Have several overlaps, and you only get the end of each.
- message pops up saying Signal Loss. Recordings continue without a problem. All signal levels are above average. Yet the messages keep popping up and have to be cleared - sometimes these would repeat for hours on end.
switched to 922.
- first one audibly "popped" after four days.
- next one didn't record an event, and rebooted five times during another event.
- next one didn't record an event. timer started, but recording didn't.
- next one had an error on dvr event.
- next one did, too!
- next one had four errors on dvr events in 2 days.
Now I'm with D*.
With each E* receiver swap, these were "new" units. As such, they came with all the standard stuff in the box - two remotes (one IR, one RF,) HDMI cable, composite A/V cable, phone line cable, triplexer, etc.
The techs said I was welcome to keep whatever I wanted of the stuff. So I kept the pieces and parts, including the remotes.
The E* receivers use both IR and RF simultaneously. IR, obviously, has to be used in line-of-sight to the receiver, and the RF can be used anywhere within a reasonable distance to an RF antenna. I used two RF antennas.
So, I had a bunch of remotes available. In my family room, I usually had an IR remote within reaching distance. I had RF remotes with each remote TV that I have (in some cases, I had more than one in a room (one on each night stand in the master bedroom, for example.)) Note that all of these could be used with the 722, 722K.
When I switched to the 922, you could use a maximum of three RF remotes as these were "smart" devices which had to be setup on the receiver individually. There wasn't a limit to how many IR remotes could be used, but there is a limit to what was actually practical.
So, the simple answer to why I had so many remotes - because I could.
I'm good with the Info button and Channel name shortcuts. Have been using those already.
I have three 1TB esata drives available. Never have to worry about space again? Not so sure about that! I enjoy recording, and saving things: movies, TV-series, cooking shows, sporting events, etc. With E*, you can simply attach a USB drive to the receiver, and transfer recordings to the external drive. (There is a one-time $40 activation fee for your account to do this...) I had approximately 20TB of stuff recorded. I'm still dumping selected events to HD PVR from my final 922 receiver.
Since there is 3-months of free movie channels, then I'm filling up DVR at a pretty fast pace. Pushing events out as far as I can helps; therefore my reason for asking about Upcoming Events shortcut button. If a movie is on tomorrow, and again in 10 day, I choose the later date. Remember, I'm still dumping above with my PVR, and the receiver has to be received by E* in 14 days. I have approximately 70 events to dump yet. I can typically do 4-8 events per day depending on my schedule of activities, responsibilities, and commitments.
It looks like I'm going to run a second RG-6 to back-feed my remote TV's. I've been wanting to run a new line under my house for my internet connection anyway.