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Topic # 94730 17-Dec-2011 13:53 Send private message

Hi all
Our Tivo remote has gone walkabout-- any chance anyone either has:
  • a remote to sell or
  • a way of using a Tivo without the remote (programming another one to work on a Tivo?)

Many thanks in advance
Mere

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  Reply # 558990 17-Dec-2011 14:47 Send private message

Sorry, no helpful suggestions. I can't imagine you can do anything at all without it :(
But if you do need to buy a new remote, I've previously reviewed and recommended the premium remote, it's very very good.

Cheers
Joseph

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  Reply # 559011 17-Dec-2011 16:37 Send private message

The are cheap to buy on the tivo website. Also you could get A logitech Harmony



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  Reply # 559013 17-Dec-2011 16:40 Send private message

cool thank you! Good to know. Thought I might as well get a universal anyway.



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  Reply # 559032 17-Dec-2011 17:28 Send private message

mattwnz: The are cheap to buy on the tivo website. Also you could get A logitech Harmony


Can anyone tell me if a logitech harmony 300 will work without the Tivo remote? I tried an Iphone app today that *would* work, but alas, I need the Tivo remote to get into messages /settings to allow network remotes.

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  Reply # 559053 17-Dec-2011 18:21 Send private message

The Harmony 300 should work, I've got a 515 and it works great with tivo

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  Reply # 559066 17-Dec-2011 18:59 Send private message

meremaiden:
Can anyone tell me if a logitech harmony 300 will work without the Tivo remote?


Not sure how much you know about the harmony system but they have a huge database online of devices.  You just pick the right TIVO off the list and it will add it to your remote without you needing to have the original remote.  Works 9 times out of 10 and you can check the site in advance for your device.




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  Reply # 559068 17-Dec-2011 19:06 Send private message

Greg- did you need the Tivo remote to program the logitech? (does it "learn" from the Tivo or have a code?)
Thanks



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  Reply # 559070 17-Dec-2011 19:07 Send private message

Jaxson:
meremaiden:
Can anyone tell me if a logitech harmony 300 will work without the Tivo remote?


Not sure how much you know about the harmony system but they have a huge database online of devices.  You just pick the right TIVO off the list and it will add it to your remote without you needing to have the original remote.  Works 9 times out of 10 and you can check the site in advance for your device.



Ahh got it. Just answered my question! Thanks

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  Reply # 559078 17-Dec-2011 19:28 Send private message

meremaiden:
Jaxson:
meremaiden:
Can anyone tell me if a logitech harmony 300 will work without the Tivo remote?


Not sure how much you know about the harmony system but they have a huge database online of devices.  You just pick the right TIVO off the list and it will add it to your remote without you needing to have the original remote.  Works 9 times out of 10 and you can check the site in advance for your device.



Ahh got it. Just answered my question! Thanks



From memory, just selected the tivo and series number from the back of the tivo box and it was all good

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  Reply # 559177 18-Dec-2011 10:41 Send private message

I Have a Harmony remote, but we much prefer the TiVo remote.
Also, I have some spare TiVo remotes in a variety of sizes and colours, for about $10. PM if you want one.

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  Reply # 559443 19-Dec-2011 08:50 Send private message

Skolink: I Have a Harmony remote, but we much prefer the TiVo remote.
Also, I have some spare TiVo remotes in a variety of sizes and colours, for about $10. PM if you want one.


Whereas I have a Harmony [575? 757? something like that] remote and prefer that to the TiVo remote. Seems more responsive and I can program a sequence to fast-forward ads in chunks.

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  Reply # 559452 19-Dec-2011 09:25 Send private message

One downside of the Harmony 300 is that you still need multiple button presses to get to the Tivo - i.e. press button to swap to HDMI input on TV, then press preset button for Tivo, then you you have Tivo commands available. I understand that on higher spec'd models, you can chain these commands together, so pressing the preset for the Tivo also switches the TV input at the same time.

I've often found myself pressing the Tivo preset while watching TV and wondering why nothing appears to be happening.

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  Reply # 559467 19-Dec-2011 10:16 Send private message

allan: One downside of the Harmony 300 is that you still need multiple button presses

Really?!

- I'm off to google this one as I'd be pretty surprised if that was the case....

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  Reply # 559470 19-Dec-2011 10:22 Send private message

Eeeuwh you are right, there is basically just one activity button on the Harmony 300 remote.  Yuck.

Looks like you can do a bit more with it, which would be fine if you just used your TIVO only to watch TV most of the time.  I have to admit though, that's a huge chunk of functionality removed over the higher models, to the point that I now wouldn't recommend the base 300 model remote.

http://blog.logitech.com/2010/04/13/harmony-tips-and-tricks-how-the-watch-tv-button-works-on-the-harmony-300/



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  Reply # 559473 19-Dec-2011 10:28 Send private message

I bought a harmony 300 yesterday and brought it home to program it. It works really well so far-- yes there is the issue of one extra button to push (the one that tells it to switch to Tivo operation). I actually like it better than the Tivo remote as it is great to only have ONE remote to keep track of in a house with a toddler. We have a WDTV Live which is now, alongside our Tivo and TV all operated by the harmony.  It only operates four systems, so we'll eventually program it for our music system, but for now, thrilled to be able to use the Tivo again, and to have ONE remote to keep track of.
A really simple setup procedure on my Mac (not sure how well it does with windows and heard there are some issues with Windows 7, hence I used the Mac), you pick the electronics you want it to operate and sync it to a computer, and the harmony website inputs the codes. For $45 a fantastic remote!


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