See my thread here: http://www.uverseusers.com/component/option,com_smf/Itemid,2/topic,6803.0/ I opened the VIP1200 and VIP1216 to see where the IR Sensor is. I found out that the IR sensor is quite cheap, but it can be worked around. Instead of using the TiVO supplied IR cables, I bought an IR Blaster for $12 and then used some double sided tape to point directly at the port on the front. I also use the following IR code: 10081-A 10081-A and B work, but A seems to have worked best for me. Hope this helps!