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Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by steve614, Nov 8, 2012.
Just got this in an e-mail.
They were way too expensive. I somehow got mine cheap on eBay so that is why I got it. $60 for a remote is pricey, even if it has a keyboard.
Use of a tablet is the easiest. I use my iPad and iPhone for search and a lot of other things because it is much easier and you can watch a program while doing it.
Maybe they got tired of either replacing ribbon cables or catching h311 for not replacing them.
They still have them over Bestbuy.
Though you have to put a dongle in the Tivo, right? (So it would be semi-pointless since I have 2 Tivos on top of each other… even if the remote HAD an A/B switch.)
Strange, they are only around $40 on Amazon... Or used to be anyway.
It was a nifty idea, but with it only being able to control one TiVo and it's very limited capabilities as a universal remote it wasn't very useful. I actually got one for free as a gift for some work I did for TiVo and I never even took it out of the box. It's still sitting in my closet.
TiVo did a survey recently targeted at the remote. Perhaps they plan to revise it. The survey seemed to be weighted toward asking about more universal type functionality.
I like my slider remote, but it would so much more useful if I could program more of the buttons, and use it with a Blu-Ray player.
I agree, just a BIT more programmability would make it MUCH more useful.
We use ours in the theater room and glo remotes in the rest of the house but I never bought more than one because of its limited additional functionality over the glow remotes. They keyboard is nice but we have not used it nearly as often as I thought.
I bought it more for the bluetooth so that I can hide my Tivo in a closet. I use the Tivo app on my IPad a lot but it can't turn the TV on or off like the remote.
Wow that sucks. I may have to pick up a couple for backups. I can't imagine going back to a remote not using BT.
Weird I didn't get the email and it doesn't mention it on the site at all that I can find.
Is that good or bad? Will a replacement be coming out? Or will it never be replaced?
Amazon usually has them for under $40. If they are discontinued I wonder if the price will go down. I always wanted to pick up a third slide remote.
EDIT: Crap!!! Amazon is selling them for around $68 now
The last one I bought a year ago from them was only $40. And I know it was less than that a few months ago. I guess I won't be getting another one.
And BestBuy has always sold them for $60.
This could be related to this announcement....
No mention of US though. Only seems to support international.
Really depends on the remote. I have a couple of URC's that were much more than $60 but they're capable of much more as well.
I found a couple of items interesting and coincidental related to the Sept, 2012 UEI PR. While true that UEI's deal with TiVo provides remotes to Virgin Media and Com Hem initially starting in December 2012. I suspect that there may be other remotes associated with TiVo's Remote Accessory Program (TRAP). I can't find any information about TRAP but I suspect we'll see something soon.
I personally am a fan of the TiVo Slide Remote however the BT technology has some limits. I find that the distance between the remote and bluetooth dongle can be a problem. I'm hoping we'll see something else in the RF space to replace the BT technology.
While Bluetooth offers a number of advantages, its most significant drawback
is limited range of up to about 10 meters (33 feet) for the most common class
of device deployed.
Prior to the Bluetooth 3.0 release (April 2009), the standard did not account
for sporadic short messages as the main usage paradigm. The protocol was
mainly focused on connection oriented interactions and the initial latency
was not an issue.
I've always wanted one of these remotes but the price has held me back. Wish I had gotten one when they were $37 on Amazon a few months ago. I figured the price would keep dropping and I'd get one closer to $25. Guess I was wrong... damn.
Refurbished slide remote still available in the Clearance Center for $39.99.