I never use the thumbs up/down but they are so annoying being placed right in your way. I came up with a solution (that I like, at least). Get a sharp rasor blade and carefully slice those un used and un needed buttons to the remotes surface. Thats assuming your buttons are the soft rubber type. Then, no more annoying buttons in the way, but the buttons are still there and function. They just dont stick up, in your way.