Tivo "Peanut" Learning remote - Why not?

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  1. Aug 6, 2006 #1 of 38
    Hurricane350

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    With new manufacturers entering the HD tv market all the time and tivos remote being a little old in the remote code database, Why doesn't anybody make a "Peanut" style learning remote? It quite possibly the most comfortable remote ever made and if it had learning functions, it would be future-proof. Ok, ending rant.

    ps - I have a Viewsonic 2751w so don't try to sell me on a 6151 cause it won't work with it and I have had the Philips 8in1 forever. I just want my Peanut back!
     
  2. Aug 6, 2006 #2 of 38
    stevel

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    TiVo has one - it will come with the Series 3 model. I don't know if they'll sell it separately, but I assume they will eventually.
     
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    Inundated

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    Where are you seeing that the S3 remote is a learning remote?

    I did a cursory search both here and via Google, and can't find any reference to that...
     
  4. Aug 6, 2006 #4 of 38
    jfh3

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    Me too - would love to replace my Harmony 880 with a true Tivo remote.

    Don't remember where the reference that the S3 would have programmable remote, but we won't know for sure until it's announced.
     
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    stevel

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    I heard it directly from TiVoPony at the TC-Con in June. Not everything is in Google. It's also a lighted remote.

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  6. Aug 6, 2006 #6 of 38
    maki

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    I love the design of that remote so much. If I end up without an S3 I'm certainly buying an S3 replacement remote (they better be compatible, anyway!). :D
     
  7. Aug 6, 2006 #7 of 38
    Gunnyman

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    Pony also said the S3 remote will run an S2.
     
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    davezatz

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    Cool!
     
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    mick66

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    Which means that it will also control an S1 since both the S1 and S2 use the same remote codes.
     
  10. JimSpence

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    Have you guys really looked at the designs of the Harmony remotes?
    The 628 looks pretty good. BTW, I used the 6131 until it no longer would support all of my equipment.
     
  11. davezatz

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    I've owned several and have been pleased with them. I just unloaded a 520 on Amazon, but use an 880 in the den.
     
  12. stevel

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    I have a Harmony 659 for a second system, but I don't like the button placement on any of them.
     
  13. jfh3

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    Yes, I use a Harmony 880 now.

    But if the Series 3 remote is indeed programmable, it's likely to replace the 880.

    Most of the time my 880 is controlling one of 5 Tivos, so I'd rather have a real Tivo remote doing it.

    If the S3 remote can be programmed to control multiple Tivos, and basic functions for a DVD and a laserdisc player, I'm going to be a very happy camper. If it can also control a Comcast DVR and a Sony DVR, that's even better!
     
  14. Inundated

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    Oh, Steve, for cryin' out loud, of course I believe Pony! :D

    I just didn't know where you'd heard it from. I did a search in case it had been announced/reported somewhere else.

    It looks way cool.
     
  15. kdmorse

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    Additionally, it is weighted differently, and grooved on the bottom, so you can't pick it up backwards so easilly.

    -Ken
     
  16. thechiz

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    From the picture, the S3 learning remote appears to only have a fairly small
    number of buttons. This would likely make it hard to use if you have several
    A/V devices that you want to control from only one learning remote.

    It would have been nice to have a screen with user definable text
    to go with, say ten user definable keys for use with each device.
    (Like the Home Theater Master MX-500).

    It will probably work well with simple configurations.

    Once you get up to multiple alternate DVR's, A/V receiver,
    DVD, DVD-RW, S-VHS etc I think you need something with a bit more
    flexibility. Good MACRO's are helpful too.
     
  17. Bai Shen

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    Am I the only one who prefers the old Sony remote over the peanut?
     
  18. maki

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    Yes.
     
  19. kdmorse

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    From the picture, the S3 learning remote appears to only have a fairly small
    number of buttons.


    I don't believe the purpose of the learning functions is to enable the S3 remote to run your entire entertainment center. As you say, a Harmony, a MX, etc... would be a better remote for that.

    However, there is the persistent problem of just wanting TV Power, Input Select, Volume, and Mute to work on the peanut when you're watching TV. The database for these functions is hard-coded into the peanut itself at production time, and thus people who buy BobCo's brand new TV, can never get the peanut to turn it on. A learning peanut solves that problem quite nicely.

    Am I the only one who prefers the old Sony remote over the peanut?

    Yes. (Someone get this man some more peanut flavored kool-aid!)

    -Ken
     
  20. Bai Shen

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    Well, to be truthful, I've only used the peanut a couple dozen times. Originally I had the Sony remote, and I'm currently using a 6131.
     

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