Universal remotes for Series 3/HD

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by hybucket, Sep 30, 2007.

  1. hybucket

    hybucket Member

    Nov 26, 2004


    ANyone know whether the Sony 600 works with the Series 3 or HD? If not that one, any good one that can be recommended?
  2. Gregor

    Gregor Wear Your Mask! TCF Club

    Feb 18, 2002
    I have a Harmony 676 (now Logitech) that works great with my Tivos. Lots of Harmony fans here.
  3. cmonroe

    cmonroe Member

    Sep 1, 2007
    I've got the Harmony 880, picked it up for $99 on Amazon refurbished. So far its amazing, it does everything I need for my TiVo, TV, DVD, and Speakers.
  4. fred2

    fred2 Member

    Jan 20, 2006
    Got the harmony 720 from Costco with instant rebate. Works fine and controls tivo, the tv, hdmi switch, dvd and yamaha receiver.
  5. Cyrl

    Cyrl New Member

    Sep 27, 2007
    Pittsburgh, PA



    The 880 just rocks, controls everything I have and has plenty of buttons to do tivo functions.
  6. Jay M

    Jay M New Member

    Sep 27, 2007
    My somewhat old MX-500 works very well with the S3. In fact I have never had a device where all of the buttons were so easily learned. I was greatly relieved that it works because 1. I think it's one of the best learning remotes made, and 2. I am able to keep most of the buttons in the same place as they were with our old DVR so it would be a very smooth transition for my wife.

  7. craigo

    craigo Broncos Fan

    Apr 6, 2004
    Mesa, AZ
    Another fan of the Harmony 880. Great remote!
  8. Cyrl

    Cyrl New Member

    Sep 27, 2007
    Pittsburgh, PA
    One of my favorite things about the 880 is that I have 2 rooms with tv setups that are different, my good viewing room and the tv/cable box in my bedroom. The 880 is setup with activities for both rooms so I just use one remote for everything most of the time, I have watch Tivo, watch bedroom TV, play 360, bedroom dvd etc all setup. I've even considered programming it for the tv's at work so I can screw with them from my desk without finding the real remotes.
  9. Oct 1, 2007 #9 of 34

    caddyroger New Member

    Mar 14, 2005
    Some where...
    I use a 880 remote. I control my Tivo,comcast box, dvd player, Yamaha reciever. A picture viewer, and my remote x10 lights controler with it. Would lost without it.
  10. wierdo

    wierdo New Member

    Apr 7, 2002
    Arkansas, US
    Harmony 880 FTW.
  11. Reinman

    Reinman New and improved!

    Nov 28, 2001

    +1 for the MX-500, great remote that comes amazingly close to the same layout as a TiVo remote
  12. philwojo

    philwojo Member

    May 16, 2004
    Sw burbs of...
    I have an MX-700, but any of the MX remotes will work great, and I have heard nothing but great things about the Harmony line as well.

  13. CCourtney

    CCourtney Member

    Mar 28, 2006
    El Dorado...
    Atlas-5 DVR Remote using JP1 Programming - Works Great

  14. noah82

    noah82 Cox San Diego

    Aug 1, 2007
    San Diego, CA
    I have a Harmony 880 that I bought off Woot and it works like a charm!
  15. gweempose

    gweempose Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Mar 23, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    I use URC's excellent MX-900 . In my opinion, it's the best hard button based remote on the market. I may get blasted for saying this, but I've never been a huge fan of the Harmony remotes. I can certainly understand their appeal, but I like the ability to be able to tweak every minute detail of my configuration.
  16. sfhub

    sfhub Well-Known Member

    Jan 6, 2007
    The customization possible with JP1 is really pretty amazing.
  17. Cyrl

    Cyrl New Member

    Sep 27, 2007
    Pittsburgh, PA

    No blasting, but what can you tweak on the MX-900 that you can't do with the harmony, I'm just curious, I remember those MX remotes from a long time back, never had one but I remeber them being pretty kick ass.
  18. gweempose

    gweempose Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Mar 23, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    While some of the Harmony models are quite capable, they are all wizard based remotes. They are designed for ease of setup, and they accomplish this goal quite well. The MX-900, on the other hand, is specifically aimed at custom installers. Consequently, it offers a tremendous amount of flexibility when it comes to complex setups. You can tweak virtually anything. For example, you can change the order that your equipment powers up, adjust the delay time between individual commands in a macro, and even use nested macros (a macro within a macro). If there is something you want the MX-900 to do, it's just a matter of figuring out how to program the remote to do it. Basically, the sky's the limit. :)
  19. hearncl

    hearncl Member

    Oct 16, 2006
    Nashville, TN
    I agree 100% about the MX-900. I used the MX-500 for several years, then moved up to the MX-900 for the computer interface (button editor). I briefly tried the Harmony 880, but wasn't able to get it to control my equipment the way I wanted.

    That said, the MX-900 IR code data base doesn't include some of my equipment (Marantz, in addition to a TiVo S3 and THD). I use the computer interface to label the LCD buttons, then it takes just a short time to "learn" the codes for each device using the original remotes. Then I use the button editor to program macros such as for switching devices and TV inputs.

    Initially I had a problem in that the MX-900 buttons used to control"Forward" and "Advance" on the TiVos are too close together. I was accidently hitting the Advance button (called SKIP+ on the MX-900) instead of the FF button, causing the TiVo to jump to the end of a recording when I just wanted to fast forward. I solved this by assigning a macro to the SKIP+ button giving it a short delay before activating. Now if I press SKIP+ accidently, nothing happens unless I hold it down for a second.

    The MX-900 button editor works only on Windows. I have an Intel Mac, and installed a Windows XP partition mainly to use the MX-900 editor.
  20. jtseltmann

    jtseltmann New Member

    May 22, 2005
    Currently have an older 659 for the family room and a 676 for the living room...complete with IR light controls and gas fireplace control...love them both. Harmony makes programming and such very easy...anything IR can be programmed and now the newer ones have RF capabilities...

    love the harmony!

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