What can Google TV control?
Right now we have a uverse box, xbox 360, PS3,Apple TV, home theatre amp, etc.
Now, I know the GTV box comes with 1 IR blaster (according to the documentation I've read). I'd LOVE to get GTV if I can get it to control everything....
Anyone running it with U-Verse? Will it interface with GTV at least somewhat?
Can I add more IR blasters to control other devices..is that even needed?
- 10-28-2010, 07:23 PM #2
Actually the GTV box comes with three IR blasters built right into the front of the box. The extra blaster is just in case the user has an application where it is needed. I currently have my Comcast (DVR) box, a Samsung plasma and a 7.1 channel Onkyo home theater system hooked up to my GTV box. Took me 15 minutest total to setup and everything works absolutely flawlessly. GTV will control navigation within any cable box but the more advanced DVR features are currently only available if you have DISH (that's not to say you can't set set/delete recordings with other boxes, it's just not as deeply integrated). GTV FTW!!!
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I emailed Logitech support to voice my displeasure regarding lack of full harmony "activities" when utilizing the android app, since I am looking to replace my harmony RF remote with my recently purchased Logitech Revue. The response was "Unfortunately, the Logitech Revue currently cannot operate any other devices outside the TV, Revue, Cable Box, and the AV Receiver". I like the word "currently....sounds to me like the android app will be updated in the future to add additional harmony support.
Also, while a true additional activity cannot be setup, I plan to play around this weekend with the system's "IR learning" functionality. I really just need to be able to control my dvd player, and I think that by adding buttons to the activity, and using the dvd remote to teach the system the IR commands, I can probably figure out a workaround. But I doubt my wife will be able to figure it out, unlike our current remote where she just presses "watch dvd"'.
But the email sounded hopeful so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that either logitech or the android community figure out a way to add activities. Also, a tablet version of the remote app that makes use of a bigger screen would be awesome, as I should be receiving my Archos 101 in the next few weeks it seems.
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I bit the bullet and picked it up Friday. So far I'm liking it, esp. the fact I can control everything from my phone. Only hitch I can't figure out is the aspect ratio of my non HD channels. It letterboxes them. The HD stuff is full screen, but I like having the non HD stuff full screen as well.
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Sorry for the delay in responses, been busy with work and unable to play with my GTV lately. So I accomplished some of my goal in getting the android app to command more than the out of the box functionality, but not nearly as much as I wanted; and definitely not wife friendly.
Can now control the receiver to listen to tuner, select next or previous preset, switch to DVD input, toggle between dolby and other surround settings, and a few additional things.
Ability to actually control the blu ray player.
How I accomplished my semi-workaround:
In the android app, click on menu, settings, edit activity buttons. This screen allows you to add buttons to the "watch google tv" activity. If you long press anywhere in the screen, it will bring up a "select device" dialog box. Whatever device you choose will bring up all of the known commands for the harmony series for that device. So on this screen you can add buttons that can manually allow you more control over your devices.
For example on my screen I have 4 columns of buttons, 4 rows each, to allow me to do certain tasks. If I want to listen to the radio, I have a button to switch to the tuner on the receiver. Then I press a button I added to turn off the TV power. Lastly I have preset next and preset previous buttons in this row. (For volume etc, I can use the same volume controls built into the app to control my receiver).
I also added a button to switch to the dvd input, but I cannot add any buttons to control my blu ray player. I can still control volume, surround mode, etc, but cannot play, stop, pause, etc in the blu ray itself.
I'm guessing if you really want to take this a step further, you can manually add one of your devices to the harmony app (instead of selecting a receiver, manually add all of your controls via the IR learning function, and when done teaching the system the receiver controls, teach it the dvd controls) and then control everything.
It shouldn't be this hard though. If Logitech would only add the ability to add "activities" and devices, like you can on the full harmony line, this would be much much simpler. Also, on a side note, in the logitech survey, I re-iterated the issues I stated in my email to logitech. I also requested that they develop a tablet optimized application, that allows for more buttons on the screen, utilizing the tablet screen real estate. ( I have an archos 101 on order that I purchased to control my revue system, back when I thought the harmony app would be more robust).
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