DirecTV Remote+

At this time, this online help for DirecTV Remote+ is a bit of a work in progress.  For several reasons I have decided to remove the “internal help” from the main app and put it online.  One reason is that it is much easier for me to manage and update it this way.

For now I have mostly just moved the information originally found in the app to this online document.  I intend to make it more complete over time.

Thanks for reading!

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Static IP address (or DHCP reservation):  Why you want to use it!

If I could only recommend one thing to users of my app it would be to set up your DirecTV receivers (as well as TVs and AVRs if networked) with either static IP addresses or DHCP reservation.  Doing so will prevent their IP address from ever changing which can cause them to be unreachable from the app.  If this happens, it can be corrected of course – typically by re-scanning for DirecTV receivers in the main DirecTV Remote+ app and re-scanning or manually configuring your networked TVs or AVRs in the Volume plugin.  For the best possible experience though, static addresses or DHCP reservation is the way to go.

While the two options are done differently, the end result is the same: Once configured, the IP address of the device will always stay the same.  While I may add more information about this to this documentation, I have also covered it here in the FAQ section.

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While most of the remote buttons in this app are obvious, there are some additional buttons provided.  Below is a brief introduction to them.


Short (normal) press toggles power.  In the PRO version, a long-press lets you specify Power ON or Power OFF and you can also send it only to the current DirecTV receiver, the TV/AVR associated with the current receiver (via Volume Plugin) or all networked receivers.

(PRO ONLY)  The power state of the current receiver is reflected through the power button’s color.  Green is ON and dark red is OFF.  The lighter red color above is used for IR-controlled DirecTV receivers or if the power state of the current network-controlled receiver cannot be established.


Displays ‘On Now’ (show/music info) or the Mini-Guide.

 


Press this button to create and access favorite channels.

 


(Mid-size remote only)  Pops up the numeric keypad for direct channel entry.

 


(PRO ONLY)  Built-in macro to turn Closed Captioning on.  If you create a macro with the name CCON, this button’s behavior will be replaced with your custom macro.  For example, you can opt to have this turn on DirecTV Subtitles instead.


(PRO ONLY)  Built-in macro to turn Closed Captioning on.  If you create a macro with the name CCON, this button’s behavior will be replaced with your custom macro.  For example, you can opt to have this turn on DirecTV Subtitles instead.

 

This is a custom macro (available in Free and Pro) that activates Slow Motion.  To do this on your real DirecTV remote, press and hold the Play (>) button for approximately 3 seconds.

 


(PRO ONLY)  Press this button to create and access custom macros!  Macros are a series of commands that are sent to the receiver at the press of a button.

 


(PRO ONLY)  Press this button to bring up the Search Assistant.  This allows you to enter text using your Android device’s built-in keyboard or the app’s custom keyboard and sends it as a special macro to DirecTV search fields!

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As a developer and user, I like options; and DirecTV Remote+ is loaded with them!  Many are only found in the pro version but the free version has some as well.

Haptic Feedback Level (ALL) – Here you can adjust vibration intensity when pressing buttons in the app, from off to strong.  Device must support vibration.

App Startup Screen (ALL) – Here you can tell the app which remote to display when first starting up.

Orientation (PRO) – ‘Auto’ will change the orientation of the app in relation to the orientation of the device.  If you would prefer to always use portrait or landscape, you can choose that as well.

Macro Delays (PRO) – The pro version allows you to create and use custom macros.  Their reliability depends on several factors (network health and speed, receiver speed, etc).  While the default settings should work well for most people, increasing them will often resolve reliability problems.  Major: Delay in ms after sending a command before it will send another.  This applies to buttons such as Menu, Guide, List, Info, etc.  Often times the receiver takes a while to display these.  Minor: This delay is used after sending relatively minor commands such as Ch/Pg Up & Dn, navigation, etc.

Show icon in notification area (ALL) – Places an icon in the Ongoing Notifications area so that you can quickly launch the remote.  Only available when on the main (remote) screen.

Show labels on colored buttons (ALL) – Displays R G Y B labels on the colored buttons.

Keep macro list open after executing (PRO) – Prevents the macro list from hiding after choosing a macro to execute.

Mini-Guide data source (PRO) – Normally the mini-guide gets its data from the currently selected receiver.  If you’d like, you can specify which receiver to use.  Useful if you have a particular receiver that is faster than the others or one that is rarely used.  *** Only recommended if you use static IP addresses or DHCP reservation!  If the address changes the mini-guide will no longer populate! ***

Disable Wi-Fi check (ALL) – If for some reason the app consistently fails to detect that your device is on Wi-Fi or if you always use the app to control a receiver over your wireless carrier connection (3G, etc), then you can disable the Wi-Fi check in the app.  Should you decide to use this option, it will be up to you to ensure that your Wi-Fi is connected as necessary.

On Now goes straight to Mini-Guide (PRO) – While using the remote, you can skip one step to the Mini-Guide by having the On Now button bring you directly to it.  Note that the ‘More Info’ is still available in the Mini-Guide by long-pressing on a guide entry.

Show ‘On Now’ info in notification (ALL) – When enabled, the notification will tell you what show, movie or music channel is currently playing on the selected receiver.  Please note that this option will consume more battery.  To preserve battery, this feature will suspend itself if the app is unable to communicate with the receiver for several minutes.  To resume the ‘On Now’ notifications again, simply open the app once you have a network connection to the receiver again.

Refresh every X seconds (ALL) – You can increase the delay time between On Now information requests which in turn will save some battery power at the cost of the ‘On Now’ information being a bit more delayed.  10-60 seconds, 10 is the default.

Keep device awake on main screens (PRO) – Prevents the device from sleeping when the app is on the main Remote, Search Assistant or Scan screens.  Consumes battery power quicker.  Be sure to exit the app when you are finished so that the device can sleep as normal.

Kill app when backing out of it (ALL) – This option will ‘force-close’ the app when you press the back button while on the main remote screen as opposed to sending the app to the background and letting Android manage it.  If you choose this option, notifications (if enabled) will be cleared and stop working until the app is run again.  This option is not recommended.

Scan continuously for channel changes even when app is not active (PRO) – When the app is ‘closed’, the On Now notifications remain and update with the current program info.  To conserve battery, the notification updates itself shortly after the last known program was due to end.  However, it you change the channel using a real remote or the Shortcut Add-On, the notification will not update until it thinks the last-known current program should end which will result in incorrect program info in the notification.  With this option enabled, the notification service will constantly check for channel/program changes in the intervals set in the app’s prefs screen even if you are not actively using the app.  While this will help keep the notification current, it comes at a cost of increased battery consumption.

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  • Organize Lists (PRO) – This brings up the list organizer, which allows you to rearrange, rename and delete receivers, favorites and macros.
  • “MORE” FEATURES (ALL) – Pressing Menu > More will present a list of more commands and features found in the app.  Below is a brief description of each.
    • Launch DirecTV Scheduler (PRO) – This will launch the official DirecTV Scheduler app (if installed on your device).  The app allows you to schedule recordings on your DVR from anywhere!
    • Reboot Receiver (ALL) – Sometimes the DirecTV receivers and DVRs get a little slow over time.  This command will reboot the device without having to go through the menus, press the reset button or pull the plug.
    • Toggle SD/HD Resolution (PRO) – Along with the cool new DirecTV HD GUI came an issue for those with a TV connected to the SD (composite) video output: You cannot see or use the menus or guide when the device is set to put out an HD signal to any output!  This menu item will send the SD/HD toggle command to your receiver or DVR (DirecTV HD GUI only).
    • Create & Restore backups (PRO) – The pro version allows you to easily backup and restore the app’s settings.  This is useful simply for backup purposes as well as transferring settings (receivers, favorites, macros, etc) to another device.
    • Exit App (ALL) – Completely exits the app, “killing” all processes and services.
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The reliability of macros in this app heavily depends on the responsiveness of your DirecTV receiver.  You can adjust macro delays in order to allow the receiver time to respond to commands.  If you find macro reliability to be hit or miss, try increasing the delays in 250 ms increments.  Unfortunately, the H2x and especially the HR2x series of receivers are known to get a bit laggy over time.  If you find that the overall responsiveness of your receiver and the reliability of macros has deteriorated, please try rebooting your receiver.

Built-in macro commands can be overriden as follows.  The names can consist of lower/upper or mixed cases:

  • CC On button – Create a macro named CCON
  • CC Off button – Create a macro named CCOFF
  • Search Assistant – The buttons at the top of the Search Assistant screen can use custom macros.  Create a macro named SEARCH or SEARCHDVR
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If you would like to make a backup of your remote settings or transfer your existing settings from one device to another, follow the steps below.  An SD card must be installed in both devices in order to copy or transfer settings:

  1. Connect your Android device to your computer using the ‘mount as disk drive’ option.  Alternatively, if you have a folder & file browser app installed on your device, you can browse to it directly on the device.
  2. Browse your device’s internal and external (SD card) storage and look for a folder called ‘DirecTV_Remote’.
  3. Copy the file inside of that folder called ‘DirecTVRemote.ini’.  If you are simply making a backup, just save a copy of this file wherever you would like.  If you are transferring settings from one device to another, continue on to the next step.
  4. Install the app on the device you wish to transfer the settings to and run the app at least one time.  Important:  Before performing the next step, go into the app then choose Menu > More > Exit App.  Failure to do so can result in the copied settings getting lost when the app saves its settings stored in memory.  By choosing the Exit App option, this cannot happen.
  5. On the new device, copy the DirecTVRemote.ini file into the DirecTV_Remote folder, which may be located either in internal and external (SD card) storage, overwriting the existing file.
  6. Run the app again to confirm that the settings have been transferred.  If not, try these steps again.

NOTE: The PRO version makes this easy with Backup & Restore (Menu > More)

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DirecTV Remote+ Volume Plugin

When installed, the exclusive Volume Plugin adds volume, mute and input buttons to the main DirecTV Remote+ app.  PRO users can use these buttons directly in the main remote app or with the Shortcut Addon!  FREE users can look but not touch.  Free users can, however, install the Volume plugin and see if it will work for them without having to buy the Pro version of the main remote app first.

Use of the volume plugin requires a network controllable television or AVR receiver, a network-to-IR device, or certain Sony, LG, Samsung or HTC phones/tablets with built-in IR emitters.  (See link to supported devices below).  Although the volume controls are integrated into the main DirecTV Remote+ app, they do not work directly with your DirecTV equipment.  MOST people will be unable to control volume with ANY app. That is just the way it is. See this FAQ for a detailed explanation. If you have to ask if this app will work for you then the answer is likely NO.

See FAQs for current list of supported devices!

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DirecTV Remote+ Shortcut Add-On

There is a free add-on for the DirecTV Remote+ that allows you to create shortcuts on the home screen of your Android device.  Using these shortcuts you can send any remote button, favorite channel or macro to any receiver or even use the Mini-Guide without having to even open the DirecTV Remote+ app!

The add-on is free of charge, but please note that while shortcuts can be created with only the free version of the DirecTV Remote+ app installed, the shortcuts will only function if you have purchased and installed the PRO version.

If you specify the receiver when creating shortcuts (as opposed to using the ‘last used receiver’ option), it is strongly recommended that you have your DirecTV receivers set up to use static IP address or DHCP Reservation.  The reason is that the shortcuts use the current IP address for the destination receiver as opposed to the receiver name since the pro version allows you to change the names of your receivers.  If the IP address for the receiver changes, the shortcut will need to be created again.  If you are using static addresses or DHCP reservation then the receiver’s IP address will never change and therefore your shortcuts will never stop working.

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