I have a certain pet peeve: TV remote controls. I don”t have cable, but I have my sound system, my TV and a PS3. Each one has it”s own remote. I understand that the PS3 has to have it”s own remote to play games, but what about the times when I just want to watch movies on it? I don”t want to have to break out the PS3 remote just to hit pause. This is actually such a pet peeve to me that I have avoided getting an Apple TV because of it (thought that”s not the only reason – the only function the Apple TV offers me over my PS3 is the ability to mirror my iPhone on the TV).
That avoidance is about to change: it turns out that you can use a third party infra-red remote to control your Apple TV. And it”s not that hard to do. Go into settings and hit the Up button on the remote a couple times, along with the five other buttons that apple TV has (up up down down left right left… sorry, that”s something else; up, down, left, right, select and menu) and you”re good to go. But wait: it gets better! For those without a huge aversion to multiple remote controls laying around your house (I don”t know who would want that!) you can actually add multiple remotes. And you can change the configuration of a past remote that you”ve already set up. Pretty nifty, right?
Full instructions from Apple.com here.
Now if I can just figure out how to play my video games with my TV Remote… Guitarsmith and Rockband are both going to be killer…