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  • So it’s an extremely geeky solution and not one for everyone but…

    Years ago I chose my favourite remote (from my selection of 10s) and used LIRC to program it such that it could control my PVR at the time, MythTV.

    LIRC basically accepts commands from the remote and converts them into commands into your computer.

    I notice now there’s a MacOS port for this: https://github.com/andyvand/LIRC . So maybe technically minded users might be interested, if you have a remote you want to re-use.

    A lot of computer based media players, for the front room, will already have their own remote. But for those that don’t (JRiver? HQPlayer?) you might be able to use this.

    You could probably define a LIRC -> AppleScript bridge to control iTunes or something (sorry – there’s probably already a way of doing that).

  • I have been using the Blumoo Remote App for about a year or more and love it. Originally started out with the Harmony smart hub and ended up sending it back as the Blumoo with iPhone App and Hub and it is much easier to set up and customize than the Harmony. I use a variety of equipment including an almost vintage receiver with my new TV. Blumoo is a small company it seems but very co operative and have always been able to resolve any issues I have had with setting up special tasks. Works great, give it a try.

    • Added information on Blumoo. I use the iPhone App on my iPad Pro and I love it. I only wish they had an iPad app that would let me customize the layout a little more but it works fine. Also might mention that their support has been fantastic. I had a couple of unique situations with what I wanted to do and they were able to solve my issues.

      • Sorry to hear that as it works great. I do know that the last time I talked to them they were having problems. Oh well I will use it until it quits.