DIRECTV is becoming increasingly common throughout much of the United States, particularly with its coverage of sports such as NASCAR and Grand Slam Tennis. There are a variety of remote controls which are compatible with DIRECTV, and depending on budget and other equipment in your house, it is possible to select the one which is right for you.
DIRECTV has its own range of remotes, which are naturally compatible with a DIRECTV system. Furthermore, these can also be used to control other devices, such as the DVD and VCRs. The cheapest of these is the DIRECTV "Universal Remote" which is available on "www.directv.com" for $15. The other remotes available are the "Universal RF Remote" which is radio frequency compatible retailing at $25, or the "Big Button Remote" suitable for those with eyesight or dexterity problems, which retails at $20. The latter can only be ordered via telephone, by calling 888-355-7530. All of these are able to control four different pieces of equipment, including the DIRECTV system.
Harmony Remotes can be used to control a DIRECTV system, albeit with a simple modifications. Both DIRECTV and Bose systems use a radio frequency system to control the devices, which aren't usually given by Harmony Remotes. However, by changing the receiver on the DIRECTV system to IR, from RF, Harmony Remotes are able to control them. Harmony Remotes can control a wide variety of equipment, including music as well as TV, although these tend to retail for over $100.
If you have a DIRECTV/Tivo Remote, then you will be able to use this on your DIRECTV system, although the remote does not superficially look like it is a DIRECTV compatible one. The classic Tivo "Peanut" shaped remote does, however, carry a DIRECTV remote, and therefore can be used to control the system.
Other Universal Remotes
Since the DIRECTV system can be changed from RF to IR compatible, it can be modified to work with most universal remotes. Ultimately, the best option is to decide which equipment in your house you would like to control, and then select a remote accordingly. For example, Philips has a universal remote which can be bought for around $30. If, however, you wish only to control a DIRECTV and a DVD player, then a specialist DIRECTV remote would be the best option for $15.
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