Longer description below, but the short version is that each app for AV devices in my Family Room is either missing some key functionality for overall everyday use, or the app’s usability is crap (Hi Harmony companion app!)
Because I have a Logitech Harmony Hub, I was actually able to very quickly build a functioning remote in the Home Remote app just by letting it discover the receiver and the hub, and then adding the various existing devices. Now I have one app with all the needed capabilities. If I tap on “Watch TiVo”, this triggers the Harmony activity that powers things on and selects the right source, and then presents me with a functionally solid TiVo remote. What I wish is that I could “export” that remote layout into Home Remote Designer and adjust layout and imagery there, rather than rebuilding it from scratch.
My family room AV setup is not that exotic:
- Denon receiver - for source-selection and volume
- TiVo and AppleTV as the main playback devices
- Sony TV (we pretty much use it as a dumb display)
We have a Logitech Harmony Hub to tie it all together. Its physical remote does everything we need, and I give it a “B” for usability. I just want a glorious app, and I’m only half-way there.