Apple TV remote turns on my TV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by cyberdogl2, Jul 5, 2013.

  1. cyberdogl2 macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2003
    I couldn't find anything about this on the google or even the :apple:tv manual.

    To my surprise the select button turns my Philips TV on!

    Is this just pure luck with the IR codes

    Still need the TV remote to turn the TV off though
  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
  3. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    This could be HIGHLY annoying. :mad:

    Not sure if this would help you out, OP, but I use a Logitech Harmony remote for everything BUT the Apple TV, then I use the free Remote app on my iPhone or iPad to control the Apple TV. It works over wifi, so it shouldn't interfere with the TV's operation.
  4. blujacket macrumors newbie

    Jul 5, 2013
  5. TheAppleFairy macrumors 68020


    Mar 28, 2013
    The Clinton Archipelago unfortunately

    I second the Logitech Harmony remote option, though I use my for the ATV also.

    I am not sure if this remote would fix his issue. This could be 1 of 2 things that I can think of.

    1. The signal for your TV and Apple TV has the exact same code (Unlikely, but possible).
    2. Your TV has the option to turn on when it sees a new HDMI signal, so when you turn on the Apple TV your TV sees a new source and turns on.

    I would unplug your ATV, and try the remote and see if it turns on your TV.

    EDIT: I took so long to type that it looks like blujacket beat me to it, but that goes back to what I was saying in option 2.
  6. APlotdevice macrumors 68040


    Sep 3, 2011
    Apple remotes can emit a bunch of different signals based on what "ID" they are set to (there are 256 different IDs IIRC). This is what allows you to pair remotes with a specific Apple devices.

    To change the current ID press and hold both the menu and select/center button for five seconds. Afterwords it should hopefully no longer interfere with your television. If not, keep running through IDs until you find one that works.

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