I think I'm going to get an ATV...but some questions first.

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by christall109, Mar 13, 2008.

  1. christall109 macrumors 6502

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    1. Would it be possible to program my Comcast Universal Remote to work with it, instead of using the Apple Remote?

    2. We just got a brand new 1080p LG HDTV, does the :apple:TV even output 1080p?


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  2. balamw Moderator

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    1. Is it a learning remote?

    2. Yes. http://vallery.net/2008/02/12/updated-apple-tv-supports-1080p-resolution/, but only 720p video is supported and will be upscaled.

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  3. christall109 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    What do you mean by "learning remote"? If you mean that I can enter a code,like I did with by tv, for functionality than yes. Do you know the code for it?

    Thanks for the quick response.
     
  4. balamw Moderator

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    No. A learning remote can "copy" the commands from your original remote to the universal remote. It's unlikely that the codes will be in a non-learning remote.

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  5. MikieMikie macrumors 6502a

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    1. No. There is a 3rd party remote control (Harmony, made by Logitech) that will function as a Universal Remote and Apple TV remote. The Apple TV remote is a non-standard remote in that buttons are time-sensitive, etc. I don't find it that much of an inconvenience -- certainly not enough to spend lots of $ replacing those 2 remotes with a Harmony.

    2. I own a 57" Samsung DLP 1080p, and my Apply TV outputs 1080p signals to it. No problems. Be aware, though, that standard definition movies and such are simply upconverted and look little better than any 480p source.

    You choices in setup on the Apple TV include 480p, 720p, 1080i and 1080p.
     
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  7. theBB macrumors 68020

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    I purchased a ~$25 learning remote from Amazon to replace five different remotes including AppleTV with just one. No need to go all the way to Harmony prices even though I am sure Harmony could provide more functions with more elegance.

    http://www.amazon.com/URC-Universal...?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1213304972&sr=1-41

    Apple remote is not time sensitive. AppleTV responds differently the longer you keep pressing a buttin, but the remote itself seems quite basic.
     

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