Qwerty hardware remote for Apple TV


Macman45

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Can anyone suggest a qwerty hardware remote control that works well with Apple TV, setup using this method - http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3296 - or some other method.

I am not interested in software (iOS) remotes.

Thanks
It depends on your TV...Like the article says...If you have a TV that supports a KB as an accessory, then the steps in the link are good. Few TV's do though...Last time I was shopping for TV's, the Sony, Philips, and the High end LG's have an optional KB, connected via a dedicated USB port on the TV, or using the wifi dongles that are also an option.

My Sony has the option, but I'm not paying £100.00 :eek:

The neatest was the Philips ( not sure if these are available in the states) which just has a QWERTY KB on the flipside of the remote that comes with the TV.

I've tried Apple KB's with both my Sony and my LG...No go...You have to buy the dedicated brand.
 

ozaz

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Sorry, I don't really understand the answer. Why does it matter what the TV supports? I'm just after a remote with keyboard that only needs to work with the Apple TV, not a remote that can support multiple devices.
 

Macman45

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Sorry, I don't really understand the answer. Why does it matter what the TV supports? I'm just after a remote with keyboard that only needs to work with the Apple TV, not a remote that can support multiple devices.
I'm not aware of any KB that will work with the ATV...Had a quick Google, but nothing there...just the little remote that comes with the ATV, which leads you to the onscreen KB...Others may know of a KB that will work, but offhand, I don't think there is one.
 

institute

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Because the ATV supports bluetooth keyboards. You pair them using the Bluetooth settings in the ATV settings menu.
 

Gav2k

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Really? I must try that out....so the OP just needs an Apple BT KB and he's good to go? I'm going to try this out....Don't really need a KB for my ATV's but would be interested to see how laggy it is.
Most keyboards work
 

ozaz

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Really? I must try that out....so the OP just needs an Apple BT KB and he's good to go?
Yes, BT keyboard will do me fine (didn't realize these were supported until after posting my question). Although I posed the question as an integrated remote with keyboard, I'm happy to have a separate keyboard and remote as long as the keyboard is pocket sized so it doesn't create much clutter.

Unfortunaltey don't have a BT keyboard lying around, so have ordered this pocket one to try
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bluetooth-Keyboard-iPhone-Symbian-smartphone/dp/B004401ZME
 

old-wiz

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Really? I must try that out....so the OP just needs an Apple BT KB and he's good to go? I'm going to try this out....Don't really need a KB for my ATV's but would be interested to see how laggy it is.
I experimented with a Bluetooth keyboard that I bought to use with an iPad, and the keyboard works just fine with ATV3. It's a huge improvement over the messy "keypad" that the ATV has by default.