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Apple TV and Logitech Harmony remote question

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erikdijk Calculating status...
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Dec 28, 2009 5:47 AM
I like the capability to use my Apple TV playing music without turning on the tv. With the remote app on my iPhone, it's quite simple! But when I'm not at home, my wife has to turn on the TV to navigate and play music. Very annoying... I've read about the compatibility of Logitech Harmony remotes (555 or 525) with the Apple TV. Will the playlist etc. on my Apple TV appear in the Harmony display??? So my wife can navigate through the playlists looking at the Harmony display without turning on the tv?
Apple TV, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (16,625 points)
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    Dec 28, 2009 6:10 AM (in response to erikdijk)
    I'd be surprised.

    You could consider getting her an iPod Touch or iPhone
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  • Chenks Level 5 Level 5 (7,420 points)
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    Dec 28, 2009 6:16 AM (in response to erikdijk)
    erikdijk wrote:
    I've read about the compatibility of Logitech Harmony remotes (555 or 525) with the Apple TV. Will the playlist etc. on my Apple TV appear in the Harmony display???


    no. the harmony remotes can control the appletv by replicating the basic remote commands, but nothing more.
     MBP 2.4GHz  Mac Mini G4  2 x AppleTV  iPhone 3GS 32GB  iPod Classic 80GB, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • capaho Level 4 Level 4 (3,650 points)
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    Dec 28, 2009 6:36 AM (in response to erikdijk)
    The Harmony remotes can only reproduce the Apple remote functions, they can't display the ATV menu. You would need another iPhone or an iPod touch at home with the Remote app for that purpose. I do agree with you that the Apple remote is annoyingly simplistic for a multimedia player.
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  • Michele Gardner Level 2 Level 2 (390 points)
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    Dec 28, 2009 2:36 PM (in response to erikdijk)
    Everyone is correct about how the Harmony remotes works and yes for what you're asking you'd need another iPhone or iPod Touch, but if your wife is simply finding it too complicated to change all the inputs and turn on all the components, then you may actually love having a Harmony. After its programed via your computer, all she'll have to do is push one button to have everything turn on and switch the way it should.
    PB, MBP x2, MB, iMac x2, AppleTV x2, iPod, Shuffle, Nano x3, Touch x4, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • PurpleSkiesFly Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 29, 2009 8:32 AM (in response to erikdijk)
    I'm using a Harmony 1100 with the extender so all the components are out of sight, out of mind. Works well.
    Only issue I am having and I don't attribute this to the remote is if the TV doesn't sense the receiver when powered on, it turns on the TV speakers and then I'll manually have to change the option on the TV to external speakers. Sure this can be fixed, just haven't spent the time to figure it out yet.
  • Chenks Level 5 Level 5 (7,420 points)
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    Dec 29, 2009 9:08 AM (in response to erikdijk)
    erikdijk wrote:
    Thanks for all the replies.

    @Michele: what's the model Harmony remote you are using?


    i believe it's the same as what i use... Logitech Harmony One
     MBP 2.4GHz  Mac Mini G4  2 x AppleTV  iPhone 3GS 32GB  iPod Classic 80GB, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Michele Gardner Level 2 Level 2 (390 points)
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    Dec 29, 2009 7:08 PM (in response to erikdijk)
    I'm using a 700 and a 550, for two different rooms, both with TVs.
    PB, MBP x2, MB, iMac x2, AppleTV x2, iPod, Shuffle, Nano x3, Touch x4, Mac OS X (10.5.7)

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