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IR Remote and HTC Sense TV with the new HTC One

IR Remote and HTC Sense TV with the new HTC One

HTC has done it! They have brought the IR port back to life in the new HTC One. Since you are going to be able to turn your TV and tons of other A/V equipment on you might as well have a TV app to go with your couch potato sessions as HTC introduces an interactive guide called Sense TV.

I remember my days using a Compaq iPaq and showing off the cool utility it had that allowed me to configure and operate electronics in several rooms of my home without picking up the standard remote that paired with my equipment. It was mostly due to the IR port just like the new HTC One has stashed in the power button on top of the phone. With HTC’s latest jack-of-all-trades smartphone, comes all the features of a universal remote control for your TV and accompanying media equipment and a location based TV guide that will remind you of your favorite shows or introduce you to shows you not have noticed earlier, because they don’t belong to the four or five channels you often rotate around. With the remote software users will be able to build controls for multiple rooms, though we are not sure at this point how many rooms can be saved, and the remote can be quickly accessed from the notification bar or the lock screen.

HTC Sense TV is powered behind the scenes by the makers of the app Peel, but the user interface is a one of a kind version that can only be enjoyed through the HTC One; current HTC models may get this service if they get upgraded to Sense 5, but they will not have the luxuries of changing the tuner. At launch, Sense TV is compatible with all major cable providers in the United States and a bunch of services abroad like Virgin Media, Sky, Freesat and more. Hulu is another supported client and we hope to see more services especially Netflix to work through this interface as well.

HTC wants to share the development experience with the community so if you have an idea that involves IR like SLR camera control or some other IR compatible device head over to HTC’s blog to sign up for access to the API software and get involved. Be sure to let us know if you are working on a project using HTC equipment and software so we can feature your creation on this blog.

Source: Engadget via AndroidAuthority

About Andy Medders

With over a decade of IT experience working in and for the US Army, Andy has helped implement pilot programs using Android devices at work and helps others learn how to turn a smartphone into a tool for getting things done. He started a blog about HTC as an outlet to share HTC news without spamming his friends on common social networks, but decided to combine forces with HTCSource to have more of an impact on the HTC community. Andy has had an HTC in his pocket since the days of the T-Mobile MDA.

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  • Mike

    Great idea, poor execution. There is no information on this app or support anywhere. Mine quite working after 3 days of use and now the TV app just crashes over and over again trying to use the remote controls. Full reset did not solve the problem, HTC is useless for help, as is AT&T on this kind of issue. Only recourse seems to be to go the warranty replacement route, which will take some time, or send it back and wait for the GS4. I had hoped to get off the Samsung train, but poor support, and failing hardware/software out of the box is unacceptable for a “flagship” product.

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