These remote controls are a failed design. They use batteries literally like no other remote I've ever used. Roku refuses to make it right with it's customers. I'm giving them until February to make it right or I'm filing a claim against Roku. I believe the WiFi on the remote stays in constant search for the device. You might as well but a universal remote but that isn't the point. The point is we bought a device that works inadequately. I've replaced my batteries every 3-4 weeks. Batteries in a remote should last about 1 year. Roku sent me an email with a link on how to save battery life. An email like that to a 50 year old that's used more batteries in his lifetime than the person responding to my email. I don't think so. See you in court Roku.
Apparently the fix for your issue was to replace the remote?
I have the exact, word for word, frustrating problem with the remote for my Roku streaming stick, which I purchased in Dec for Christmas. Over the last few weeks I have become increasingly frustrated as the remote works fine for one moment and stops working the next for a few moments.
I looked at all these issues that others have and it seems that the solution is to just get a replacement.
OP here. To set things clear, Roku did reach out to us and they've sent a replacement remote shorty after the first post was, well... posted. The replacement worked, and still is I presume, way better than the old remote. Anyone having same issues, I suggest contacting Roku, getting a support case number, and if things don't work out at first (as in our case), I suggest posting about it here on the forums. Tanner will take care of you, as he did in our case. Thumbs up! In the meantime, we bought Caavo (unrelated to the Roku issue, mind you - we just needed something to replace our TV, Roku, FireTV remotes and Xbox controller when watching movies). If everything fails, I suggest you do the same. But, to be clear, replacement Roku remote that was sent to us worked as advertised. There you go. Hope you resolve your issues in a satisfactory manner. We did. Thanks to Tanner once more. Happy new year, y'all!