Just hypothetical... what if Roku provides a secret screen menu to switch what app each shortcut button launches?
Doesn't have to be user friendly at all, just 4 blank fields to enter the target App ID's that we'd have to look up ourselves (see Remoku favorites -- xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:8060/query/apps). Or enter "0" to disable the button.
Roku should be able to keep the same revenue from button affiliation deals, as the secret menu wouldn't be mainstream knowledge. Besides, changing the launch targets would NOT change the imprinted labels on the buttons themselves, so this would only attract people who can live with the button labels no longer corresponding to the actual functions
New guy (and Roku victim) here. Regarding the Roku remote, there is just something inherently wrong when the first thing I did was physically remove the Hulu etc...buttons. What's wrong with this picture? This is not about "subsidizing" the cost of the Roku. This is corporate greed running rampant and adding to the company profit line. I can't believe I saw jeffrok suggesting "getting a new remote". WTF?? On top of the cost I just paid for the remote? That statement is absolute asinine...ASININE. Who are you, a Roku employee? And let's make something absolutely clear: This is not about "liking" or "using" these buttons. If that's all it is, then there wouldn't be an issue. This is about those buttons interfering with my use of the Roku. Do you understand? INTERFERING.
What's interesting is that these buttons are impacting the company line. I just bought a Roku for my wife. Instead of buying the new Roku Ultra 4660, I got her a used Roku 3 4200R for (40 bucks off of e-bay), without those buttons. So there you go. You've lost a sale. Because of the remote. Buying that used 4200R certainly doesn't help YOUR bottom line.
I've been using Roku or about 7-8 years and used to love and adore the Roku remote. Just sheer simplicity. No need to look at the remote to use it. And then you blew it.
Should we take a poll? See who supports those four shortcut buttons, and those that want them disabled/removed. My guess would be that 85-90% of the users (Roku employees excluded) would like them gone.
Thanks for letting me vent.
I mean the Netflix, Amazon, Sling and Google buttons.
It really annoys me if I'm watching something and accidentally hit one of those instead of Rewind.
I can get to the channels I use easily enough with Home and a couple of arrows, but if I just want to catch a bit of dialogue I missed and hit one by mistake all of a sudden it's exiting whatever I'm watching and it's firing up Sling (usually that's the one I hit by mistake).
IMO It was a poor design choice to put these buttons on the remote in the first place. Despite it being thicker I much prefer the old 2XS remote which I still use on one of my TVs..
So far I've found 2 suggestions on other forums around the internet.
1: Just put tape over them
2: Take the remote apart and and literally destroy the contacts on the circuit board for those buttons..
I don't want to do EITHER of those things. Having the ability to reprogram them would be nice. I could reprogram them to NULL or to just Rewind or maybe even to Volume and Power for my TV. Then I wouldn't need two remotes just to watch TV.
I hope Roku got paid well by those 4 companies because it seems to be more of an annoyance than a benefit to customers.
In fact I even discovered some models have a button for Rdio which I never even heard of and is apparently a defunct company so the button is useless now anyway.
The fact that Roku only cares about getting advertising revenue by putting specific app button instead of customizable programmable buttons is nauseating. You get a remote with buttons Roku has decided to set for you and if you don't use those channels they are completely worthless, they should just make them programmable preset buttons that you can use to open any channel like your car radio has to set your favorite stations. But Roku would rather get paid by those channels to add 'their button' on your remote whether you are going to use it or not. My favorite is this stupid discontinued Radio channel button stuck on my remote and the channel no longer exists! Nice job on that one Roku! It's sickening that Roku chooses to do this over doing something more useful for the customer. Not to mention their uselessly annoying ad banner that takes up a huge portion of the right side of the screen instead of using that space to show more channels on your account. It's all about the money and not the customer satisfaction.