Remotes & Accessories

Help with Roku remotes and accessories, including pairing a remote, setting up TV power & volume control, using voice commands, power adapters, cables, headphones, and wireless speaker accessories.
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calwestray
Level 7

Remotes with numeric pad?

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Are there ANY remotes out there that work with number keypads to make changing stations on digital TV easier, than to just SLOWLY go up and down the channels? There's gotta be a better way!
If there aren't any, why can't Roku design the technology to have such a remote?
It is SUCH a pain to manually go up and down all the channels.
I have to slowly go from 2.1 to 2.2 to 5.1 to 5.2 to 5.3 to 7.1 to 7.2 to 7.3 to 9.1 etc.
And if you go too fast, it scrolls through a bunch of stuff on the same channel.
Is there a solution?

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andyross
Level 16

Re: Remotes with numeric pad?

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Rokus have NO support to receive numbers via remote signals. The only way to enter numbers is sometimes using the Roku app on a phone or tablet.

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andyross
Level 16

Re: Remotes with numeric pad?

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Is it a voice remote? If so, can it be used to change directly to a channel by saying channel numbers or the network name?

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atc98092
Community Streaming Expert

Re: Remotes with numeric pad?

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You can also use the << and >> buttons to page through the channel guide much faster. 

But no, Roku has no support for numeric entry via a remote. It's been a requested item for years, but nothing has come of it. 

Dan

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andyross
Level 16

Re: Remotes with numeric pad?

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Rokus have NO support to receive numbers via remote signals. The only way to enter numbers is sometimes using the Roku app on a phone or tablet.

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calwestray
Level 7

Re: Remotes with numeric pad?

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Well, it's not an 'accepted solution'. It's giving in to the realization that Roku isn't coming up with a workable solution for this failure in the technology. It's a terrible workaround.

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andyross
Level 16

Re: Remotes with numeric pad?

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Is it a voice remote? If so, can it be used to change directly to a channel by saying channel numbers or the network name?

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atc98092
Community Streaming Expert

Re: Remotes with numeric pad?

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You can also use the << and >> buttons to page through the channel guide much faster. 

But no, Roku has no support for numeric entry via a remote. It's been a requested item for years, but nothing has come of it. 

Dan

Roku Community Streaming Expert

Help others find this answer and click "Accept as Solution."
If you appreciate my answer, maybe give me a Kudo.

I am not a Roku employee.

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andyross
Level 16

Re: Remotes with numeric pad?

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To add: Roku devices were originally designed for just streaming. No numbers since it was mainly for just scrolling through lists or boxes. When Roku licensed their code for use by TV manufacturers, it seems as if the remote code set is part of it. The thinking was that most people don't use a TV as a tuner anymore and mostly use a 3rd party tuner like a cable or satellite box. It's only been recently that cord-cutting has pushed people back to antenna's. And the rise of both cable system apps and services like Sling have made having numbers a bit more useful again.

That said, most think the idea of channel numbers will slowly disappear as 'linear' programming is replaced with OnDemand-style programming.