Is that "Options *" dimmed? If it's dimmed then it implies it's not useful at that point. I can't remember if just the * gets dimmed or the whole thing.
Wow, my parents and I are having this problem with the lack of numerical buttons with a TCL HDTV (28S305)'s Roku RC. They watch it from OTA (antenna) and Internet apps (Spectrum, YouTube, CBS News, Vimeo, etc.). They really hate the lack of numerical buttons, iPhones' virtual Roku RC app (no numerical buttons too), and don't want to use voice inputs. I can't believe an old school RC still doesn't exist.
That comment is a cop out. I have 5 or 6 channels that I like to skip around. It is a pain to have to scroll.
Ditto. Even worse when there over 100 channels!
I see that this seems to be an ongoing problem...you can't just put a number in a channel guide. I got a Roku stick for my two TV sets simply because I wanted to get rid of my Xfinity TV boxes, saving me $15 a month. I like my Xfinity package, so with Roku I could keep Xfinity. BUT I have a gazillion channels to scroll through. People have been complaining for years, and yet...no real solution. I hope Roku sees this and makes a larger remote with a number pad.
Yes, it's been a sore spot about the Roku remote, especially for a Roku TV with no way to enter a channel number. In fact, it's the main reason I will not put a Roku TV in my family room, because we need the ability to enter a OTA channel number.
For general Internet streaming, the Roku remote is simple and easy to use. But once these other channels started adding a need for searching for separate channels inside themselves, they need the option of an advanced remote.
For the Xfinity app, while in the guide, hit the asterisk "*" key, then "find a channel" You can pick numbers or type in the name. Admittedly a bit convoluted. With the Roku phone/tablet app, you may be able to directly type in the name or number on the search screen.