DVPRemote for Roku
By Phil Irey
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The original iOS remote for the Roku Player - featured in Engadget and Macworld
See a preview at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlYhsEEw_9Y
DVPRemote for Roku enables your iOS device to control Roku Digital Video Players (DVP). In addition supporting to all standard Roku infrared remote control functions, DVPRemote for Roku enables a user to:
- Enter text using voice dictation (on devices that support it) or the use the standard iOS keyboard in portrait or landscape mode (on all devices).
- Select a channel by tapping on it in a user prioritized list.
- Execute functions by tapping buttons on a user selected remote "skin".
- Execute functions by swiping and tapping on a gesture pad which supports both "natural" and standard gestures.
- Control multiple players and switch between them with a single swipe gesture.
- Customize the look (e.g. choose a skin) and behavior (e.g. enable/disable lock screen, sound, vibration, etc.) of the app.
- Send the iOS paste buffer to a Roku player.
DVPRemote for Roku will automatically configure itself by finding the Roku players on your network. It also allows player information to be entered manually if desired.
DVPRemote is not limited to short range line of sight like a standard infrared remote since a WiFI network connection is used. This allows control of Roku players that are inside entertainment centers, in another part of the house, or (with appropriate configuration) anywhere on the internet.
DVPRemote does not currently support the gaming functions of the Roku 2 XS bluetooth remote (e.g. A and B buttons and motion sensing).
If you plan to purchase DVPRemote to control a Roku Player and you do NOT have an infrared remote that can control the Roku, and you need to change the Roku's network configuration, please see the support web site section entitled "But what if I can’t use my Roku infrared remote control ???" for caveats on using DVPRemote in this case.
The Roku Player to be controlled must be accessible from a connection on the device running DVPRemote for all functions of this application to work properly. Roku Players to be controlled by DVPRemote can be connected by either hardwired ethernet or WiFi.
DVPRemote will NOT control Roku Soundbridge devices. (An iTunes search will reveal several apps that do this.)
If you have any issues with DVPRemote or comments about it, please contact me at the support link provided on this page. Most issues are easily with the exchange of a few emails. Without your feedback, I can't address issues you might be having and improve the app.
What's New in Version 3.0.4
* Added capability to support multiple commands in the key and channel URL launch strings. Multiple commands are denoted by lists of commands separated by commas. An integer appearing in the list indicates to pause the indicated number of seconds. See "DVPRemote URL Schemes" page on support for a complete specification of the new URL syntax. (Thanks to Anastasia for providing the use case that motivated these new capabities.)
The order of execution for actions resulting from URL Launch query string parameters is now fixed to the following order regardless of the query string order:
1) Change Channel
2) Execute key presses
3) Paste text
4) return to calling URL
Enhancements and Bug Fixes:
* Fixed problem with starting DVPRemote via URL launch.
Better keyboard than Roku's own app
The big reason that I use an app for my Roku 2 is to provide a full keyboard, which Roku lacks. This is essential for movie title searches, not to mention entering your wi-fi password. While Roku's own app does have a keyboard, beware: copy/paste doesn't work -- the text is corrupted when sent from the app to the Roku device. DVPRemote does copy/paste correctly. That alone is worth more than the 99-cent price.
Solid + Extras = liked better than OEM
I thought I'd like the new Roku app better when it was just updated. But, this app has many extras, and I especially like the gesture control option to quickly navigate through my Roku Channels.
Feedback: app deserves better icon graphics, and in purple, too.
App works as advertised on my iPad & iPhone both.
Allows you display your channel list and jump to them or edits.
Can name and describe your various devices so you know which one you want to select if you've more than one.