Want to know WHY I want this? Read on...
We use a smart TV based on the Amazon Fire TV Edition system. The TV has its own remote (of course) that includes the very solid Alexa-based voice recognition capability. The Fire TV Edition is an OS that acts like an umbrella with various streaming and (one) cable service hanging hanging from it. Under this umbrella we utilize the tightly couple Amazon Prime service and also the less tightly connected offerings from Netflix, HBO Go, and Comcast Xfinity (which includes live content, streaming content, and recorded content on the Comcast DVR). Here is the problem
- When we are at the umbrella level (e.g. the Amazon Fire TV Edition OS), or within Amazon Prime, the TV's remote is absolutely the best one to use and we leverage the voice-recognition system of that remote.
- When we use Netflix or HBO Go the only remote that works is the TV remote; no voice recognition is available in these apps.
- When we want something that is delivered via cable we select the "Cable" option from the Fire TV edition OS and then are unceremoniously dumped into the standard Comcast Xfinity UI. Thi system includes a shockingly good voice-recognition system that is completely unrelated to the one that is native to the TV itself. From within this Comcast UI we can access anything Comcast has to offer . When using these services the Comcast remote, with its integrated microphone which ties to its own voice-recognition system, is far-and-away the best remote to use.
Bottom line I want to use the TV's remote when I am using the top-level of the UI and the other third-party streaming services enabled by this UI (Netflix and HBO Go). When using this remote I want it to control volume. When I want to access Comcast content I would use the TV's remote to get to Cable, but then use the Comcast remote to control the cable content, include voice-recognition. And, of course, when using this remote I want to use it to control volume as well.
Any of you wise folk have any good solutions? Hopefully one that doesn't require buying a universal remote like a Harmony?
Thanks for the help...