Do you miss the STOP button on your DIRECTV remote? Bring it back!

The STOP button seems to be a casualty of the modern world. Fewer and fewer remotes actually have one. It’s true, in many cases the same function can be found with a button marked “EXIT” or “BACK” or “RETURN” but for those of us who grew up with cassette tapes, there’s something not-quite-right about the lack of a STOP button on DIRECTV remotes.

Good news is, you can do something about it. Solid Signal still has a huge inventory of the old-school DIRECTV white remote and it still has the STOP button right where you remember it. This remote works right out of the box with any current DIRECTV receiver even Genies and clients that ship with the new Genie remote. In fact, you can use both remotes at the same time, the receivers will work great.

There’s another bonus with using the old-school remote: The PLAY button works like it used to, as well. Many longtime DIRECTV customers remember pressing the PLAY button to see where you are in a recording without pausing it. Since the Genie remote has a combined PLAY/PAUSE button, that’s no longer possible. But get yourself the classic style remote and that capability is back, big time.

The older remote can control 4 devices including separate audio receivers as well. The new remote lost that ability for the most part — you can control the audio from an A/V receiver but you can’t turn it on or off unless it supports HDMI control.

Now, I have to tell you that the older remotes can’t be programmed for RF mode while using Genies or Genie clients, meaning that you can’t aim through walls and doors. You’ll still need the newer remote for that. But if you can see the receiver, you can point the older remote at it and it will work. If that works for you, there’s no problem!

As I said, we have a great stock of these remotes, all brand new and at a price you won’t find anywhere else. I recommend getting four or five of them, using one in each room, and maybe sharing the cost with a friend who is just as frustrated with the lack of a STOP button.

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Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 9,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.