DIRECTV Remote Question: ENTER or SELECT?

Did you ever wonder… Why do DIRECTV remotes have both an {ENTER} and {SELECT} button at the same time? Seems like kind of a waste when they both seem to do the same thing, right?

Friends, let me tell you of the hidden power of the {ENTER} button. You’ll soon realize it’s the best button on the remote, other than maybe the power button.

The {ENTER} button is designed to be used when changing channels. Press the number buttons to get what you want (like 278 for Discovery) and then press {ENTER} instead of just waiting around. You’ll see that channel changes are about 2 seconds faster than if you waited or pressed {SELECT}.

If you don’t press {ENTER} the DVR or receiver keeps waiting to see if you’re going to press more buttons. You don’t want it to tune to channel 27 when you really want 278, so it waits until it’s completely sure you’re done. There are up to 9,999 possible channels on a DIRECTV system so even waiting for you to press three digits isn’t 100% safe. When you press {ENTER} the DVR or receiver springs into action instead of waiting.

You may be asking why DIRECTV doesn’t just assign this same power to the {SELECT} button if it knows you’re pressing channel buttons. Great question, and we have no answer. But for now that {ENTER} button looks a lot more powerful, doesn’t it?