Looking for a second AT&T TV remote? Here’s a surprising choice

You’ve seen the commercials and you were enticed. So, you decided to sign up for AT&T TV. I don’t blame you. It’s a good deal especially if you live somewhere that permanent installation isn’t an issue. The AT&T TV box comes ready to self-install, and that can bring peace of mind if you don’t want anyone to come in the house.

So you’ve set everything up and you’re happy with it all… but you want a spare remote. You’re just that sort of person. You want to have a second one for when you misplace the first one. I understand, I’m the same way.

There’s only one problem.

It turns out it’s really hard to get a replacement AT&T TV remote.

I’m sure that’s just a temporary thing, but for now, getting a replacement remote isn’t easy. They’re not sold online and the one person I know who got one had to spend quite a lot of time threatening to cancel until they were sent a new remote.

It’s going to get better for people who want multiple AT&T TV remotes. It turns out you can have more than one remote with each box and it’s easy to program them. Solid Signal will have replacement remotes for the AT&T TV soon enough, but in the meantime, here’s something you probably didn’t expect.

AT&T did something really smart.

Now, you shouldn’t be surprised by that. They do smart things all the time. But in this case, they did something that is so sensible, that I didn’t even expect it.

The AT&T TV box does work with infrared remotes. I had initially been told it didn’t, but it does. You have to aim pretty carefully, but it works. and best of all, it uses the same IR codes as every other DIRECTV remote. Period. Which is pretty amazing. The Guide and List buttons even work. There’s no microphone in the standard remote, so Google Voice doesn’t work, but that’s about the only thing that you leave behind.

And of course, there’s something else you want to know about…

These remotes are really very reasonably priced at Solid Signal. They are less expensive than  pretty much any universal remote you are going to find. They support a bewildering number of different devices. And, they’ll control your AT&T TV remote right out of the box. Just make sure that the slider on the top is all the way to the left.

Thinking about AT&T TV?

If you’ve found this article because you’re still in the research stage, don’t call AT&T directly with your questions! Your friends at Signal Connect can answer all your questions, and even better they answer the phone! When you call us at 866-726-4182 you’ll get a representative in our Novi, Michigan call center (or someone from our call center who works at home.) You won’t be sent overseas to someone who’s never seen the product. Get all your questions out there, and when you’re ready to sign up, our reps can help you there too!

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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 6,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.