We’ve been running a lot of sales lately on our 4-device universal remotes for DIRECTV. The most common question we have is, “will this work with my cable box?” Unfortunately in most cases the answer is no. The DIRECTV remotes are designed to work with thousands of televisions, audio/video receivers, DVD players, and even VCRs, but the folks at DIRECTV assume that you actually are using their service, not their competitors.
There are a few exceptions to the rules, and they can be found by searching through the code base in the manual. For the most part, though, this remote isn’t going to help you a lot if you have another cable TV provider. If you use an antenna, however, it should work just fine.