How to set up and use HTC TV and the IR blaster on the HTC One


Since your phone is always in your pocket, why not use it as a remote control for your home theater system? IR blasters will be on a number of phones this year and the HTC One happens to be “one” of them. But controlling your TV, cable/satellite box, and AV receiver is just part of it. Since your phone has a rather large display, it can also show you programming information and even recommend shows for you to watch based on your interests. Peel has been doing this for a couple of years now, but HTC has implemented something similar that’s simply called HTC TV and is available on the HTC One. All you need to do is tap on the TV icon in your app drawer and spend a couple of minutes setting things up. It really isn’t that hard, but we put together a tutorial and hands on video showing you how it’s done. Skip on past the break to learn how HTC TV will make it so you no longer have to fight for the remote control.

Update: In the video I mention that you cannot set up an AV receiver, but it looks like you can. For whatever reason it’s not included in the initial setup process. Once you are in the guide and you hit the volume key, you will be prompted to select your TV or to set up an AV receiver. I never hit the volume key because I knew I didn’t use the TV to control it so there was no reason to ever hit it. I found this out after I recorded the video below.

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About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.

  • Kary Krismer

    “Since your phone is always in your pocket, why not use it as a remote control for your home theater system?”

    How do they deal with the problem of the phone app gaining focus when the phone rings? That would make it difficult to mute the TV or pause the DVR.

    That’s the reason I don’t use my Android as a touchpad for my HTPC.

    • PGT666

      My app auto silences the tv when the phone rings and brings up the phone screen!