I have programmed my Samsung Peel Remote. And, now I am going to show you how too! I have mentioned it before, but I am the last person who should be messing with anything technological. I thought I was high-tech when I got a solar powered finance calculator. As I mentioned previously, I was given the opportunity with Verizon Wireless to experience the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. Just remember, I am lucky to make a coffee maker work with all its buttons.
One of the cool features of my Tab 2 is this Samsung Peel Remote app. It was rather intimidating to even consider using it and honestly, I hadn’t even opened it up to check it out. Until last night. I decided that Samsung’s Peel Remote was not going to intimidate me any longer.
I opened the app up and was immediately greeted with this image.
Personalized TV? Sounds good. Even better… it has a button that says Set Up Smart Remote Now. This is looking better and better.
First, click on the button in the lower right corner that says Choose Your Country or Region. It takes you to a scroll menu where you can choose the appropriate location.
Next, you have to choose your TV brand. We have a Samsung, but you can choose several various brands from the menu.
Now, here is where it starts getting super-cool. Click the power button on the Tab 2. Your TV should power off (if it’s on.) If its already off, this should turn it on. If it doesn’t click Send Code Again and it will walk you through the steps a second time. (Note: if your TV is on when you hit the power button on the Tab 2, you must answer NO when it asks if it turned the TV on and it will then go through the process again. Answer YES when the TV power comes back on. Now, at this point Mo is trying to figure out how I am turning the TV on and off without the remote. I told her it was magic. Freak your kids out.
Okay, next you need to input your zip code into the remote to set up your channel line up. (This is getting cooler and cooler, right?)
Next, choose your cable provider or the regular air TV option on the list.
Next, you need to choose whether you have a DVR and are able to record and pause live TV. Click YES or No.
Depending on your answer to the DVR question, you then need to choose the branch of your DVR.
Alright, this is the tricky part. The Samsung Peel Remote uses something called IR. Most DVRs and cable boxes are set to use RF or radio frequency. Don’t worry… if I can figure this out, I guarantee you can too. Click the More Info button. It shows you screen shots and walks you through setting this up on your cable system. Thankfully, on DirecTV, it is just a quick setting in the menu area of the remote setup.
Now, you need to test the remote to make sure your settings are correct and it is working. Click the next channel button. The channel should change.
If it does change to the next channel, hit the YES button. If not, hit the NO button. Don’t worry if this doesn’t work right the first time– I had to do it twice to get it configured correctly.
And, your done! Really! You can set up some personalized show suggestions, or just click No Thanks.
Now, the fun part! You are holding the coolest, most interactive remote in your hands! When you first open up the Peel Remote, you are taken to the Favorites section – designated by the star at the top, left hand corner. Here, you can save your favorite channels, see top picks (based on your personalized settings) or find out what is on TV later.
By clicking the TV icon, to the right of the Favorites icon (still in the top, left-hand corner) you can see all the shows that are on for a particular time frame. You can choose these by category on the left-hand side of the screen, or you can click open the remote and channel surf the old-fashioned way. You can also control the volume, record and pause– anything you can do with your regular remote.
Continuing on through the icons, you can click the popcorn icon and see a list of movies broken down by category. Next, you can click the ball icon– this is the Hub’s favorite part– and see all the sports listings.
The last icon is the Settings (gear) icon. Here you can control all the settings. You can edit the channels, add rooms, save your favorite programs, receive alerts, and reorder the categories.
To choose a channel and/or show to watch, click the box of the show, it opens up and you are able to flip through the channels and programs. To change the channel, click WATCH ON TV or use the remote on the right hand side of the screen.
To turn the TV on or off, click the power button in the top, right-hand corner.
The Samsung Peel Remote is available on the following devices through the Google Play Store:
- Galaxy Note 10.1
- Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
- Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
- Galaxy Tab 7.7
- Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
Technology has come a long way since the big chunky remotes with the flat cord, huh?
Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Wireless Mom Voices Program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinions about the device.