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Unofficial Replacement for Vizio VUR10
on February 2, 2012
After going through 2 VUR10 remotes for my XVT42SV Via Apps TV, I was frustrated by the cost and the knowledge that the remote would likely stop working in less than a year. The problem with the VUR10 is a thin flat flex connector that connects the two halves of the remote and allows it to slide. That connector is fragile and breaks easily during the sliding motion. Vizio will do nothing for you if you are our of warranty and replacements are $50 to $70 if you can find one.
After looking all over for something that would allow me to use the Via Apps, I first found the VR17 ($12 on Amazon). It looks like the top half of the VUR10. It worked well for controlling the Via function and is only IR but worked fine for that. There is no keyboard, so text entry has to use the onscreen keyboard. I have noticed a little funky operations of the four multi-colored buttons. I only use the Vizio remote for the Via functions as I have a cable DVR for regular channel changing.
As I was searching some more I found the XRV1TV ($21 on Amazon). THIS is how the VUR10 should have been designed! I'm sure Vizio is dealing with 1000's of frustrated customers with the VUR10 and went back to the engineers and said to redesign it so it doesn't have moving parts! The top of the remote is like the normal (updated) Via remote with the addition of hot buttons for Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, and Vudu. These buttons work great with my TV. The backside of the remote is the QWERTY keyboard. This remote does not appear to be bluetooth. However the keyboard works just fine held in the proper orientation, in fact I almost think it works better than the original.
Again, I use a cable DVR for most "regular" TV viewing and use the cable remote for that. However, I have found the XRV1TV to control the Via functions well and the remote to be as compatible as I can find for all functions. Overall, a great find for my tv.