I have ordered a Sony RM-VLZ620 as an experiment – only $20. The old RM-VL610 it replaces is effectively worn out.
One of the goals is to see if the following can be accomplished:
Bring all transport controls together to “one” location on the remote
Create a fake “exit” button (TiVo’s Zoom).
Create a fake “stop” button (TiVo’s left arrow).
Put the “decimal point” where it belongs, etc.
Those above items should be very easy to accomplish with the new remote.
The 620 like the 610 only has a few buttons that can be macro-ed. And therein lies the problem(s), there are too many basic functions on the TiVo that will require multiple steps to get “one” thing done – because the programming was not completed and designed into the box.
The experiment may or may not work and since this is a low priority, it may take a while to figure it out. LOL
Of course a more expensive Harmony can handle tons of macros on dozens of buttons– but yikes to that for now.
We're on the same page. I've done this with my Pioneer Elite receiver's remote for all of my components: Sony DHG (2 at one point in time), CM-7000PAL DVR, BD, DVD, and TV.
The cool thing about the Pioneer remote is it has a "Shift" button so you can assign two commands to the same button. Now, that really does require you to use two hands on the remote. If anyone tried to use my remote, they'd probably get confused as some of the labels don't match what I have them programmed to do. But, it makes it completely intuitive for me, as everything has a natural flow.
I looked at that Sony remote on Amazon's page. If it lets you program any button, then you should be in good shape. Again, the labels won't match, but that's not the point.