Here's a few links that may help:
Programming Your Comcast Remote (option 1)
Thanks, this linked help and I was able to program the remote. BTW, the correct Comcast code for the Vizio 70" M is 11758!
How to setup ARC (Audio Return Channel) To get Surround Sound on Vizio Apps and Over the Air Antenna Channels
Your hardware setup sounds pretty identical to mine. We have different equipment and providers, but the setup is basically the same.
So, theoretically, all you have left to do to get 5.1 pass through in reverse (TV back to the receiver) is to do the following:
1) Enable HDMI control on your Audio receiver.
2) Enable CEC control on your Vizio TV.
Do #1 first, then move on to #2. If you've done #1 correctly, you will see your Audio receiver in the "Device Discovery" window that appears as part of the CEC setup on the Vizio.
On my Denon receiver, it was a one click setting "HDMI Control > ON/OFF". It was set to "Off" by default. Just had to set it to "On" and I could finally see my Denon receiver on the Vizio CEC setup screen. This is the key to making everything fall into place.
Here's a quick summary of the proper CEC setup on the Vizio to enable reverse audio from TV to AV receiver (this works with my Denon AVR-591)...
A few more tips:
Hope that helps!
Harmony Smart Control Remote with Vizio and Directv
I'm researching remote options to replace my aging Harmony remote. I'm currently using a Harmony 520 remote in combination with an IR-to-RF conversion system ("Nextgen Remote Control Extender) to allow the harmony to control devices that are inside my media closet (in the room behind the wall that the TV is mounted on)
I've been researching Harmony's new "Smart Control Remote" system (currently available at amazon.com for $129), which appears to be an integrated alternative to my current system.
Adopting the Harmony Smart Control would allow me to standardize on one system.
One of the nagging questions I'm still trying to figure out is how to control the TV with the smart control, due to the fact that the TV is in the room I'm viewing in (obviously) and the Smart Control's RF-to-IR extender module is going to be in the closet, outside of the line of site IR receiver on the TV.
Here's a pic of the remote and the extender. The extender will be placed inside the media closet, which is not in the same room as the TV.
To you guys who have this system, and have your media components in a media closet or cabinet, how are you controlling the TV?
Just ordered a few new toys for my new Vizio 70. I'll post impressions come Tuesday :)
"Wrap Around" 3D Glasses (Vizio/RealD compatible) in black (also available in Azure Blue)
Harmony Smart Control (RF remote and RF-to-IR blaster that also works on iPad and iPhone)
OK, I thought that's what you were referring to but just wanted to clarify. I know that there is a non Harmony remote that's in the shape of a puck. I think it twists and turns for input.
I believe the "puck" you are describing may be the same thing that comes with the "Harmony Smart Control" unit I just ordered today from Amazon.
This is the 2nd best day with the Vizio since I brought it home. The "Harmony Smart Control" box just arrived today from Amazon and now that I have it setup I have to say I'm VERY impressed. Actually, that's an understatement. I'm STOKED about how this device is performing.
I've had many a universal remote and experimented with everything from RF remotes to IR blasters. I have to say that my initial impressions of the smart control are that its head and shoulders above every remote control device I've ever used.
First off, there are ZERO issues now with controlling the Vizio TV. I've been able to map all of the Vizio remote buttons to the Harmony without having to give up the default button actions for the "Watch DirectTV" activity. What makes this possible is that the Harmony has the ability to apply TWO commands to every button on the remote, one action for a short press and another for a long press. This is simply BRILLIANT.
So far, I've mapped the Vizio remote's "INFO" button to the long press of the Harmony's "Info" button. The short press does the same thing as the DirecTV remote. A long press on this button brings up the "Vizio's helpful info window at the top of the screen. I really like this because it gives me the current time and the program's native resolution.
I'm also going to be mapping the Vizio Apps shortcuts to the remotes color buttons (Red, Green, Yellow and Blue) as long presses.
More to come...
Please ask any questions you have about this system. I'm off to put my NextGen system on Craigslist as we speak :)
(Note: in case you have this remote and you are wondering how to activate the "flashback" 8 second rewind button from the DirecTV remote, its already mapped as a long press on the rewind button)
One surprise during the installation of the Harmony system was that it informed me that I'd need to disable CEC on my TV and Audio receiver (I expect that this causes issues with the Harmony communication loop).
I had previously set up CEC in order to get audio back from the TV's internet apps (and over the air local HD channels) to my Denon receiver for 5.1 Digital audio.
No sweat though, I'll just need to run an optical audio cable from the TV to the receiver. I found one for $5 shipped on Amazon.
Absolutely. There are ZERO issues with IR spread or responsiveness. Response times on this remote are Instantaneous. Much faster than even the RF function on the DirecTV remote itself. This system is dialed in.
I've included a pic of my media closet below. The remotes and IR blaster on top of the DirecTV box (in the top red circle) represent everything that I NO LONGER NEED. These have all been replaced by the Harmony smart control (the remote I'm holding and the hub you see in the smaller red circle).
Notice that the Hub is not placed in front of the devices. I have it sitting on top of my Denon audio receiver. I have pulled it out slightly just because I wanted you to be able to see it, however, it works flawlessly when its pushed back even to the middle of that space.
In the pic above, you can see the IR emitter cable placed below the TV. The closet in the first pic is not even in this room. Its in the room behind the wall that the TV is mounted on.
The IR emitter here works even if I place it at the back of the mantle.
I'm using PS3 for this purpose. I have the original PS3 (not the slim). On games, its a power suck (fan gets extremely loud), but its in my media closet so the only time I notice is when I'm in that closet adjusting things.
It plays Blu-rays, YouTube, Amazon Instant, Netflix, Crackle and more. And, since its already wired into my 5.1 surrounds, their are no issues with getting the sound to reverse back from the TV (Vizio Apps) to the surround receiver. App perfornance is snappy, especially with the new Harmony SC zipping around menus via the RF-to-Bluetooth hub blaster. Cool thing is that when I switch activities, the Harmony shuts down the PS3 automatically. Before, the thing just kept running and sucking power even when no one was playing it.