Originally Posted by terryoregon
OK, just bought the 55" version a couple of days ago. I'm stuck on one minor issue. When you press the "TV" button on the remote, what determines which input it defaults to? For the first couple of days, it went to HDMI 1, which is Comcast cable, where I would want the TV button to go. For unknown reasons, it's now going to "channels" input (the coax cable screw-on input), where there's nothing attached. Sony's website has instructions for accessing the "Customize TV Key" option, however, the kicker is the following:
"Note: 2018 Android TV™ (F-Series) models don't have the Customize TV Key option."
Am I overlooking something simple?
EDIT UPDATE: according to a YouTube video I found "Programming the TV Button on Your Sony Remote" (I can't post links yet) - the "TV" button can't be programmed to a specific input on the X900F.
I did find a work-around. A couple of factory resets revealed that the TV button will default to "channels" (coax input) if you do a digital scan (looking for over-the-air broadcasts). If you don't do a scan, the TV button works like I expected & preferred.
Originally Posted by terryoregon
Still can't customize the TV button. However, if I get deep into menus on main cable input (HDMI1) and can't figure out how to back out, the TV button always takes me completely back out. Or, if I'm on another HDMI input, the TV button always brings up (on the bottom of the screen) a choice of inputs with HDMI 1 highlighted. But I'm no longer taken to the coax input (channels).
Thank you for clarifying that. Unfortunately, that is what I see, even after configuring the tuner.
It appears inconsistent. From deep in some configuration the TV button takes me out without switching to the tuner. But, hitting it from shallow menus (if that makes sense) like action>picture adjustment goes to the tuner. When already on the tuner input or deep in the menu, it brings up the TV menu.
Because I have turned the Sony Shelf, Samba, and all notification the could provide recommendations, this TV menu is identical to what happens when I hit the Discover button. So, it appears that there is no big difference in behavior whether or not the channels search was performed.
I don't need two centrally located keys to do the same function, and I don't want the TV key to ever switch to the tuner. To me this change is a regression with no offsetting benefit.
Thanks for responding quickly. I was so filled with hope that I almost performed a factory rest. Alas, that would not have helped.
I just realized that I do not use the remote intended for this TV.
I use one from the my old 850C, which I prefer.
The new remote moves the location of some keys surrounding the central navigation buttons and replaced the old Discover button with "APPS".
So, discover and TV on my remote have identical behavior when already on the TV tuner. And TV takes me to the tuner only when I hit it by accident, or when muscle memory cause me to hit it thinking it will take me to HDMI 1, argggg.
I use older Sony remotes on this TV primarily because my 2015 and 2006 remote controls have lovely transport control buttons which pass through via ARC-CEC to my apple tv or sony blu ray player. The transport buttons on the 2018 remote are tiny and intermixed with buttons which I never use like Pic off, help, Audio, subtitle. I do use subtitles occasionally, but this one is not passed by CEC so doesn't work in any context where I might want to use it.
The new remote also has a number of buttons for things I will never use on the Sony: Netflix, Apps, Google play, and the mic button for google assistant are worse than useless for me. Useless because I never will use those functions on this device, and worse because they can be hit by accident and always take me somewhere I do not wish to be. Oh, well.
Sorry for the rant. the X900f has nice display and and I am enjoying both HDR10 and DV content. But it is a big step backward from both the 850C and 900E in terms of basic functionality and navigation. Motion handling, Dolby Vision, and better uniformity are worth the downsides to me. But things like the screwing up the TV button, and inferior size and placement of some buttons seem like unfortunate and unnecessary changes.