Logitech Harmony Remote and Apple TV

Apple TVLogitech Harmony software does not have an entry in its supported set of devices for Apple TV. But I managed to get it to work. There may be multiple ways of doing this. But this is how I got it to work: first add a Digital Music Server as a Device, and then add an Activity that informs the remote that you’ll be using your TV to control the sound. I’ve created a screencast of the steps.

Note: make sure that you’ve not paired your Apple TV with the Apple TV remote. If you do, then Apple TV will only respond to the remote that it was paired with.

Steps to add a Digital Music Server:

  1. Start the Logitech Harmony Remote Software
  2. Click on the Devices tab and then on Add Device
  3. Select the Music Player option, and click on Next
  4. Now select the Digital Music Server, and click on Next
  5. Select Apple as the manufacturer, and click on Next
  6. For the model number enter TV or Apple TV (it doesn’t matter)

2 Responses to “Logitech Harmony Remote and Apple TV”

  1. sj Says:

    After using Harmony for a month now, I am not that impressed with this remote. Quite often it gets confused and you must click on the Help button and follow the wizard for the activity. It will start asking is the TV on, then is the set-top box on, … Clearly there is no dependable protocol for the remote to figure this out on its own. In addition the buttons are oddly shaped and almost impossible to read in the dark. Overall it is not that bad but I would not recommend it. May be there are other better remotes out there or perhaps this is as good as it gets at this point in time. I had hoped that in 2007 finding an easy to use and dependable universal remote was a solved problem. But that is still not the case. Too bad.

  2. Jim Says:

    sj points out one of the basic problems with current digital devices, the “power” or “on” button. In TGOD (the good old days) we had toggle switches in which information (whether the device was on or off) was clear and visible to the decider (human). If something was on and we wanted it on we left it alone. Now we have put the decider at one level removed from the device through the remote. The remote has no access to the information whether the device is currently on, so the remote has to rely on having the human let the device in a consistent state. The poor remote has no choice but to rely on the state that is “in play” (TV game, Play a Video game, … {Logitech calls these activities} and then change the state of everything in that game. Turn all the “on’s off” and “offs on”

    I find that thinking about all the devices in terms of “games” and “states” helps clarify ones thinking.

    I hope this helps, sj. MTFBWY (May The Force Be With You)

    Logitech is not to blame!

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