How to get rid of the stupid forced pairing on UPC TV Box
02-12-201812:15 edited on 02-12-201813:48
I got the new UPC TV Box.
It's a vast improvement over the previous box on almost every aspect.
One big exception though: the automatic forced pairing between the remote and the TV is a huge design flaw and a poorly designed feature, a typical "what were they thinking?" feature.
It might be convenient to some but it's a nightmare for others, especially if you use a Logitech Harmony to control all your activities.
For example, my TV would randomly turn off while watching a Blu-Ray using a Blu-Ray player, or playing PS4, because the UPC TV Box (which turned on automatically when the TV was on) went on stand-by.
Talking to Tech Support didn't help, but they are aware this is a problem and promised UPC is currently working on a fix (with no ETA unfortunately).
After some trial and error, I found a way to fix the problem.
There are two issues here:
- The remote will automatically pair to your TV. Go to the menu and manually pair it to another TV from another brand. In my case, I went to Samsung, typed "40UE" (you can type the first 4 letters of any Samsung model) and the remote paired to it. I obviously don't have a Samsung TV.