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Remote Specifications

Platform compliant devices will use multiple types of remotes with varying layouts. All users have access to a common set of remote inputs, but most will not have access to all possible remote functions depending on the type of remote they have. You should develop with all kinds of remotes in mind as many users find the limited-access keys valuable.

For example, one type of remote has a number pad whereas another remote does not. The users with the number pad remote may enter in the corresponding remote keys while other users would need to navigate through the on-screen keyboard with their remotes’ D-pads.

Requirements

Text & Numeric Inputs

The D-pad is required if there are any numeric or text inputs required from your users. You will have to provide an in-app soft keyboard which can be navigated via the D-pad or you can use the Onscreen Keyboard. To learn more about implementing the Onscreen Keyboard, you can visit our keyboard API documentation.

Media Playback

Not all remotes include the fast forward, rewind, and play/pause keys because users have become use to simplistic navigation using the d-pad. If your app has media playback, then you must cater to the d-pad playback controls to handle these requests.

The left and right key must allow your users to skip forward or backward during media playback, and the select key must be able to start, pause, or resume playback. These should be thoroughly tested along with the traditional media control keys to ensure the experience is seamless across the board.

Key Mapping

Each remote key has a corresponding Javascript key code, however not all remotes have the same keys. Additionally, these keys are not guaranteed to be available in all future remote designs, but you can safely assume the D-pad, select, and last/back keys will remain.

The key-mapping tables below will provide you with all the necessary information to support key-presses within your app. The remote keys which are not listed below are not available for use within app development since they are reserved for our platform-based functionality (ie: power, volume up, volume down).

D-Pad

The directional pad (D-pad) is most commonly used for navigation within your content libraries, playback controls, and on-screen keyboards.

Remote Key Desktop Key Javascript Key Code Availability
Left Left 37 All remotes
Up Up 38 All remotes
Right Right 39 All remotes
Down Down 40 All remotes
Select/OK Enter 13 All remotes

Number Pad

The 0-9 Number Pad can be configured for use within your app for actions such as parental control locks, credit card input, and numeric shortcuts.

Remote Key Desktop Key Javascript Key Code Availability
0 0 48 Some remotes
1 1 49 Some remotes
2 2 50 Some remotes
3 3 51 Some remotes
4 4 52 Some remotes
5 5 53 Some remotes
6 6 54 Some remotes
7 7 55 Some remotes
8 8 56 Some remotes
9 9 57 Some remotes

Media Controls

The media controls are not available on every device. These are beneficial to use within your app for those who have these remotes, but since not all users have access to these keys, you must allow users to control media using the d-pad as well (see requirements at the top of this document).

Remote Key Desktop Key Javascript Key Code Availability
Play/Pause 179 Some remotes
Rewind 227 Some remotes
Fast Forward 228 Some remotes

Additional Keys

Remote Key Desktop Key Javascript Key Code Availability
Last Backspace 8 All remotes
Page Up PGUP 33 Some remotes
Page Down PGDN 34 Some remotes
Play/Pause 179 Some remotes
đź”´ Red 403 Some remotes
🟢 Green 404 Some remotes
🟡 Yellow 405 Some remotes
🔵 Blue 406 Some remotes

Responding to Keys

In order for your app to respond to remote key presses, simply listen for the standard W3C KeyboardEvent via keydown and keyup:

window.addEventListener('keydown', keyboardEvent => {
    console.log(keyboardEvent.keyCode)
})

Many frameworks provide more robust keyboard management APIs that are built on the standard W3C KeyboardEvent, and they will work just fine with our platform.

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