Channels for Apple TV supports expanded media keys on third-party IR remotes.

The following buttons are available:

  • Play = Play/Pause
  • Pause = Play/Pause
  • Stop = Stop
  • FastForward = Hold to fast forward
  • Rewind = Hold to rewind
  • Skip Forward = Commercial Skip Forward
  • Skip Backwards = Commercial Skip Backwards
  • Seek Forward = Skip Ahead
  • Seek Backwards = Skip Backwards

Harmony Remotes

If you’re using a Harmony remote, just make sure the profile you’re using is the Apple TV 4 profile and not the old one you might still be using from your old Apple TV days.

This means you may have to delete your device and re-add it. If you’re using the Apple TV 4 profile, these keys are available for you to just map to your remote. Use any combination that you want. GO NUTS!

Normal IR Universal Remotes

If you used some sort of code to program your universal remote, it may or may not have mapped these buttons to your remote keys. You should first just try them and see if they work.

If they do. Awesome! If not, you will need to teach your Apple TV custom IR commands for all your keys.

Program your remote control to some random device like a DVD player that has all of the keys you want to program: play, pause, stop, fast forward, skip, etc. This ensures your remote control is sending IR signals for all of the keys.

Go to your Apple TV settings to teach the Apple TV these new IR signals: Settings > Remotes and Devices > Learn Remote.

Follow the instructions to teach your Apple TV the commands. Once you’ve taught your Apple TV the basic commands, it will ask you for all of these expanded commands.