I'm not sure this is the right category but hopefully someone can answer a question I have.
I've been looking around at possible routes to go with a cord cutting project of mine. My obstacle is my older mom who isn't tech savvy - never has been, never will be. However in general she likes the idea because pretty much any of the solutions I've looked at offer more channels for less $ than our small town cable.
Her needs for a remote are basic. Even now she does not use any of the number pad buttons. She navigates the "dial" with up/down channel buttons and other than the power and volume, the rest of the buttons gather dust.
I had hoped for a less complex solution. I looked at Sling because I could get an AirTV 2 and have all their subscription channels plus locals from our antenna in one guide. Note, I haven't actually bought any network tuner yet. Still in the discovery phase! LOL I was able to use my harmony remote to set up an action that pulled up the mini guide in the sling App and navigated left or right and selected the channel. That did more or less mimic channel surfing. The action was able to happen fast enough that it was almost invisible. Then I discovered that every so often you hit a snag. Like a channel that isn't playing anything right now and pops up a question or the beginning or the end of the list where the guide stays open and it breaks the navigation action. Since I'm here and can fix things, it doesn't have to be utterly fool proof but the beginning or end of the list I feel like is an issue that's going to happen often for her...
I looked at Channels and see that it has some possibility of fitting. In fact, since I could choose Philo instead, it has more channels we're interested in (unfortunately though not all have TV Anywhere so some would not be in the app for her). And I saw a post that the API has a channel up/down feature so I could conceivably set up a Raspberry Pi or small PC that would do some of this in conjunction with the Harmony Hub remote. This is definitely the more complex route but may be the one that has the most chance of creating a familiar channel navigation for her.
My question for someone is what happens if someone is using the API to do "channel up" and they reach the end of the list? Does it return to the beginning? Or? And of course the reverse, reach the bottom and push "down" again?
Thanks for any information about how this works.