The unofficial Roku DVPRemote iOS app has been updated to version 2.2. While it’s always allowed us to control our Roku media streamers via iPhone and iPod Touch, this refresh launches as an universal binary with brand spanking new iPad interface. In addition to the replicating the physical Roku remote(s), what’s so useful about DVPRemote is the QWERTY keyboard and direct channel navigation – something Roku doesn’t natively offer.
I’ve been a big fan of Phil Irey’s work on the app, but it doesn’t seem well suited for the larger iPad screen. Then again, I’m not particularly fond of any iPad “remote controls” – preferring the smaller form factor of a smartphone. Regardless, if you own both a Roku and an iOS device, DVPRemote is well worth the $2.99 merely to overcome the burden of text entry.