This is a quick post that will hopefully help someone else out there. I just bought an inexpensive (very inexpensive) 40″ television from Amazon, built by TCL. Getting it to work with my DirecTV universal remote has been an hour of life wasting headaches that I have finally resolved. I figured this was going to be difficult, since the TCL manual says “this TV utilizes new remote control signals and may not be compatible with your existing universal remote…” Awesome.
Anyway, I have the “standard” DirecTV universal remote, model RC34 (shown at the top left of the remote in small print). I found that the RCA code “11547″ gets the TV to work with power on/off and volume; the only two features I needed (simple setup). By the way, I did try the built in DirecTV receiver programming options and nothing helped. Enjoy!