Remote control app
It seems to me to the ultimate remote for Spectrum/AppleTV would be to have a Guide App (on iPad for example) that would Interface and remote control the Spectrum TV app running inside AppleTV. So from the iPad I can see the full guide and rich experience, and when I push on a channel, it would send the signal to Spectrum server app to change channel on my AppleTV. In a similar way, you could change channels by number, by network, or by Show. The Spectrum Web app is a good example, but instead of controlling what you see on the Web, you are controlling what you see on your TV; from a remote UX point of view. This would solve the apple remote issue and provide a better user experience.