All the "extra" buttons on the physical remote seem to be associated with the learning ability of the remote. None of the skins for the SlingRemote will use these buttons. Even on the SA8300 skin which you're using now there are four fake buttons on the top. This is because the skins that are associated with IR codes from a predefined universal remote database. You could use betaremotes (http://betaremotes.sling.com) website to teach several buttons from many remotes; however, you'll end up with an even more generic looking remote.