Default [Q] IR Blaster Not Working

Hello

I have been on the search for a tablet to function as a universal remote. I picked up the galaxy tab 3 7.0. The IR Blaster was perfect and could even change the channel behind my head. However the physical keys don't light up. I switched it for the note 3 8.0 however the IR blaster pretty much needs to be touching the TV for anything to happen. I took off the film covering it with no luck.

Any ideas?