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(ReadWrite)   The remote control needs to die. Die, remote control, die   (readwrite.com) divider line 17
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2014-03-22 12:13:20 PM
6 votes:
This twit needs a mute button
2014-03-22 09:35:10 AM
4 votes:
A smartphone is great, until they battery dies, as a lot of people's phone do daily.  Just simplify the existing controller that lasts for week or months on one battery.
2014-03-22 01:55:09 PM
3 votes:
I'm so sick of Interactive TV. When I want to watch TV or movie that means I want to do as little as possible and be entertained. A remote allows me to do this. Waving my hands around and talking to my TV is making me do the work for my TV. My TV serves me, not the other way around.
2014-03-22 12:20:17 PM
2 votes:
My HTC One has an IR blaster and an app that gets the DirecTV channel guide and also controls my televisions in the living room and bedroom, and it works great. I watch NetFlix on my PS3 or Wii U, and the PS3 automatically changes the TV to its input when I turn it on.
I still prefer to use my real remotes, which I try to keep handy, but if I can't find it within like six seconds I use my phone.
2014-03-22 11:01:00 AM
2 votes:
I like how the author bemoans that when it comes to current remotes "users the world over are forced to navigate alphanumeric keyboards or endless channel lists with single directional button presses", then just two paragraphs later states, "Media streaming devices like Roku, Apple TV...have also effectively begun redesigning the remote control, jettisoning the legion of buttons in favour of simple, slimmed-down schemas of interaction that actually adhere to a general standard of form and function" which force users to navigate alphanumeric keyboards or endless channel lists with single directional button presses.

/Harmony One (for 99% of my remote needs) + iPhone apps for the TiVo and ApppleTV (for the 1% of the time I want a keyboard) = happy Gecko
2014-03-22 02:34:44 PM
1 votes:
For the old folks that grew up with the clunk-clunk-clunk of the 2-13 channel changer knob.

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One man's solution to make his remote control "old-people friendly"
2014-03-22 02:24:34 PM
1 votes:
Jesus. I am out if touch with this thread. I don't own a television and haven't for years. I watch everything online.

Great savings, too, not paying for cable.
2014-03-22 02:19:03 PM
1 votes:
What a "remote control" looked like back in my day...
images.huffingtonpost.com
2014-03-22 02:09:15 PM
1 votes:
I never considered using my remote as a chore.
2014-03-22 02:09:02 PM
1 votes:
First World Problem
2014-03-22 02:04:47 PM
1 votes:

MasterAdkins: A smartphone is great, until they battery dies, as a lot of people's phone do daily.  Just simplify the existing controller that lasts for week or months on one battery.


This.  How hard does it have to be?

You need something to turn it on and off, turn the volume up or down, and change channels and/or inputs.  That is it.
2014-03-22 02:03:24 PM
1 votes:
meh, tv watchers problems.
2014-03-22 02:02:25 PM
1 votes:
You can have my remote, when you pry it from my cold dead fingers. That goes for my wife too.
2014-03-22 01:58:29 PM
1 votes:

gwenners: The Remote Control The?


i.imgur.com
2014-03-22 01:55:45 PM
1 votes:
imageshack.us

Why hate Ken Ober so much, Subby?

Seriously though, the mark of current civilization is when you walk into someone's home, and they either have one remote, or the giant pile of the bajillion different ones. :D
2014-03-22 01:49:38 PM
1 votes:
The Remote Control The?
2014-03-22 01:28:38 PM
1 votes:
I don't have anything like a Roku, AppleTV, Tivo, etc. Only two things connected to my television are the coaxial cable coming in from my outside over-the-air antenna and the Blu-ray player. Plain ol' remote control still works fine for my set-up.
 
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