Fifty years ago, an amazing technological breakthrough allowed couch potatoes to actually turn their televisions on and off – and even change channels – without having to leave the comfort of their couch. How convenient!
- Legacy Devices: This may seem obvious, but it’s still a nice touch; if you have an old VCR (or even a laserdisc player) so you can watch old family movies or videos you never got on DVD, almost all modern remote controls will still handle them.
- Next-Generation Video: Whether you prefer Roku, Chromecast, Fire TV, Apple TV or another streaming system to deliver video from Netflix, Hulu, YouTube or other sources, many remotes can now control your device/streamer of choice.
- Video Game Systems: Of course, this comes in handy if you watch Netflix on a game console. But even if you just want the convenience of controlling your Xbox, Wii or PS3 with a universal remote, that’s not a problem anymore.
- Home Automation: Here’s where things get really interesting. More and more homeowners are installing “whole-house” automation systems, so they can program everything from their heating and air conditioning, to their home’s lighting and security systems. These systems are not only convenient but energy efficient, and many can be controlled by a universal remote. For example, if you’re settling in to watch a movie, you can turn up the heat, turn down the lights, even close the drapes (if you have a modern motorized shade system) and start the film – all from the same remote control. Isn’t technology cool?
- Other Possibilities: Many of the latest remotes will also manage electronic devices you wouldn’t even think of (without us to tell you, of course), like your Windows Media Center PC or – believe it or not – the digital picture frames sitting on the shelf over your TV. Today’s universal remote control really is universal.
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