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Infrared TV Remotes: Why do we still use them?
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Post 1 made on Thursday July 14, 2022 at 06:36
Junior Member
July 2022
It seems like with all the advances in TV that bluetooth remotes (or better) would be the norm now. I hate having to wave my arms like I'm playing with a Wii to get the channel changed or change volume. We can make a 55 inch OLED TV that weighs 16lbs but have a remote tech that's been around for decades.

Last edited by Daniel Tonks (moderator) on August 29, 2023 17:25.
Post 2 made on Thursday July 14, 2022 at 11:25
Brad Humphrey
Super Member
February 2004
1) Most people don't have to wave their arms around. That is a specific problem to equipment you are using or how it is installed.

2) IR is an standard that is on 'every' device. - yes there are some popular devices that don't have IR at all but I try to avoid those. Until 'every' manufacture agrees upon a new control standard that is adopted into 'every' product, this is not going to change.

IP = Not every device can be controlled or even hooks up to the network. And even those that can, sometimes are a nightmare to try and control (again, no best practices common to all devices).

Bluetooth = Wild west. A few companies like Bond are making universal interfaces for bluetooth products in niche categories. But that is far from mass market adoption.

CEC = Not every device has an HDMI port. And even those that do, even with a standard in place for this, some manufacture just refuse to implement it correctly. Either thru arrogance or ignorance.
Post 3 made on Sunday November 26, 2023 at 21:41
Regular Member
September 2023
In my experience,
  1. The Firestick remote (RF) is always on and drains the battery even when not in use.
  2. IR remotes only use the batteries when you press a button (unless the backlight is on).
SysTech Larry

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