Where’s the Remote?

This is a rare photo, one of all three TV remotes for just one of our TVs all in the same place. I could be a much more productive person if I didn’t have to spend so much time trying to find one of these devices. Allegedly I should be able to control this one TV with just one of these items, but that requires a Ph.d I don’t have.

The black one is the remote that came with our cable box. It is my go to remote. Right now half the buttons on it are not working. I can exchange it, but that involves going to the Spectrum store. Enough said.

The big silver one is the remote that came with our TV. I am only using it to do one action I can’t do on the cable remote, which is change from HDMI 1 to HDMI 2. Who names these things?

Once I get to HDMI 2 I use that tiny apple remote to run our apple box where all the streaming channels live. Now searching for a show on one of those channels is a nightmare as this little remote is old enough that it does not have a speaker function on it. But with Covid restrictions what else do I have to do than type in every letter on the search? It’s a first world problem.

My real issue is not the poor functioning of all these remotes, but just being able to find them at least ten minutes before I want to watch something. It’s not that I don’t have a bedside table where they usually live, but that they somehow can get up and walk away without explanation.

I think it is time to do away remotes all together and just be able to yell at the TV and have it turn on to the right channel at the right volume, like my Dad could when I was a kid. Kids were the remotes of the 1960’s and we were so much more reliable than these little boxes, plus we were harder to lose.

2 Comments on “Where’s the Remote?”

  1. Anjuli says:

    About 7 years ago friend of mind had a TV where he would gesture up and down for the volume and left/right to scroll through channels. It was great for his triceps.
    Anyway, you’ve been able to yell at Smart TV’s to change volume and channel for years.
    If you don’t already have one, then you might like to consider upgrading.

  2. Linda Piper says:

    For what it’s worth, I (masked) walked into the Spectrum store at New Hope Commons last week with a remote in my hand. Two (masked) people working, no customers in the store. One said, “you need a new remote?” and headed to the back. She returned with a remote sealed in plastic, with batteries, swapped with me, and I walked out. This was during the day on a weekday, early afternoon. I never even gave my name!

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