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Monday, December 04, 2006

One For All Universal Remote Control

Firstly, I want to pause for a second to reflect on the exorbitant cost of universal remote controls.


Now, here is the One For All Universal Remote Control I bought for $59.95 (!?!?!?!?!?)

Note that the catchphrase of this remote is "keeping it simple..."

At the time I found that statement reassuring.

And they are simple.

If you categorise simple as straining your eyes for 30 minutes trying to read the multitude of codes listed for your brand of television. And trying to keep the murder out of your voice when you say "Nope. Must be the next one."

If you have a Teac TV, for example, and you don't have an owners manual - you are pretty much stuffed.

Oh, the simplicity of leafing through what looks like 500 4-digit codes, diligently programming each one in, clutching to the vain hope that THIS one might be "the one"....

And finally, the magic code clicked into place. But instead solving a rubix cube, I ended up opening the box from "Hellraiser".

You see, if in a moment of distraction, you don't press the button marked "TV", you can make the video recorder go crazy.

I remember looking up to see something like "ARGH19273" flashing in the display panel.

So then you finally get it back on "TV" and the mute button doesn't work.

The most important button on a TV remote control is the mute button, so you can block out the ads. Now I was at the mercy of advertisers.

"How do I know if my health insurance is right for me?"
"Incontinence is a problem that is often hidden..."
"Kids love the goodness of sugar cream fizz puff breakfast cereal..."


But this is all easily fixed of course.

All you have to do is find some toll-free number (I think it is in the manual
but it could be on the packet?!?!), call them up and tell them the code that you used
(er...I can't remember!) to activate the control and they will tell you the code for the
mute button.

So now I have a $59.95 TV ornament. Or a paperweight.

The solution is simple.

Don't lose / break / let your dog eat your remote. Then you won't need to buy one of these contraptions.


  1. Not too long ago I was visiting friends with TheSpecialOne. They went to bed and we wanted to watch a movie on a television that was hooked into a stereo with surround sound. If I remember correctly they had four remotes on the table. We didn't watch the movie.

    Thanks for joining in the carnival. I think I have a referral or two for you in terms of link exchange. I'll keep an eye out for you.

  2. Had often wondered how effective these are...think I may give it a miss. Thanks for the info. Great blog BTW.


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