Control mine using a Logitech Harmony and Hub. Just press the Watch firestick activity and it turns on the TV, firestick, AV Receiver and sets the correct inputs on each
A TV remote controlling a firestick wont have the voice function., or in many cases won't.
You teach it to control the TV which inturn via CEC controls the firestick. But we still digress on why not use your current TV remote.
Yes I’m aware of that, I was replying to the statement about “teaching” the universal remote the ir signal from the firestick and stating that wouldn’t be possible. Therefor making sure the OP doesn’t go out and buy a universal remote for this purpose.
The expensive Logitech Harmony universal remotes that use a Harmony Hub can control Firesticks. They cost over £100 though.
In the past I’ve found universal remotes frustrating but that is going back many years! may be worth looking up your model number and see if you can find an identical replacement on eBay!? if a universal replacement/alrenative is useable then some watches have this function!? Maybe cheap secondhand?! also is there an app to use with your phone? also, stupid question, is there any buttons hidden anywhere to change channels and volume? Hth
How about an old sky remote
I saw one in Home Bargains today, not a looker but seemed to be okay.
Supermarkets also sell them. I got my last one from Asda.
Check if you have mobile phone with ir blaster and use that until you sort.
Updated 20th JanLast updated 20th Jan by Mendoza
Universal Remote Recommendation Please
Can anyone recommend a good universal remote that isnt going to cost a fortune please. It needs to be compatable with Sky Q, FIrestick and have a learn capability as I have a soun… Read more
it worked well, unfortunately it doesn’t have a mouse toggle
Harmony remotes seem really expensive but they are pretty amazing. Mine replaces so many other remotes. The real nice feature is the way they are activity based, e.g you choose the "Watch TV" activity and the remote will turn on your TV, PVR/Sky etc, Audio device then set the inputs up for each device. The remote will then control your sky box for changing channel, audio device for volume etc...
I agree - I don't ever use my phone or tablet to do controls for the same reason. Even though I can use an app for the firestick and freesat box, and the IR blaster on my phone for the TV. However, as someone else mentioned, the fact the firestick isn't IR means there's less choice for a single remote. My Samsung has a pair of decent remotes, that do my bluray player, Freesat box, LG soundbar (optical connection), and the TV itself - most of them also use Alexa to control them as well if you can work out the relevant commands. And, yes, I know that's because of CEC/Simplink/other proprietary name.
I 100% agree which Is why I was after a remote to do it all mate. Ill take a look at Harmony. I have my Tv setup with the Q box the problem is that sky doesnt know the code for The Bomaker soundbar Here.
ugh...Phone apps as remotes, cant think of anything worse, no physical buttons, unlock screen to open the app, look down at phone to find the button you want... Save up and Buy a Harmony remote, not cheap but proper buttons, backlit, charging dock and when combined with a Harmony hub will control anything.... Can you not configure your TV to use the connected soundbar as the audio device? that way your Sky Remote will control the soundbar without adding it directly as a device. My Philips TV see my Denon AV receiver as the audio device so TV volume controls change the volume on the Denon
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Updated 26th Feb 2020Last updated 26th Feb 2020 by MR1123
One for all the watch collectors here
For the bargain price of only $160, you too can have a watch made from the innards of a £10 Casio. Features include: Impossible to change the time, decide now whether you'd prefer… Read more
Lol gave it a good read this time, they are openly saying it so we can't say stupid idea. "What's that orange dot? Solid State Watch has a circular fluorescent orange dot placed over the date on the movement. The F-91W movement doesn’t account for leap years, so the date will be incorrect after a Leap Year. The fluorescent orange dot simultaneously masks and draws attention to this imperfection. What about daylight saving time? We’re hoping DST goes away soon. Until then, many countries still use it. Since you can’t adjust the time on a Solid State Watch, you can remember to adjust for DST in your head for part of the year or.... get 2 watches ;) Isn't this project wasteful? Yes. If you consider this as a purely functional watch, it's a waste of materials, time and energy. This watch takes a fully function watch and removes almost all its functions, doesn't let you change its battery, and will become less accurate over time. BUT, we see this project not from a functional perspective. We see this more like capturing a beautiful specimen in amber. One you get to observe as it continues to live on for 10+ years. How long will it actually live for? How much will it drift? The F-91W is that beautiful to us. As is the experience of observing in real time how a piece of electronics gradually fails and becomes obsolete" I read somewhere there's always people willing to pay stupid money. So don't be afraid of business.
Ridiculous who backs these projects, I've seen some rubbish ones that get crazy funding and good ideas that get very little.
Indeed. Buy the watch as a novelty for a "friend" with a 3AM alarm preset.
For the price it would be worth it for novelty factor. But then how hard would it be to make. Probably could make one easy enough...
Imagine a pre-set alarm every day for 10 years (mad)
Updated 26th Jan 2020Last updated 26th Jan 2020 by ra786
ONE FOR ALL HDMI SWITCHER 3 HDMIs to 1 Model SV1630
Excuse my ignorance but are these any good & do they actually work? EAN: 8716184058097 https://www.argos.co.uk/product/9179262 One of our TVs has only got 2 HDMI but we wan… Read more
The One For All switches are not very good. That's expensive for a basic 3 port switch anyway. This costs a bit more, but is much better: Kinivo 501BN Amazon The Kinivo switch actively buffers the signal. And it's one of the few switches that does it properly. I've used dozens of switches over the years (and have got quite the collection) and that is one of the best ones easily. Hard to explain why that's a good thing without boring you, but basically the switch itself acts as an output target, it's not just passing the information from the TV to a given source device. Otherwise, the small 3 port square shaped switches like everyone is suggesting are decent enough. Just make sure if you use one of those, you use port 1 For Sky or any other set top box so it switches back down to port 1 when everything else is powered off. And turn off CEC control when using one of those too. And if you do get the Kinivo switch, ensure that you use port 5 for Sky/set top box for the same reason. CEC control can be left on with that switch. I highly recommend getting a powered switch in general though. Another excellent switch is the Aten VS481A, if you can find it around £30, I'd get it. Although it is 1080p only and doesn't autoswitch. But I really would avoid the one you're looking at.
My girlfriend's tv only has 1 hdmi so a cheap 3 to 1 hdmi adapter was great, usually automatically switches between hdmi signals but if not can press the button on the adapter, so much easier than going behind the telly. Got mine from eBay for around a fiver delivered, well worth it IMO
Agree - I've used one of these auto switches for several years. Occasional doesn't switch correctly but easier to manually switch a button than change a cable.
The £3.99 auto-switching ones from Amazon are decent. They work fine assuming the source(s) not being used fully terminates any HDMI output when that source is turned off otherwise they can occasionally become confused https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0020426AG/
Thanks. Try this https://www.argos.co.uk/product/9179262
Universal Remote Control
Remote controls are deceptively simple devices, and something that we tend to take for granted. Basically, all they are is an interface between the human body and devices that could be five or even thirty feet away. By sending digital signals, remotes can tell your TV, or even your fridge, to carry out certain actions, saving you the effort of getting up and doing it yourself. It’s hard to imagine how much effort remotes have saved us in the past, but for most of us, it’s easy to recall the frustration of having our remote break down.
Whether you need an all-purpose remote for multiple devices, a device specific remote or a remote for gaming consoles, this buyer’s guide will lay out your options and help you find the perfect remote control for your individual needs.
Mediator Between Human and Machine
Amazing though it may seem, the concept behind remote controls has been in circulation since 1894, when physicist Oliver Lodge discovered a way to wirelessly transmit digital signals. A couple of years later, radio inventor Guglielmo Marcono astonished spectators in London by pressing a button and making a bell ring without any visible connection.
By the 1900s, pioneering scientists like Leonardo Torres Quevedo were wowing the public by piloting model boats into harbour while standing on the quay, while the 1930s saw the introduction of remote controlled planes for the first time (the first aerial drones, in a sense).
However, it took until 1950 for Zenith to introduce the first television remote, and until 1955 for the first wireless TV remote to appear (the “Flashmatic”).
The development of remote controllers in the UK was stimulated in the 1970s by the popularity of information services like Ceefax, which required a more complex set of buttons and commands. After that, the range of options on a standard controller became increasingly impressive, with fast forward and rewind, menus, volume and brightness alongside the core number (and sometimes letter buttons).
The 90s saw the basic controller joined by genuine multi-device (or universal) controllers as well as programmable smart controllers that could be connected to PCs and given specific code to interact with other devices. During this period, the previous audio transmission technique, which used ultra-high frequencies to communicate with TVs, was replaced by infra-red light, which remains the current standard.
How Do Remote Controls Work?
The vast majority of modern remote controls use infra-red light to establish a connection between the remote unit and the target device. When you press a button on the control, the unit creates a pulse of infra-red light which cannot be seen, but is received by the target. The trick is to create specific infra-red patterns for each button. That way, the TV or gaming console can discern whether you are changing channels or altering the volume.
Other remotes use radio-based transmission techniques including Bluetooth or ZigBee – which is commonly used with car door locks and garage doors, but these are rarely applied to home entertainment systems.
The Many Different Types of Remote
At HotUKDeals, you’ll find a vast selection of deals on remote controls of all varieties, and finding exactly the right model for your device can be a tricky procedure. Here are the major types and what to look for when choosing one that works for you:
TV Remotes – Many TVs will require owners to use a specific model of remote control, at least at first. That’s because they will bundle remotes in with their sets, and they have no incentive to provide a universal remote. Instead, you’ll usually receive a very basic TV remote with limited features and little use other than with the set you’ve bought. However, the plus side of these remotes is that they are accessible, and – with higher-quality TV manufacturers like Samsung or Sony – extremely reliable. They can also be replaced cheaply (and sometimes at no cost at all, depending on your warranty).
TV Box and streaming service remotes – TV-specific remotes are far from the only kind to be found in today’s homes, where you’ll tend to find a range of DVD, gaming console and TV box remotes as well. When you purchase a streaming box like Kodi, you will also receive a specific remote that enables you to surf the various channels on the system, as well as streaming services like YouTube or Netflix. However, Amazon have taken the idea much further, combining a streaming box an advanced control in their Amazon Fire product. With this remote, you can access a vast array of streaming TV and movies, and browse the library from an ergonomically designed remote, which works with almost all modern TVs.
Universal remote controls – If you are the kind of person who regularly switches between different TVs or has multiple controllers lying around the home, a universal remote like the Logitech Harmony Ultimate or the Smart Control 5 could be the ideal solution. Generally, these universal remotes have to be programmed with codes that are specific to different devices. This shouldn’t be as complex as it sounds, though, taking less than half an hour in most cases. Universal remotes are able to handle TVs and DVD players, as well as streaming services like YouTube and Amazon Prime, and even come with smartphone apps as well.
Gaming remotes – You can also buy remotes for almost all next generation gaming systems. For example, there’s the PlayStation 4 Universal Remote, which uses Bluetooth to control the apps and Blu-ray player on the PS4. The Xbox One Media Remote is similar (but more streamlined), enabling you to access the OneGuide media library and run streaming videos. Then there’s the Wii Remote, which is a little different. In fact, it’s completely different. Instead of simply providing access to TV or Blu-rays, the Wii Remote is the console’s major controller. We’ll have a look at how to choose the right one, and the range of expansions for the Wii Remote below.
Remote controlled toys – Many toys also use remote controls, including boats, planes and road vehicles, as well as robots and dolls. There are some pretty wacky remote controlled toys on the market, which could make a unique gift idea. For instance, Light in the Box sell a remote controlled flying shark, while the Gift & Gadget Store sells a remote controlled tarantula – not for everybody, but handy for Halloween.
Smart devices – As smart technology becomes more popular, a new breed of remotes is popping up around the home. We’re all familiar with remote controls for garage doors, cars or security systems, but remotes can also control fridges, air conditioning and ovens. However, the drift in smart tech is probably towards smartphone or wearable-based controls, so these controllers may have a limited shelf life.
Harmony Remote Control and Smart Control
5 Remote Control Specifications to Look Out For
Whenever you come to purchase a new TV remote, there are certain things to look out for. When you browse the HotUKDeals listings, make sure that you have an eye on these attributes, as they can make a big difference to how useful the remote actually is.
Commands – How many different functions can the remote actually do? Obviously, you’ll need basic commands like “play” or “choose channel”, but think about more advanced settings as well. The best remotes can bundle up a number of key presses in activity based commands, allowing you to instantly fire up a stream of DVD by pressing one button, instead of several. This can also be used to start up a group of devices (say, your Blu-ray player, speakers and TV) much more quickly and easily than wrestling with complicated series of key presses.
Button options – Although you’ll probably want as many commands as possible, think twice about buying a controller that is crowded with buttons. For one thing, you won’t be the only person using the control. Newcomers to the device might struggle to work out how to access complex remotes. Many modern remotes actually minimise the number of buttons, relying instead on on-screen menus, where you can select the options you need. This can make the remotes smaller and more efficient, something that users could really appreciate.
Size – Size matters, but not always in the ways you might think. Smaller remotes can be slightly less functional, but as we’ve seen, the functions can be transferred to the target device. However, smaller remotes can be easier to misplace. If you are the kind of person who regularly struggles to locate your remote (be honest!), clunkier models could actually be preferable.
Compatibility – Do you want a streamlined remote that is dedicated to Amazon Fire alone, or one that can work across hundreds of TVs and media players? Do you want a remote that can work with both the Xbox One and PS4, one that links up to your smartphone, or just a replacement for the original remote that came with your Sony TV? Think about signal types as well. Older infra-red models are more common, but Bluetooth enabled controls can operate over longer distances (and even through walls), although they may be less compatible with ordinary TVs.
Battery charge – A key consideration when buying any wireless product, battery charge is crucial when purchasing a remote. Many high-end models feature ion batteries, instead of standard batteries, which deliver much longer charge periods (though they come at a price). Some also have recharging stations included, which can be a help if they are more complex controllers. However, for most people, standard battery powered controllers will be fine – just have a box of spare batteries in a draw in case the charge runs out.
Can Your Remote Control Be Repaired?
Sometimes, remotes stop working for mundane reasons. The infra-red light could have failed, or a button or two has worn out. In the vast majority of cases, users instinctively respond by purchasing a new controller, but is this really the only option?
Not at all. Many remotes can be easily repaired at a lower cost than buying a high-end modern alternative, and some of the fixes can even be carried out at home.
If your remote isn’t working, the first thing to do is check the infra-red transmitter. You can do this surprisingly easily, simply by looking at it via a digital camera (which can pick up infra-red light).
If the light doesn’t flash when the buttons are pressed, you’ve got a faulty infra-red light. All that you need to do is ask a repair shop to install a new one.
If that doesn’t work, there’s a good chance that the problem is internal (if the batteries haven’t run out – something that you also need to check). It could just be a dirty circuitboard, and repairers can remedy this in no time.
So, if you have a remote that you like, and don’t fancy the idea of spending money on a more up to date model, repair is definitely an option. If not, replacement can be carried out as cheaply as possible with the help of HotUKDeals, where you may well find replica of your favourite controller at a bargain price.
How to Buy and Get the Most From a Wii Remote
Earlier on, we mentioned the Wii Remote. As it’s the main controller for Nintendo’s popular console, it really demands its own section.
The unique thing about the Wii Remote is the way it blends the accessibility of classic remote controls with the gaming features of a conventional gamepad and advanced motion sensing technology. As you move your arm in tennis games, the Wii Remote can track its trajectory, translating your movement into shots on a digital tennis court – something that never fails to impress gamers.
If you have a Wii U or a Wii Switch, there are plenty of ways to enhance the basic Wii Remote. Here are some of the most popular options:
The Nunchuk – Designed to be held in your free hand, the Nunchuk is a wireless supplement to the main Wii Remote. It can add a completely new dimension to games requiring the use of two hands, where actions like climbing or dancing are involved.
The Wii Zapper – In the Zapper, your Wii Remote slots into a gun shaped accessory, providing a light-gun experience that can enhance shooters and other action titles.
The Wii Wheel – A must for Mario Kart fans, the Wii Wheel involves slotting the Wii Remote into a steering wheel setup.
The Wii Motion Plus – A neat little addition that connects to the base of the Wii Remote, the Motion Plus makes the controller even more accurate.
What About Smart Devices? Are Remotes Becoming Obsolete?
The rise of smart technology is making it possible to control a vast range of devices from your smartphone, including speakers, fridges, cookers, windows, locks, security systems, TVs, lights, radios and media players. The question for remote buyers is, with so much technology becoming “smart”, is there really a place for advanced remotes in the home of the future?
Many people think that the remote’s days are numbered, and that smartphones will inevitably make them obsolete. After all, when you can browse TV listings, access reviews, and queue recordings from your phone, it seems natural to use it to turn your TV on or off and to change channels.
However, the remote is still very much alive and well. Smartphones generally still struggle to interact directly with TVs in the way that infra-red remotes can do. Then again, some models like the Samsung Galaxy and LG’s most recent models are equipped with devices called IR Blasters, which can send infra-red signals to TVs. Some smart TVs come with apps that allow you to use your phone to control them via your domestic wi-fi network. If this trend continues, remotes will have a limited shelf life.
Whether or not you choose a universal remote or try to use your smartphone will depend on familiarity and convenience more than anything else. Yes, smartphones are developing into substitute remotes, but many of us are used to old-style remote controls that are designed for TV operation, and nothing more. With a specialist design, they make it easy to focus on changing channels, running DVDs – without the distraction of web browsers and call notifications.
How to Buy a Remote at the Best Price
Whether you are looking for an ultra-modern touchscreen equipped universal TV remote, or a new Wii Remote with a Zapper accessory, HotUKDeals is the first place you should look before making a purchase.
At the HotUKDeals listings, you’ll find TV remotes from manfacturers like Samsung, Sony, Amazon, Sky, Panasonic and BT, with device-specific and universal remotes all thrown into the mix. There are also plenty of gaming remotes on offer from Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft, as well as DVD and Blu-ray and Hi-Fi remotes as well.
Customers in the UK have plenty of merchants to choose from as well, so shop around. With options including John Lewis, Richer Sounds, Currys, Argos, Amazon, HMV, Gearbest, Very, Tesco and Price Drop UK, it makes sense to check them all to ascertain whether they are running promotions on the remote you’d like to buy.
Shop savvy, find the specifications you need and check that your remote is compatible with your TV or gaming console, and you won’t have any problems finding remote deals that slash the price of home entertainment.
Make Big Savings with the Universal Remote Offers at HotUKDeals
Remotes are a huge part of the world of home entertainment. Without them, imagine how much effort it would be to change channels, start DVDs or access streaming services. Finding the right remote is essential, and you’ll find hundreds of deals at the HotUKDeals remote listings, the best place to shop for discounted home entertainment products.
Updated 5th Jan 2020Last updated 5th Jan 2020 by djmutters
Logitech Harmony Remote
Anyone own one of the Harmony Logitech Remotes? Do they work with BT? Am thinking of purchasing but not sure if its worth it.
Ahh sorry. Alexa yes. Harmony remote no. I use harmony hub to switch my devices on and Alexa does the lights. So I say “Alexa, turn on tv”. Alexa controls harmony hub to turn on tv and Alexa skill turns on Yeelight.
With both Alexa and Harmony remote?
I use Yeelight with no issues
Updated 3rd Oct 2018Last updated 3rd Oct 2018 by geoff.armes
Aldi Bauhn 4K Tele Remote Code for Tivo
Hello anyone who picked up the Aldi Bauhn 4K Tele know the remote code so I can use the volume control on my Tivo remote?
Did you ever find the code?
Do you have a link?
Follow the virgin help guide for no code tv
Brilliant! I'm sure they need to issue their code rather than Virgins. Virgins is default.
I emailed and got this response. Good Morning Unfortunately Virgin Media have not provided us with the code for a Virgin Media box. Apologies for any inconvenience. Kind Regards Customer Service Tempo International Limited
Updated 29th Aug 2018Last updated 29th Aug 2018 by deleted2039241
Poundland universal remote control - anybody got the programming instructions please?
Got a cheap universal remote from Poundland a while ago as a spare for kids' TV, but managed to lose the instructions before we got around to setting it up. Now giving the TV to a… Read more
I bought a universal remote control for my tv LG and need a code for anyone have the code i need thanks
Hi I bought a universeal remote out of pound lad does any one have a code for celcus plz as I can’t find it no were
Brilliant - thanks! I'd found the ebay link but it didn't list the codes, but hubby has just used the other link Astec - unfortunately despite trying all the Technika codes, and also the very long-winded manual selection, it's still not working for our telly... typical! Thanks very much for the offer Chuckiedoll - doesn't look like it's going to work though, as that appears to be the correct set of instructions, and googling indicates that other Technika owners have had the same problem. Thanks for the help :)
http://www.ebay.co.uk/gds/signalex-10-1-poundland-remote-simplified-instructions-/10000000176973087/g.html Brief guide http://www.mediafire.com/view/?x93zvbbzdfub00q Actual Instruction manual The internet has everything ;)
Updated 31st Jul 2018Last updated 31st Jul 2018 by ch7leach
Logitech harmony one help with AV settings
am unsure how to set up the Harmony one in a case where the TV remembers what AV channel it shut down on and will continue to be on that. So if I shutdown after watching SKY QMini … Read more
Original TV remote done not have number buttons! How stupid is that. But I will still try and use your idea Bob somehow
Not a bad shout. Will try that later see if that works.
I've never used a Harmony remote, but just thinking. When I press number 1 on my normal tv remote it will default back to the old terrestrial tv source on channel one. Could you not program the remote to press channel 1, and then you would know what source it would be on, so can then get it to change it. Not sure if that would work on a newer TV That doesn't have the old terrestrial channels tho
I have set up as you have explained. However I can't turn the TV on a select a particular source. When it turns on the default source is what it's turned off under, remote does not appear to remember that from what I can find.
Have you tried setting up various "Activities"? Set one for watching Sky - Switch on TV (using HDMI 1), switch on Sky box. Set another for watching Shield - Switch on TV (using HDMI 3), switch on Shield. etc. Using the Activities is fairly straight forward, once you've added all your devices. It just asks which devices you'd like to switch on, which connections to use and which device controls the volume. This seems to be the easiest way to switch between your devices, instead of altering the Source etc. You can customise the order things switch on at and also add delays too. It's also possible to set it, so if you're switching between Activities, a device of your choosing doesn't switch off. But only switches off when you press the Off button, to shut everything down. If I've missed your point, I'm sorry.
Updated 16th Jul 2017Last updated 16th Jul 2017 by mr_deals
celcus sky tv remote code?
Hello everyone, I purchased a cheap 32" celcus tv today from sainsburys for the bedroom to watch sky via magic eye from downstairs, does anyone know what the sky remote code is fo… Read more
I have a logitech hub and think its great. I have i controlling 6 devices and it has been far more reliable than the universal remotes Ive tried. The included remote is good, and it also connects to your wifi so you can install the accompanying app on your phone and/or tablet(s) meaning you can control your stuff without line of sight using whatever is to hand.
Updated 9th Apr 2012Last updated 9th Apr 2012 by Spanishgold
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