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From TVs and digital boxes to gaming systems and smart devices, a whole range of everyday items can be controlled with remotes, which are often an indispensable part of a home entertainment setup. This HotUKDeals buyer’s guide introduces the major types of remote and suggests a range of ways for purchasers to save money when they come to replace their current model.
From TVs and digital boxes to gaming systems and smart devices, a whole range of everyday items can be controlled with remotes, which are often an indispensable part of a home entertainment setup. This HotUKDeals buyer’s guide introduces the major types of remote and suggests a range of ways for purchasers to save money when they come to replace their current model.
From TVs and digital boxes to gaming systems and smart devices, a whole range of everyday items can be controlled with remotes, which are often an indispensable part of a home entertainment setup. This HotUKDeals buyer’s guide introduces the major types of remote and suggests a range of ways for purchasers to save money when they come to replace their current model. Read more
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Updated 15th AugLast updated 15th Aug by djandy_2001
a while back that stopped supporting one of the old hubs but just found out today the entire range of remotes (companion and elite) are also gone too. https://support.logi.com/hc/… Read more
djandy_2001

Looks like ongoing support so I’ve bought a spare one from eBay which should hopefully last for years to come or until something else comes out.

Jonwillis

I couldn't find any

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Updated 15th AprLast updated 15th Apr by Uridium
Universal Remote with Firestick Controls??
As above. Is there such a device that can contol your TV, Bluray Player, Freeview Recorder but also a Firestick? I want one but I do not think one exists? Anyone come across … Read more
Uridium

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

Bushes

A TV remote controlling a firestick wont have the voice function., or in many cases won't.

cecilmcroberts

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.

howarth3

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.

captainbeaky

The expensive Logitech Harmony universal remotes that use a Harmony Hub can control Firesticks. They cost over £100 though.

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Updated 31st JanLast updated 31st Jan by stec77
got a cheap second hand TV for the kitchen but the remote doesn't work. can you still get universal remotes for a quid from Poundland or somewhere?
stec77

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

ding

How about an old sky remote

FTCom

I saw one in Home Bargains today, not a looker but seemed to be okay.

Russ2626

Supermarkets also sell them. I got my last one from Asda.

wayners

Check if you have mobile phone with ir blaster and use that until you sort.

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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
Mendoza

it worked well, unfortunately it doesn’t have a mouse toggle

Uridium

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...

deleted104362

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.

Ethan_HuntszE

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.

Uridium

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
MR1123

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.

MR1123

Ridiculous who backs these projects, I've seen some rubbish ones that get crazy funding and good ideas that get very little.

deleted11933

Indeed. Buy the watch as a novelty for a "friend" with a 3AM alarm preset.

Bargainhead

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...

deleted11933

Imagine a pre-set alarm every day for 10 years (mad)

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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
PAISAL

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.

oli_1_uk

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

Van1973

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.

AndyRoyd

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/

Willy_Wonka

Thanks. Try this https://www.argos.co.uk/product/9179262