Logitech Study Shows Multiple Remotes Are Common Around The World

Posted: Nov 3 2010, 11:23am CDT | by , in News | Home Entertainment

Logitech Study Shows Multiple Remotes are Common Around the World
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Irritation with having to change inputs for others is common too

For years, I had several components in my home theater that all had their own remote controls. I literally had to write an instruction sheet for my mother to use when she stayed here with my kids and she still couldn't figure out how to work it. My wife also routinely had to get me to change inputs for her because you had to use three different remotes to turn the TV input, the receiver input, and the volume when you wanted to watch a movie. People with complex home theater systems had an even harder time.

Sure, you could go to the store and grab one of those cheap all in one remote controls that they sell at the checkout stand. When you get home, you spend hours looking for your brand in a booklet and entering codes to find one that works. Often my stuff wouldn’t be available on the book and I would spend an hour hitting the on/off button until I finally found a code that worked. Once set up all that did was let me use one remote control, I still had to manually change between devices to get everything working.

Logitech purchased the Harmony line of universal remote controls a long time ago and has continued to build the brand into one of the best on the market. You won't find anything for $10 in the Harmony line like you will at the store, but the things are so much better than those junk Walmart remotes they shouldn't even be considered to be similar devices.

With the Harmony line, like the Harmony One, you plug the remote into your computer and just enter model numbers for your components. The remote is then programmed for each device. Once you program your devices, the real big feature is the activities these Harmony remotes offer. You tell the software on the computer what components you use for things like movie watching, playing games, and listening to music by answering a few easy questions and the software does the rest. After than all you do is hit a button that says Watch TV and all of the inputs change automatically. If you want to play a game, hit the Play Game button and again everything is automated and no more instructions or calling someone else to watch.

I think the reason people don’t buy the Logitech remotes is because they don’t know how much easier life can be if they did, all they see is a remote that is over $100 compared to one at Walmart for $10. Logitech recently conducted a study that found over a third of US homes and half in the UK and Australia have four or more remote controls. That means more than a third of the people in the US probably have to change inputs for kids or others in the home and getting pretty irritated about it.

The study also found that 15 to 20% of the homes globally have at least one person who doesn't use home theater out of fear because they can't operate the remote control. The study points back to the Harmony universal remote controls as a way to make life easier. I can certainly tell you from experience that it makes things easier. It was not fun having to trapeze up stairs to change inputs for the kids to watch movies or TV and having the wife calling me each time she wanted to change an input. Now even my 6-year-old can turn the TV on and off for movies, satellite, or games without bothering me at all. The Harmony remotes are well worth the money.

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