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How Does Your TV Remote Work?

Your TV remote stops working. It’s not an uncommon problem; you can order a new one from—but how do remote controls work, anyway?

In the old days, people would walk up to the TV and turn a knob. Now, you can change the channels and use other functions with the remote control. The technology actually isn’t that new; it’s been around since World War I.

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Basics of TV Remote Function

Television remote controllers use infrared (IR) light, which you can’t see. When you press a button, a light pulse is sent as binary code to a receiver. Both the light and the rate at which it flashes are invisible; the encoded light patterns repeat five times every second.

The signal corresponds to specific commands on the unit including power, volume, and channel changing. On the remote-controlled device, there is an IR receiver that decodes the light pulses, translating binary ones and zeros into commands read by the device’s microprocessor.

A TV controller has a few simple parts. On the outside, there are buttons and a casing. Its internal parts consist of button contacts, an integrated circuit, and a light-emitting diode. Some remotes use radio frequency (RF) signals, which travel over longer distances; they are more often used for car alarms and garage door openers. RF remotes operate on the same principle as their IR counterparts—transmitting binary codes to a device’s receiver.

Now that you know how a TV remote really works, it’s time to shop around for the best remotes out there. If you’re looking for a replacement to your remote, search our site, compare models, and place an order today!

Summer House Party Checklist

Summer House Party Checklist

As you are preparing to entertain family, friends, and guests in your home this summer, you will want to make a checklist to help keep you on schedule and ensure your parties are a success.

Pre-Party Checklist

  • Verify all Entertainment System Devices and Remotes Are Working
  • Make a Guest List
  • Send Out Invitations and Request an RSVP
  • Decide What Type of Party You Want to Host (i.e., pool party, dinner, brunch, etc.)
  • Decide What Food/Beverages You Are Serving
  • Verify You Have Plenty of Serving Dishes
  • Make a Grocery List
  • Go Shopping
  • Pick Up Decorations
  • Make a Music Playlist
  • Dust, Vacuum, Mop, and Clean

Day-Of Party Checklist

  • Finalize Any Decorating
  • Stock Bathrooms
  • Charge Up Cameras and Smartphones
  • Have Extra Batteries on Hand for Remote Controls
  • Complete All Food/Beverage Prep in the Morning
  • Pick Up Bags of Ice for Coolers and Cold Beverages
  • Set Up Different Trash Bags for Waste and Recyclables

Summer House Party Checklist

Keep in mind, depending on the number of guests and type of event (i.e., 4th of July cookout or a birthday party), the types of foods/beverages you serve and decorations often vary. TIP: If you are not big on decorating, a great way to liven up indoor and outdoor spaces is with some live green plants and fresh flowers!

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Balancing TV Watching in the Family

Among a family’s entertainment options, TV watching is often at the top of the list. Balancing the diverse options on the family’s TV can seem challenging, with so many choices from recordings on the DVR to streaming movies over the internet or playing games on apps on your smart TV.

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To help make sure everyone gets to enjoy their favorites and to help prevent fighting over who gets to control the TV remote, we recommend the following tips:

  1. Limit viewing to two hours each evening after dinner.
  2. While watching TV, put away all other electronic devices, including smartphones.
  3. Allow each family member to choose the movie, programs, or games on a different night of the week.
  4. Make the weekend’s family movie nights, complete with popcorn.
  5. Never leave the TV on as background noise.
  6. Use TV watching as a reward for completing homework assignments and chores around the house.
  7. If you allow your children to watch an hour of afternoon kids’ shows, sit down and watch a few episodes with them to make sure they are age appropriate.
  8. Remember to use parental controls to block inappropriate channels.

After watching TV for the evening, shut the TV off and make this quiet time, with no electronic devices to help your kids fall asleep faster and easier. If you need a new remote control for your TV or other entertainment devices, remember to call at 1-855-5-REMOTE (1-855-573-6683) for help selecting the right remote for your devices.

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Spring Gathering Checklist

There are all sorts of different checklists you can use when planning parties and get-togethers in the springtime, from checklists of things to do, to lists of cleaning chores, to lists of things to check that are functioning correctly, like these following items.

  1. Remote Controls – Whether it is for the TV, sound system, or outdoor projection system, you want to make sure all the remote controls work correctly and get new batteries or a replacement remote if they do not.
  2. Home Entertainment Systems – Make sure the TV, stereo, and other connected devices are working correctly and that there are no wiring errors. Also, to keep guests safe, make sure no wires are left running across the floors and are properly bundled and covered.
  3. Indoor/Outdoor Lighting – Check to verify all lights work and there are no burnt-out bulbs that need to be replaced.
  4. Cooking Appliances/Warmers/Grills – If you are preparing food for your guests, make sure all your appliances, warmers, and grills are ready to go.
  5. Pool/Hot Tub Heaters, Filters, and Pumps – If you have a pool and/or hot tub, confirm the heater is working, the filters are cleaned, and the pumps are cycling correctly.

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  1. Fire Pits/Patio Heaters – For gas appliances, make sure to have plenty of gas tanks on hand, unless they are directly connected to a gas line. For wood burning heaters, clean them out ahead of time and have plenty of dry hardwood available for burning.

By taking the time to make sure all your items are working correctly, you and your guests will have a great time at your spring party! Please feel free to contact at 1-855-5-REMOTE (1-855-573-6683) today for replacement remotes and other related accessories.

Commercial Breaks to Your Advantage

Use Commercial Breaks to Your Advantage

The average hour-long television show has about 14 minutes of commercial breaks. What are you doing with that time? Flipping through other channels with your remote control or passively watching commercial messages while waiting for your show to come back? Why not put that idle time to good use?

Commercial Breaks to Your Advantage

By using those 14 minutes of commercial time for easy household tasks, you can keep from having to set aside another time to do them. This will improve your personal productivity and free up more time during your day for more important activities. Here’s a list of a few things you can do during commercial breaks:

  • Plan your day – Make a list of everything you need to do tomorrow. This will help keep you organized and allow you to make better use of your time.
  • Make your grocery list – Take advantage of a commercial break to make your shopping list for your next grocery trip. It’ll save you from having to do it later.
  • Respond to emails – Use the short commercial break to respond to emails you may have left unread or unanswered during the work day. Also, clean out that inbox.
  • Tidy up – Toss your socks in the dirty clothes basket, put away DVDs and books, and perform a few other minor cleaning tasks. is a provider of new and refurbished TV remote controls for a wide variety of televisions and other electronics. In addition to remotes, the company also provides TV stands, accessories, replacement product manuals, lights, and other accessories. The company also operates a repair service for remotes and other devices.

Greatest 80s Television Comedies

Six of the Greatest 80s Television Comedies

If you’re a member of Gen X, the TV comedies of the 1980s probably hold a special place in your heart. It was a great era for television comedies, as the network sitcom hit its peak and cable began to innovate and take comedy to new places.

Greatest 80s Television Comedies

It’s tough to pick out the best comedies of the 80s because there were so many, but here are a few that we would stop and watch if we saw them the next time we were flipping through channels with our TV remotes:

  • Cheers – The definitive TV comedy of the 1980s, whose influence can still be felt in modern comedies, such as It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
  • Married with Children – This risqué comedy signaled the beginning of an edgier age of comedy and the deconstruction of many old sitcom conventions.
  • Moonlighting – An innovative detective comedy known for its great writing and quirky cast, including Bruce Willis.
  • ALF – Any child of the 80s will always love the furry alien from Melmac.
  • Golden Girls – Featuring four older women living together in Miami, the Golden Girls entertained while also getting audiences to think more about issues such as aging and equality.
  • Full House – A much-beloved family-friendly comedy which has found new life in a modern revival that has won a new generation of fans. sells new and refurbished TV remote controls for a wide variety of televisions and other electronic devices. The company also provides TV stands, accessories, replacement product manuals, lights, and other accessories. The company also operates a repair service for remotes and other devices.

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Four TV Trends for 2017

Just when you thought the latest burst of television innovation was over, 2017 is shaping up to provide consumers with even more leaps in television technology, including advances in OLEDs, increased live streaming of big events, and new features for remote controls.


OLED televisionsThe following are some of the top trends in TV and TV tech for 2017:

  • OLED televisions will usurp LCDs as the TV technology of choice. OLEDs offer a superior color and picture, and the price of OLEDs is finally starting to drop.
  • Get ready for more commercials on streaming services. You didn’t really think ad-free online shows would be around forever, did you? A growing number of brands are investing in ads for online shows. Last year, 37 million U.S. households watched ad-supported shows on connected TVs. That number is expected to grow this year.
  • Expect to see more voice technology in remotes. If you’re tired of having to manually type in the show you’re searching for when using Netflix or Hulu, this application will come in handy. More remotes are expected to offer voice recognition technology, which will allow users to voice command their remotes. The technology has been around but has yet to gain widespread acceptance. This year may be the year.
  • Live streaming of athletic and concert events will pick up steam, as demand grows and technology improves the quality of these presentations.

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How to Simplify Your Entertainment Center

How many devices make up your entertainment center? If you’re like most people, the answer to that question is, “a lot.” Between the TV, the DVR, the disc player (or players), the stereo, multiple remotes, and everything else, chances are you have more media playing devices than you can even remember. The good news is, there are ways to simplify your setup and cut down the number of cords that need to be untangled every time you move the TV stand.

Get a Roku

The nice thing about living in the age of streaming and digital media is that you can access a lot of media with one device. Not only does the Roku give you access to Netflix, Hulu, and other movie and TV channels, it also gives you access to streaming music through Pandora, Amazon Prime, and more.

Buy a Universal Remote

If you have a different remote for every device in your media center, then it’s time to invest in a universal remote. The right remote can control many of your devices from one simple control panel.


If you still own physical media, it’s time to be honest about how many of those Blu-rays and other disks you really need instant access to. Free up some space by double-stacking discs on shelves, or storing overflow in boxes or in other out-of-the-way locations.

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How to get more energy

How to Stop Being a Couch Potato

Sometimes all you want to do after a hard day is plop down in front of the TV and veg out until it’s time for bed. There’s nothing wrong with an occasional evening spent doing nothing, but the problem for many people is that being a couch potato can quickly turn into a long-term state of affairs. If you’re having trouble finding the motivation to get off the couch, we’ve got a couple of suggestions to help you put down the television remote and start living.

How to get more energy

Start an Exercise Routine

You don’t have to commit yourself to a full bodybuilding routine, but setting aside some time every day to do basic exercises is good for your health and will get you off the couch. The more you exercise, the better shape you’ll be in, the better you’ll feel, and the more motivated to stay active you’ll be.

Shut Off the Electronics

As convenient as the plethora of computers, tablets, and other electronic devices at our disposal are, they can make it hard to concentrate on anything not connected to the internet. Create a “electronics-free” day every week, where you stay away from the computer and TV, and read a book or take up another non-digital activity instead.

Eat Healthy Snacks

Your diet can have a profound effect on your health and how you feel. When you only pig out on junk food and TV dinners, you will have less energy to do physical activities, reinforcing your couch potato habits. Put down the crackers and grab some carrot sticks instead.

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How to find remote

How to Find Your Missing Remote

Is there anything more annoying than sitting down to relax in front of your television, only to realize your TV remote isn’t where it should be? At one time or another, we’ve all spent far too long searching for a lost remote, turning over couch cushions, and flopping around on the ground to look under armchairs. Next time you find yourself  without your trusty remote, keep this list in mind to make your search a little shorter.

Check Your Body

There’s a good chance your remote is in your pocket or hiding beneath the folds of your clothing.

Look on the TV

Before you start digging through your furniture cushions, check on top of your TV to see if you happened to leave your remote there. Also, check around the TV stand or Blu-ray/DVD shelf.

Check the Obvious Places

If the remote isn’t next to the TV, the next step is to check the places where you usually use the remote. For most people, this means the couch or chair. Check the surface of your couch or chair, removing any items to make sure the remote isn’t sitting on top of the furniture. If you have no luck, start pulling up cushions and checking underneath.

Look in the Kitchen

Sometimes people make a trip to the kitchen with their remote in hand without even thinking about it, and then set the remote down before forgetting about it entirely. Check the kitchen counters, by the sink, or even inside the fridge.

How to find remote

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