Very Odd Looking Vehicular Object
- Mar 31, 2008
- Insignia CT 4x4 CDTI Biturbo
The CEO told The Verge in 2019 that the remotes were a small part of its business
I remember having a Harmony 555. That was back in the day when I had an AV receiver, an HTPC, an Apple TV and a digital TV receiver. My receiver didn't have enough HDMI inputs so I had to have a couple things wired with HDMI straight to the TV and run sound via optical to the receiver. Having a single remote that could power the entire mess up and switch everything to the correct inputs by pressing a simple software button marked "HTPC" was awesome. Especially since you could set up all of this in an (arguably terrible, but working) application on the Mac and then sync the settings over USB.
I don't have an AV receiver with a million inputs and pointless settings anymore, I have a soundbar that turns on and off with the TV and obeys volume commands from the TV remote. The TV has a built in HD PVR and apps for all the things I used to have several devices for. The need for a universal remote is completely gone. I guess I'm not alone here.