Remote Controls for TV

Remote Controls for TV

February 9th, 2018

Remote Controls use Infra-red ( IR ) technology in order to transmit signals to your television for you to change channels, settings and other controls. Despite the basic functionality of remote controls, they have advanced rapidly within recent years as demand rises for TV remote controls that cater to different needs such as advanced controlling with the introduction of new television technologies and also better suitability for the elderly, with features such as larger buttons for easier use.

One of the features of almost all remote controls is that they are universal, meaning that any remote controls for TV are compatible with almost any other television set, because they both use the same method of transmission, infra-red. Obviously the more advanced features that control the various settings to a television are not compatible with one another, but for basic functions they are. This means that you can buy TV remotes without worrying about having to buy a whole new television, and also why 'universal remotes' have been born, because they can!

They way a television remote control works is by emitting infra-red radiation through a diode at a rate that corresponds to a particular function. Because of this, it is very easy for a television remote to be calibrated to a new signal, and imitate it for use in other remote controls.

The television remote controls were invented to serve the purpose of making the television more convenient to use, and it allows more comfortable use by saving time and energy when changing channels and volume. They are usually powered by AA or AAA sized batteries, and they were invented in 1950 by the Zenith Radio Corporation, and were originally connected to the television by a wire, which has since been abolished with the coming of the wireless generation. It was originally called the "Lazy Bones", and this was the main reason for why production companies squeezed their television credits into the left hand third of the screen after a film, because people were browsing channels on the other side while they were playing. It's introduction also prompted the advertising industry to take a different course of action when making television adverts, because people now had the power to easily and quickly change channels away from the irritating adverts. This led to ads spots being taken down from 30 seconds to 8 seconds, revolutionising advertising on the television set. Today, with access to 1000's of channels and satellite TV, there's even less time to spare in adverts.

One disadvantage of the remote control in some environmentalist eyes is that it will only function to turn the television on when the television is in standby mode. There has been much controversy over this issue, because a television uses up a lot of electricity whilst in standby mode which costs both the consumer and the environment more than it should do. So, clearly the remote has had a far larger impact on the television industry than just cutting down on people's exercising habits and feeding the 'couch potato' culture.