Get rid of the remote controls you don’t need. Here’s how.
Between my TV, sound bar, Roku, and Blu-ray player, it feels like I need an end table solely dedicated to remote controls. When I head to friends’ houses, it’s worse, and I’ve even seen tables covered with remotes for devices they don’t even own anymore.
- Automatically turn on a Blu-ray player connected over HDMI whenever you turn on your TV
- Control the volume of your sound bar connected over HDMI ARC by pressing the TV remote’s volume buttons.
- Turn your TV on and switch it to the PlayStation’s input automatically by simply pressing the PS button on your PlayStation.
You can still get old-school infrared remotes for $10, or grab a more advanced Logitech Harmony 665 for $99.99, which can control more devices and add custom functions to its backlit screen. The former will use the four-digit code system described above, while the Logitech model uses desktop software that’s a bit more intuitive to program, allowing you to easily customize what each button does.