[mythtv-users] Minimal button requirement for remote controls?

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Fri Nov 6 16:23:03 UTC 2009

On Friday 06 November 2009 09:13:38 Eric Sharkey wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 6, 2009 at 9:46 AM, Another Sillyname
> <anothersname at googlemail.com> wrote:
> > Only 7 buttons when you have over 100 channels could take a while for
> > channel selection
> For some of us, selecting a channel is a very rare event.
> Pretty much the only time I use LiveTV is when debugging some problem
> with a tuner.
> Recently, my wife was in a hospital.  The remote for the TV had one
> button.  You'd push the button to turn it on, push it again to
> increment the channel number, if it was on the highest numbered
> channel pushing it again would turn it off.  That's taking minimalism
> to the extreme...

Years ago I was in a hospital with a similar setup. Changing channels was a 
major undertaking. A friend brought me a universal remote, which we 
programmed for the TV set in the room.

When I left, one of the nurses offered to buy the remote from me, saying that 
many patients couldn't deal with the "official" system. Of course I just gave 
it to her.

To add insult to injury, they were charging $10 per day to rent a TV.

Brian Wood
beww at beww.org

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