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Friday, December 4, 2015

Old Persons Rant or Where the Hell is the Damn Remote?

We got a Roku on Black Friday.

After complaining that there’s ‘nothing good’ on TV from our selection of 998 cable channels and watching 1970’s reruns of M*A*S*H we are now watching reruns of Gilmore Girls (Husband’s choice, not mine) from 2000 on Netflix.

Tell me again how this is an improvement????

I will say one thing for it; I like the lack of commercials. It’s proving my theory that it’s the food commercials that are making me fat(ter.) I didn’t even KNOW  I wanted a bacon cheeseburger at 9 PM until I saw that commercial for one!

The thing I DON’T like about it is the growing number of remotes it now takes to turn the TV on and off!
Call me old fashioned but I long for the good old days of ONE REMOTE for ALL the functions!

We now have; the one that turns on the TV, the one that turns on the tuner for the surround sound speakers, the one that changes the input to the Roku, the one that TURNS ON and controls the ROKU, one that sits next to me for volume and one that sits next to Husband for various other functions (that just confuse the hell out of me!)
There are actually several more for the other various devices but I won’t go into them here.

And you have to be on your toes as to which remote you are using and what ‘mode’ you are in because if you hit an erroneous button in the wrong mode, thinking you’re adjusting the volume, it randomly changes the setting on the tuner and you find yourself listening to ‘All Things Considered’ on NPR while Frank Sinatra is dying in Montgomery Clift’s arms on the screen.

Very bewildering.

Husband tells me not to worry, ‘they’ are working on a universal remote app for our phones. Everything right there on our touch screens for ALL the inputs and devices.

Oh great, I already feel like I’m in airline pilot training school as it is!

I don't want to have to keep re-learning how to turn on the TV.....I just want to watch Casablanca!


  1. Hah, I want the old tv with a button to push for on and off and a dial to hange the channel. Actually I gave up on tv a long time ago. My husband gave up cable and just watches his own collection of DVDs.

  2. Hilarious! Exactly how I feel, but I need Re-training every time I pick a remote up!!!

  3. We're down to 2 remotes. A universal by ONN and the remote for the DVD which controls Netflix. I'm with you. One remote to rule them all

  4. LOL! We got Apple TV a few months ago…and will be trying out a generic box this week…so I totally feel your pain! And…since we got that little black box, I have done about ⅓ of my usual art play. Seems there are so many series to binge watch!

  5. hahaha! Oh, this is just me Robin! All those different devices do my head in and make me feel like watching TV just isn't worth the hassle anymore ... I hardly ever watch TV, which means I keep forgetting which devices to use so I have to get my kids' help every single time ...

  6. To offer a different perspective, a man can never have too many remote controls.

    After all, whoever dies with the most toys WINS!!


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