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tv remote w channel/timer functions?

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by patrick, Oct 2, 2007.

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  1. patrick

    patrick Guest

    At one point in time several yrs back, there was a tv remote that also
    had a channel /timer function that allowed the remote to change the tv
    to particular channels at particular times. You left the remote
    pointing at the infrared pickup on the front of the tv to change the
    channels at times entered. Does anyone recall or possible might anyone
    know of a remote control that has such functions? The reason I ask is
    that I am considering getting dish tv and the std tuners don't
    (apparently) have the ability to program channel changes at given
    times to alow the vcr to record . Outside of going to a dvr , can
    anyone think of a workaround for this perceived shortcoming? Thanks Pat
  2. ....

    Radio Shack sold one; maybe they still do.
  3. JeffM

    JeffM Guest

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  5. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    I remember something like that some time ago - in fact, my Mom and Dad
    (RIP) had one; there was a 5-to-7 digit code listed with each show
    in the TV schedule; you'd type in the number, and just point it at
    the TV and leave it sitting there.

    I can't remember the name of the thing, and I have no idea if you
    could put in your own dates, times, channel, etc, or only those
    published codes - come to think of it, I haven't seen those numbers
    on TV schedules for some time.

    But, at least at one time, there was such a thing.

    Actually, they used it on their VCR - maybe advertisers got them

    Good Luck!
  6. John

    John Guest

    Are you thinking about the VCR Plus?

    We had a VCR with the feature; you had to define a table of
    off-air/cable channel numbers versus the local TV guide channel
    numbers (different for every cable provider in the area). It had 5/6
    digit codes that were entered to set a VCR to a specific channel at a
    particular time in order to record a program.

    The codes were published in the local TV listings.

    It's possible that the cable + satellite expansions made it obsolete.

    There may also have been a remote with an internal timer & memory for
    doing what you ask - I just don't remember seeing one.

    I can probably build you one using a universal remote and a small
    microprocessor for under $150 ;-)


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