Survey Shows Multiple Remote Controls Hindering Entertainment Experiences Globally

Yesterday, we announced the initial results of our Global Remote Control Trends Study, a seven-country analysis of people’s use and views on their living room remote controls. Overall there was one clear message – living rooms are seeing more and more remotes. In fact, per the study, nearly half of all living rooms globally have four or more remotes. It’s no wonder approximately one out of five households have written their own “Remote Control for Dummies” list to keep track of how to use them all.

With all these remotes, it’s no surprise to see almost unanimous desire among people to push just one button to do things like enjoy their favorite movies. We’re excited to ease the transition from cluttered mess to sleek simplicity with the Logitech Harmony line of remotes, by offering features such as touch screens and activity-based control, making it easy to access your most-used functions.

A few other interesting data points from the study included:

  • From 2005-2010, people in all seven countries have increased the number of remotes taking up space on the living room table. The increase has been most dramatic in France and Australia, where the number of households with more than four remote controls has more than doubled.
  • Around the world, about half of people surveyed agree that touch-screen remote controls would make their entertainment experience better.

  • About 90 percent of global consumers surveyed view a good universal remote as a solid investment

Stay tuned here in the coming months as more data from the Global Remote Control Trends Study becomes available.

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Director of Product Marketing, Remote Control Business Unit

4 comments

  • They announced the initial results of our Global Remote Control Trends Study, a seven-country analysis of people’s use and views on their living room remote controls. Overall there was one clear message – living rooms are seeing more and more remotes

  • I have used other universal remotes in the past but the Harmony Range by Logitech are much easier to use and simple to set up will not be going back to multiple remotes.

  • I’ve been trying to enjoy my new Harmony 600 remote, but my brand new Magnavox HDTV doesn’t switch to the correct input for the chosen activity button. I’m tired of pressing the Help button each time I press an activity button! Defeats the purpose of using a remote like this. Logitech website and phone tech say my TV is compatible. I’ve spent about 6 of the last 24 hours fiddling with the Harmony software and remote settings. I’m very annoyed and ready to return my Harmony for a refund. All suggestions are welcome.

    • Hi Tim,

      The fact that the Help button fixes the issue tells me that the issue you are experiencing is either a timing related issue, or the input list is incorrectly defined for the TV. I would recommend that you contact support. With a few changes to your account, they should be able to get this issue resolved.

      Regards,
      Scott

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