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|I basically agree with you.
Sometime ago I downloaded a remote control app for my smart TV to an older smart phone. I am very glad that I did that.
I don't watch much TV but I do use it for doing other things as well.
I don't often lose the remote either, however, I have had to go and look for it a couple of times.
Earlier this year I lost the remote during a clean up that wasn't performed by me.
Everyone said don't buy a new remote because if you do then you will find the old one.
First I looked up if it was possible to hail the remote. Alas no.
I didn't watch any TV for about a month.
Then there was a big sporting event that I couldn't miss.
How the elephant do you switch the TV on.
The remote app lets you turn it off but not on.
Search the TV and then went to the internet again.
Eventually found a secret switch that was hidden on the underside of the TV.
Ha ha, now I could traverse up the channels to get to the right one from the phone.
But the phone app is quite limited.
No air mouse so using the web was useless.
No voice control to go from channel 2 to channel 54.
It just did the basics to let me watch that show.
After 6 months I caved in and purchased a new remote.
Late on a Friday night I successfully attached the new remote.
Early on Saturday morning I found the old remote.
It was in a place that I had already checked.
If the phone app had the same power, utility and ease of use as the remote control, I would use it.
Then if I lost it I could call it and if it was somewhere where I couldn't hear it I could use the GPS to show me where it was.
I was humoured by megaadam's assertion that the reason for your "unpopular opinion" was most likely due to the fact that you are half the age of the bulk of people on the forum.
So, most of them are 80 years old. Yet a whole lot of them seem to be interested in writing smart phone apps. Still it must be nice to be referred to as a youngster. Gee, when I was 40 I was given a card that said, that it is all downhill from here.
Oh and I did discover that the only feature of the TV remote that uses infra-red is the power on button. The rest of the functions are either Bluetooth or WIFI radio. Possibly the reason the phone app doesn't switch it on as well.
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