Why Your Remote Has A Netflix Button (And What You Can Do About It)

Or, you could switch remotes and upgrade to a universal remote[10]. These completely remove the option of hard-coded buttons for these services, thus fixing the problem. Most can even control additional electronics in your home’s entertainment center—like Blu-ray players, satellite boxes, soundbars, and more—which ultimately makes for a more streamlined set up anyway.

If you do want to make the jump, we found a few solid choices. They range from the inexpensive and ultra-simple, to pricier premium remotes loaded with features and functionality.

GE Universal Remote Control

The GE Universal Remote in five different colors

The GE Universal Remote Control[11] works with up to four video and audio components, so you can control your TV, disc players, satellite box, and Roku stick with a single remote. It is preprogrammed to work with Samsung TVs and Roku boxes, but it can work with devices from any major brand. The remote comes in five colors, and is easy to set up and program.

GE Universal Remote Control for Samsung, Vizio, LG, Sony, Sharp, Roku, Apple TV, RCA, Panasonic, Smart TVs, Streaming Players, Blu-ray, DVD, 4-Device, Black, 34457 Brushed Black


This simple universal remote can work with your TV and with a variety of other electronics.

Logitech Harmony 665

Logitech Harmony 665 remote

With the Logitech Harmony 665[14], you can start watching TV, listening to music, or watching a movie with the press of a single Activity button. Pressing one of these buttons turns on the corresponding electronics, so all you have to do is kick back and relax. It can replace up to 10 remotes, so you can control your sound system, gaming console, disc players, TV, and more with a single remote.

The Harmony 665 is compatible with over 270,000 devices from more than 6,000 brands, so it’s ready to be used in your living room today. And with more devices being added every day, the remote will stay compatible as you upgrade your electronics. The remote is backlit for easy button identification in the dark, and you can customize up to 23 channels on the remote’s small color screen.

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