My neighbour has lost her remote control for the old NTL analogue service.
NTL just want to upgrade her to digital, so would one of those all-in-one
remotes work? Ideally I'd like keep it separate from the video/tv remotes as
she's confused enough already. TIA
It may not actually, I bought one of the all in one remotes so that I could
declutter the coffee table (er indoors believes that it should be used for
such things as coffee! wierd eh!?). Unfortunately, it worked for everything
except my cable remote (it was a digital one, but I guess the frequency
isn't that different. I checked the internet and this was a known fault due
to the frequency set by telewest. Have a look on eBay, you may find a
replacement at a fraction of the cost. They have a fairly large remote
control section. Alternatively, buy one and keep the receipt!
AFAIK you should be OK with all-in-ones for analogue cable boxes (if
they claim to support them). Digital Cable boxes are a pain though as
the use iRDA which the vast majority of all-in-ones (including my
bloody Philips Pronto) can't cope with.
We have an All4one remote and it worked with the old analogue NTL box and
the new digibox too. It is 5 way and controls everything we have. There is
good web support for uncommon models. The only thing it can't do is some of
the advanced functions of our Sony camcorder. It also has 4 handy
programmable buttons that can hold a series of commonly used commands. On
analogue we used it to bring up teletext at the "now and next" page.
All4one are common and you cann get them at Argos etc.
Find someone who has upgraded to digital. When they take away the old
analogue boxes, they usually forget to collect the old remotes. I had about
3 of them at one point.
On the other hand, why not just upgrade to digital? I can't imagine the
analogue service will be around much longer.
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