Dave wrote: " Would it kill them to make a remote that is backlit like a
phone touch pad?"
The FAV button began life as ALT for "Alternate Channel" which simply
toggled between two channels. Some TVs let you define the function to be
either a toggle or a string of "favorites" (though more a dozen does get
cumbersome when you can only go one way). Some TVs actually put something up
on the screen, so you can summon the list and then pick... but then the
labor-saving aspect starts to seem shaky.
The FAV or ALT button has always been more popular in the U.S. than in
Europe, since our TV experience is about 20% advertising.
On filtering the whole channel list, I have seen TVs that do that, and it
irritates me, too, that I can't simply eliminate channels that I will never,
Amen about working the dark. It's amazing little attention is paid to the
fact that users are typically in the dark when watching TV. Same goes for
labeling the back panel of TVs and stereos -- you may have the lights on,
but typically you don't have a spotlight on the jacks etc, and you are
usually twisting around in some contorted posture!
Some high-end TVs also have backlit remotes -- I have one that turns when
you press a key and then goes out a minute or so after the last keypress --
but the main argument against this feature is power consumption.
- Jim Hoekema
When is someone going to realize that people watch TV w/ dimmed or no lights
on? How often I've been watching a DVD or something off the DVR and I get a
call and I can't find the stupid PAUSE button. Would it kill them to make a
remote that is backlit like a phone touch pad?