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Remote Control Chaos: a Simple Fix For a Streamlined Stay





Recently, I went to Virginia Beach to visit my daughter for a few days. My husband and my 80-year-old mother were with me, so we stayed in a professionally managed vacation rental. Everything about our experience was great, and I was happy with the condo until we tried to watch a little news before going to bed. 



There was only one TV in the condo, but there were more remotes on the coffee table than devices on the wall. There were no instructions or guides.  Two of the remotes were identical.   After about 10 minutes of trial and error with the remotes and the TV, we were finally able to watch some news.  As a vacation rental industry veteran, I beg you not to do this to your guests.


To avoid this, get rid of the cable boxes, old VCRs and DVD players, and complicated remotes. Set your TVs up for streaming and leave clear instructions next to the TV with a channel guide. Hide all unnecessary remotes in an owner's closet. If the TV isn’t a newer smart TV, streaming-enabled, buy a streaming stick. Be sure to get one that has volume and power controls. The cheaper options will leave your guests frustrated as they search through other remotes or walk to the TV to control the power and volume.


Here is an option Silicon Travel recommends: Roku Streaming Stick 4K


Published on Saturday, June 29, 2024

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