March 23, 2007

Ready your thumbs: The iconRemote is getting closer!

Have you been doing your thumb stretches? The much anticipated release of the iconRemote Universal Remote Control is just around the corner!

This is more than your average universal remote. I already told you about all of the great features (custom favorite channel buttons, HIS and HERS favorites, easy-to-use macros, a bright and colorful LCD display, and more - see below), and now I have something new for you. We have just put up a new webpage to generate customer interest in this amazing new remote. You can find everything you need to know about the iconRemote here at Make sure to sign up for the email updates so you don’t miss out when the iconRemote goes on sale. These things are going to fly off the shelves!

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Tell your friends. Why wrestle with a bunch of remotes when this handy little gadget can replace them all and do so much more!

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March 22, 2007

My last remote, truly!

I work hard all week, but when I have the free time, sometimes I want nothing more than to sit down in front of my television, and tune in and tune out for a couple of hours at a time. Now, I don’t consider myself a couch potato by any means, but I am, admittedly, a huge technology geek, and if you could only see my set-up, I’m sure you’d understand how I could get such a huge kick out of planting myself in front of the TV for hours on end.

It’s never really been my style to brag, but to describe my home entertainment system as “extensive” would be a gross understatement. I’ve got a big, plasma screen television, a six-speaker stereo system, digital cable, a DVD player and a VCR. I’ve even been thinking about picking up one of those new HD DVD Players. The only problem is that every time I add another component to my entertainment system, I have to add another remote to the growing pile on my coffee table.

Right now, I have so many different remote controls scattered across table tops and hidden between couch cushions, that they’re becoming harder and harder to keep track of. When friends come over, and they want to watch a little bit of television, or a movie, they can never seem to figure out which remote turns on the TV and which one operates the DVD player—they’ve been on my back to pick up a universal remote for months now! But I wasn’t sure if there was a single remote control out there that could effectively replace the ones I already have, so I had to make sure to do my homework.

Working at X10 pays off in many ways, but today I was espcially happy to hear about a solution for remote control(s) problem!

It's called the iconRemote!
This thing is amazing! It has a brightly-lit, easy to read LCD screen that displays logos from all of my favorite stations, and ten separate, customizable user profiles, including convenient “HIS” and “HERS” buttons. (My wife will approve!)

And set-up is easy too. Unlike the Harmony Remote from Logitech, which must be connected to a computer before you can get started, the iconRemote is ready to go, right out of the box, no additional equipment needed! All I had to do was turn it on, and the On-Screen Wizard guided me through the entire set-up process.

And there are no remote control code books to fumble through either, because the iconRemote has the world’s most extensive code library stored in its internal memory! And in the unlikely event that I need a code that isn’t contained in the iconRemote’s internal memory, it’s not a problem, because this handy little piece of technology is capable of learning commands directly from another remote!

And there’s so much more: The iconRemote features ten programmable buttons (versus the Harmony’s four) while features such as Punchthrough and Quickpower make it easy for me to activate my entire entertainment system with the push of a single button! And it just keeps on getting better! This amazing remote features large, easy to read buttons, while a Smart Macro system allows me to execute complicated tasks with a single command. For example, I can turn on my TV, my DVD Player and my stereo simultaneously, and get my favorite movie started (with surround sound), all with the push of a single button! And the best part is, I can finally get rid of all my other remotes!

So when is this great new toy available? SOON, VERY SOON!

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March 02, 2007

Cable companies, video senders and math...

Video senders are nothing new. In fact, they’ve been around for sometime now, although I guess I wouldn’t be too surprised if you’d never heard of them before at all. You see, the cable companies do their absolute best to keep them a secret.

A video sender is essentially a device that can be used to beam a signal from one television to another—and their very existence drives the cable companies mad! Read on to find out why...

When I had my digital cable service activated, the cable company provided me with a single cable box. That’s right, ONE box. There are TWO televisions in my home. You do the math. Doesn’t quite add up, does it? The single box works great with the TV in my living room, but does absolutely nothing for the TV in my bedroom. I was told that if I wanted to use my digital cable with multiple TVs, I would have to pay for another cable box.

I wanted to find a way to watch my digital cable on either TV in my home, but the last thing I wanted was to spend money on another bulky piece of equipment that would take up space and spread its wires through my home like some sort of wild, overgrown vine. Fortunately, X10 was able to provide me with the perfect solution to my problem: The new and improved VK82A Video Sender (What can I say? I just happen know a couple of the good folks who work at X10…).

So maybe you’ve heard of a video sender before. If you’re already familiar with them, then get ready for something completely different, because this video sender is new and improved! The first thing I noticed was its compact size. I mean, this thing is small— about the size of computer mouse, so I can hide it anywhere I want to. Not that I need to hide it at all: This video sender doesn’t sacrifice form for function. It sports a sleek and stylish design that looks high-tech and matches well with my entertainment system—that’s something my wife really appreciates. But don’t be fooled by this video sender’s compact size—it’s as powerful as ever! This amazing new video sender even comes with a built-in remote sender which allows me to control the action with my remote control no matter which TV I’m watching! And, the whole set-up is legal, unlike all of those other “black box” scams you’ve probably heard about.

And it doesn’t end with digital cable. If you have more than one TV in your home, but can’t afford to equip them all with expensive electronic equipment such as DVD players, then the VK82A Video Sender is the perfect solution for you. It works with RCA or coaxial cables, making it compatible with most audio/visual devices. In fact, with the right connection, you can even use it with your PC! Watch movies you’ve downloaded to your hard drive right on your TV screen!

So if you’re looking for an effective and affordable way to get a signal from one TV to another, check out the VK82A Video Sender—just don’t tell your cable company about it!