One of the comments that I occasionally hear about the red button is how people turn the TV off! Because, of course, most remotes have a red button to put them in standby.
Or do they?
After reading one such comment recently I decided it was time to look� And I started with the six remotes on my desk, before then scowling the office and home for other remotes to see what the result was.
|Remote||Colour of standby button|
|Standard Sky remote||Black|
|One For All 4 device remote||Grey (but with red power symbol)|
|Sony 14" CRT TV remote||Grey with a turquoise circle around the button|
|Metronic Freesat set top box remote||Red|
|Pace Freeview set top box remote||Red|
|Humax Foxsat HDR remote||Black with green power symbol|
|Sagem Freeview remote||Red|
|Humax PVR-9200T remote||Grey|
|Philips OnDigital remote||Red|
|Becko TV remote||Red|
|NTL remote control||Grey|
|Different NTL remote control||Turquoise|
|V+ remote control||Grey|
|Telewest remote control||Grey|
|Sony Freeview set top box remote||Green|
|Nokia OnDigital set top box remote||Red|
|Panasonic Freesat TV||Red|
|Hauppauge remote control for PC||Green|
So that's a twenty and what a mixed bag. Only seven out of 20 had a red coloured power/standby button - that's just 35%.
The amount of green that's around is quite surprising, but it seems that in the main remotes either have grey or black power buttons, generally to match the colour of the remote control itself.
Of course my sample is only of a puny number of remotes compared to those out there, so I'd be interested in hearing what you find on your remotes!