Pressing red turns the power off? Err... not most of the time...

Posted on 23 June 2009 in Television (2 comments)

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.

OnDigital box remote control

Or do they?

After reading one such comment recently I decided it was time to look´┐Ż 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.

RemoteColour of standby button
Standard Sky remoteBlack
One For All 4 device remoteGrey (but with red power symbol)
Sony 14" CRT TV remoteGrey with a turquoise circle around the button
Metronic Freesat set top box remoteRed
Pace Freeview set top box remoteRed
Humax Foxsat HDR remoteBlack with green power symbol
Sky+ remoteBlack
Sagem Freeview remoteRed
Humax PVR-9200T remoteGrey
Philips OnDigital remoteRed
Becko TV remoteRed
NTL remote controlGrey
Different NTL remote controlTurquoise
V+ remote controlGrey
Telewest remote controlGrey
Sony Freeview set top box remoteGreen
Nokia OnDigital set top box remoteRed
Panasonic Freesat TVRed
Hauppauge remote control for PCGreen

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!

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Darren said:

Go on then...

Sony Hi-fi (7-8 years old) - Green
Sony HDTV ( PS3 bluetooth remote- any button for on, PS black button for off
PS3 controlpad - any button for PS black button

Posted on 23 June 2009 at 12:37 PM

Kev said:

I thought all mine were red too (I normally just use some universal remotes) but actually looking at them shows something different....

First the remote controls that get used...
OneForAll Digital 12 (x2) - Red
OneForAll Digital 5 - Red

And for the original manufactures remotes:

Philips Streamium
Goodmans Freeview DVD Recorder
Asda DVD Player
Philips IDTV

Pioneer ITV Digibox (actually two standby buttons, both orange)
Pioneer AV Amp

Red border or printed symbol
Sharp TV (Symbol Above)
Humax PVR (Red Surround)*
Matsui 14" TV (Red surround)
Kiss Networked DVD Player (Red symbol on)

Green Surround
Sony DAB Tuner

Philips DAB Ghetto Blaster
Joytech Control Centre 2 - Grey
Cambridge Audio DAB Tuner - Black
- Interestingly the above three have no colour at all on the remote

Including surrounds and symbols that is
17 Remote Controls
11 - Red - 64%
3 - Grey - 18%
2 - Orange - 12% - Pioneer Trait
1 - Green - 6% - Sony Trait

As for the Humax, some eejit decide to put a red (record) button directly above the red button - I ended up recording programmes more than once when trying to access BBCi - horrid remote mind, forced me to get the universal. - The cursor keys also have a red surround.

My OneForAlls also have three red buttons - Red, Power, Record....

Posted on 25 June 2009 at 8:21 PM

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