Remote Control - The remote control device is a keypad held in the hand that controls a device or devices. Most use infrared light signals. The remote control controls the receiving device's "remote".
Advanced remote control devices can provide advanced functionality without interrupting the program currently being watched. An Ericsson IPTV remote control (at the time of this writing) has its own screen that can display electronic program guides, web pages and be used for chat functionality. All of this is done without disturbing other people who are watching the main TV.
This tablet-style remote control device can also be used as a portable second TV display, and to control other devices such as mobile phones and computers.
Remote control devices can work together with TV search software. For instance, with LiveSearchTV, TV viewers can enter keywords and LiveSearchTV (Idioma) scans all broadcast channels in real-time. Viewers are then given the option to switch to those channels that LiveSearchTV found. Other TV content providers have this type of service too, such as TiVo.
OnCommand’s “Motion Control” can be used as an example. (OnCommand has become part of LodgeNet.) The remote control features 8 buttons that guests can press to directly access movies-on-demand, TV-based Internet, hotel services, TV-shows-on-demand, PlayStation games, music-on-demand, email, as well as news and sports. Each button is color-coded in accordance with the corresponding on-screen commands. The remote control also features a "Buy" button that allows guests to confirm their purchases; enlarged arrow keys; buttons which correspond to each of the capabilities provided by On Command's new Motion Control technology; and "Back," "Home" and "Go To" buttons to facilitate Web surfing.
DVR Functionality - Hotel guests who use the OnCommand’s in-room video on demand services can pause, fast-forward and rewind the titles they purchase via a set of features the company dubs (dubbed) "Motion Control." Motion Control also allows customers to bookmark the point at which they stopped watching a video so that they can resume watching it from the same point later--provided they do so within 24 hours of ordering it.
Accenda Surfboard Voice Interactive Remote Control
Keyboard Remotes (Keyboard Slide Remote, Full Slide-out QWERTY Keyboard) - Remote control devices with a small built-in keyboard that slides out as some smartphones have.