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The End of the Remote Control?

April 24, 2012
Few consumer electronics technologies last for more than half a century. 

Yet the TV remote control has been a centerpiece of living rooms and the focus of family squabbles for more than 60 years. Its age is showing, however -- and new technologies built into the next generation of TVs may replace the old clicker.

It's been clear for some time that remote controls weren't cutting it any more. There are too many entertainment options now -- thousands of channels, streaming online video, video on demand, DVRs, music, YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, games

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