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on January 16, 2018
This seemed like the answer to the continuing problems my mother (dementia) and father (blindness) have with messing up the Xfiniity/Comcast remote on their new TV in their assisted living facility in Burlingame, California. They keep accidentally changing the input from HDM1 to TV, and this has caused 6 trips in two weeks to fix it. Long story short: this Flipper remote DOES NOT WORK with the Xfinity cable box that was installed in Burlingame, California in December 2017. Xfinity said there is NO remote like this one on the market that will work with their new cable box. It DOES work with older cable boxes. So disappointed. Wish like hell cable companies would offer a simple remote for the elderly/infirm that just has "on", "off", "volume" and "channel up/down". Ridiculous.
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on December 7, 2017
This is that old dodge dart with the straight-six under the hood. It's not fashionable. It's maybe even embarrassing to be seen with. It's a bit hard to get into gear. But it just plain works. My mom was constantly hitting the wrong button on the old 1000 button remote. The TV would switch ports and she would have no idea why.

It took a bit to get programmed. I chose to take advantage of the "favorites" feature which locks you into I think about 30 channels. It's a long manual process. No bells and whistles.When I was done there were no more "you don't have this channel" messages for my mom to click through. And 30 or so channels is plenty of TV.

The usability is a bit Kludgy. This is due to my cable box and can't be blamed on the controller. The favorites feature sends a code with the next favorite channel followed by a carriage return character to the cable box. My cable box (Cablevision) does not support the carriage returrn so you have to patiently click and wait about 1.5 seconds for the channel to change. If you get frustrated and click several times, the remote will just send more numbers and the cable box will be trying to go to channel "2345" or something. I thought this would trip up mom but it did not.

The on off button is also kludgy. Sometimes it turns on the TV but not the cable box and sometimes vice-versa. Amazingly though, if you click it again it works. I can't explain this. My mind tells me it should fall into a pattern of TV=ON, Cable=OFF then TV=OFF, Cable=ON once you get into that bad situation. But...It doesn't. It fixes itself and I don't know why.

All this kludginess and 5 stars? Why? Because just like that old dodge dart. Once you get the hang of it's few quirks, it just plain works !

My mom complains about it every time I see her. But.... She uses it every day and she has not called me about a broken TV since I bought her this.

One last thing. I added a tiny screw to the slide-off cover that hides the programming buttons. It's a tiny screw - literally like 1/8" long. This keeps my mom from getting curious about what's inside and I'm sure has prevented her from breaking the programming.
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on September 25, 2016
Ideal for that vision challenged senior or toddler that pushes the wrong buttons.
Power, channel, sound and mute. That is it and the colors and shapes are big.
A sliding panel has all the setup buttons. Setup was easy and the senior loves it since she can't mess up the TV.
If you have ever driven a long distance to "fix" the TV for a senior that changed the input by mistake then this is a great device.
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on January 21, 2017
I had great hope for this, as I am tired of constantly running over to my 85yr's apartment to "fix" the TV and I hate the monthly call with the cable company trying to get them to remove the pay per view and movies she accidentally buys. She only speaks Spanish, so when things go wrong she just starts pushing one of the hundred buttons on the two remotes tying to make things work,
So what is so bad about this? They power button only sends a signal for as long as you push it. What this means is that a quick press of the power button may be sufficient to turn on the TV, but not a long enough signal to turn on the cable box. All it takes is a single incident of this and the TV and cable box are out of sync, then when the TV goes on the cable box goes off and vice versa. She has no idea what is wrong and just pushes the button over and over tuning one on and the other off. This needs to be improved to send a burst of a second or two every time the power button is pressed so that there is sufficient signal to make sure both devices are turned on or off at the same time.
This one has to go back...
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on March 30, 2016
My MIL (mother in law) is in her late 80's and struggling with tech. See the remote on the left? 53 buttons if I counted right. I knew I couldn't be the only one wishing for the simple remote, +/- for channels and an off/on button. And of course, here it is. A lifesaver. Until the Echo will let you control the TV with your voice, this remote will make your life (and your loved old person's) a bit easier.
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on February 26, 2017
I'm going to give this top billing. My Dad has mid to late stage dementia. It's even difficult for him to know what the device does, but when he does it's just what he needs. His cable company, Metrocast uses the Evolution HD DTA. The tech at Metrocast told me that NO other remote but the included one would work for it. I'm a tech and I don't take no for an answer to tech issues. After much digging, I found a code that worked on Flipper website (V2 and higher common STB codes)
The best part is that the cable box has no on/off so the box and TV cannot get out of sync. I have not programmed favorite channels yet, but for now it makes life easier.
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on October 4, 2017
I bought this remote for my 94 year old mother-in-law. She has macular degeneration and cannot see small items. I synced this with my verizon fios desktop set and the flat screen tv. Single on/off button turns on tv and STB with one push. bottom panel slides down to reveal standard 12 button key pad. She has only 5 or 6 channels that shes watches, so I made a list on a pad with large letters for the channels and the associated numbers. she can push the numbers and go to that station even with her limited sight since she knows the 12 button orientation. This remote is a lifesaver. No more yelling to come in and change the channel!!
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on November 25, 2017
I cannot say enough good things about this remote. My 92 year old mother would not be able to watch television at all if it weren't for the Flipper Remote.
I was able to program the remote by following the directions that were enclosed with the remote. But, the most helpful thing was to watch the many videos on how to set up the remote, delete & add channels, troubleshooting, plus other features. I just googled .."How to program a Flipper Remote." that will take you directly to the site.

Yesterday, I had a problem that I couldn't resolve by myself. I sent an email explaining my problem.
I was shocked at how promptly a technical person returned my email. Dan. told me what he thought the problem was and he gave me step my step instructions.
I tried the instructions, but it still didn't work. I sent another email telling him it didn't work and I was at my wits end,
I had to leave home for a few hours. When I returned there were 2 more emails with more instructions and an inquiry if I were having any success , In the two new emails there were more step by step instructions. Plus, he gave me his phone number encase I needed over the phone instructions. I tried the new instructions and my problem was solved.
Dan, was so patient and his instructions were step by step and easy to understand. I definitely recommend the Flipper Remote for senior citizens (92 year old Mom) and their customer service is fabulous!
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on August 12, 2016
Top problem with this product: It very quickly gets out of "sync" with the on/off state of the TV and set top box. This means that one device or the other is "on" and the other is "off." Once this happens, you can never get the remote power button to turn them both on at the same time again. If you press the button, one will turn "On", and the other will turn "Off."

Second biggest problem (which exacerbates the first): It is SLOOOW. Press a channel change button, and it takes a couple seconds to take effect. Turning your devices on takes, literally, nearly a MINUTE from the time you press the On button to the time a picture appears.

This was purchased for my father-in-law who is suffering from Alzheimer's. It is FAR too complicated and unreliable. I really wanted this to work, but it simply doesn't.
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on March 7, 2018
Its much easier for my 98 year old father in law to use this remote rather than the Comcast remote. The best thing is that you can lock the settings. This includes always leaving the cable box on, so there are never any out of sync issues where the cable box is off, but the TV is on. Also he can't hit some combination of buttons that changes the settings. We're getting far less "TV support" calls...the only button it does not have is the "Guide" button, but at this point, he's not limited his watching to a handful of channels and those can be programmed in so he only has to click through them and not the other 500 channels...;-)
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