September 06, 2007 by Rachel Cericola
If you’re like me, it’s hard to sit through another depressing newscast just to get to the weekend weather. Stupid Red Sox!
Now instead of having to relive those not-so-magical sports (and other) moments, I can make my own highlight reel right on the Acoustic Research ARRU449 remote control. The unit has built-in wireless Wi-Fi technology, which uses your broadband connection to stream sports scores (oh, the agony!), weather and other headlines, as well as a list of what looks good on your local channel lineup.
Wi-Fi also keeps the Electronic Program Guide current—and customized. You can select from “All Channels,” “My Channels,” “My Shows” or sort the guide to display HDTV movies (yes!), family or sports based on your zip code.
Oh, it also provides control—a lot of it. It can handle your DVR, DVD player, cable and/or satellite receiver and almost any other A/V you need instant access to.
You may have the $399.99 in hand, but for now, you’re going to have to keep using your lame, non-Wi-Fi remote. The ARRU449 won’t be available until October.
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