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The Broadcast Monitoring Blog

Inventor of Remote Control’s Legacy Lives On.

You couldn't imagine tuning today’s hundreds of channels without a remote control for your TV. The brainchild of Eugene Polley who died yesterday at 96, the remote control changed life as we know it, from the vernacular “coach potato” to family dynamics of control of the remote. According to a report by the Associated Press, Polley remained current with his TV and remote control technologies and proud of his contribution, the Zenith Flash-Matic wireless remote control.

Those of us who ply our trade in television and its related technologies owe a debt of gratitude to Polley who also contributed to the development of the videodisk, the progenitor of the DVD.


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