Streaming services are here to stay. But there’s one big problem that all streaming devices share – none of their remotes have the ability to power on and off your TV or control volume. A 2nd, and if we’re honest, sometimes 3rd remote is always needed. The Sideclick is a simple solution to a simple problem.
The Sideclick is a universal remote attachment that snaps onto your streaming remote, allowing you to control the basic functions of your TV: Power, Volume Up and Down, Channel Up and Down, and Source/Input.
It eliminates the need to always be looking for ‘that other remote’ and allows you to control your TV and your streaming device all-in-one. There are 4 Sideclick models which cover the major streaming players. There’s a Sideclick for Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire Stick, and Apple TV.
The Sideclick uses infrared technology to program each button. Any device using infrared can be programmed as a button on Sideclick. As well as the basic controls, if you don’t need the channel up/down option, you could program the up arrow to be your MENU option and the down arrow to MUTE. As Sideclick say, “We give you 6 buttons, program them however you want.”
It sounds incredibly easy to program too: Hold the P (Program) button and Power buttons simultaneously until the status LED turns on. Then press the button you want to program. Next, point Sideclick at the remote you want it to learn from and hit the power button on the other remote. Done.
Each Sideclick model takes 2 AAA batteries and will set you back around £15. It’s not great value for a simple device but it could save you some hassle! It’s being sold on Kickstarter so get over to their Website now.