TV-B-Gone Universal TV Power Remote Control Keychain
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- Small keychain device for turning off obtrusive TVs at bars and restaurants
- Contains 209 separate turn-off codes for nearly every TV model
- Cycles through entire range of codes in fewer than 69 seconds
- Lightweight and discreet key ring attachment; range of up to 50 feet
- Measures 1.75 by 0.75 by 2.25 inches (W x H x D); 90-day warranty
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Now there's a solution: the TV-B-Gone. This small keychain wonder is designed to turn off virtually any television. Invented by Mitch Altman, a former Silicon Valley entrepreneur, the TV-B-Gone is a simple remote control device with a single button. When activated, the unit emits 209 different turn-off codes for nearly every TV. The unit takes a little more than a minute to cycle through all of the turn-off codes, but fortunately, codes for the most common TVs are emitted first. And because it's small, unassuming, and attaches to your key ring, you can always be discreet about offing that off-putting talking head.
Just think, more authentic and meaningful social interactions can be yours in seconds. Be prepared when the TV goes off, though; you may have to talk to those friends of yours at the table. Of course, if it's just simple silence you're after, the TV-B-Gone delivers that, too. So pick up that book and enjoy!
What's in the Box
TV-B-Gone keychain remote control, increased sense of wellbeing, less anxiety, more time for productive activity, more satisfying social interactions, user's manual.
Top Customer Reviews
If anyone asks you what it is, you tell them exactly that. If you have your keys in your hand as you walk through a store, it is not unusual, but just carrying this device by itself might cause suspicion. PUT IT ON YOUR KEYRING! Keep your keys in your hand, try not to be too obvious or point your keys at the TV sets! Keep your arms down at your sides, it has a fairly good range.
Going into stores that have large displays of television sets, it is fun to hit the button and watch the sets go off. Some go off quickly, others take a while as the unit gets to that specific brand. Some sets can take quite a while to turn off.
Sony must be the very first code in this unit, as Sony sets go off imediately. Panasonic sets take 5 - 10 seconds.
At best buy, when brat kids are playing the video games, this unit will turn off the sets so they can't play anymore.
The one thing people forget, is that the same signal that turns TV's off, is the same exact signal that also turns TVs ON!! So if a TV set is off, then using this device will turn it ON.
So another great use is when you are at a restaurant and they don't have the TV set on, you can turn the set on, you just can't change channels and volume, you are stuck with what it was last set at.
GE makes a universal remote in which you keep pressing a button called "CODE SEARCH" until your TV set goes on, then hit ENTER, and all the features of the remote then work with that TV set.Read more ›
While it's of questionable courtesy to shut off TV's indiscriminately--as the "extremist" anti-TV White Dot and other advocates of the TVBGone support--there are ample occasions of TV's being left on and providing little more than noise and electricity drain to its environment. It is great to have this tool to empower everyone to be able to do the right thing regarding TVs that "should not" be on.
There you are, holding your seriously ill child on your lap in the emergency room at the hospital -- and the TV is blaring on about beheadings and rape. Great. Just what a five-year-old needs. Once we were the ONLY people in the emergency room, yet the nurse still refused to turn it off. I won't tell you what the show was.
Now you don't have to be helpless. Enter TV-B-GONE!
Just casually point the little black box at the tube and push the button. Within a minute or two (say 69 seconds), it will find the right code and stop the junk. If anyone else has been watching, they will blink, look around and pick up a magazine. Never, never, have I heard anyone complain when I've used my TV-B-Gone. And I've used it in plenty of doctor's offices and dry cleaners.
Mind you, I would never turn off the game in a sports bar to ruin other people's fun. For me, this fine little tool is about a bit peace and sanity.
OK -- batteries. After using this thing for a year and a half, it finally needed new batteries. That's a pretty darned good run. Radio Shack put crummy ones in, so they never worked. Off to the grocery store to try again. There's a new battery recommendation on the tvbgone website: use just two CR2032 batteries instead of three of the original 2016, they say.
Another reviewer complained that TV-B-Gone does just one thing, but . . . uh . . . check out the name. That's what it's for. Making TV be gone. Wanna watch TV? Then, dude, get a remote. (Or get up and walk to the tube, I guess.Read more ›
But wait! This gadget brings hope! Then success! Nobody notices or complains. It's glorious! Now, let's go to Midas Muffler! It works there, too!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So hilarious. We turned off TVs at work and watched the hilarity unfold. Definitely worth the moneyPublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
Does not work on any newer tvs. Tried it in bars restaurants and best but with no success.Published 22 days ago by imakenosense123
Sometimes it doesn't work the way you expect, but when you're in a sports bar that makes it all the better!Published 25 days ago by Shoova
I'm having a blast using this. I always take it with me when I go to a doctors office and turn off the TV's that advertise continually for the legal drug dealers. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Harley R.
Are you tired of televisions invading public spaces? Trying to read a book in a waiting room but you're forced to listen to atrocious daytime television? Read morePublished 2 months ago by Benjamin Johnson
Great gag gift, and works fairly well. Gave one to each of my brothers. Both plan to hit a sports bar on Superbowl Sunday, wait for the "big play," then sweep the room. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Thomas
We gave 3 TV-B-Gones as holiday gifts & kept 1 for ourselves. Each recipient is eager to "test it" at their favorite sports bar & grill. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Just get it and have the ability to give yourself and others peace and quiet in bars and restaurants that have blaring televisions playing 10 different games on 10 different TVs,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by M. Pavlovich