2014 Electronics Holiday Gift Guide

Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
  • TV-B-Gone Universal TV Power Remote Control Keychain
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
  • To view this video download Flash Player

TV-B-Gone Universal TV Power Remote Control Keychain

| 15 answered questions

Price: $21.99 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
In Stock.
Sold by FamilySafe and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
  • 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
2 new from $19.99

Frequently Bought Together

TV-B-Gone Universal TV Power Remote Control Keychain + Mini Stealth TV Television Remote (color may vary, white/black) + Liquid Ass
Price for all three: $32.32

These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers.

Buy the selected items together

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Amazon Free 30-Day Tech Support: This item is eligible for free tech support for 30 days from the date of delivery. Over the phone, our trained technicians can help you set up, configure, connect, and troubleshoot so you can start enjoying your new purchase. Owners of qualifying products can reach Tech Support by calling 1-800-362-5703. Learn more

  • Get a $150 Amazon.com Gift Card: Get the Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card and earn a $150.00 digital Amazon.com Gift Card* after $1,000 in card purchases within 3 months of account opening. Learn more.

Technical Details

  • IR Beam: High power 940mm Infrared, Beam Angle: 30 Degrees, Weight: 28 grams with batteries

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B0006GD9CE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 5, 2006

Product Description

Product Description

Disclaimer: This product may cause certain side effects, including decreased anxiety (especially during football season), increased socialization within your home (gasp! what will the teens think?), increased cognitive ability and an increased sense of well being. But if you're tired of living in the drone of the game, the cacophony of television advertising or the blood-curdling racket of the kids' games, then you may want to risk it. Turn it all off and enjoy your conversation with this TV-B-Gone universal remote control. Use it on the TV at home or at the restaurant when no one is watching it. Small and always easy to find, the remote control attaches to your keychain and puts the magical "off" switch right in your hand. Just point and press, and then savor the peace. Or, run for your life if you get caught by the sports fan or teen gamer in the middle of something big. Turns off virtually any television; does not harm televisions. Imported. 2-1/2Lx2W".


You're sitting in a restaurant with your friends. The TV in the corner is blaring. You realize that none of you are actually talking to each other. Instead, you're all staring at a piece of furniture!

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.

Customer Reviews

It is also fun turning it off when people watch it.
T. Lindsay
TVs are everywhere and if you find yourself wishing you could have a little peace and quiet, this little guy gives you a choice.
M. O'Brien
Broke the second i used it. very cheap manufacturing and would not buy again. althought the one time i did use it, it did work.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

298 of 312 people found the following review helpful By FOX on February 5, 2005
This item is GREAT! When you put it on your keyring, it looks like it is nothing more than the remote for a car alarm.

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 ›
9 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
72 of 76 people found the following review helpful By D. B. Rathbun on January 27, 2005
Contrary to other reviews, this device will turn off 90% of all US/Asian TVs within 17 seconds (and the other 10% by the time it finishes its sequence). Some may not operate it properly.

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.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
68 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Tia on October 16, 2006
Well, you can now escape other people's cigarette smoke, if you don't care to breathe it -- most of the time. But it seems there's no escape from TV in public places.

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 ›
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By kevin on March 14, 2011
Verified Purchase
I first bought one of these remotes years ago. I lost the first one and never got around to buying a new one. I actually did not know until recently that they were still in production. My original and the new unit work great about 80% of the time. To me this is a good percentage considering how many different TV brands and models are out there. I have had especially good luck in turning off obnoxious TV programming in public settings where the volume and/or program content was to the point of distraction. Overall, the unit is quite unobtrusive and has a long battery life. The cost is a bit on the high side, but the benefits of its use are more than worth it.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Michael on June 22, 2011
Verified Purchase
At the mexican restaurant. Absolute trash on the TV. My 9, 7 and 6 year old had their eyes glued to it. Slipped out my keys with the TV-B-Gone on it. BAM...went down like Bin Laden. The restaurant workers were so busy they never even noticed it wasn't on.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Serrin on October 30, 2013
Verified Purchase
Other reviewers have had pretty good luck, and that's great. It's what guided my selection to this TV eliminator (and possible vandalism device, hahaha). Got it today, very fast shipping! I excitedly tried it on the 3 TVs in my house, looking forward to the next time I found myself having to endure an irritating channel on an irritating TV in whatever place I found myself in. These TVs are two recently manufactured flatscreens (Insignia and Westinghouse) and one older tube set (Toshiba).
The score... 0 for 3. Didn't work on any of them. Some have a power-toggle command, and some have dedicated ON and OFF commands... so I tried with BOTH the set off to start and then with the set on. No reaction either way.
The red LED flickered for a minute or so, indicating to me that it was running through the IR commands... so, yes, I'd removed the battery-saving plastic tab and it was apparently working. Just no results as desired. On the older set it managed to open the menu and change the input--but that's not a desired result.
Maybe they need to update or expand the IR command repertoire... eliminating older ones in favor of current ones to save time, I don't know.
I will try it on other sets as I have the chance, but so far it is not functioning as advertised. I'd hoped at least ONE set would respond, giving me hope that I could use it as intended.

LATER THAT DAY... wanting to give TV-B-Gone a fair shake, I attached it to my keys (one of the selling points being surreptitious use) to go shopping. Stopped by Electronics, held my keys innocently in my hand, and faced the Big Wall of Big TVs. Tried it twice at two different sections... still no dice. None of them did a thing. I will concede that it's *possible* that the display models are deliberately disabled as far as control goes... but then how can their features be demonstrated when a customer is making a decision? So I have my doubts about that.

So it's still 1 star for "very disappointed."
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Want to discover more products? You may find many from a-b switch for tv shopping list.