With its combination of advanced IR/RF`through-the-walls` remote control technology and a sophisticated LCD touch screen panel for control of up to 15 individual devices, the Customizer™ allows for greater whole house control.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, January 9, 2004 - Demonstrating its unique ability to provide the home entertainment marketplace with highly innovative remote controls at ever more accessible price points, Universal Remote Control®, Inc. today introduced the Customizer™ (URC -300), its flagship remote control in a new line that will significantly advance the market for retailers and consumers alike. The Customizer`s remarkable capability to control up to 15 devices simultaneously puts its capacity on the same footing as professional -grade systems controllers used by large -scale systems designers and installers.
The Customizer is engineered to meet the needs of home entertainment enthusiasts who require top -tier performance to command their increasingly complex entertainment systems at a fraction of the cost of those professional devices. In fact, at a manufacturer`s suggested retail price of $200.00, the Customizer helps create and define a new price/performance niche - one that will become increasingly important to the overall home theater electronics industry.
The Customizer universal and learning remote was designed for A/V enthusiasts who want to optimize all aspects of home theater operation for their own lifestyle needs. The Customizer`s touch screen LCD panel is simple and user -friendly. Reflecting the trend towards larger personal residences, the Customizer uses both IR and RF signals, making whole -house operation (indoors and outdoors, through cabinets, walls and doors) possible by adding the optional Expander™ MRF -100 RF base station.
The Customizer can be programmed to execute macros incorporating hundreds of commands with the press of one button. This macro approach to managing complex systems has been applied before to control systems, but never in such an intuitive and easy -to -use manner. The large (1 -3/8 x 1 -7/8 -inch) touch screen actually reduces the need for dedicated buttons, thus making the Customizer more flexible than any other remote on the market. Users can create their own labels that will appear on the LCD screen, add or delete a device name or page, dedicated to the device, etc. The significance of this kind of flexibility is that the Customizer can anticipate the needs of growing, more complex systems and be ready to accommodate them when users choose to make them part of their lifestyles. This year will see the advent of even more consumer electronics formats, each of which will need to be integrated into existing home entertainment setups. Industry analysts expect more `format churn` to occur as formats that use virtual content, such as MP3 players and system servers, begin to augment and ultimately replace older hardware formats such as audio cassette tapes and VHS. No matter how complex the consumer entertainment landscape becomes, the Customizer will be ready to handle it and make its users happy in the process.
The Customizer was designed and engineered for the proactive A/V enthusiast, a power user extremely interested in whole -house automation. Less experienced consumers have the ability to grow into the product as they gain more familiarity with its many features via the included DVD tutorial.
The Customizer`s learning feature ensures totally accurate reproduction of the original remote control codes. All the buttons on the LCD screen and remote keypad are electro -florescent illuminated when the light button is pressed. Broadcast subscription and satellite customers will benefit from the product as they create up to 40 instant access favorite channel buttons in the remote control by programming and customizing the text for the most frequently watched channel numbers or other commands into these buttons. The Customizer caps Universal Remote Control`s new line of next -generation remote control systems. It is truly a flagship, with features that are more common on systems costing hundreds of dollars more.
About Universal Remote Control
Universal Remote Control, Inc., is a world leader in the custom design, engineering, manufacture, and distribution of high quality remote controls, home automation products and handheld devices. The company supplies millions of remote controls each year to consumers around the world through four primary channels: retail, custom professional, broadcast subscription and OEM.
Clients include many leading high -end audio and video manufacturers, consumer electronics and broadcast subscription companies, including Adcom, B&K, Cablevision Systems Corp., Charter Communications, Comcast, Crestron, Denon, Faroudja, Harman/Kardon, Hughes DirecTV, Klipsch, Krell, McIntosh, Motorola, Rotel, Parasound, Polk Audio, Time Warner, Toshiba and Zenith.
The company sells award -winning products under two brands for two high growth markets: Home Theater Master (custom professional) and Universal Remote Control (consumer retail). Established in 1991 and based in Harrison, New York. Universal Remote Control, Inc. has multiple manufacturing facilities in Asia and North America that meet rigorous CE, ISO 9001, ETTS, IQNET, and TQM certification requirements. For more information, visit www.universalremote.com.