YouTube TV Now Lets You use Your TV Remote to Channel Surf on Some TVs





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Remote controlA Reddit user noticed that their Sony TV remote allows them to navigate channels on YouTube TV with the up and down buttons, just like with traditional cable TV. This has been an option on PlayStation Vue but now seems to be supported on YouTube TV.

The Reddit post noted that the remote worked by enabling HDMI-CEC. What does that mean? HDMI-CEC stands for HDMI Consumer Electronics Control. It’s a feature that can help your TV and devices pair together better.

How-To Geek explains that the HDMI-CEC feature allows devices connected to your TVs HDMI ports to effectively communicate with your TV. So, when a device is connected, you could be able to control it with the TV’s remote control.

Unfortunately, manufacturers tend to make it difficult to find the feature by giving it different names. How-To Geek shared the following list of names used for this feature by different manufacturers to help you find the option on your TV.

  • AOC: E-link
  • Hitachi: HDMI-CEC
  • LG: SimpLink or SIMPLINK (HDMI-CEC)
  • Mitsubishi: NetCommand for HDMI
  • Onkyo: RIHD (Remote Interactive over HDMI)
  • Panasonic: HDAVI Control, EZ-Sync, or VIERA Link
  • Philips: EasyLink
  • Pioneer: Kuro Link
  • Runco International: RuncoLink
  • Samsung: Anynet+
  • Sharp: Aquos Link
  • Sony: BRAVIA Sync
  • Toshiba: CE-Link or Regza Link
  • Vizio: CEC

To enable the feature, go to your TV’s settings and look for the name your TV manufacturer gives HDMI-CEC. You might also have to look for the feature in the settings of your connected devices and enable it there as well.

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