The first “remote control” I ever saw for a television was a wire that ran out from the t.v. with an on/off switch attached at the other end. You could turn the t.v. on and off while laying in bed. This was once high-tech.
Things have obviously changed significantly since the early 1970s and remote technology is a standard feature of electronics. But it is now possible to set up your entertainment components in ways which simplify both the controls and the way your components are placed in the home.