Why should each TV come with its own remote these days? The default should be that people use an app on their phone...
It sounds so logical and wonderful in theory. But as someone who tried it a while ago I can assure you phones are absolutely horrible remotes.
Suppose you just saw Janet Jackson flash a boob during the Superbowl. A reasonable person would want to watch it over and over to make sure they catch every detail of what just happened. What do you do?
1) reach for your phone in your pocket.
2) slide to unlock it
3) enter your password or fingerprint
4) browse to where the remote control app is
5) click on it, wait 3-5 seconds for it to open.
6) select the device you want to control (the tv, or dvr or whatever)
7) and finally you are ready to hit the rewind button.
Even if you cut half these steps, you are talking about at least 10-20 seconds to get to that damn rewind button. You will need to keep your eyes on the phone screen the whole time. That boob is ancient history by now, people have already discussed it on twitter, made thousands of memes, laws have already been enacted to prevent the unholiness of a nipple from destroying more childhoods. Now, your friend who has a real remote wants to talk about wardrobe malfunctions. He could be calling you right as you are in the middle of working towards getting to the rewind button.
Compare that to the remote that comes with your dvr
1) Pick it up
2) click rewind.
You don't even have to look at the damn thing, you can keep your eyes on the nipple the entire time. It takes 1-2 second.
Now imagine this every time you want to fast forward a commercial or pause it to get a beer. You have just invented a new very effective technique for interrogating prisoners in Guantanamo.
I got fed up with the phone as a remote very quickly and bought myself a real remote with damn physical buttons.