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Turn your phone or tablet into a smart remote

Turn your phone or tablet into a smart remote
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What's in your entertainment center? There's probably a TV, maybe a DVD or Blu-ray player and the set-top cable box. Then, if you have a streaming set-top box like Roku or Apple TV, those have remotes too.

Add it all up, and you've got way more remotes than necessary. Say goodbye to all of those remotes and say hello to the Peel Smart Remote app.

With the Peel Smart Remote app, you can easily turn your smartphone into a universal remote that controls all of the things listed above. Power your electronics on and off, change the channel, adjust the volume and easily switch between all of your gadgets.

Even better, you don't have to sacrifice using your phone while it's functioning as a remote control. You can change the settings so the remote buttons are displayed on the home screen of your phone.

On top of that, the Peel Smart Remote app is an interactive TV guide that gives you personalized recommendations on what to watch, based on what you like, which Peel tracks over time. You can also have Peel give you a gentle reminder when your favorite show is on using your own personal, custom channel guide.

Peel also lets you browse through what's streaming on sites like Netflix and Hulu. Simply click on the show or movie you want to watch and Peel will launch the app right on your phone or send to your TV.

If you want to control even more with Peel, you'll want to look into getting Pronto. This add-on retails at around $50, and with it, you can also control home appliances like a smart air conditioner or heater.

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