Well, the other shoe eventually fell. After years of speculation about the fate of its Harmony series of universal remotes, Logitech has announced that they will immediately stop making the devices efficient.
In a post on its support website, Logitech said that its remaining stock of Harmony remotes will continue to be available through retail channels until stocks run out and that it will continue to support the remote for the foreseeable future.
“We plan to support our Harmony community and new Harmony customers, which includes access to our software and apps for setting up and managing your remotes,” the post reads. “We also plan to continue updating the platform and adding devices to our Harmony database. Customer support and warranty support will continue to be offered. ”
The writing has been on the wall for years about Harmony remotes, which Logitech acquired way back in 2004. Logitech already made noises in 201
“I think over time you’ll get fewer and fewer people who feel they really need the universal remote,” Darrell told The Verge.
Still, Harmony’s universal remotes will be sorely missed by A / V fanatics looking for a single device to control all of their home theater components.
The Harmony line runs the color gamut from stand-alone budget bars to touch-enabled, network-connected devices that cost hundreds of dollars and are capable of controlling everything from smart TVs and receivers to game consoles and even smart lights.
While widely regarded as the best universal remote, Harmony devices have apparently grown scarce over the last few years, often by running out of goods or only being available as refurbished versions, and it’s been years since Logitech announced a new Harmony model.
Earlier this week, Wirecutter, showing the Logitech Harmony Companion and Logitech Harmony 665 as the best choices, put the remote in the “buy beware” category after hearing new rumors that Logitech was on the verge of winding down the entire Harmony line.
As far as the Harmony remotes that are still in the wild, Harmony says they will continue to work and that it will maintain its massive database of home theater devices that Harmony remotes can control.
Integrations from Alexa and Google Assistant to Harmony will also continue to work, Harmony said, adding that it will continue to support Harmony devices, including desktop, Android and iOS software updates, as long as customers use [them]. ”
So let’s all pour one out for Harmony. I myself have been using Harmony remotes for over 15 years and it was a great ride while it lasted.