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Maybe the battery has died, or someone else is using it to surf the web. Either way, it's not always ideal to control your TV using an app on your smartphone, tablet or laptop. Thankfully, now you don't have to.

Google has just opened up Chromecast so you can control it using your standard TV remote control. Previously, you'd need one of the devices mentioned above to control it.

It's not all gravy though. You can use the remote to play or pause, but that's it so far. The update (27946, number fans) won't work with older TVs either. Your telly needs to support the HDMI-CEC standard, an HDMI protocol that routes infrared signals from your telly remote to the Chromecast dongle.

Basically, it lets Chromecast understand infrared signals despite not having its own infrared receiver.

The feature currently works with apps including YouTube, Google Play Music, HBO Go, ESPN, BBC iPlayer and TuneIn Radio. Some people have reported it working for Netflix, though some say it doesn't.

We're sure Google will expand its functionality in time for the launch of Android TV.

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