Control codes for the Sharp universal remote are 002, 013, 014, 111, 502, 509, 712, 812, 813, 913 and 918. The Sharp universal remote is no longer sold as a standalone product in stores as of 2014; current brands include Logitech, Bose, Sony, Universal, SMK and Monster.
Sharp universal remotes can be purchased through eBay and other online sites, as of 2014. Universal remotes are programmed to control many brands and types of electronics, including TVs, DVD players and stereos. Cheaper remotes can control only devices pre-set by the manufacturer, while higher-end models allow programming of various control codes for different devices. The first universal remote model was sold in 1985 by Philips under the brand name Magnavox. The first universal remote with programming capability went on sale in 1987.
The Sharp Corporation, which sold the Sharp universal remote, is a Japanese maker of electronics. The company started in 1912. Its name comes from one of first inventions marketed by the company, the Ever-Sharp mechanical pencil. Sharp ranks fifth among TV manufacturers worldwide, as of 2014. In 2012, Sharp had its worst financial showing in the company's history, losing $4.7 billion. The company announced job reductions later that year. As of 2014, the company has produced positive net income in the first quarter.