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Universal Remote Control Ray Super Remote Discontinued, CEO Disputes Company Shut-Down (EXCLUSIVE)

Ray Super Remote, a device once heralded as the remote control for the internet generation, is no more: Ray Enterprises, maker of the touch-screen-equipped universal remote control, stopped shipping the device late last year, Variety has learned.

The device is currently out of stock on Amazon.com, and Best Buy’s website lists it as “no longer available.” Multiple sources also told Variety that Ray Enterprises, the company behind the product, ran out of funding last year and shut down in December.

Founder and CEO David Skoknik disputed this in a statement sent to Variety after the original publication of this story: “I make it a point not to comment on rumors or speculation, but you should know we’re still in business and continue to support our customers.”

Skoknik acknowledged that the company stopped shipping its Ray Super Remote.

Ray Enterprises officially unveiled its Ray Super Remote at an industry event two years ago this month. The device featured a 4.8-inch touch screen that offered direct access to apps controlling devices like cable boxes, TVs, Roku streaming boxes, and more.

Ray also came with an integrated programming guide that was supposed to be personalized over time, and the company promised to add support for internet-connected appliances as well. The company had also struck a partnership with Dish to allow for a direct integration with the TV service provider’s Hopper DVR.

Ray Enterprises originally aimed to sell the remote control for $200 — already a steep price for a device that doesn’t do that much more than a modern smart phone equipped with the right apps. But when it shipped in November of 2015, the price was raised to $250.

Ray Enterprises was founded by Skokna, who previously founded the digital agency Huge. Part of the founding team was also Hans Deutmeyer, the former head of HBO Go.

Update: 2:45pm: This post was updated with a response from Ray Enterprises CEO David Skokna, which was sent to Variety after the original publication of this story.

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